High School Science

High School Science Courses

  • Advanced Placement Biology, Part I
    1 credit - (10 -12)

    This 1st of a 2-semester AP Biology Course deals with college-level content and lab experiences. Content will mirror college-level Biology curricula associated with the fast changing biological field. Major topics include cellular, molecular physiology & anatomy, genetics, and ecology. Students are expected to take the AP exam, which, if successfully completed, will qualify them for advanced placement and/or credit in Biology at most college and universities. Students must take this course to take AP Biology II.

    Recommendation: Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry with a grade of a "C" or better. Recommendation by the science department and sign off by parent/guardian are required.


    Advanced Placement Biology, Part II
    1 credit - (10 -12)

    This second semester lab course is designed for students intending on taking the AP exam in May. Content will mirror college-level Biology curricula associated with the fast changing biological field. Major topics include cellular, molecular physiology & anatomy, genetics, and ecology. Students are expected to take the AP exam, which, if successfully completed, will qualify them for advanced placement and/or credit in Biology at most college and universities.

    Recommendation: Successful completion of AP Biology Part I, Biology and Chemistry with a grade of a "C" or better. Recommendation by the science department and sign off by parent/guardian are required.


    Advanced Placement Chemistry, Part I
    1 credit - (10 -12)

    This is the first semester of a 2-semester AP Chemistry course. Content of the course will mirror the College Board's curricula, which will prepare students for the AP exam. Students are expected to take the AP exam which, if successfully completed, will qualify them for advanced placement and/or credit in Chemistry at most colleges and universities.

    Recommendation: Successful completion of Academic Chemistry with a grade of a "C" or better. Recommendation by the science department and sign off by parent/guardian are required.


    Advanced Placement Chemistry, Part II
    1 credit - (10 -12)

    This is the second semester of the year-long AP Chemistry course. Content of the course will mirror the College Board's curricula, which will prepare students for the AP exam. Students are expected to take the AP exam which, if successfully completed, will qualify them for advanced placement and/or credit in Chemistry at most colleges and universities.

    Recommendation: Successful completion of AP Chemistry Part I and Academic Chemistry with a grade of a "C" or better. Recommendation by the science department and sign off by parent/guardian are required.


    Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Part I
    1 credit - (10 -12)

    This is the 1st semester of a 2-semester course. Content of the course is aligned with the College Board curriculum. Students will study the content and processes associated with environmental science. Students are expected to take the 2nd semester and the AP assessment in May. If successful with a score of "3" or better, this will qualify them for advanced placement and/or credit in Environmental Science at most colleges and universities.


    Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Part II
    1 credit - (10 -12)

    This is the 2nd semester of a year long course. Content of the course is aligned with the College Board curriculum. Students will study the content and processes associated with environmental science. Students are expected to take the 2nd semester and the AP assessment in May. If successful with a score of "3" or better, this will qualify them for advanced placement and/or credit in Environmental Science at most colleges and universities.


    Advanced Placement Physics, Part I
    1 credit - (10 -12)

    This is the 1st semester of a 2 semester AP Physics course. Content of the course will be the first half of the National AP Physics course. Students are expected to take the AP Physics exam in May.

    Recommendation: Successful completion of Physics and Pre-Calculus. Recommendation by the science department and sign off by parent/guardian are required.


    Advanced Placement Physics, Part II
    1 credit - (10 -12)

    This 2nd semester lab course is designed as the culminating course in physics at the high school . Curriculum is at the beginning college level. All students will take the National AP Exam in May. Students must take AP Physics, Part I prior to this course.

    Recommendation: Successful completion of AP Physics I, Physics and Pre-Calculus. Recommendation by the science department and sign off by parent/guardian are required.


    Chemistry
    1 credit - (10 -12)

    This course provides the traditional approach to the study of Chemistry. Students are exposed to such topics a chemical reactions, and equation, molar relationships, stoichiometry, nuclear chemistry, gas laws, and electrochemistry. State Core Learning Goals are emphasized.

