Biology S178: Grade 9, 2 semesters – Prerequisite: None. Biology is designed to provide information regarding the fundamental concepts of life and life processes. The course includes (but is not restricted to) such topics as cell structure and function, general plant and animal physiology, genetics, and taxonomy.
AP Biology S173: Grades 11-12, 2 semesters – 1.0 Credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry or Teacher Recommendation. This course adheres to the curriculum recommended by the College Board and is designed to parallel college-level introductory biology course. The course also stresses basic facts and their synthesis into major biological concepts and themes. In addition, the course encompasses four big ideas. 1) The process of evolution drives diversity 2) Biological systems utilize free energy. 3) Using systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information. 4) Biological systems interact. This AP Biology course includes college- level laboratory experiments.
Chemistry S181: Grade 10, 2 semesters – 1.0 Credit. Prerequisite: Biology. This course involves studying the composition, properties, and reactions of substances. The class explores such concepts as the behaviors of solids, liquids, and gases, acid/base and oxidation/reduction reactions, atomic structure, chemical formulas and equations, thermochemistry, and nuclear chemistry is also studied.
AP Chemistry S179: Grades 11-12, 2 semesters – 1.0 Credit. Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry, and teacher recommendation. This course follows the curriculum recommended by the College Board. Students who enroll in this class have already completed a high school chemistry class and a second-year algebra class. In addition, the course encompasses 6 big ideas. 1) All matter is composed of atoms. 2) Physical and chemical properties of matter. 3) Chemical reactions involve the rearrangement of atoms. 4) Molecular collisions determine the rates of chemical reactions. 5) Thermodynamics describes the role energy plays in physical and chemical changes. 6) Equilibrium represents a balance between enthalpy and entropy. The lab for this course is equivalent to a typical college chemistry course.
Earth Science S188, S705: Grades 11-12, 2 semesters – 1.0 Credit. Prerequisite: None. This course offers insight into the environment on earth and the earth’s environment in space. While presenting the concepts and principles essential to students’ understanding of the dynamics and history of the earth, this class explores oceanography, geology, astronomy, meteorology, and geography.
Physics S184: Grades 11-12, 2 semesters – 1.0 Credit. Prerequisite: Biology & Chemistry. This course involves the study of the forces and laws of nature affecting matter, such as equilibrium, motion, momentum, and the relationships between matter and energy. The study in this class includes examination of sound, light, and magnetic and electric phenomena.
AP Environment Science S177: Grades 11-12, 2 semesters – 1.0 Credit. Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry and teacher recommendation. This course is designed by the College Board to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, identify and analyze environmental problems (both natural and human made), evaluate the relative risks associated with the problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Topics covered include science as a process, ecological processes and energy conversions, earth as an interconnected system, the impact of humans on natural systems, cultural and societal contexts of environmental problems, and the development of practices that will ensure sustainable systems.
Physiology S187: Grades 11-1,2 2 semesters – 1.0 Credit. Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry and teacher recommendation. The course examines all major systems, tissues, and muscle groups in the human body to help students understand how these systems interact and their role in maintaining homeostasis. The course also covers such topics as cell structure and function, metabolism, and the human life cycle.
Forensic Science S193: Grades 11-12, 2 semesters – 1.0 Credit. Prerequisite: None. The course investigates the history of forensic science, methods of investigating a crime scene, types of evidence, analysis of fingerprints, hair, fibers, drugs, glass, soil, and blood. In addition, the students explore agencies that offer forensics services typical of labs and careers in forensic science. The class relies heavily on labs, text readings of forensic journals, and videos.
Introduction to Engineering Design T272: Grades 9 – 10, 2 semesters – 1.0. Credit Prerequisite: Algebra I (can be taken simultaneously). This course teaches problem-solving skills using a design development process. Models of product solutions are created, analyzed and communicated using solid modeling computer design software.
Principles of Engineering T273: Grades 10 – 12, 2 semesters – 1.0. Credit Prerequisite: Algebra I (can be taken simultaneously). This course helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology. Exploring various technology systems and manufacturing processes helps students learn how engineers and technicians use math, science, and technology in an engineering problem solving process to benefit people. The course also includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change.
Engineering Design and Development T275: Grade 12 Year Course- 1.0. Credit Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering. The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in Engineering Design and Development as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing Engineering Design and Development ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.
Automotive Technician I T300:Grades 10 – 12, 2 semesters – 1.0 Credit. Prerequisite: None. This course introduces students to the basic skills needed to inspect, maintain, and repair automobiles and light trucks that run on gasoline, electricity, or alternative fuels. Instructional units include engine performance, automotive electrical system, integrated computer systems, lubrication, exhaust and emission control, steering and suspension, fuel systems, cooling system, braking, and power train.
Automotive Technician II T277: Grades 11 – 12, 2 semesters (double period) – 2.0 Credits. Prerequisite: T300. This course is a continuation of and builds on the skills and concepts introduced in Automotive Technician I. This course includes instructional units in alternative fuel systems, computerized diagnostics, new vehicle servicing, automotive heating and air conditioning, transmissions, testing and diagnostics, drive train and overall automobile performance.