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Grade 9 Foundation Course

Biology Honors (H) - SCI 103

4 Credits (2 Trimesters)
Open to: Grade 9

This course will introduce students to the ever-changing world of biology. Throughout the course a student will design and perform experiments, collect data, and draw conclusions. In addition, a student will perfect lab skills, think critically, and learn collaboratively. In the first trimester, the focus will be on cells and cellular processes. During the second trimester, the focus will be on human genetics, the human body, evolution, and ecology. Students most successful in this course possess excellent reading and writing skills, always work to their potential, complete assignments on time in a neat and thorough manner, can work independently and follow instructions, are self-motivated, can comfortably apply math computations to a science situation, can interpret data, and are capable of creative thought.
Prerequisite: Placement into Biology H will be based on 8th grade teacher recommendation, math placement, and standardized test results.

Biology College Preparatory (A) - SCI 102

4 Credits (2 Trimesters)
Open to: Grade 9

This course will introduce the student to the ever-changing world of biology. Throughout the course a student will design and perform experiments, collect data, and draw conclusions. In addition, a student will perfect lab skills, think critically, and learn collaboratively. The focus of this course will be on cells and cellular processes, genetics, the human body, evolution, and ecology. Throughout the whole course, the focus is to improve the scientific literacy of the student. Students are expected to possess good reading and writing skills.
Prerequisite: Placement into Biology A will be based on 8th grade teacher recommendation, math placement and standardized test results.

Biology Preparatory (B) - SCI 101

4 Credits (2 Trimesters)
Open to: Grade 9

This course will introduce the student to the ever-changing world of biology. Throughout the course a student will design and perform experiments, collect data, and draw conclusions. In addition, a student will perfect lab skills, think critically, and learn collaboratively. The focus of this course will be on cells and cellular processes, genetics, the human body, evolution, and ecology. Throughout the whole course, the focus is to improve the scientific literacy of the student.
Prerequisite: Placement into Biology B will be based on 8th grade teacher recommendation, math placement, and standardized test results.

Physical Science 9 - SCI 111

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 9

This course deals with the structure and properties of matter, types of energy, heat, and temperature, energy in earth processes, and the theory of plate tectonics. This course and Physical Science 10A will lay the foundation for accelerated level course work in chemistry and physics. The course emphasizes development of laboratory skills, critical thinking, and mathematical analysis of data.
Prerequisite: 8th grade recommendations and high school math placement.


Grade 10 Foundation Courses

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology

Chemistry Honors (H) - SCI 302

4 Credits (2 Trimesters)
Open to: Grade 10 by teacher recommendation only. See course description.

Physical Science 10 College Preparatory (CP) - SCI 214

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 10

This course will deal with the physical sciences (physics and chemistry) and will lay the foundation for A level coursework in Chemistry and Physics. The course emphasizes development of laboratory skills, critical thinking, and mathematical analysis of data.

Physical Science 10 Preparatory (B) - SCI 213

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 10

This course will deal with physical science fundamentals. Concepts will be learned using varied hands-on activities. The course emphasizes development of laboratory skills, critical thinking, and basic mathematical analysis of data.


Physical Science Concentration Courses

Advanced Placement Chemistry (AP) - SCI 900

6 Credits (3 Trimesters)
Open to: Grade 11-12

This course is a continuation of the Honors Chemistry class and is a college level chemistry course. AP Chemistry is a three-trimester course. AP Chemistry is an exciting option for students who wish to pursue science at the college level and are looking to expand upon their science background, or for students who wish to distinguish themselves as academically diverse. Topics in previous Chemistry courses will be expanded upon and emphasis will be placed on new topics such as acid-base and oxidation reactions, kinetics and thermodynamics, nuclear and electro-chemistry. Students who choose AP Chemistry should have a strong mathematics background since this course is highly math-oriented. Students completing the AP Chemistry are expected to take the AP Examination.
Prerequisite(s): Chemistry Honors or Chemistry A and a minimum of Algebra I with performance at an exemplary level.
Application: No application is required however a student must be recommended by both a science and math teacher.
Summer Assignment: None.

Chemistry Honors (H) - SCI 302

4 Credits (2 Trimesters)
Open to: Grade 10-12

Chemistry College Preparatory (CP) - SCI 301

4 Credits (2 Trimesters)
Open to: Grade 10-12

Chemistry is the study of tiny, unseen particles that are the building blocks of you and everything in the universe! The behavior of these particles, called atoms, provides the fuel which heats the stars and control your very ability to live and breathe. Knowledge of chemistry will help you to better understand the world in which we live. It is also a way of thinking, a kind of exercise for the brain that will let you think more clearly and solve problems with greater confidence. This course will help you to deal with the complex problems you will encounter in college and in life. Just as training your body by physical exercise is demanding, so is the study of chemistry. Therefore, this program is designed for students who are ready to meet that challenge, are academically motivated, and college bound. A study of chemistry should NOT be limited to students continuing their education in science. Rather, it is an important aspect of education for any interested person.
Prerequisites: Placement in Honors level of this course requires an outstanding performance in Biology and Algebra I. Students opting to take Chemistry A need to have satisfactorily completed Biology A/H and Algebra I and Physical Science I. Both courses require recommendations from BOTH science and math teachers.

