Science Department

 

Chair:
Mrs. Martha James

Faculty:
Mr. Michael Boeing ’74
Mr. William Driehaus ’75
Dr. John Hageman ’79
Mr. Daniel Kreimer ‘61
Mr. Andrew Schroer '94
Mr. Pete Suer ’00

Typical Program:  
(Note: three science credits are required for graduation and must include Biology)
Freshman Year: Biology
Sophomore Year: Chemistry
Junior Year: Physiology or Physics (selection based on interest and math ability), and/or Materials Science
Senior Year: Physics or Physiology, and/or Materials Science

Honors Science Program:  
(Note: three science credits are required for graduation and must include Biology)
Freshman Year: Biology
Sophomore Year: Chemistry
Junior Year: AP Physics I, and/or AP Chemistry, College Biology/Anatomy of the Human/Environmental Science (offered in alternating years), and/or Materials Science
Senior Year: AP Physics II or AP Physics C, AP Chemistry, and/or College Biology/Anatomy of the Human/Environmental Science (offered in alternating years), and/or Materials Science

* Electives are taken as dictated by the student’s schedule and interest.


Course Offerings:

BASIC PHYSICAL SCIENCE - This course is a broad introduction to theories of chemistry and physics with practical applications. It is recommended for students desiring a science background but with primary interests in other areas.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE - This course is a survey of science with an emphasis on the development of laboratory skills, deductive and inductive reasoning and reading comprehension. The students will explore different topics in physical sciences.

BASIC INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY - This course provides a very broad approach to the concepts of biology, examining the structural and chemical basis of life. Emphasis is placed on current topics in science and understanding biological terminology.

BIOLOGY - Includes the study of the properties of living matter, cell structure and function, and a survey of living plants and animals with a major emphasis on man as a functioning organism.

PHYSIOLOGY - Offers an in-depth approach to the study of the human body systems. Emphasis on the understanding of body systems on both the cellular and biochemical levels. This class does include different animal part dissection labs.

COLLEGE BIOLOGY - Teaches the scientific concepts of Biology to the range and depth covered in a college-level first-year General Biology class for Biology majors. This course if offered through Elder High School in consortium with Thomas More College. An additional fee is associated with earning dual credit.

BIOLOGY OF THE HUMAN - Teaches the study of the structure and function of the human body through the studies of Anatomy and Physiology. This course is a college level course with dual credit offered through Thomas More College. An additional fee is associated with earning dual credit.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE - Teaches the studies of the natural world around us; how we humans use and abuse it; and how we can become “good stewards” of the environment. This is a college level course with dual credit offered through Thomas More College. An additional fee is associated with earning dual credit.

CHEMISTRY - The first course in chemistry designed to study the composition of the kinds of substances and their properties. These properties will be studied and investigated by discussions, demonstrations, and experimentation.

AP CHEMISTRY - A second-year Chemistry course intended to prepare the student to take and pass the Advanced Placement Chemistry exam. The course will focus on topics selected from the following: solutions, equilibrium, kinetics, acids and bases, and thermodynamics.

PHYSICS - This first course in Physics which includes a study of the relationships of matter and energy, the forms of energy, mechanics, vibrations, kinematics, waves, and sound.

AP PHYSICS I (algebra-based) is the equivalent to the first-semester college course - The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits. It is intended to prepare the student to take and pass the Advanced Placement Physics I test.

AP PHYSICS II (algebra-based) is the equivalent to a second-semester college course in algebra-based physics - The course covers fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics; and atomic and nuclear physics. It is intended to prepare the student to take and pass the Advanced Placement Physics II test.

AP PHYSICS C - A second year calculus-based Physics course in Mechanics. It is intended to prepare the student to take and pass the Advanced Placement Physics C (Mechanics) test. The course reviews the content of the mechanics portion from the first-year course, adding more challenging problems and more “discovery”-type laboratory experiences, along with derivations and analysis utilizing calculus.

ASTRONOMY - A semester course in the evolution and composition of the universe. Stars and planets, galaxies, moons, comets and asteroids will be studied.

EARTH/ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE - This course will cover earth science topics including geology, earth resources, erosion, and plate tectonics. Environmental issues will include soil and water quality, air pollution, global warming, and personal responsibility.

MATERIALS SCIENCE - This course is a lab science course open to students with an interest in extending their scientific knowledge to engineering design. Students will expand their knowledge in basic chemistry concepts of atomic structure and bonding as they explore the relationship between the chemical structure and material properties of metal, ceramic, polymer, and composite materials in a hands-on laboratory environment.