The science graduation requirement is 4 credits of Science or I.T. All students are required to take Biology, Chemistry, and Physics; individual waivers will be considered in consultation with the principal, department chair, and college counselor.
BIOLOGY AND BIOLOGY HONORS
These courses offer a comprehensive treatment of the field of biology while focusing on key ideas identified in the National Science Education Standards. These standards propose that biology curricula be organized around fundamental concepts in the areas of cell biology, genetics, ecology, diversity, and change.
The placement of students in Biology Honors is coordinated with reading scores on the entrance exam and math placements. These math placements are determined by performance on the entrance exam.
CHEMISTRY AND CHEMISTRY HONORS
These courses are devoted to the experimental development of chemical principles and their applications. The laboratory is used to familiarize students with lab techniques in order to make observations, study principles, and develop concepts. The fundamental topics of study include measurement, properties of matter, atomic theory, the periodic table, chemical bonding, molecular structure, reactions, the mole, thermochemistry, states of matter, solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, acids/bases, and nuclear chemistry.
The prerequisite for Chemistry is Biology or Honors Biology.
The prerequisite for Chemistry Honors is the successful completion of Honors Biology (determined by instructor) OR a 93% each quarter in Biology and 85% in their current Math course each quarter OR department approval.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY
This course is designed to cover the topics in a first-year general chemistry course on the college level. This curriculum is organized around six big ideas that can be accessed on the AP Central AP Chemistry webpage. Upon successful completion of this course, the student could obtain college credit from the A.P. exam with a score determined by each college. AP Chemistry will be offered every other year beginning 2019-2020.
The student must be a junior or senior. If she is a junior, she must have successfully completed either Chemistry with a 95% average each quarter or Honors Chemistry with a 90% average each quarter. If she is a senior, she must have successfully completed either Honors Physics with a 90% average each quarter or AP Physics with an 85% average each quarter OR department approval. Students in AP Chemistry may not go on exchange.
PHYSICS AND PHYSICS HONORS
This course is devoted to the scientific study of the world in terms of interactions of matter and energy. Students will use science as a process of obtaining knowledge based on observable evidence. Through experimentation and mathematical analysis students will study the following topics: mechanics (motion, forces, energy, momentum), waves (light, sound, optics), electricity and magnetism. Physics and Honors Physics are algebra-based courses.
The prerequisite for Physics is Chemistry or Honors Chemistry.
The prerequisite for Physics Honors is the successful completion of Honors Chemistry with an 87% average each quarter OR a 93% average each quarter in Chemistry and an 85% in their current Math course each quarter OR department approval.
Physics is a junior level course. Seniors who take this course will be expected to be present for all coursework through the end of the school year.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS/ D.E.
This course is devoted to the scientific study of the world in terms of the interaction of matter and energy. Students will use science as a process of obtaining knowledge based on observable evidence. Through experimentation and mathematical analysis, students will study the following topics: kinematics, dynamics, concepts of matter and energy, electricity and magnetism, geometric optics, waves, rotational motion, and modern physics. AP Physics is a Calculus-based course.
Prerequisites: The student must be a junior or senior. Juniors must have completed 1 year of pre-Calculus and have successfully completed either Chemistry with a 95% average each quarter or Honors Chemistry with a 90% average each quarter. Seniors must have successfully completed Physics with a 93% average each quarter or Honors Physics with a 90% each quarter or AP Chemistry with an 85% average each quarter OR department approval. UNO fee $250 for 4 credit hours.
TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND EARTH SCIENCE
This course involves viewing Earth’s environment in a holistic fashion. Emphasis is placed on understanding how humans impact and are in turn impacted by geologic, biologic, atmospheric, and astronomical processes. Course topics include sustainable development and the availability and use of natural resources, principles of ecology, biogeochemical cycles, climate and climate change, soils and food supply, energy systems, waste generation and management, pollution, and catastrophic natural processes. The course will provide students with the knowledge and tools to evaluate their world in terms of environmental ethics, environmental justice, and sustainability. This course is only offered to seniors.
BIOMEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY HONORS
The focus of this full year course integrates biomedical principles into anatomy and physiology concepts. This course includes a comprehensive overview of the structure and function of the human body and the technologies used to study it. This includes a review of biochemical principles, an overview of the cellular basis of life, and a study of the four basic tissue types. Each system of the body will be discussed as well as disease and dysfunction of structure and function. Cutting edge health technologies in genetics, immunology, pharmacology, and other emerging disciplines will be explored as students approach each anatomical system.
This course is only offered to seniors.