• Science Courses
     

     
    Anatomy and Physiology- This course will include a study of human anatomy and physiology studies. The areas covered will include medical terminology, basic chemistry, cell and tissue structure, and the 11 systems of the human body (integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, urinary and reproductive). This course provides one unit of elective credit and does not count as one of the science credits required to graduate meeting the future-ready core requirements.
       Grade: 11-12
       Weight: S 
       Prerequisite: Biology I or Biology I Honors
     
    Anatomy and Physiology Honors- This course is an advanced detailed study of the structure and function of the human body. This course is well suited for students interested in pursuing a career in allied health fields. Students will explore anatomical terminology, homeostasis, cytology, histology and body systems. Appropriate laboratory exercises accompany the curriculum to provide students relevant application opportunities. This course provides one unit of elective credit and does not count as one of the science credits required to graduate meeting the future-ready core requirements.
       Grade: 11-12
       Weight: H
       Prerequisite: Biology I or Biology I Honors
     
    Biology I- Biology I provide students a course in scientific inquiry, structure and function of living organisms, ecosystems, evolution and genetics, and molecular biology. The Biology I End-of Course Test as well as successful completion of this course will satisfy the state graduation requirement for Biology.  
       Grade: 9-12
       Weight: S
       Prerequisite: None
     
    Biology I Honors- Biology I Honors is a more rigorous offering of the concepts in Biology I. Emphasis will be placed on greater depth of the concepts in order to increase critical thinking skills. The Biology I End-of-Course Test as well as successful completion of this course will satisfy the state graduation requirement for Biology.
       Grade: 9-12
       Weight: H
       Prerequisite: None
     
    Biology II Honors- Biology II Honors is a second year Biology course designed for the scientifically oriented student. The curriculum may include anatomy and physiology, marine biology, behavior, genetics, zoology, survey of the six kingdoms, ecology, and recent research in the field of biology. It is recommended that this course be paired with Biology AP; however, it is not a requirement.
       Grade: 10-12
       Weight: H
       Prerequisite: None
     
     
    AP Biology- Advanced Placement Biology is a rigorous college level introductory biology course following the Advanced Placement curriculum of the College Board. The curriculum includes molecules and cells, heredity/genetics, organisms and populations. It is expected that this course will require greater amounts of time and effort on the part of the student. Descriptive and experimental laboratory experiences will be assigned to provide maximum opportunity for students to learn a variety of skills and concepts. Students are expected to take the AP Biology Examination. It is recommended that this course be paired with Biology II Honors; however, this is not a requirement. Students are expected to take the AP examination. A student may earn college credit for successful completion of the course and an AP examination score that meets the college requirement.
       Grade: 10-12
       Weight: AP
       Prerequisite: None
     
    Chemistry I- Chemistry I provides students a course focusing on scientific inquiry, structure and properties of matter, regularities in chemistry, energy changes in chemistry and chemical reactions. This course satisfies the state graduation requirement in physical science
       Grade: 10-12
       Weight: S
       Prerequisite: Biology I or Biology I Honors and Math II or Math II Honors
     
    Chemistry I Honors- Chemistry I Honors is a more rigorous course offering of the concepts from the Chemistry I curriculum. Primary focus will be on mathematical computation and higher level cognitive reasoning as it relates to chemical principles. Students should have a strong reading and mathematical background, evidenced by academic achievement. A strong emphasis will be on the laboratory experience. This course satisfies the state graduation requirement in physical science.
        Grade: 10-12
       Weight: H
       Prerequisite: Biology I or Biology I Honors and Math II or Math II Honors
     
    Chemistry II Honors-  Chemistry II Honors is a companion course to AP Chemistry and provides students with a deeper understanding of concepts presented in Chemistry I. Focus is given to more complex problems and intensive laboratory work that involves quantitative measurements. The course prepares students for pursuing careers in engineering, pharmacy, chemistry, and health.
       Grade: 10-12
       Weight: H
       Prerequisite: Chemistry I or Chemistry I Honors
     
    AP Chemistry- Advanced Placement Chemistry is a rigorous college level chemistry course that follows the Advanced Placement curriculum of the College Board. This course will involve complex chemical calculations. It is expected this college level course will require greater amounts of time and effort on the part of the student. Descriptive and experimental laboratory experience will be assigned to provide maximum opportunity for students to learn a variety of skills and concepts. Students are expected to take the AP Chemistry Examination. The student may earn college credit for successful completion of the course and an AP examination score that meets the college requirement.
       Grade: 10-12
       Weight: AP
       Prerequisite: Chemistry II Honors
     
    Earth/Environmental Science- The Earth/Environmental science curriculum focuses on the function of the earth’s systems. Emphasis is placed on astronomy, the atmosphere, the biosphere, the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, and environmental awareness. The final exam for this course is the NC Final Exam for Earth/Environmental Science. Successful completion of this course will satisfy the state graduation requirement for Earth Science.
       Grade: 9-12
       Weight: S
       Prerequisite: None
     
