SciencE

The purpose of the Science Program at Immaculata High School is to foster in students knowledge of and respect for the order and beauty of creation, an awareness of the forces that shape our physical and biological world, and a sense of personal responsibility for the direction science and technology will take in the course of their lives.

The Science Faculty at Immaculata High School works to instruct students to attain knowledge of relevant truths and concepts about the physical and natural world and to apply knowledge of these truths using skills in observation, investigation, analytical thinking, problem solving, communication and the use of technology:

  • to respect scientific and philosophical principles and the natural moral law
  • to seek the dignity of the human person and the common good of all
  • to appreciate the good order, dignity and beauty of creation and work to maintain this condition for future generations

Sequence of Science courses: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, with electives in Anatomy and Physiology, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, Environmental Science, and Introduction to Engineering.

 

Required Courses

0422 Biology CP: Grade 9

This lecture/lab/demonstration course includes the study of biochemistry, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, cell structure and function, genetics, evolutionary theory, and classification of the organisms in the six Kingdoms.

0423 Biology Honors: Grade 9

This lecture/lab/demonstration course focuses on principles of classification, cladistics, cell structure, processes and function, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, biochemistry and function of nucleic acids, genetics and evolution.

0424 Biology: Grade 9

This lecture/lab/demonstration course is an overview study of major life processes. Topics include biochemistry, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, cell theory and reproduction, genetics, evolution and classification of the six kingdoms.

0432 Chemistry CP: Grade 10

This lecture/lab/demonstration course establishes an understanding of chemical principals and skills to continue in the study and application of concepts. These include the study of atomic structure, bonding, states of matter, reactivity and gas laws. Knowledge of algebraic operations and graphical analysis is necessary for chemical calculations.

Prerequisite: Minimum of 75 in Biology H/CP and Algebra 1/Geometry CP or teacher recommendation.

0433 Chemistry Honors: Grade 10

This lecture/lab/demonstration course exposes the students to an in depth understanding of stoichiometry, thermochemistry, correlation of electronic structure and chemical properties, and characteristics of gases, liquids and solids. Students will see how chemical models and theories are developed. Through laboratory work, students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills as individuals and in group work.

Prerequisite: Minimum of 85 in Biology H/Geometry H; 93 in Biology CP & Algebra 1/Geometry CP.

0449 Chemistry: Grade 10

Through the use of laboratory work, demonstrations, lectures, technology and activities, this course enhances previously studied topics and introduces new ones. Topics covered include SI units and measurement, atomic structure, electrons, quantum mechanics, the periodic table, chemical bonding, chemical naming and formulas, chemical reactions and the states of matter.

Prerequisite: Completion of Biology or Biology CP and teacher recommendation.

0442 Physics CP: Grade 11

This lecture/lab/demonstration class provides a working mastery of the topics of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves and vibrations, thermodynamics and properties of matter. Current topics in physics will also be addressed. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are emphasized. 

Prerequisite: Minimum of 75 in CP Chemistry and Algebra 2 CP or Geometry CP.

0443 Physics Honors: Grade 11

This lecture/lab/demonstration course provides an in-depth study of the topics of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves and vibrations, thermodynamics and properties of matter. Relativity and quantum physics will be discussed. Current topics in physics will also be addressed. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are emphasized.

Prerequisite: Minimum of 85 in Chemistry H and Algebra 2/Trig H or 93 in Chemistry CP & Algebra 2 CP. Pre-calculus or Calculus must be taken concurrently.

0466 Physics: Grade 11

This lecture/lab/demonstration class focuses on the fundamental concepts of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves and vibrations, thermodynamics and properties of matter. Current topics in physics will also be addressed. Application of physics principles to daily life is emphasized.

Prerequisite: Completion of Chemistry or Chemistry CP and teacher recommendation.

Elective Courses

0454 FOOD AND NUTRITION CP: GRADES 11–12

This lecture/lab course in biochemistry focuses on the vast world of food and nutrition as it relates to the food science industry. It is designed to help students understand and integrate knowledge and skills acquired in Biology and Chemistry into the study and exploration of the production, processing, preparation, evaluation and use of foods. The science of nutrition basics is an underlying theme.

Prerequisite: Minimum of 80 in CP Biology and CP Chemistry; 90 in Biology and Chemistry with departmental approval.

0446 INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING CP: GRADES 11–12

This course is designed for students who are seriously considering a career in engineering. Students will learn the foundational principles of engineering practice in the fields of civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, and work on projects to enhance their understanding. Students will also learn about other fields of engineering along with the professional responsibilities and legal framework for engineering practice. Guest speakers, demonstrations and field trips will supplement the course material.

Prerequisite: Minimum of 80 in Physics Honors; 85 in Physics CP

0453 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CP: GRADES 11–12

This full year lecture/lab course introduces students to principles of environmental science using lecture, lab, technology and projects. Topics include environmental policy, earth systems, population and community ecology, biomes, biodiversity and conservation, human populations, environmental health, soil and agriculture, water, climate change and energy.

Prerequisite: Minimum of 80 in both Biology (H/CP) and Chemistry (H/CP); 85 in Biology and Chemistry with departmental approval

0455 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY CP: GRADES 11–12

This lecture/lab/demonstration course is intended for those interested in careers in health related fields with emphasis on practical applications of concepts. Study of medical vocabulary and anatomy and physiology of human systems is the basis of this course. Lab dissection coordinates with the system under study. Students discuss case studies using a workbook and current publications. A summer assignment is required.

Prerequisite: Minimum of 80 in CP Biology and CP Chemistry; 90 in Biology and Chemistry with departmental approval

0447 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY HONORS: GRADES 11–12

This lecture/lab/demonstration course is intended for those interested in careers in medicine, nursing and allied health fields. It involves intensive study of medical vocabulary and the anatomy and physiology of
human systems. Lab is primarily dissection based on the systems under study. Discussion of readings and case studies taken from current publications is an essential part of the course experience. A summer assignment is required.

Prerequisite: Minimum of 85 in Biology H and Chemistry H; 93 in Biology CP and Chemistry CP

0450 AP BIOLOGY: GRADE 12

This second year course is designed to provide students with an in depth understanding of modern biology and to prepare them for the AP Biology Exam. Concepts, relationships in systems, and methods of analysis are studied and applied to practical situations. Critical thinking and creative problem solving are emphasized. Topics in molecular and cell biology, heredity, evolution, and organismal and population biology are studied. A summer assignment is required. Lab work may be required during Activity Period.

Prerequisite: Minimum of 85 in Biology H, Chemistry H, Physics H and departmental approval.

0435 AP CHEMISTRY: GRADE 12

This second year course is aimed at increasing student mastery of chemistry and preparing students for the AP exam. Topics covered in the previous course (atomic structure, bonding, states of matter, stoichiometry and chemical reactions) will be expanded on. New topics (physical, organic, polymer, and experimental chemistry) will be introduced. Labs are conducted on Tuesday morning beginning at 7:30 through Activity period. Depending on enrollment, this course may be offered online.

Prerequisite: Minimum of 85 in Chemistry H and departmental approval.

0470 AP PHYSICS: GRADE 12

This second year course is intended to increase mastery of concepts and problem solving skills to prepare students for the AP exam. Topics include mechanics, electricity and magnetism, vibrations and waves. Depending on enrollment, this course may be offered online.

Prerequisite: Minimum of 85 in Physics H and departmental approval.

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