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Recommended Course  
Course: Earth Science
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This course is designed as a two semester, third or fourth year course in high school. Both Geology and Astronomy topics are presented, building on earlier science competencies that students have gained. Topics from the history of the universe and the Earth to modern topics are presented. Additional topics from Oceanography and Atmospheric Science are included as well. Approximately 150 hours of seat time are required to complete the course. 
 

 
Recommended Course  
Course: Biology
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This course is designed as a two semester, first or second year course in high school. Biology topics include Biochemistry, The Cell, Genetics, Natural Selection, The History of Life, Viruses and Bacteria, Protists, Plants, Animals, The Human Body, Ecosystems, and Environmental topics. Approximately 150 hours of seat time are required to complete the course. 
 

 
Recommended Course  
Course: General Science
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This is a full year course designed to summarize what students have learned in their other science courses. Some of the topics covered throughout the course include the methods for scientific measurement, the structure and function of cells, the construction of the universe, and the ecological interaction of ecosystems. This course is a great way to pull everything in science together. Some labs and projects will be required. 
 

 
Recommended Course  
Course: Physical Science
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None
This course is designed as a two semester, first or second year course in high school. Introductory Chemistry topics include Matter, The Periodic Table, Chemical Reactions, and Acids and Bases. Introductory Physics topics include Motion, Energy, Waves, Electricity, and Magnetism. Approximately 150 hours of seat time are required to complete the course. 
 

 
 
Elective Course 
Course: Chemistry
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Credits:  1.0
Prerequisite: 80% in Algebra 1
This course is designed as a two semester, second or third year course in high school. Chemistry topics include Matter, The Periodic Table, Chemical Reactions, Solution Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Nuclear Chemistry. Approximately 150 hours of seat time are required to complete the course. 
 
 
Elective Course  
Course: Anatomy
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: None
This one semester course centers on the function and organization of living organisms. Students will explore the body systems such as cardiovascular, muscular, skeletal, and digestive. In addition, students will look more closely at the cells of each of these systems and compare their functions and structures. This is a great follow-up course for students who have completed biology. Some labs and projects will be required.
 

 
Elective Course  
Course: Conservation of Resources
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: None
Students will learn about our natural resources and how they contribute to our lives. Some resources, such as air, are renewable and, with proper management, will never be exhausted. Other resources, such as coal, are limited. We have to plan how to use them intelligently and plan for an era when they no longer will be available. This course will help students make wise decisions about resources and investigate related careers in their field.
 

 Elective Course 
Course: Marine Biology
Grades: 11, 12
Credits:  0.5
Prerequisite: None
About 70% of the Earth is covered by water. Even today, much of the world's oceans remain unexplored. Marine scientists make new discoveries about aquatic life every day. Marine Biology is a one-semester course in which students will learn about the vast network of life that exists beneath the ocean's surface, from tiny plankton to great white sharks and giant sperm whales. Students will also find out more about the impact that humans have on the oceans, and how everyone can play a role in protecting the many organisms that live in the vast oceans of Earth. 
 

 
Elective Course 
Course: Keystone Biology
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits:  0.5
Prerequisite: Below Basic or Basic on Keystone Biology Exam
This course revisits concepts introduced in the full-year biology course. Students who enroll in this course will have additional practice and remediation of scientific topics, focusing on improving their scores on the Keystone Biology exam. Topics covered include the scientific method, cell, cell processes, genetics, evolution, and ecology.