Science

The science curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all students and is structured with multiple sequences (course flow map) based upon student abilities and interests. Students are required to take 2 credits of science to graduate. It is recommended that students complete a Biology – Chemistry – Physics sequence to meet most college entrance requirements. Students will be placed into their initial courses upon entry into Batavia High School.

Environmental Science
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Placement by current science teacher
Fee: $25.00
Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary laboratory-based course which provides students with the scientific principles and concepts necessary to understand the natural world, identify environmental problems, and examine alternative solutions.  This course is designed for the student who needs to further develop skills in the use of the scientific method, data analysis, problem-solving, and laboratory skills. Units include: Scientific method, lab safety, graphing, atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.

Biology
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Placement by current science teacher and counselor
Fee: $12.00
Biology is a laboratory-based course which studies the definition of “life” from a scientific vantage point.  In-depth use of the scientific method and data analysis will be employed to further develop cognitive, problem-solving, and laboratory skills.

Units include:  Classification of organisms, cell structure & function, cell reproduction & genetics, change over time, properties of matter & the atom, and vertebrate anatomy & physiology.

Dissection: This course has a unit that involves dissecting. Students objecting to perform, participate or observe in dissection will be assigned an alternative activity.

Honors Biology
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Placement by current science teacher
Fee: $12.00
Honors Biology is a laboratory-based course which studies the definition of “life” from a scientific vantage point.  In-depth use of the scientific method and data analysis will be employed to further develop cognitive, problem-solving, and laboratory skills.  The honors course is intended for the student who demonstrates exceptional reasoning ability and is willing to be challenged to think critically.  The course will move at a faster pace and cover content to a greater depth than the Biology course.  There is a summer assignment associated with this course.

Units include:  Classification of organisms, cell structure & function, cell reproduction & genetics, change over time, properties of matter & the atom, and vertebrate anatomy & physiology.

Dissection: This course has a unit that involves dissecting. Students objecting to perform, participate or observe in dissection will be assigned an alternative activity.

ACS Chemistry
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisites: Biology or Honors Biology and Algebra I
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee: $16.00
ACS Chemistry is a student-centered, activity based, issues oriented chemistry course.  It is based on the ChemCom program developed by the American Chemical Society, and is intended for college bound students who plan on pursuing a liberal arts or business degree.  It includes traditional chemical concepts and laboratory skills.

Units include: The structure of the atom, the structure & properties of matter, types of chemical reactions, conservation of energy, motion & forces of particles, and interactions of matter & energy.

Chemistry
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisites: Any Biology course and Intermediate Algebra
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee: $16.00
Chemistry is a laboratory-based course which studies matter and the changes it undergoes.  In-depth use of the scientific method and data analysis will be employed to further develop cognitive, problem-solving, and laboratory skills. Experiments and demonstrations will be used to introduce concepts and the applications of basic chemical properties.

Units include: Safety & the scientific method, matter & types of matter, interactions of matter & bonding, laws of conservation, atomic theory & the periodic table, molar relationships & stoichiometry, and gas laws.

Honors Chemistry
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisites: Any Biology course and Intermediate Algebra
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee: $18.00
Honors Chemistry is a laboratory-based course which studies matter and the changes it undergoes.  In-depth use of the scientific method and data analysis will be employed to further develop cognitive, problem-solving, and laboratory skills.  Experiments and demonstrations will be used to introduce concepts and the applications of basic chemical properties.  The honors course is intended for the student who demonstrates exceptional reasoning ability and is willing to be challenged to think critically.  The course will move at a faster pace and cover content to a greater depth than the Chemistry course.  There is a summer assignment associated with this course.

Units include: Safety & the scientific method, matter & types of matter, interactions of matter & bonding, laws of conservation, atomic theory & the periodic table, molar relationships & stoichiometry, and gas laws.