    Recommendation: Successful completion or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II.


    Comprehensive Biology
    1 credit - (9 -12)

    This lab course focuses on concepts of life science that include genetics, cellular functions, energy transport and utilization, classification of organisms, and processes of adoption and change. State Core Learning Goals are emphasized.

    Recommendation: 9th grade students need to have completed Algebra I with a grade of "C" or better to be admitted.


     Earth Science
    1 credit – (10 – 12)

    This course is designed for students to study Astronomy, Meteorology, Geology, Paleontology, and Physical Oceanography using the Maryland Core Learning Goals. Students will experiment using Maryland Skills for success.


     Environmental/Marine Science
    1 credit – (10 – 12)

    This course focuses on topic dealing with the environment and on local, national and global level. The physical properties of water, with a special emphasis on the Chesapeake Bay, Chester River, Wye River, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed, is included in this course. A research action paper is an integral part. State Core Learning Goals are emphasized.

    Recommendation: Successful completion of Comprehensive Biology with a grade of a “C” or better.


     Foundations of Chemistry
    1 credit – (10 – 12)

    This course is designed for college bound non-technical students as well as other interested in Chemistry. It is an issue-oriented rather than content-oriented course that uses group discussions, teamwork, and laboratories in place of traditional lectures. Its purposes are to give students an awareness of science and the reasoning skills they will need to live in the 21st century. Knowledge of algebra skills is essential to success in this course. Maryland State Core Learning Goals are emphasized.

    Recommendation: Successful completion of Algebra I.


     Foundations of Physics
    1 credit – (10 – 12)

    This course is designed to expose students to the everyday application of Physics principles. Topics dealing with fluid mechanics, wave theory, energy flow, and vector analysis are covered. This hands-on lab-oriented course aids students in becoming more proficient in their knowledge of Physics and matter and possible pursuit of a technical career. Algebra skills are necessary for success in this class. Maryland State Core Learning Goals are emphasized.

    Recommendation: Successful completion of Algebra I with a grade of “C” or better.


     Genetics
    1 credit – (10 – 12)

    This course is designed for students to have an in-depth study of genetic laws and recombined DNA work. Students will be asked to perform genetic manipulations using up-to-date techniques.

    Recommendation: Successful completion of Comprehensive Biology with a grade of “C” or better.


     Honors Biology
    1 credit – (9 – 12)

    This course is designed for students who plan to continue their students in advanced science classes. This course provides an advanced, in-depth student of life science that includes genetics, cellular functions, energy transport and utilization, classification of organisms and processes of adaptation and change as well as other topics leading toward taking AP Biology.

    Recommendation: Students need to have completed Algebra I with a “C” or better to be admitted.


     Honors Chemistry
    1 credit – (10 – 12)

    This course is designed for students who plan to major in science in college. This course provides a focused high-level course in Chemistry. Students are exposed to all of the Maryland Core Learning Goals and other topics leading toward taking AP Chemistry.

    Recommendation: Successful completion or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II.


     Ocean Science
    1 credit – (9)

    This is an introductory 9th grade class that encompasses Earth Space Science, Life Science, Technology and Physical Science. This course will focus of topics dealing with the Chesapeake Bay, Chester River, Wye River, and Chesapeake Bay watershed as well as other global water systems.

    NOTE: The purpose of ocean science is to prepare students for success in Biology in the 10th grade.


     Physics
    1 credit – (10 – 12)

    This academically oriented course deals with such topics as the nature of light, thermal dynamics, conservation of energy, Newtonian Laws of Motion, velocity and acceleration, electromagnetic induction and Quantum mechanics. Maryland State Core Learning Goals are emphasized. Students may test into this course.

    Recommendation: Successful completion of Algebra II with a grade of “C” or better and enrollment in or successful completion of Trigonometry.