Science

Science Course Sequence

Science

Basic

Biology

This course is designed to develop an interest in biology, develop laboratory skills, and to improve critical thinking. This science class studies the four pillars of biology: ecology, cells, genetics, and evolution.  

Semesters: 2                                                    
Level: 9
Periods: 5 per week                                       
Credit: 1/2 per semester                                
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Earth & Space Science

Basic Earth and Space Science will study the processes and forces behind plate tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes, weathering, erosion, and how these impact humans and society This course will also study geological time, the cosmos, stars, constellations, our solar system, and the relationship between the sun, earth, and moon.  

Semesters: 2
Level: 10
Periods: 5 per week
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Physical Science

This course is an introduction to main topics in physics and chemistry.  Emphasis is on developing students’ critical reading, algebra, and scientific lab skills through the course material.

Semesters: 2                                                 
Level: 10, 11
Periods: 5 per week                                        
Credit: 1/2 per semester                                  
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

General

Biology

This science class studies the four pillars of biology: ecology, cells, genetics, and evolution.  Students are expected to apply a higher level of critical thinking and independence than at the basic level.

Semesters: 2                                               
Level: 9
Periods: 7 per week                                        
Credit: 1/2 per semester          
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation                        

chemistry

This is a course which involves the student with materials and methods of chemistry. The classroom activities are centered around laboratory investigations, lectures, and demonstrations. In this course, students will learn the structure and function of matter, and how to measure matter though a variety of different methods.  

Semesters: 2                                                 
Level: 10 (with teacher recommendation), 11
Periods: 7 per week                                        
Credit: 1/2 per semester                   
Prerequisite: Algebra               

 

physics

Physics investigates physical phenomena in the universe around us. Areas of investigation are: measurement, motion, force, gravitation, energy, waves, light, sound, electricity, and magnetism.

Semesters: 2                                                 
Level: 11 or 12
Periods: 7 per week                                        
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: Geometry              

science and society

This class is about learning how to learn about current scientific topics.  The foundations of the course are the 5 pillars of science: astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.

Semesters: 1                                                    
Level: 12
Periods: 5 per week                                        
Credit: 1/2 per semester   
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation        

forensics

Using field-based techniques, students will collect, process, and analyze evidence from multiple scientific domains to solve crime scene scenarios. Students will present their findings and defend conclusions drawn from their investigations.

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Semesters: 1                                                    
Level: 12            
Periods: 5 per week                                                                          
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry or Physical Science.

earth and space science

Earth and Space Science will study the processes and forces behind the plate tectonic theory, volcanism, earthquakes, mountain building, weathering, erosion, and how these impact humans. This course will also study the cosmos, stars, constellations, solar system, and the sun-earth-moon relationships.

Semesters: 2
Level: 11, 12  
Periods: 5 per week                                        
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Honors

Honors Biology

This science class studies the four pillars of biology: ecology, cells, genetics, and evolution.  Students are expected to apply a higher level of critical thinking and independence than at the general level.

Semesters: 2                                               
Level: 9
Periods: 7 per week                                       
Credit: 1/2 per semester                                
Prerequisite: Algebra, placement tests and teacher recommendation.

Honors Chemistry

This is a course which involves the student with materials and methods of chemistry.  The classroom activities are centered around laboratory investigations, lectures, and demonstrations.  In this course, students will learn the structure and function of matter, and how to measure matter through a variety of different methods.  Students are expected to apply a higher level of critical thinking and independence than at the general level.

Semesters: 2                                                 
Level: 9 (with successful completion of summer Honors Biology) 10
Periods: 7 per week                                        
Credit: 1/2 per semester                                  
Prerequisite: Geometry and teacher recommendation.

Honors Anatomy and Physiology

This year-long course presents a systemic approach to the study of the human body. Essential principles of human anatomy and physiology are presented. This includes basic chemistry, cell and tissue studies, and an overview of all the body systems. Labs will include, but not be limited to, the use of anatomical models, microscopes, and the dissection of animals and their organs.

Semesters: 2                                                     
Level: 12
Periods: 5 per week                                        
Credit: 1/2 per semester                                
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology

Advanced Placement®

ADVANCED PLACEMENT® BIOLOGY

AP® Biology is an introductory college-level biology course.  Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes-energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions.  (College Board Course Description)

Semesters: 2                                                    
Level: 11, 12
Periods: 10 per week                                     
Credit: 1/2 per semester   
Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry                             

ADVANCED PLACEMENT® CHEMISTRY

The AP® Chemistry course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced coursework in chemistry.  Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations, as they explore topics such as: atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium.  (College Board Course Description)

Semesters: 2                                                    
Level: 11, 12
Periods: 10 per week                                          
Credit: 1/2 per semester                                 
Prerequisite: Completion of Chemistry or Division Leader recommendation.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT® PHYSICS I

AP® Physics 1 is a full-year course that is the equivalent of a first semester introductory college course in algebra-based physics.  Students explore principles of Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. (College Board Course Description)

Semesters: 2                                                 
Level: 11, 12
Periods: 7 per week                                        
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology, Chemistry and Algebra II with Trigonometry (H) or Algebra II with Trig

ADVANCED PLACEMENT® PHYSICS C

This course prepares students for two AP® Exams, one covering the topics of mechanics, and one covering electricity and magnetism.  Each is equivalent to a one-semester calculus-based, college-level physics course.  It is especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in physical science or engineering.

Mechanics explores topics such as kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation.  Introductory differential and integral calculus is used throughout the course.

E&M explores topics such as electrostatics; conductors, capacitors, and dielectrics; electric circuits; magnetic fields; and electromagnetism.  Introductory differential and integral calculus is used throughout the course.  (College Board Course Description)

Semesters: 2                                                 
Level: 11, 12 
Periods: 10 per week                                               
Credit: 1/2 per semester     
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology and Chemistry.  Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Calculus.                         

ADVANCED PLACEMENT® ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

The AP® Environmental Science course is the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science, through which students engage with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world.  The course requires that students identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them.  Environmental science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography.  (College Board Course Description)

Semesters: 2                                                    
Level: 12
Periods: 7 per week 
Credit: 1/2 per semester          
Prerequisite: Physics or approval from the STEM division leader.                      

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Crystal Lake Central High School
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Crystal Lake South High School
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Prairie Ridge High School
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