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                      "Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men." 
                                                                                                                             ~Jean Rostand
     
     
     
    Science Department Course Offerings

    Integrated Lab Science | Lab Biology - 625 | Lab Biology - 622
    Honors Biology | Lab Chemistry | Honors Chemistry | Lab Physics
    Honors Physics | AP Biology | AP Chemistry

    Science Electives:
    Anatomy & Physiology | Astronomy/Meteorology | Environmental Science
    Marine Science

     

     

    Integrated Lab Science

    Description:

    • A required course for all freshmen. Integrated Science will establish a foundation for high school learning and for preparation in upper level science classes. This survey course will integrate Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Astronomy and Mathematics. The course will emphasize problem solving investigation, hands on activities, multiple technologies and real world application.

    Requirements:

    • None

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    Lab Biology Concepts

    Description:

    This study of biological concepts is laboratory oriented. It provides an overview of the chemical and structural basis of life including the interactions of organisms and the environment. This course covers each topic as laboratory biology but in a more teacher directed and student supported manner. Laboratory demonstrations, activities and group investigations are part of the curriculum. An emphasis is placed on the living organism as part of the biosphere and social organization of civilization.

    Students enrolled do not have to complete Algebra I prior to enrollment.

    This course satisfies the graduation requirement for one unit biology.
     
    The State of New jersey now requires all students to take a State administered Biology Exam.  All biology courses are designed to prepare students to successfully complete the State Biology Assessment Test.

    Requirements:

    • Pass Integrated Lab Science

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    Lab Biology - 622

    Description:

    This college prep course is the study of biological concepts and is laboratory oriented. The course examines molecular and cellular biology as a background for understanding the life processes of living organisms. Elements of the chemical and structural basis of life, from cell to protists, to plants and animals, and finally to the human, are explored. Laboratory dissections, microscopic investigations, and other activities are incorporated into this course.
    *Note: any 9th grader taking this course should be either enrolled in Algebra I or have completed Algebra I*.
     
    The State of New jersey now requires all students to take a State administered Biology Exam.  All biology coursed are designed to prepare students to successfully complete the State Biology Assessment Test.

    Requirements:

    • Pass Integrated Lab Science
    • Completed Algebra I

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    Honors Biology

    Description:

    This excellerated college prep course is a laboratory study of molecular biology, plant and animal physiology, microbiology, and genetics which stresses the importance of laboratory skills as a fundamental basis of inquiry and investigation. Concepts are developed through a series of experimental problems which give the student an opportunity to learn through research, using the techniques employed by Biologists. Because a college level textbook is used for this course reading comprehension, note taking and observational skills are essential.
     
    Students interested in enrolling within this course must have an A (93) in Integrated Lab Science. It is required that students have completed Algebra I prior to enrolling in this course.
     
    The State of New Jersey now requires all students to take a State administered Biology Exam.  All biology courses are designed to prepare students to successfully complete the State Biology Assessment Test.

    Requirements:

    • Complete Algebra I
    • 93 or above in Integrated Lab Science

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    Lab Chemistry

    Description:

    A laboratory oriented study of the properties and structure of matter and the changes matter undergoes. Fundamental concepts of atomic structure, periodicity, the natural laws, and the mathematics governing certain chemical phenomena are explored. The course requires basic math skills and it is highly recommended that students either be enrolled in or have completed Algebra II prior to taking this course. Note taking and study skills are stressed as an integral part of the approach.

    Requirements:

    • Complete Algebra II

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    Honors Chemistry

    Description:

    This is a lab oriented course designed to give the students the opportunity to understand the fundamental concepts of the properties and structure of matter and the changes it undergoes. The course content includes important aspects of chemistry that the student may need in preparing for the College Board Achievement Test in Chemistry. *The course offers a solid foundation for those students whose career choice requires a background in the sciences. Students wishing to enroll within this course must either have an A (93) final average in Lab Biology or an 85 final average in Lab Biology Honors. Students wishing to enroll in this course should be either enrolled in or have completed Algebra II.

