Science

Physical Science

Physical Science (CP) – 9th

1.0 credit

Prerequisite: none

Physical Science is laboratory oriented to give the students an understanding of the basics of physical science and offer insight into the acquisition of scientific knowledge. With approximately two-thirds of the year devoted to the study of basic chemistry concepts and one-third devoted to concepts in physics, this course provides an excellent foundation for the study of other sciences. The instructional method is student experimentation with guided reasoning on the results of the experimentation. The curriculum places heavy emphasis on graphing, measurement, data analysis, and reporting of lab results, as well as the application of mathematical concepts to scientific phenomena.

Physical Science (Honors)

Physical Science (Honors) – 9th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: none

The honors level of Physical Science is designed to challenge students who excel in math and

science. Students’ scores on the Loyola entrance exam and grades in middle school science and math courses serve as guides for placement. The class provides a strong foundation for students planning to study other honors level sciences and AP science courses. In addition to the curriculum described above, this class contains a project component, in which students develop creative problem solving, visual thinking, and prototyping skills.

Chemistry

Chemistry (CP) – 10th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Physical Science

Chemistry covers the concepts, vocabulary, and mathematical aspects of chemistry. It is designed for college bound students who plan to pursue both scientific and nonscientific fields. Topics include the structure of matter, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, states of matter and their changes, acids, bases, and solutions. Laboratory work emphasizes fundamental laboratory skills and the practical applications of chemistry such as production and testing of commercially used products and environmental chemistry.

Chemistry (Honors)

Chemistry (Honors) – 10th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Physical Science (Honors) or teacher/department recommendation

The honors level of Chemistry is a lecture/laboratory course designed to challenge students who excel in math and science. Offered as preparation for AP Chemistry or college chemistry, this course moves at an accelerated pace in order to cover more laboratory exercises and more topics such as behavior of gases, chemical periodicity, and solution chemistry. The goal is the development of higher-level reasoning and mathematical skills. Prerequisites include grades of A or B in all previous Honors science classes and/or an A in all College Prep level science classes. Applicants must also have an A or B in all previous or concurrent math classes. Students desiring to take AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics are highly encouraged to complete both Honors Chemistry and Honors Biology prior to the end of sophomore year.

Biology

Biology (CP) –10th or 11th
1.0 credit

Biology is lecture/laboratory based class and covers traditional biology topics including cell theory, biochemistry, ecology, genetics, biodiversity and classification. Laboratory work will emphasize fundamental laboratory skills and the scientific method while allowing students to apply the material learned in class in a hands on way that develops higher level cognitive skills.

Biology (Honors)

Biology (Honors) – 9th or 11th
1.0 credit

Biology is lecture/laboratory based class and covers traditional biology topics including cell theory, biochemistry, ecology, genetics, biodiversity and classification. It is an honors level course that provides a strong foundation for students planning to take AP Biology. Laboratory work will emphasize fundamental laboratory skills and the scientific method while allowing students to apply the material learned in class in a hands on way that develops higher level cognitive skills.

Biology II (Honors)

Biology II (Honors) – 11th – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Biology I

Biology II a course in human anatomy and physiology, is an elective that students may choose following their completion of Biology or Honors Biology. The course focuses on the structure and function of the body’s major systems and includes mandatory dissection labs. Prerequisites include grades of A or B in all previous Honors science classes and/or an A in all College Prep level science classes. Applicants must also have an A or B in all previous or concurrent math and English classes.

Environmental Science

Environmental Science (CP) – 11th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Chemistry

Environmental Science offers an overview of topics and disciplines needed to understand the environmental issues and challenges of today’s world. The course integrates aspects of biology, earth science, and chemistry. Specific topics include preserving biodiversity, human population growth, energy, pollution, and sustainability. Laboratory components of the course include hands on work in a student run garden.

Physics

Physics (CP) – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Physical Science, Chemistry, Biology

Physics is a course designed to teach students the fundamental concepts of motion, energy and electricity. It allows students to draw on and apply algebra, geometry, trigonometry and critical thinking skills in the pursuit of answers to everyday problems. Labs help students apply any and all information learned in and outside the classroom. Overall, this class teaches students why and how to understand the world around them.

Physics (Honors)

Physics (Honors) – 11th – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Physical Science, Chemistry, Biology

The honors level of Physics is designed to challenge students who excel in science. It includes the same content as the physics course but investigates the topics in greater depth and involves solving more complex problems. Students use the same computer interfacing, video-tape analysis and simulations as the College Prep physics course but are required to use higher level thinking skills. Prerequisites include grades of A or B in all previous Honors science classes and/or an A in all College Prep level science classes. Applicants must also have an A or B in all previous or concurrent math classes, the minimum level being Honors Pre-Calculus.

Physics C: Mechanics (AP)

Physics C: Mechanics (AP) – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Physics (Honors)

AP Physics is designed to be equivalent to a one-semester, college physics course. This course follows the College Board's syllabus for Physics-C. It is designed to be a continuation of Honors Physics and covers many of the same topics as that course with more complex calculations including the use of

calculus. Additional topics are included particularly relating to rotation and static equilibrium. With appropriate scores on the AP exam, students may receive four hours of college credit. AP Physics-C is the only type of Advanced Placement physics credit that colleges allow for science majors. The applicant must have earned a grade of A or B in Honors Physics as well as a grade of A or B in Honors Pre-Calculus. The applicant must also either be taking AP Calculus AB concurrently or have taken that course and earned an A.

Chemistry II (AP)

Chemistry II (AP) – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Chemistry I (Honors)

AP Chemistry follows the College Board's syllabus and uses a college textbook. With appropriate scores and a college's approval, students may receive credit for one or two semesters of college chemistry. AP Chemistry continues Chemistry I and examines more complex math problems, chemical concepts and

laboratory experiments. Additional topics include thermochemistry, spontaneity of reactions, chemical equilibrium in gaseous reactions, solubility equilibria, acid-base equilibria, electrochemical cells and cell voltages. Prerequisites include grades of A or B in all previous Honors science classes and/or an A in all College Prep level science classes. Applicants must also have an A or B in all previous or concurrent math classes.

Biology II (AP)

Biology II (AP) – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Biology I (Honors)

AP Biology is designed for juniors or seniors planning a career in the biological sciences such as nursing, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, medical research or pharmacy. Students study organic chemistry, biochemistry, cellular biology, genetics, zoology, physiology, anatomy, histology, and botany. Labs accompanying this course follow the College Board's requirements. College credit is available with approval from a college and appropriate AP exam scores. Applicants must have earned a grade of A or B in Honors Biology as well as grades of A or B in all previous Honors science classes and/or an A in all College Prep level science classes. Applicants must also have an A or B in all previous or concurrent math classes.