Science

Science

Instructional Staff

Andrew Fiala

Meena Rustagi

Marsha Fitzhugh

Jennifer MacFarlane

Kyley Ball

Science 



Introduction to Chemistry and Physics (S1 & S2)

Prerequisite: None

Eligibility: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Course Length: 1 year

Fee: $8.00

Campus location: PHS, PCS, PCS Online

This is an introductory lab science class in which students  will gain an understanding of foundational concepts of Physics and Chemistry.  Students will analyze problems  and solutions scientifically and integrate science knowledge with real world situations. 

Foundational Biology  (S1 & S2)

Prerequisite: None

Eligibility: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Course Length: 1 year

Fee: $8.00

Campus location: PHS, PCS, PCS Online

This course covers the basic principles of life and life processes. These topics may include cells, species, ecosystems, reproduction, genetics, or other topics consistent with state academic standards for life science.

*Students enrolled in this course will take the AIMS Science Test


Biology  (S1 & S2)

Prerequisite: None

Eligibility: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Course Length: 1 year

Fee: $8.00

Campus location: PHS, PCS, PCS Online

This course is designed to provide information regarding the fundamental concepts of life and life processes. These courses include (but are not restricted to) such topics as cell structure and function, general plant and animal physiology, genetics, and taxonomy.

*Students enrolled in this course will take the AIMS Science Test


AP Biology  (S1 & S2)

Prerequisite: Teacher placement

Eligibility: 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Course Length: 1 year

Fee: $94.00 AP Exam Fee 

Campus location: PCS Online

Adhering to the curricula recommended by the College Board and designed to parallel college-level introductory biology courses, AP Biology courses emphasize four general concepts: evolution; cellular processes (energy and communication); genetics and information transfer; and interactions of biological systems. For each concept, these courses emphasize the development of scientific inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collecting data, analyzing data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts in and across domains. AP Biology courses include college-level laboratory investigations.


BIO 181 Biology (S1) (Dual Credit)

Prerequisite: Meet college requirements and teacher recommendation

Eligibility: 11, 12

Credit: .5 

Course Length: 1 Semester

Fee: TBA - Based on current college tuition fees and lab fees

School offered: PHS

Designed for biology majors. Principles of structure and function of living things at molecular, cellular, organismic levels of organization. One year of high school chemistry or 1 semester of college level chemistry recommended. 


BIO 182 Biology (S2) (Dual Credit)

Prerequisite: Meet college requirements and teacher recommendation

Eligibility: 11, 12

Credit: .5 

Course Length: 1 Semester

Fee: TBA - Based on current college tuition fees and lab fees

School offered: PHS

Designed for biology majors. Additional principles of structure and function of living things at molecular, cellular, organismic levels and higher levels of organization.


Chemistry  (S1 & S2)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology

Eligibility: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Course Length: 1 year

Fee: $8.00

Campus location: PHS, PCS, PCS Online

Chemistry courses involve studying the composition, properties, and reactions of substances. These courses typically explore such concepts as the behaviors of solids, liquids, and gases; acid/base and oxidation/reduction reactions; and atomic structure. Chemical formulas and equations and nuclear reactions are also studied.


Chm 138 - Introduction to General, Organic and Biological Chemistry

(S1 & S2) (Dual Credit)

Prerequisite: Meet college requirements and teacher recommendation

Eligibility: 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Course Length: 1 year

Fee: TBA Based on current college tuition fees and lab fees

Campus location: PHS

This course will be offered every other year starting during the 2019-2020 then again in 2021-2022.

The first half of this one semester course includes an introduction to general principles of chemistry including measurements, atomic structure, chemical bonding, naming compounds, states of matter, solutions, and chemical reactions with applications in health care. The second half of the course covers aspects of organic and biological chemistry that directly affect health care. They include sections on hydrocarbons, organic functional groups, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, and metabolic pathways that provide energy for life.