Physics
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Science Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology & Chemistry
Math Prerequisites: Successful completion of Intermediate Algebra & Geometry
Level: Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $3.00
Physics is a laboratory-based course which emphasizes the mathematical analysis of the laws which govern the world.  In-depth use of the scientific method and data analysis will be employed to further develop cognitive, problem-solving, and laboratory skills.  Experiments and demonstrations will be used to introduce and reinforce concepts.  Strong mathematical computation skills are recommended.

AP Physics I
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Science Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology & Chemistry
Math Prerequisite: Successful completion of Advanced Algebra Honors or Advanced Algebra
Level: Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $5.00
AP Physics I is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics and prepares students to take the Advanced Placement – Physics 1 test.  The AP level course is intended for the student who demonstrates exceptional mathematical and reasoning ability and is willing to be challenged to think critically.  The course will move at a fast pace and students will be exposed to challenging levels of problems, assignments, and assessments.

Units include: Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum), work, energy, power, mechanical waves, sound, and electric circuits.

AP Physics II
(2 terms, 1 credit )
Prerequisite: Successful completion of AP Physics I
Level: Jr, Sr elective
Fee: $5.00
AP Physics II is the equivalent to a second-semester college course in algebra-based physics and prepares students to take the Advanced Placement – Physics 2 test.  The AP level course is intended for the student who demonstrates exceptional mathematical and reasoning ability and is willing to be challenged to think critically.  The course will move at a fast pace and students will be exposed to challenging levels of problems, assignments, and assessments.

Units include: Fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity & magnetism, optics, and atomic & nuclear physics.

AP Biology
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Any Biology course and any Chemistry course
Level: Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $45.00
AP Biology is the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year and prepares students to take the Advanced Placement – Biology test.  AP Biology is designed to be taken after the successful completion of a first course in high school biology and chemistry.  The AP level course is intended for the student who demonstrates exceptional reasoning ability and is willing to be challenged to think critically.  The course will move at a fast pace and students will be exposed to challenging levels of problems, assignments, and assessments.  There is a summer assignment associated with this course.
Dissection: This course has a unit that involves dissecting. Students objecting to perform, participate or observe in dissection will be assigned an alternative activity.

AP Chemistry
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Any Biology course and any Chemistry course
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $45.00
AP Chemistry is the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year and prepares students to take the Advanced Placement – Chemistry test.  AP Chemistry is designed to be taken after the successful completion of a first course in high school chemistry.  The AP level course is intended for the student who demonstrates exceptional reasoning ability and is willing to be challenged to think critically.  The course will move at a fast pace and students will be exposed to challenging levels of problems, assignments, and assessments. There is a summer assignment associated with this course.

AP Environmental Science
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisites: Any Biology course and any Chemistry course
Level: Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $25.00
AP Environmental Science is the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science and prepares students to take the Advanced Placement – Environmental Science test.  The AP level course is intended for the student who demonstrates exceptional reasoning ability and is willing to be challenged to think critically.  The course will move at a fast pace and students will be exposed to challenging levels of problems, assignments, and assessments.

Astronomy
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Environmental Science or any Biology course
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: None
Astronomy studies Space – the position and activity of the Earth in the solar system and the relations between the solar system and other stars and galaxies.  In-depth use of the scientific method and data analysis will be employed to further develop cognitive, problem-solving, and laboratory skills.

Marine Science
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Any Biology course
Level: Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $9.00
Marine Science studies Marine Biology, Oceanography and Geology.  In-depth use of the scientific method and data analysis will be employed to further develop cognitive, problem-solving, and laboratory skills.  Animal dissection is required.

Anatomy & Physiology
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Any Biology course and any Chemistry course
Level: Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $7 for student consumables
This course provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body.  This semester long college-preparatory elective science course includes a detailed study of many human body systems, Homeostatic balance, the relationship between structure and function, and disease. This course is recommended for students interested in a health-related career, especially those students who plan to study medicine, nursing, physical therapy, athletic training and personal training. The course may also be helpful for those students who plan to enter education as either a life science or physical education teacher. Laboratory activities will include several microscopic analyses of tissue specimens as well as several dissections to accompany the subject matter.