Contextual Chemistry College Preparatory (CP) - SCI 300

4 Credits (2 Trimesters)
Open to: Grade 11-12

This course will introduce the student to the basic principles of chemistry within the context of societal applications. This lab-oriented chemistry course is designed for college bound students who do not plan to major in science or engineering. The chemistry presented to the students builds upon the same vocabulary, thinking skills, problem-solving and lab techniques as most traditional introductory chemistry courses. In addition, students will integrate what they have learned to address issues in the real world.

Organic Chemistry Honors/College Preparatory (H/CP) - SCI 320

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 11-12

This class is an advanced course in chemical science for those students who have successfully completed the introductory class in Chemistry. The first half is dedicated to a study of organic chemistry (the chemistry of living organisms), while the second is project-centered. This course is designed to provide the student with a diversity of hands-on experiences that are intended to promote curiosity. The direction of this course will be in part determined by the students themselves and their individual interests. Students intending to take this course should be excited about learning new and unusual things. They should possess a desire to have a say in what and how they are taught. This course contracts for A or Honors level.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry or ChemCom.

Oceanography (H/CP) - SCI 401

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 10-12

This is a survey course designed to introduce students to the study of oceanography. Students frequently work in groups and do hands-on activities. Topics studied include navigation, bathymetry, waves, currents, pressure, buoyancy, flotation, salinity, and tides. The class has the contract for level option and may be selected at the Honors, A, or B level. This course may be used for the physical science requirement.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology and Physical Science I.

Physical Geology (H/CP) - SCI 410

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 10-12

This course will introduce the student to the basic principles of physical geology. Students in this class will develop an understanding of the earth, its composition, structure, and forces that shape it. A knowledge of earth’s dynamic nature is important in understanding the Earth’s past, present, and future environments and the interrelationship between Earth and Humanity. This is a lab-based course that requires a basic understanding of matter and motion and can be used to meet 2 of the 4 credits required for physical science.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology and Physical Science I.

The Nature of Science (H/CP) - SCI 420

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 10-12

This course will introduce the student to the nature of science and its impact on society. This lab-based course will expose students to various scientists throughout history and model their experiments. Additionally, current trends in science will be explored. By using various technologies and field experiences, students will explore careers in science and what the future of science means to them. This course fulfills a physical science requirement. This is a contract for level course in which additional requirements, such as book reports, student teaching and extra assignments will be required.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology and Physical Science I.

Physics Honors (H) - SCI 502

4 Credits (2 Trimesters)
Open to: Grade 11-12

An experimentally structured program dealing with the basic laws of physics that govern the world in which we live. Topics include the laws of motion, forces, work/energy/momentum, study of waves, and sound. Physics H is highly math oriented, with an emphasis on labs and demonstrations to support theories and calculations. Students interested in science and engineering careers should take this course. Students must have successfully completed 2 years of high school science. Students should be concurrently enrolled in either Advanced Functions or Probability and Statistics. Upon successful completion of Physics H, students will be in a position to take AP Physics during their senior year.
Prerequisite: Biology, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.

Physics College Preparatory (CP) - SCI 501

4 Credits (2 Trimesters)
Open to: Grade 11-12

An experimentally structured program dealing with the basic laws of physics that govern the world in which we live. Topics include the laws of motion, forces, work/energy/momentum, study of waves, and sound. Physics A is a math-oriented class, with an emphasis on labs and demonstrations to support theories and calculations. Students interested in attending post-secondary school should take this course. Students must have successfully completed two years of high school science.
Prerequisite: Biology, Algebra I, Algebra II, and an additional math.

Advanced Placement Physics (AP) - SCI 910

6 Credits (3 Trimesters)
Open to: Grade 12

At the completion of this class, students will have a college level introduction to classical and modern physics. This yearlong class is a fast paced, math and laboratory-based physics course that will prepare students to take the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in May earning possible college credit. Topics in previous physics courses will be expanded upon and an emphasis will be placed on new topics such as electrostatics and electricity, the study of fluids and thermodynamics, optics and modern nuclear physics. Students should be concurrently enrolled in Calculus or AP Statistics, since this is a highly math-oriented course. Students completing AP Physics are expected to take the AP exam.
Prerequisite(s): Exemplary performance in Physics Honors or A with a final grade of B or better.
Application: No application is required however a student must be recommended by both a science and math teacher.
Summer Assignment: No


Life Science Concentration Courses

Advanced Placement Biology (AP) - SCI 920

6 Credits (3 Trimesters)
Open to: Grade 11-12

Advanced Placement Biology is a yearlong course in biology taught at the level of the first-year college biology major. It adheres closely to the College Board standards for AP Biology making it fast paced and detailed at the same time. AP Biology students who score in the A-C range are strongly encouraged to apply for and take the AP Biology exam.

