Science

 

Physical Science:

Grade Level: 9th Grade

Prerequisites: None

Credit Level: 1 credit, one full year

This course describes the physical phenomenon of God’s creation. It is an introduction to both Physics (covered mostly in semester one) and Chemistry (covered mostly in semester two). The emphasis on Physical Science will be basic concepts within both Physics and Chemistry including, but not limited to, the Scientific Method, motion, lab safety, Newton’s laws of motion, properties of matter, fluid forces, phase changes work and simple machines, the classification of matter, the development of the atom, kinetic and potential energy the Periodic Table, chemical bonds, and writing and balancing chemical reactions. Both physics and chemistry concepts use hands-on learning, projects, and labs to reinforce the concepts learned in lecture.


 
Chemistry

Grade Level: 10th-12th Grade

Prerequisites: Physical Science

Credit Level: 1 credit, one full year

This course is a basic introduction to the laws and theories of chemistry as an intellectual discipline. Students are encouraged to consider this topic analytically and critically, formulate interpretations on the basis of laboratory data, -gains skill and techniques in safely using chemicals and laboratory apparatus, appreciate the stewardship responsibility we have been given to care for our resources wisely.


 
Physics

Grade Level: 11th-12th Grade

Prerequisites: Chemistry 

Credit Level: 1 credit, one full year

This course expands on the knowledge gained in Physical Science. The focus of this course is twofold: develop a solid conceptual base in Physics while describing the concepts mathematically. Concepts learned in class will use hands-on learning, projects, and labs to reinforce the concepts learned in lecture.


 

AP Physics 1

Grade Level: 11th-12th Grade

Prerequisites: Chemistry, Permission of Instructor

Credit Level: 1 credit, one full year

This is an algebra-based course in general physics that meets each day for the entire school year. General physics topics presented during the course closely follow those outlined by the College Board and also mirrors an introductory level university physics course. This class is organized around six big ideas that bring together the fundamental science principles and theories of general physics. These big ideas are intended to encourage students to think about physics concepts as interconnected pieces of a puzzle. The solution to the puzzle is how the real world around them actually works. The students will participate in inquiry-based explorations of these topics to gain a more conceptual understanding of these physics concepts. Similarly, to Physics, the focus of this course is twofold: develop a solid conceptual base in Physics while describing the concepts mathematically. Concepts learned in class will use hands-on learning, projects, and labs to reinforce the concepts learned in lecture. Near the end of the course, students will take the AP Physics 1 Exam, which will test this knowledge of both the concepts taught in the classroom and the use of the correct mathematical formulas.


 

Biology

Grade Level: 9th-10th Grade

Prerequisites: None

Credit Level: 1 credit, one full year

This course provides the student with an overview of the study of the living world as created and sustained by God. The relationship of organisms and the environment, cellular processes and heredity are investigated as well as the application of biotechnology in our world today.  Emphasis is given to classification of bacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals, and the basic study of the human body.  Class work is supplemented by laboratory exercises, field work, and dissections.


 

Advanced Biology

Grade Level: 10th-12th Grade

Prerequisites: Biology

Credit Level: 1/2 credit, one semester 

This course provides the student with a more in depth study of general biology with an emphasis on ecology and environmental issues, cellular processes and genetics, and applications in the field of biotechnology.  Classification of Illinois flora/fauna will be included as a project as well as possible field studies and other laboratory work.


 

Anatomy & Physiology 

Grade Level: 11th-12th Grade

Prerequisites: Advanced Biology

Credit Level: 1/2 credit, one semester

This course provides a study of the basic anatomy and physiology of the human body. An introduction to histology will be covered as well as the interrelationship of the major body systems. Emphasis will be given on learning proper terminology and identification of major anatomical structures and their functions.  Laboratory procedures will include microscopic investigations, dissections, and some physiological experimentation.