    Requirements:

    • Complete Algebra II
    • 93 or above in Lab Biology
    • 85 or above in Honors Biology

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    Lab Physics

    Description:

    This course investigates the physical forces and laws which govern our universe. It is a laboratory oriented examination of energy, waves, force, motion, mechanics, sound, light, electricity and magnetism.  The interrelationships of natural phenomena and mathematical concepts are explored. Observational skills and ability to use deductive reasoning are important. The conceptual nature of physics is also explored with reference to daily applications.

    Requirements:

    • Pass Integrated Lab Science Complete
    • Algebra I & II

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    Honors Physics

    Description:

    Honors Physics is designed to give students a logical, sequential development of the understandings of major physics principles. It is offered for those students who contemplate continuing in a science-related field of study after high school. This lab-oriented course examines the fundamental aspects of mechanics, kinematics, dynamics, circular motion, sound, light, electricity and magnetism as they are interrelated in physics. Mathematical processes of problem solving, particularly trigonometry, are used throughout the course. Students are required to do a major research project.  Students wishing to enroll in this course must have earned an A (93 or better) in Chemistry or an B 85 final average in Chemistry Honors.

    Requirements:

    • 93 or above in Lab Chemistry
    • 85 or above in Honors Science Class
    • Completed Algebra II

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    Advanced Placement Courses

    AP Biology

    Description:

    This course prepares the student for the College Board Advanced Placements Test in Biology. The course content exceeds that of Laboratory Biology with more intense study of major principles. This course is recommended for those college bound students who have completed biology and desire a more intensive study of the subject matter. This course is especially relevant for students who are planning to pursue a biology or medically related major in college

    Requirements:

    • Complete Algebra II
    • 93 or better in Chemistry Lab
    • 85 or better in Honors Science Class

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    AP Chemistry

    Description:

    This course is modeled on the outline established by the College Board to prepare the student for the AP Examination in Chemistry. The course content offers the student a more intensive investigation of major principles and mathematical concepts. The course is recommended for those students who plan to continue in chemistry related fields in college.

    Requirements:

    • 93 or above in Lab Chemistry
    • 85 or above in Honors Science Class
    • Completed Algebra II

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    Science Electives

    Anatomy & Physiology

    Description:

    This lab science course is designed for students who want a more intensive study of human anatomy and physiology. The course is especially useful for students who intend to continue their educational training in a health-related field. Course emphasis is on structure, function, and interaction of the major organ systems. *Note: Students will be involved in dissections if they enroll within this course.*

    Requirements:

    • Pass Integrated Science
    • Pass Lab Biology

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    Astronomy/Meteorology

    Description:

    This course offers the student an opportunity to explore two major areas of science in more detail than found in general science or earth courses. The laws, principles, and major concepts involving time, space, the solar system and the use of space as a potential environment are examined. In addition, the major events, forces, and phenomena affecting the earth and its atmosphere are studied.

    Requirements:

    • Pass Integrated Science
    • Pass Lab Biology

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    Environmental Science

    Description:

    This hands on science program will address current environmental issues which effect the world society. Pollution, population growth, acid rain, recycling and global warming are but a few of the many topics that will be addressed within this course. Students will actively be exposed to research and current events and will be expected to complete extensive group and project work. There is emphasis on local environmental problems and solutions.  Strategies for proper management of local resources are covered throughout the course. 

    Requirements:

    • Pass Integrated Science
    • Pass Lab Biology

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    Marine Science

    Description:

    This lab science program is designed to offer students the opportunity to study the characteristics of the ocean, shoreline, and the ocean floor as well as the global importance of the ocean as a marine science resource. In addition, students will study the marine environment, some of its plant and animal inhabitants and the importance of the ocean as an ecosystem.

    Requirements:

    • Pass Integrated Science
    • Pass Lab Biology

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