Term One: This portion is biology at the cellular level: molecular biology, cellular anatomy and physiology. We introduce you to biological molecules, cellular anatomy, cellular physiology, molecular genetics, and biotechnological applications.

Term Two: This portion is biology at the level of the whole organism: the diversity of life on earth, plant and animal anatomy and physiology, developmental Biology, reproduction and growth. This section introduces you to the diversity of life on earth; the development of an organism from a single cell to a complex adult, and to the anatomy and function of organ systems (includes fetal pig dissection).

Term Three: This portion is biology at the level above the organism: evolutionary biology, ecology, and animal behavior. Here we introduce you to higher levels of biological organization to include the population, the community, and the biosphere, and introduce you to the concepts and analysis of systems biology. We will also explain the central organizing concept of all biological science: the theory of evolutionary biology.
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Biology A (A- or better) or Biology Honors (B+ or better) and Chemistry A or Honors (B or better)
Application: No application is required however a student must be recommended by a science teacher.
Summer Assignment: No

Ecology (H/CP) - SCI 601

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 11-12

The theme of this course is an appreciation and an understanding of the sometimes simple but usually complex interrelationships between living organisms (including humans) and their environment. Possible topics include: ecosystem study/modeling, nature cycles, technology and its environmental consequences, environmental pollution, agricultural issues, global habitat changes, human interactions with plants and animals, environmental ethics, energy issues, world population, and the politics of environmental issues. The class has the contract for level option and may be selected at the Honors, A, or B level.

College Human Anatomy & Physiology I Honors (H) - SCI 612

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 10-12

College Human Anatomy and Physiology I Honors is an introductory course to the structure, organization, function, and integration of the human body. The topics studied in this course are identical to the A level course. However, the honors level offers a more challenging pace and a greater depth of coverage. Dissection is also an integral part of the study as well as numerous observational laboratory investigations and case studies. This is the recommended course for the student who is serious about pursuing a career in human health or animal science. Students also have a unique opportunity to earn four transferable college credits with New Hampshire Community Technical College.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology. 10th graders with permission of instructor.

Human Anatomy & Physiology I College Preparatory (CP) - SCI 611

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 11-12

Human Anatomy and Physiology is an introductory course to the structure, organization, function, and integration of the human body. A systems level approach is used with extensive investigation into the integument (skin), skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Comparative anatomy is employed using Felis domesticus (domestic cat) as a dissection specimen. Through dissection students get a hands-on experience of nearly all systems of the body. Throughout the course an emphasis is put on the body's maintenance of homeostasis. Numerous laboratory investigations and case studies encourage students to use their problem solving skills.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology. 10th graders with permission of instructor.

Marine Biology I (H/CP) - SCI 621

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 11-12

This is a survey course designed to give students an introduction to invertebrate marine biology and ecology. Students work in groups and do hands-on activities. Topics studied include the Gulf of Maine, ecology, plankton, algae, sponges, jellies, worms, mollusks, arthropods and echinoderms. Students also participate in the International Beach Cleanup and study and walk to the nearby salt marsh. Students taking this course must have successfully taken Biology. Marine Biology 1 must be taken before Marine Biology 2. This course may be used for the life science requirement. This course may be contracted for the H, A, or B level.

Marine Biology II (H/CP) - SCI 630

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 11-12

This is a survey course designed to give students an introduction to vertebrate marine biology and fisheries ecology. Students work in groups and do hands-on activities. Topics studied include the three classes of fish, marine mammals, fishing, and whaling. Marine Biology 1 must be taken before Marine Biology 2. This course may be used for the life science requirement. This course may be contracted for the H, A, or B level.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology, Physical Science I, and Marine Biology I.

The Study of New Hampshire Birds, Spring (H/CP) - SCI 640

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 11-12

This course is designed to introduce students to the identification, behavior, biology, and ecology of birds. Emphasis will be placed on the wonder of spring bird migration with the study and observation of migratory and resident birds in their habitats. This course will cover the basic anatomy and physiology of birds including the nesting cycle of birds with both field and classroom study. It will also examine how humans and birds interact through such topics as endangered birds and habitat alteration. At the end of the course students will be expected to identify many of our local birds and have a general knowledge of birds and their environments. The course will also include a field trip to a local birding area. The class has the contract for level option and may be selected at the Honors, A, or B level.

The Study of New Hampshire Birds, Fall (H/CP) - SCI 651

2 Credits (1 Trimester)
Open to: Grade 11-12

This course is designed to be a follow-up to The Study of New Hampshire Birds 1.This course will further student knowledge in the identification, behavior, biology, and ecology of birds. Emphasis will be placed on the fall migration of birds, the study and observation of migratory and resident birds concentrating on migrating hawks and their habitats. This course will cover the anatomy and physiology of systems not covered during NH Birds 1. The course will incorporate both field and classroom study. It will also examine how humans and birds interact through such topics as endangered birds and habitat alteration. At the end of the course students will be expected to identify many of our local birds, especially hawks and other birds in flight and have an increased knowledge of birds and their environments. The course will also include a field trip to a local birding area. The class has the contract for level option and may be selected at the Honors, A, or B level.