|AP Biology: Junior/Senior Elective 2 Semesters - 1.0 credit (Pre-Requisite: Biology and Chemistry, CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR). The AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. After showing themselves to be qualified on the AP Exam, some students, in their first year of college, are permitted to take upper-level courses in biology or register for courses for which biology is a prerequisite. Other students may have fulfilled a basic requirement for a laboratory-science course and will be able to undertake other courses to pursue their majors. AP Biology includes those topics regularly covered in a college biology course for majors. The college course in biology differs significantly from the usual first high school course in biology with respect to the kind of textbook used, the range and depth of topics covered, the type of laboratory work done by students, and the time and effort required of students. The textbook used for AP Biology will be one used by college biology majors. The kinds of labs done by AP students will be the equivalent of those done by college students. The AP Biology course is designed to be taken by students after the successful completion of a first course in high school biology and one in high school chemistry as well. It aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology.|
|Biology: Sophomore Requirement Semesters 1 Credit (Prerequisite: Integrated Science). This course approaches Biology through a sequential study of living organisms. It begins by laying a foundation common to the study of Biology: the scientific method, classification, cell structure and cell function. Concentration is then placed on the six kingdoms of living organisms. Moving from simple to the more complex organisms, the student’s understanding of life on earth will be broadened and focused to the relationships they have with other living things. Strong emphasis is placed on lab skills and teamwork.|
|Biotechnology: Junior/Senior Elective 2 Semesters- 1.0 credits (Prerequisites: Completion of Biology and Chemistry). Biotechnology is the science for this century. This course will give students a first glimpse at the tools used in modern biotechnology and will be taught through Handson instruction. Students will learn the techniques and use the technology to analyze and manipulate DNA. The course focuses on biotechnology lab techniques and the practical application of biotechnology for such things as crime scene investigation and social ethics. After completion of this class, students will understand and appreciate the opportunities available for a career in biotechnology. Limited class size of 16 students.|
|Integrated Science: Freshman Requirement 2 Semesters 1.0 credit. This course will build a strong foundation by introducing students to broad spectrum of science study while developing reading and math skills. The class maintains a traditional emphasis on physical science while integrating earth science and life science. The students will develop an understanding of the basic concepts needed to be successful in chemistry, earth science and physics. During the year technology, laboratory investigations, hands-on, small group activities and field trips are integrated to show the students how the science relates to everyday life.|
Independent Science: Junior/Senior Elective 1 or 2 Semesters 0.5 or 1.0 credit (Prerequisite:Completion of Integrated Science & Biology, Instructor Consent, as well as submission approval of the Independent Science Application). Independent Science is available for students who want to study a subject deeper than the current Catholic Central Science Department offerings allow. the student must first propose their ideas to a CCHS Science teacher. If the teacher is willing they must then propose Independent Study offering to school leadership. Upon leadership approval the teacher, student, and parents/guardian develop a contract that will dictate the terms and expectations for the course. All of these must be completed PRIOR to formal course registration.
|Chemistry: Sophomore/Junior/Senior Elective 2 Semesters - 1.0 credit (Pre-Requisite: Must have completed or be enrolled in the following classes: Biology and Algebra II Trigonometry). Chemistry covers matter and its changes. Basic topics discussed are: the scientific method, energy and matter, atomic structure, the Periodic Table and its implications, elements, groups of elements, chemical formulas and bonding, chemical reactions and equations. The mole, stoichiometry, heat in chemical reactions, and solutions are also studied in depth. Skills in problem solving and organization are utilized and further developed. The applications and implications of chemistry in daily life are emphasized. Lab time and complete formal lab write-ups are required.|
|Physical Geology: Sophomore/Junior/Senior Elective 1 Semesters - 0.5 credit (Pre-Requisite: Biology).Physical Geology is an introductory course in geology with emphasis on earth's place in the universe, geologic materials, geologic processed and events, and geologic features. Physical geology is a laboratory science and laboratory activities will be integrated into course work. The laboratory exercises will show how to apply geologic information.|
|Physics: Junior/Senior Elective 2 Semesters - 1.0 credit (Pre-Requisite: Must have completed or be enrolled in the following class: Algebra II Trigonometry). Physics offers conceptual and applied approach studies of topics with widespread practical applications as well as a solid foundation for post-secondary study. Topics covered are: matter, energy, forces, motion, heat, sound, light, electrical theory, and electronics. The application of these concepts is stressed and involves in-depth problem solving. Lab activities are required , along with formal lab write-ups.|
|Environmental Science: Junior/Senior Elective 1 Semester 0.5 credits. This course will provide students with the scientific principles required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify environmental problems both
natural and human-made and to examine solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it focuses on topics from different areas of science.
|Honors Advanced Chemistry: Junior/Senior Elective 2 Semester - 1.0 credit (Pre-Requisite: B+ or better in Chemistry, completion of Algebra II Trigonometry, & CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR). This course is an advanced study of Chemistry topics. A year long course, Chemistry II will cover an in-depth study of inorganic chemistry topics including acids, bases and salts, oxidation/reduction, solubility product constants, equilibrium, reaction rates and mechanisms, thermo chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Other special units will be included as time allows. There will be an emphasis on individual lab work, formal lab write-ups, and bi-quarterly Chemistry issue papers.|
Honors Anatomy/ Physiology: Junior/Senior Elective 2 Semesters -1.0 credit (Pre-Requisite: B+ in Biology and Chemistry OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR). This course is an advanced study of The Kingdom Animalia with a strong lab/dissection emphasis. Use of both living and preserved specimen required. Advanced biological techniques will be practiced, and various field trips will be required. Class size is limited.
Honors Zoology: Sophomore/Junior/Senior Elective 2 Semester 1.0 credit (Prerequisite: B or better in Biology, concurrently enrolled in Chemistry and CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR). This course is an advanced study of The Kingdom Animalia with a strong lab/dissection emphasis. Use of both living and preserved specimen required. Advanced biological techniques will be practiced, and various field trips will be required. Monday thru Thursday 0 hour lab is provided for extra lab time. Limited class size of 18.