Boyne City Public Schools

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

Instructors: Mrs. Elizabeth Hemming, Mr. Andy Bryant, Mr. Dale Thomason, Mrs. Sandra Clausen

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Physical Science (9th)
Physical Science has two main branches – Chemistry and Physics. This course will be broken into two terms – Physical Science A and Physical Science B. Physical Science A is the Introduction to Chemistry and includes the study of Atoms, Matter, the Periodic Table, and Chemical Reactions. Physical Science B is the Introduction to Physics and includes the study of Motion, Forces, Heat, Waves and Light. This course will prepare students for the MME as well as the Chemistry and Physics courses offered in 11th and 12th grade.

BIOLOGY (10th)
This course is designed to meet the high school expectations for Biology. The purpose is to give students a deeper understanding of the living world. Included standards will be covered in the following Units: Unit 1 - Chemistry and Biochemistry Unit 2 - Cells: Structure and Function Unit 3 - Cell Energetics Unit 4 - Comparative Structure and Function of Living Things Unit 5 - Human Systems Unit 6 - Homeostasis and Health Unit 7 - Matter and Energy in Ecosystems Unit 8 - Population Ecology and Human Impacts on Ecosystems Unit 9 - Cell Division and Chromosome Mutations Unit 10 - DNA/RNA and Protein Synthesis Unit 11 - Mendelian and Molecular Genetics (includes Biotechnology) Unit 12 - Evolution Also, current research and environmental issues that are in the news are covered. Activities that explain scientific processes, ideas, and key concepts are clearly presented through classroom labs, projects, lectures, etc… Students will discover how things work and why things happen the way they do in science.

COLLEGE PREP CHEMISTRY (11-12th)
TChemistry is the study of the composition or structure of matter and the changes it undergoes. Chemistry deals with questions such as, “What is the material made of?, What is its makeup and internal arrangement?, How does it behave and change when heated or mixes with other materials?, and Why does this behavior occur?” Chemistry is central to all of the sciences; therefore, students with plans for careers in any scientific, technical, or medical profession should seriously consider taking high school chemistry.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physical Science and Biology.

CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS (11-12th)
This course is designed to meet the State Content Expectations in Physics through student investigations and laboratory experiments. Experiments are recorded, w ritten up with personal observations, and turned in as reports. Some basic topics are forces, motion, optics and waves, mechanics, electricity, thermal energy and atomic structure.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physical Science

COLLEGE PREP PHYSICS (11-12th)
NOTE: This course can qualify as a senior year “math related” if not required for meeting Science graduation requirements. This course is designed to meet the State Content Expectations in Physics through student investigations, mathematical applications, lecture, and laboratory experiments. Some basic topics are forces, motion, optics and waves, mechanics, electricity, thermal energy and atomic structure.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of (grade ‘C+’ or higher) Algebra II

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (11-12th)
This course is the in-depth study of the human body. It is a life science that requires memorization and an understanding of Latin prefixes and suffixes. It will also elaborate on concepts studied in 10th grade Biology. This class is highly recommended for students interested in a career in the health or medical fields.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology (Grade C or higher)

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