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Grade 11 & 12 Electives

Biology, Advanced Placement Honors
Full Year 2 credits
Code: 435
Prerequisite: Grade 12.
Description: This course will follow the College Board's Advanced Placement Biology curriculum. This is equivalent to a first-year college introductory biology course. Topics studied will include biochemistry, cells, molecular genetics, heredity, evolution, plant and animal anatomy and physiology, and ecology. The Advanced Placement Laboratory Program will emphasize experimental design and data analysis. In addition, all students in A.P. Biology will be active participants in Project SEARCH, a State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection water quality-monitoring program. (If the student is accepted into the Upon Co-Op Program and posts an acceptable grade, he/she will be eligible for 8 Upon credits for Biology 107-108.) Students who take this course will be expected to take the advanced Placement Biology Examination in the spring for college credit.

Botany/Zoology
Full Year 1.20 credits
Meets 6 periods per week
Code: 425
Prerequisite: Grade 11 or 12 and credit in General Science and Biology.
Description: Botany/Zoology is offered primarily to college-bound juniors and seniors and is non-mathematically oriented. The course consists of a semester of Zoology and a semester of Botany. Comprehensive surveys of plant and animal phyla are made from both a comparative and a behavioral point of view. Films, dissections, slides, models, and living materials are used in the lab to enhance the student’s understanding of the plants and animals studied. This course is designed for the student who desires an advanced Biology course, either for college or for his/her own interest.

Chemistry
Full Year 1.20 credits
Meets 6 periods per week
Code: 443
Prerequisite: Must have had or be taking Algebra II.
Description: This course is designed to satisfy the needs of the college-bound student. It provides a solid foundation in chemical principles, concepts and theories, including atomic theory, stoichiometry, bonding, kinetics, equilibrium, and an introduction to nuclear and organic chemistry. The emphasis is on chemical calculations and deductive reasoning. Appropriate demonstrations and regular qualitative and quantitative laboratory investigations are an integral part of this course.

Chemistry, Conceptual
Full Year 1.20 credits
Meets 6 periods per week
Code: 441
Prerequisite: Grade 11 or 12 and successful completion of General Science and Biology.
Description : This course is intended for the student interested in the study of the basic concepts of chemistry but who has a limited mathematical background. The ideas of chemistry are explained through practical application in the laboratory rather than depending solely on mathematical approaches.

Chemistry, Advance Placement, Honors
Full Year 1.40 credits
Code: 463
Prerequisite: Algebra II and Chemistry 415, 442, (with B grade or better) or permission of Department Head.
Description: This course will follow the College Board Advanced Placement Chemistry curriculum and is equivalent to a first-year college introductory chemistry course including laboratory work. Students who take this course are expected to take the Advanced Placement Chemistry examination in May.

Ecology
1 Sem. or Full Year ½ - 1 credit (For full year. elect both codes)
Code: Sem A 447. Sem B 448
Prerequisite: Grade 11 or 12.
Description: This course will examine nature’s law in an undisturbed ecosystem as well as study the effect humans have had, both beneficial and harmful, on various environments. The first semester emphasizes the interrelationships between organisms and environment and population studies. The second semester emphasizes extinctions, resources and pollution. The full year is recommended, but Ecology may be taken as a semester course as well.

Laboratory Assistant
1 Semester 1/2 credit
Code: 439
Prerequisite: Grade 10 - 12.
Description: Duties of an Assistant include training in and preparation of equipment and materials needed by teachers for laboratory activities. Inventory of laboratory equipment and monitoring of safety concerns in immediate areas, and the maintenance of good order in the science prep rooms.

Marine Biology and Oceanography Part 1
1 Semester ½ credit
Code: Sem A 431. Sem B 432
Prerequisite: Grade 11 or 12.
Description: this is an introductory course in the biological, physical, and ecological characteristics of the marine environment. The major emphasis will be on the organisms of the inter- tidal region and their ecology. Field trips to ocean beaches, estuaries and tidal pools, including Mystic Sea Aquarium are an important part of this course.

Marine Biology and Oceanography
Part 2 1 Semester (second) ½ credit
Code: 438
Prerequisite: Marine Biology and Oceanography (Part 1)
Description: This Marine science course builds on the themes of biological, physical, and ecological characteristics of the marine environment addressed in Part 1. In-depth study of our shoreline marine environment will be emphasized with both; field work and laboratory investigations.

Physics
Full Year 1.20 credits
Meets 6 periods per week
Code: 449
Prerequisite: Algebra II and Trigonometry (May take concurrently).
Description: This course, along with Biology and Chemistry is recommended for any student planning to attend college. The basic laws of classical and modern physics are presented in a practical manner through the use of textbook, laboratory experiments, demonstrations, computer programs, and other media presentations. The course emphasizes the practical applications of physics providing the background that colleges assume high school students to have mastered. Some of the topics included are Motion, Newton’s Laws, and Heat. Wave Motion. Light. Sound. And Energy.

Physics, Advanced Placement, Honors
Full Year 1.40 credits
Code: 451
Prerequisite: Algebra II and Trigonometry.
Description: This course will follow the College Board Advanced Placement Physics curriculum and is equivalent to a first-year college introductory physics course including the laboratory work. Topics studied include. The principles of classical mechanics, wave motion. heat, light. sound, and electricity. Students who take this course are expected to take the Advanced Placement, Physics B or C examination in May.

Anatomy and Physiology
Full Year 1.20 credits
Meets 6 periods per week
Code: 421
Prerequisite: Grade 11 or 12. “C” or better in General Science and Biology. Description : The course concentrates on the structure and function of the human organism. It includes a comprehensive overview of each organ and how these systems work together. Students will study the organ systems through demonstrations, audiovisual presentations. laboratory exercises, and discussion. The course is designed for the student who is interested in increasing his or her understanding of the human body. Students will also receive topical information and background on health-related fields and careers.

Anatomy and Physiology-Honors
Full Year 1.20 credits
Meets 6 periods per week
Code: 423
Prerequisite: Grades 11 or 12 (Recommend "B" average in all previous science courses.)
Description: The course is structured to present the student with a thorough understanding of the human systems and their individual components. Care is taken to insure the proper usage of terminology which is also unique in medicine. The course involves independent study. classroom lectures, laboratory practice, and rational applications of good techniques in analyzing problems. The course is open to all qualified juniors and seniors.

 

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