Course Descriptions

ADVANCED SCIENCE, COLLEGE CREDIT                                                         

Advanced Science, College Credit is a title that covers (1) any science course offered for credit by an accredited postsecondary institution through an adjunct agreement with a secondary school, or (2) any other postsecondary science course offered for dual credit under the provisions of 511 IAC 6-10.

  • Recommended Grade Level:  11-12
  • Credits: 1 credit per semester. May be offered for successive semesters
  • Counts as a Science Course for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
  • Courses that use this title are most often those taught through the post-secondary campus, taught either online or in traditional settings or a combination; and taught by higher education faculty
  • Courses that use this title are those that do not meet specific high school standards for a corresponding high school course, as they are standards beyond what is taught in the high school.

Anatomy and Physiology                                                                                                 

Anatomy & Physiology is a course in which students investigate concepts related to Health Science, with emphasis on interdependence of systems and contributions of each system to the maintenance of a healthy body. Introduces students to the cell, which is the basic structural and functional united of all organisms, and covers tissues, integument, skeleton, muscular and nervous systems as an integrated unit. Through instruction, including laboratory activities, students apply concepts associated with Human Anatomy & Physiology. Students will understand the structure, organization and function of the various components of the healthy body in order to apply this knowledge in all health related fields.

  • Recommended Grade Level: Grade 11,12
  • Recommended Prerequisites: Biology
  • Credits: 1 credit per semester, maximum of 2 semesters, maximum of 2 credits
  • Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas 
  • Fulfills a Core 40 Science course requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas or counts as an Elective or Directed Elective for any diploma
  • This course is aligned with postsecondary courses for Dual Credit

BIOLOGY I                                                                       

Biology I is a course based on the following core topics:  cellular chemistry, structure and reproduction; matter cycles and energy transfer; interdependence of organisms; molecular basis of heredity; genetics and evolution. Instruction should focus on developing student understanding that scientific knowledge is gained from observation of natural phenomena and experimentation by designing and conducting investigations guided by theory and by evaluating and communicating the results of those investigations according to accepted procedures.

  • Recommended Grade Level:  10
  • Credits: A two credit course
  • Fulfills the life science requirement for the General diploma, Fulfills Biology credit for Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

BIOLOGY, ADVANCED PLACEMENT                                    

Biology, Advanced Placement is a course based on the content established by the College Board. The major themes of the course include: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life, Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis, Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes, Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties. A comprehensive description of this course can be found on the College Board AP Central Course Description web page at:

http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/descriptions/index.html

  • Recommended Grade Level:  11-12
  • Recommended Prerequisite:  Biology I and Chemistry I
  • Credits: A two credit course, 1 credit per semester
  • Counts as a Science Course for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
  • Qualifies as a Quantitative Reasoning course for the General, Core 40, AHD, and THD diplomas

CHEMISTRY I                                                                       

Chemistry I is a course based on the following core topics:  properties and states of matter; atomic structure; bonding; chemical reactions; solution chemistry; behavior of gases, and organic chemistry.   Students enrolled in Chemistry I compare, contrast, and synthesize useful models of the structure and properties of matter and the mechanisms of its interactions.  Instruction should focus on developing student understanding that scientific knowledge is gained from observation of natural phenomena and experimentation by designing and conducting investigations guided by theory and by evaluating and communicating the results of those investigations according to accepted procedures. Recommended Grade Level: 10-12

  • Recommended Prerequisite: Algebra II (can be taken concurrently)
  • Credits: A two credit course
  • Fulfills the requirement for physical science for the General diploma. Fulfills Chemistry credit for Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
  • Qualifies as a Quantitative Reasoning course for the General, Core 40, AHD, and THD diplomas

CHEMISTRY II                                                                               

Chemistry II is an extended laboratory, field, and literature investigations-based course. Students enrolled in Chemistry II examine the chemical reactions of matter in living and nonliving materials. Based on the unifying themes of chemistry and the application of physical and mathematical models of the interactions of matter, students use the methods of scientific inquiry to answer chemical questions and solve problems concerning personal needs and community issues related to chemistry.

  • Recommended Grade Level: 11-12
  • Recommended Prerequisite: Chemistry I, Algebra II
  • Credits: A two credit course
  • Fulfills physical science requirement for the General diploma. Fulfills Chemistry credit for Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
  • Qualifies as a Quantitative Reasoning course for the General, Core 40, AHD, and THD diplomas
  • This course is aligned with postsecondary courses for Dual Credit

CHEMISTRY, ADVANCED PLACEMENT                                                            

Chemistry, Advanced Placement is a course based on the content established by the College Board. The content includes: (1) structure of matter: atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding, molecular models, nuclear chemistry; (2) states of matter: gases, liquids and solids, solutions; and (3) reactions: reaction types, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics and thermodynamics.  A comprehensive description of this course can be found on the College Board AP Central Course Description web page at:

http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/descriptions/index.html

