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Science Course Descriptions

Environmental Science (Regular, Honors)- 1 year course

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite for Honors: A or B in 8th grade math, Mastery or Advanced on LEAP, and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed for students who do not plan to major in the sciences. First semester deals with ecosystems and how they work, population problems, soil and water ecology, and pollution problems. Second semester deals with toxic wastes, air pollution, pest control, natural resources, biota land use and energy.

Physical Science (Honors, Gifted)- 1 year course

Grades 9. 10, 11, 12

This course is designed to allow students to explore the basic concepts of chemistry and physics. Students will be introduced to the foundations of matter and how it interacts at atomic, chemical, and visible levels. Topics include atoms, the periodic table of the elements, chemical reactions, force, motion, energy, electricity, magnetism, and waves.

Biology (Regular, Honors)- 1 year course

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite for Honors Enrollment: Honors Environmental Science with a “B” or better average; Algebra I with a “B” or better average, Mastery or Advanced on LEAP, and teacher recommendation.

The student will use process skills in a laboratory setting to develop an understanding and knowledge of living things. First semester includes a study of the chemistry of life, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics and ecology. Second semester includes the study of taxonomy, the anatomy and physiology of living things, human systems, and evolution. All students are required to take the Biology LEAP 2025 test in the Spring Semester. A passing score on the LEAP 2025 is required for graduation.

Chemistry I (Regular, Honors)- 1 year course

Grades 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite for Honors Enrollment: “B” or better average in all honors science and math courses.

In this course laboratory experiences, demonstrations, and problem solving are stressed. Scientific notation and measurement, significant digits and graphing skills are developed. Nomenclature, bonding, balancing equations, stoichiometry, states of matter, electron configuration, periodic trends, and gas laws are included in first semester. Solutions, acid-base theory, equilibrium and oxidation-reduction processes are included second semester.

Biology II (Regular, Honors, Dual Enrollment)- 1 year course

Grades 11, 12, Prerequisite for Honors and Dual Enrollment: Students should have a B or better in Biology I, Chemistry I, and a teacher recommendation. Dual Enrollment additionally requires a minimum ACT score of 18 composite. Biology II can be dual enrolled with Southeastern Louisiana University for 3 credit hours each semester (Course fee per semester).

Biology II is designed for the student who has a strong interest in biology. Students explore advanced topics selected from cellular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, genetics, microbiology, evolution, behavior, ecology, plant and animal anatomy, and physiology. Research and advanced laboratory techniques are emphasized.

Physics (Regular, Honors)- 1 year course

Grade 12, Prerequisite: Recommended by teacher, A or B in all Science classes.

This course is designed for the college-bound student who will not major in science. It deals with applications of natural laws and with problems solving. First semester will cover force and motion. Second semester will cover magnetism, electricity, sound and light.