Living Environment is a course that explores different aspects of living organisms, their interaction with the physical environment, and the principles that govern their existence. The course covers the study of cells and their biochemical functions, human body systems, homeostasis, heredity and genetics, reproduction and development, theories of evolution, ecology, and the impact of human beings on ecosystems. This course is usually the first high school level science that students take, so emphasis is placed on understanding the basic concepts and methods of scientific inquiry, including creating hypotheses, designing experiments to test natural phenomena, mastering basic lab skills and techniques, and writing lab reports.
Integrated Physics and Chemistry
Integrated Physics and Chemistry is designed to provide a foundation in the physical sciences for students. Although this course is taught in a conceptual manner, some mathematical analysis of scientific concepts will be presented. In the chemistry portion of the course, material classification, atomic structure, interpretation of the periodic table, compound structures, chemical reactions, solutions and mixtures are introduced. In physics, topics such as forces, waves, sound, light, heat, and electricity are discussed. Laboratory activities are an integral part of this course, used to not only reinforce concepts but also to give students hands on experience in making inferences and predictions, collecting data, and drawing conclusions.
Environmental Science is an introductory course in the natural sciences. It is an interdisciplinary study that involves many aspects of biology, earth and atmospheric sciences, fundamental principles of chemistry and physics, and an appreciation for the Earth and its natural resources. The objective of this course is to make the educational process investigative and personal. Students are encouraged to develop interdisciplinary thinking (problem solving, critical thinking, communication, creativity). Understanding the science behind major environmental issues of the world today on both local and global scales is an essential part of personal, societal, and ethical decision-making. Students will strengthen their awareness of their role in our environment and the responsibilities that role carries.