    Earth/Environmental Science Honors- Earth/Environmental Science Honors is a more rigorous offering of the concepts in Earth/Environmental Science. Emphasis will be placed on greater depth of the concepts in order to increase critical thinking skills. Course work will be accomplished by using a scientific approach which stresses observation, critical thinking, and problem solving. Students are expected to participate in laboratory activities as well as group and individual learning activities. The final exam for this course is the NC Final Exam for Earth/Environmental Science. Successful completion of this course will satisfy the state graduation requirement for Earth Science.
       Grade: 9-12
       Weight: H
       Prerequisite: None
     
    AP Earth/Environmental Science Honors -Advanced Placement Environmental Science is a rigorous college-level course focusing on the following: Earth’s systems (Earth Science, atmosphere and biosphere, water and soil), the living world (ecosystems, energy and cycles), population dynamics, land and water use, energy resources and consumption, pollution and global change. It is expected this college-level course will require greater amounts of time and effort on the part of the student. Descriptive and experimental laboratory experiences will be assigned to provide maximum opportunity for students to learn a variety of skills and concepts. Students are expected to take the AP Environmental Science examination. The student may earn college credit for successful completion of the course and an AP examination score that meets the college requirement. Successful completion of this course will satisfy the state graduation requirement for Earth Science.
       Grade: 9-12
       Weight: AP
       Prerequisite: None
     
    Intro to Forensic Science-  Forensics is an elective course that focuses on the field of science emphasizing chemistry, biology, biotechnology, geology, and physics and their application in solving criminal cases. This forensics course will focus on the scientific evidence collection methods behind solving crimes and other aspects of detective work, such as criminal psychology, fingerprinting, handwriting analysis, and odontology. This course provides one unit of elective credit, but does not count as one of the science credits required to graduate meeting the future-ready core requirements.
       Grade: 10-12
       Weight: S
       Prerequisite: Biology I or Biology I Honors and Chemistry I or Chemistry I Honors
     
    Intro to Forensic Science HonorsThis rigorous science elective involves the application of forensic science techniques to applicable criminal and civil law. In this course, students will study relevant scientific and technological principles and techniques used to solve crimes. Students will be involved in integrating the scientific methodology with actual forensic application. This course will also include a variety of laboratory methods and forensic case files to give students valuable opportunities for interactive hands-on experiences and to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. This course provides one unit of elective credit, but does not count as one of the science credits required to graduate meeting the future-ready core requirements.
       Grade: 10-12
       Weight: H
       Prerequisite: Biology I or Biology I Honors and Chemistry I or Chemistry I Honors
     
    Life Science Techniques-  Life Science Techniques is an elective course in which students will explore the concepts and principles of life science and apply these concepts and principles to issues in the workplace, in society, and in personal experiences. Investigative, hands-on lab activities that address the high school inquiry standards are an integral part of this course. It is recommended that this course be paired with Biology I. This course provides one unit of elective credit, but does not count as one of the science credits required to graduate meeting the future-ready core requirements.
       Grade: 9-12
       Weight: S
       Prerequisite: None
     
     
    Oceanography- Oceanography is an elective science course that offers students the opportunity to investigate physical oceanography (wind and waves), geological oceanography (earthquakes and plate tectonics), and biological oceanography (from algae to whales). This course provides one unit of elective credit, but does not count as one of the science credits required to graduate meeting the future-ready core requirements.
       Grade: 9-12
       Weight: S
       Prerequisite: None
     
    Physical Science- The physical science curriculum provides students a course in scientific inquiry, forces and motion, matter: properties and change, and energy: conservation and transfer. The final exam is the North Carolina Final Exam in Physical Science. This course satisfies the state graduation requirement in physical science. 
       Grade: 9-12
       Weight: S
       Prerequisite: None
     
    Physics-  Physics course provides a study using the language of mathematics to describe natural phenomena. Inquiry is applied to the study of matter and energy and their interaction. 
       Grade: 10-12
       Weight: S
       Prerequisite: Chemistry I
     
    Physics Honors- Physics Honors provide students an in-depth study using the language of mathematics to describe natural phenomena. Inquiry is applied to the study of matter and energy and their interaction. Students will study linear motion, two-dimensional motion including circular motion, forces and Newton’s Laws of Motion, impulse and momentum, energy as the ability to cause change, wave motion and the wave nature of sound and light, static electricity and direct current electrical circuits. This course satisfies the state graduation requirement in physical science. It is recommended that students who enroll in this course have successfully completed Chemistry I and a math beyond Math III.
       Grade: 10-12
       Weight: H
       Prerequisite: Chemistry I or Chemistry I Honors
     
    AP Physics- Advanced Placement Physics is a college level physics course. The College Board course of study will be followed (Level 1 or 2). This course is designed to advance the students' understanding of natural phenomena by an in-depth approach to the topics of physics. Students are expected to take the AP Physics Examination. A student may earn college credit for successful completion of the course and an AP examination score that meets the college requirement.
       Grade: 10-12
       Weight: AP
       Prerequisite: Chemistry I or Chemistry I Honors