Chm 151 - General Chemistry I 

(S1) (Dual Credit)

Prerequisite: Meet college requirements and teacher recommendation

Eligibility: 11, 12

Credit: .5

Course Length: 1 semester

Fee: TBA - Based on current college tuition fees and lab fees

Campus location: PHS

Chm 151 and 152 is scheduled to be offered every other year starting in 2020-2021 then again in 2022-2023. 

Provides the student with knowledge of the fundamental principles of chemistry with an emphasis on matter and measurement, states of matter, atomic structure, chemical periodicity, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, energy of reactions, aqueous solutions, and properties of gases. The student also applies critical thinking strategies in scenario and inquiry-based laboratory activities. Recommend completion of at least two years of high school algebra and one year of high school chemistry or college equivalent. 


Chm 152 - General Chemistry II 

(S2) (Dual Credit)

Prerequisite: Meet college requirements and teacher recommendation

Eligibility: 11, 12

Credit: .5

Course Length: 1 semester

Fee: TBA - Based on current college tuition fees and lab fees

Campus location: PHS

Chm 151 and 152 is scheduled to be offered every other year starting in 2020-2021 then again in 2022-2023. 

Provides the student with knowledge of the fundamental principles of chemistry with an emphasis on the control of chemical reactions and the chemistry of the elements. Chemical kinetics, equilibria, acid-base chemistry, entropy of reactions, electron transfer reactions, nuclear chemistry, and an introduction to organic chemistry will be explored. The student will also apply critical thinking strategies in scenario and inquiry based laboratory activities.


Earth and Space Science (S1 & S2)

Prerequisite: None

Eligibility: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Course Length: 1 year

Fee: $8.00

Campus location: PCS, PCS Online

Earth and Space Science courses introduce students to the study of the earth from a local and global perspective. In these courses, students typically learn about time zones, latitude and longitude, atmosphere, weather, climate, matter, and energy transfer. Advanced topics often include the study of the use of remote sensing, computer visualization, and computer modeling to enable earth scientists to understand earth as a complex and changing planet 


Ecology  (S1 & S2)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology

Eligibility: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Course Length: 1 year

Fee: $8.00

Campus location: PHS

These courses provide students with a basic understanding of living things. Topics covered may include ecology and environmental problems such as overpopulation and pollution as well as cells, types of organisms, evolutionary behavior, and inheritance.


Physics  (S1 & S2)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology

Eligibility: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Course Length: 1 year

Fee: $8.00

Campus location: PHS, PCS, PCS Online

Physics courses involve the study of the forces and laws of nature affecting matter, such as equilibrium, motion, momentum, and the relationships between matter and energy. The study of physics includes examination of sound, light, and magnetic and electric phenomena.


Phy 111 - General Physics I 

(S1) (Dual Credit)

Prerequisite: Meet college requirements and teacher recommendation

Eligibility: 11, 12

Credit: .5

Course Length: 1 semester

Fee: TBA - Based on current college tuition fees and lab fees

Campus location: PHS

This course covers the fundamental principles of mechanics, waves, thermodynamics, fluids, and periodic motion. Problem solving is on the trigonometric level. 


Phy 112 - Physics & Calculus I 

(S2) (Dual Credit)

Prerequisite: Meet college requirements and teacher recommendation

Eligibility: 11, 12

Credit: .5

Course Length: 1 semester

Fee: TBA - Based on current college tuition fees and lab fees

Campus location: PHS

Covers the fundamental principles of electricity, magnetism, and optics. Problem solving is on the algebraic level, with some trigonometric problems included.


Science Independent Study (S1 & S2)

Prerequisite: Site administration approval required 

Eligibility: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Course Length: 1 year

Fee: 0

Campus location: PHS, PCS, PCS Online

Maximum of 1 year of Independent Study may be awarded per core category (English, Math, Social Science and Science)

Independent Study courses, often conducted with instructors as mentors, enable students to explore scientific topics of interest, using advanced methods of scientific inquiry and experimentation. These courses may be offered in conjunction with other science courses or may serve as an opportunity to explore a topic of special interest.