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Courses are intended to be the equivalent to the comparable college level course. Most AP courses require instructional time equivalent to two traditional semesters, or one academic year in order to adequately address the course content and prepare students for the associated exam. However, the bulleted items following each course description indicate the AP courses that could conceivably be completed in either one semester or two.
  • Recommended Grade Level:  12
  • Recommended Prerequisite: Chemistry I, Algebra II, Pre-calculus/Trigonometry
  • Credits: A two credit course, 1 credit per semester
  • Counts as a Science Course for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
  • Qualifies as a Quantitative Reasoning course for the General, Core 40, AHD, and THD diplomas

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE I                                                                

Earth and Space Science I is a course focused on the following core topics: study of the earth’s layers; atmosphere and hydrosphere; structure and scale of the universe; the solar system and earth processes. Students analyze and describe earth’s interconnected systems and examine how earth’s materials, landforms, and continents are modified across geological time. Instruction should focus on developing student understanding that scientific knowledge is gained from observation of natural phenomena and experimentation by designing and conducting investigations guided by theory and by evaluating and communicating the results of those investigations according to accepted procedures. 

  • Recommended Grade Level: 9-10
  • Credits: A two credit course
  • Fulfills the earth and space science requirement for the General Diploma. Fulfills Core 40 science credit for Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

INTEGRATED CHEMISTRY-PHYSICS                                                           

Integrated Chemistry-Physics is a course focused on the following core topics: motion and energy of macroscopic objects; chemical, electrical, mechanical and nuclear energy; properties of matter; transport of energy; magnetism; energy production and its relationship to the environment and economy. Instruction should focus on developing student understanding that scientific knowledge is gained from observation of natural phenomena and experimentation by designing and conducting investigations guided by theory and by evaluating and communicating the results of those investigations according to accepted procedures

  • Recommended Grade Level: 9
  • Recommended Prerequisite: Algebra I (may be taken concurrently with this course)
  • Credits: A two credit course
  • Fulfills the physical science requirement for the General diploma. Fulfills the 2 credit requirement for Chemistry I, Physics I, or Integrated Chemistry and Physics towards the Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

ORGANIC/BIOCHEMISTRY MEDICAL CHEMISTRY

Course Description

This one-semester course provides students with an in-depth study of introductory organic chemistry and Biochemistry. General chemistry concepts (atomic structure, bonding, reactions, acids/bases, equilibria, etc.) are reviewed and applied to the organic chemistry.  The course content contains selected principles and applications in organic chemistry/Biochemistry with laboratory experiments reinforcing principles covered. It is especially designed for students who are pursuing degrees/careers in science/health fields. This course applies to CORE 40 and academic honors diplomas. The course is also available for dual credit (CHEM 141) at the University Southern Indiana through the college achievement program (CAP). This course supplements a one-semester biochemistry class.  Prerequisites:  Biology I (L) and Chemistry II(CAP).

Course Objectives:

  • To build a basic familiarity with organic chemistry/biochemistry
  • To use organic chemistry/ biochemistry to learn how to think critically
  • To analyze and apply problems in organic chemistry/biochemistry
  • To develop the ability to work effectively and safely in a laboratory environment
  • To prepare the student for college chemistry (science majors, health professional majors, pre-professional majors)

PHYSICS I                                                                 

Physics I is a course focused on the following core topics: motion and forces; energy and momentum; temperature and thermal energy transfer; electricity and magnetism; vibrations and waves; light and optics. Instruction should focus on developing student understanding that scientific knowledge is gained from observation of natural phenomena and experimentation by designing and conducting investigations guided by theory and by evaluating and communicating the results of those investigations according to accepted procedures.

  • Recommended Grade Level: 11-12
  • Fulfills the physical science requirement for the General diploma. Fulfills the 2 credit requirement for Chemistry I, Physics I, or Integrated Chemistry and Physics towards the Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
  • Qualifies as a Quantitative Reasoning course for the General, Core 40, AHD, and THD diplomas
  • Recommended Prerequisite: Algebra II
  • Credits: A two credit course

PHYSICS II                                                                               

Physics II is an extended laboratory, field, and literature investigations-based course. Students enrolled in Physics II investigate physical phenomena and the theoretical models that are useful in understanding the interacting systems of the macro- and microcosms. Students extensively explore the unifying themes of physics, including such topics and applications of physics as mechanics, wave motion, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism, atomic and nuclear physics, and thermodynamics, etc., in laboratory activities aimed at investigating physics questions and problems concerning personal needs and community issues related to physics.

  • Recommended Grade Level: 11-12
  • Credits: 2 semester course, 1 credit per semester
  • Recommended Prerequisite: Physics I, Precalculus/Trigonometry (can be taken concurrently)
  • Fulfills the physical science requirement for the General diploma, Fulfills Core 40 science credit for Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
  • Qualifies as a Quantitative Reasoning course for the General, Core 40, AHD, and THD diplomas
  • This course is aligned with postsecondary courses for Dual Credit