Science

COURSES
Biology

Biology offers students a progressively larger view of the world around them.  A solid understanding of the processes of life allows students to make scientifically informed decisions related to their health and to the health of the planet.  Students in Biology study life through cell biology and genetics (molecular level), vertebrate anatomy and physiology (tissue and organ levels), and ecology (organism and population levels).  Current issues related to topics of study will also be discussed.  A focus of the course will be on developing an understanding of the interrelationships between the topics presented.  This course will help students prepare for the MCAS biology test.

Biology (Honors)
Honors Biology offers a more in-depth look at a curriculum similar to that presented in Biology.  The pace of the course will allow for more lab work as well as more coverage of current research topics. 

Biology Blast
Biology Blast is a second semester course designed to help students become better prepared for the Biology MCAS exam. The content of the course will review and supplement the major topics taught in Biology including: Ecology, Human Anatomy, Genetics, Cells, Macromolecules, and Evolution. Student will practice MCAS questions regularly and learn test taking strategies for both multiple choice and open response questions.

Advanced Placement Biology
The Advanced Placement Biology curriculum is organized into four Big Ideas by the College Board: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life. Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, reproduce, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis. Living systems store retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes. Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties. In addition to learning about these topics, students will complete 12 laboratory experiments that are required by the College Board. Students are required to sit for the AP Biology Exam.

**Students may receive college credit, however this is dependent upon the college and the grade received on the AP Biology exam. There is an AP exam fee associated with this course.**  

The Human Body
Students will explore the major systems of the body through a thematic approach. Topics will include nutrition and the digestive system, human sexuality and the reproductive system, CPR, as well as the respiratory and circulatory systems. Additionally, students will study the integumentary (skin) systems.

Everyday Chemistry
Students will explore the concepts of atomic structure, chemical bonding and reactions, as well as solutions in a thematic hands-on approach. Themes will include Food Chemistry, Material Science, Household Acids and Bases, and Consumer Energy.

Chemistry 
The student will study the properties of the elements and how they react together to form compounds. Topics include the writing and balancing of chemical reactions, relationships between gases, solution chemistry, ionization, oxidation and reduction, electrochemical cells and radioactivity. Laboratory experiences are included and each student is expected to submit written reports.

Chemistry (Honors)
Honors Chemistry offers a more in depth look at a curriculum similar to that presented in Chemistry College Prep.  Additional topics include Thermochemistry, Quantum Theory, and Equilibrium.  The increased depth of coverage requires advanced mathematics skills.  Students will also have more laboratory opportunities that require more detailed lab reports.

Advanced Placement Chemistry
This course is meant for students planning to pursue a college degree in science. The course covers topics in Acids and Bases, Equilibria, Thermodynamics, Organic Chemistry, Kinetics, Electrochemistry, and Nuclear Chemistry. There is an extensive summer assignment to review many of the concepts from the junior level chemistry course. Students are prepared for and required to sit for, the AP Chemistry exam administered by the AP Board. Students must complete the 18 required laboratory experiments included in the AP program of study. 

**Students may receive college credit, however this is dependent upon the college and the grade earned on the AP Chemistry exam. There is an AP exam fee associated with this course.**

Physics (Honors)

Physics is the study of matter, energy and their interactions.  We will ask fundamental questions about the universe and answer those questions based on experiments and our observations of nature.  We use mathematical relationships and graphs to quantify our ideas about the universe and to relate multiple concepts together in a systematic manner.  Students enrolled in this course will have the opportunity to think analytically and creatively to solve a variety of challenges.

Advanced Placement Physics 1
AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, college-level physics course. Physics is the study of matter and its motion through space as influenced by the forces and energies around it. We will explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. Students are required to sit for the AP Physics 1 Exam.

**Students may receive college credit, however this is dependent upon the college and the grade received on the AP Physics 1 exam. There is an AP exam fee associated with this course.** 

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Honors)

This course will give students a basic understanding and working knowledge of the human body. While anatomy and associated terminology will be presented, the course will focus on physiological processes and their control mechanisms. Two major themes will be presented throughout the course: homeostasis and pathology. The former describes how dynamic counterbalancing forces maintain normal equilibrium in the body, while the latter relates to disruption of normal functions. 

*Students who earn a B or better in this course may be eligible for college credit from Berkshire Community College.*

Environmental Science

Environmental Science helps students understand their place on Earth in terms of ecology and conservation. Major topics of this course include: management of natural resources, fossil fuels, alternative energy, nutrient cycling, population, and biodiversity.

Environmental Science (Honors)
This course will provide students with the core understandings of the interrelationships between humans and the natural world. Topics include ecology, population, resources, and sustainability in our future. Course design includes lecture, long-term research ecological research, projects, outdoor field investigation, homework, guest speakers/field trips, and local inquiry/research. Students will become familiar with ecological systems, analyze environmental problems, and investigate possible solutions. A semester-long field-based learning component is required.

*Students who earn a B or better in this course may be eligible for college credit from Berkshire Community College.*

Greenhouse Management

Greenhouse Management is a hands on course in which students explore the intricacies of plant sciences and obtain the skills necessary to work in a greenhouse. The following areas are explored in this introduction to horticulture: landscaping, plant nutrition, floriculture, soil science, plant structure and function, sustainable farming, greenhouse operations, impact on the environment, and jobs in horticulture.

Online Courses:
Anatomy & Physiology: A Study in Stability
Animal Behavior and Zoology
AP Environmental Science
AP Environmental Science: A Passage to Know, to
Love, and Then to Keep the Earth
Astronomy: Stars and the Cosmos
Bioethics Symposium
Biotechnology
Chemistry II: Chemicals of Civilization
DNA Technology
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Science-The World Around Us
Epidemics: Ecology or Evolution
Genes and Disease: The Inheritance of Human
Genetic Disorders
Integrated Mechanical Physics with Logical
Reasoning: Mechanics in Physics
Introduction to Astronomy: Stars and the Cosmos
Introduction to the Human Body
Meteorology: A Study of Atmospheric Interactions
Nuclear Physics: Science, Technology & Society
Pre-AP Chemistry
Pre-AP Environmental Science
Pre-AP Physics B
Pre-veterinary Medicine

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