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Science

Department Head: Mrs. Dona Dugas
 
DEPARTMENT GOALS
 
The Science Department of Teurlings Catholic High School strives to prepare students to become informed citizens who have acquired the necessary scientific and technological knowledge and skills to function responsibly in the global community of the 21st century. Our goal is to provide students with the opportunity to become scientifically literate and reflective of the inherent nature of scientific knowledge, methods, and processes. Scientific knowledge should be constructed through a hands-on/minds-on approach with overarching concepts that connect science and other disciplines. Courses will include a rigorous inquiry-based curriculum and technological instruction. Importance will be placed on working in cooperative groups, recording and presenting laboratory and field results, debating current issues, and posing questions based on current findings.

COURSE OFFERINGS

PHYSICAL SCIENCE
 
Physical Science is designed to introduce the student to the sciences which deal with physical relationships in nature. Because mathematics is the foundation of the physical sciences, a solid mathematics background is expected. The student will be introduced to technical vocabulary representing scientific concepts. The topics addressed in this course include: measurements in science, force and motion, laws of motion, work and simple machines, properties of matter, elements and the Periodic Table, compounds and bonding, metal and nonmetal families, the carbon family, and chemical reactions.
 
PHYSICAL SCIENCE (HONORS)
 
Honors Physical Science is designed to introduce in-depth studies of concepts in the physical sciences. Selected topics will include those from the areas of chemistry and physics. Students enrolled in this course are expected to know basic math skills and have an understanding of the metric system. Topics covered will include the study of matter, its structure and changes, the Periodic Table, chemical formulas, equations, organic chemistry, motion, energy, and waves. Basic chemical and physical laboratory procedures and techniques will be introduced. Special projects including research, outside readings, and experimental procedures will be required. Applicants must meet honors program standards.
 
BIOLOGY I
 
The study of Biology I addresses the scientific process of life, both plant and animal, through classroom lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory experiments. The course is designed with emphasis on developing an understanding of the relationships within the student’s environment. Included concepts are: cell theory, biochemistry, molecular biology, classification and diversity, microbiology, plants, invertebrate and vertebrate biology, human biology, and ecology. Through these topics, the students will gain a better understanding of their total environment, and the interactions that occur within it. Prerequisite: Physical Science
 
BIOLOGY I (HONORS)
 
Honors Biology I is an in-depth study of the complex interactions between organisms and their environment. Classroom lecture, demonstrations, and laboratory experiences will be used. Emphasis is placed on developing the student’s investigative skills and critical reasoning ability. Topics of study will include: cellular structure and function, molecular biology, biochemistry, heredity and genetics, DNA technology, microbiology, plant life, invertebrate, and vertebrate study, and ecological relationships. Through detailed studies of these topics, the student will develop an appreciation for the environment and the complex interdependencies that occur. Assignments include scientific investigations and outside readings. Applicants must meet honors program standards.
 
CHEMISTRY
 
Chemistry is designed to introduce the student to general chemical principles in order to obtain basic knowledge in the field of chemistry. This is done using textbooks, visual demonstration and hands-on experiences. Students will also be introduced to basic chemistry lab procedures including knowledge of lab equipment and lab terminology. The topics that will be covered in this course include: scientific measurements, matter and its changes, atomic structure and electron configurations, the Periodic Law and an in-depth study of the periodic table of elements, chemical formulas and equations, mass relations including the mole concept, and the behavior of gases. Math skills are important in order to be successful in this course. Prerequisite: Biology I
 
CHEMISTRY (HONORS)
 
Honors Chemistry is designed to introduce the student to chemistry principles used to obtain knowledge in the complex field of chemistry. This is done using textbooks, individual and group research, visual demonstrations and hands-on experiences. Students will also be introduced to chemistry lab procedures including knowledge and proper use of lab equipment, terminology, and techniques. Topics covered in the course include: scientific measurements and calculations using significant figures, the states of matter and its changes, atomic structure and electron configurations, the Periodic Law and an in-depth study of the periodic table of elements, chemical formulas and equations, mass relations including the mole concept, stoichiometry, the behavior of gases, acids and bases, solutions and organic chemistry; therefore, proficient math skills are important in order to be successful in this course. Applicants must meet honors program standards.
 
BIOLOGY II
 
Biology II is designed to prepare senior high school students for college level biological science courses. Topics studied include basic biological-chemistry principles, molecular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, heredity, DNA technology, and mechanisms of evolution. The Biology II course is structured to enhance materials covered in previous science courses. It aims to provide students with conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal with the rapidly changing science of biology. Biology II is designed for the college bound student.
 
BIOLOGY II (HONORS)
 
Honors Biology II is designed to adequately prepare senior high school students for college level biological science courses. As an advanced course of study, Biology II will require individual investigation and critical thinking skills. Topics studied include basic biological-chemistry principles, molecular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, heredity, DNA technology, and mechanisms of evolution. The Biology II Honors course is structured to enhance materials covered in previous science courses. It aims to provide students with conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal with the rapidly changing science of biology. Special projects including research, outside readings, and experimental investigations will be required. Applicants must meet honors program standards.
 
HONORS BIOLOGY II/HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (Dual Enrollment) (for non-majors)
 
Human Anatomy and Physiology is designed to prepare students for college-level anatomy courses. Human body systems are studied in detail with regards to structure and function. Topics studied will also include basic biological-chemistry principles, and molecular biology. To be eligible to enroll, students must have earned a 20 composite on the ACT with a 22 sub score in Science.
 
PHYSICS
 
Physics is designed to introduce the theories relevant to measurement, the dynamics of linear and circular motion, momentum and its conservation, universal gravitation, work and power, energy, thermodynamics, light and sound waves, electricity and magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction and electromagnetic field operations. A conceptual model of the physical world is stressed and the course requires basic Algebra skills. In addition, laboratory activities, demonstrations, and hands-on activities are provided.
 
PHYSICS (Honors)
 
Physics is designed to introduce the theories relevant to measurement, the dynamics of linear and circular motion, momentum and its conservation, universal gravitation, work and power, energy, thermodynamics, light and sound waves, electricity and magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction and electromagnetic field operations. A mathematical model of the physical world is stressed and the course requires proficiency in Algebra and Geometry. In addition, laboratory activities, demonstrations, and hands-on activities are provided.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
 
Environmental Science provides an appreciation and understanding of concepts in environmental science, and offers opportunities to develop particular interests in wildlife conservation, environmental impact assessment, pollution and waste management. Most of the concepts are related to managing human impact on the environment and preserving the environment.