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Science is at times amusingly simple, and at others, beautifully complex. By following the sequence of science courses, students will explore a variety of fields that lead to an understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. The high school curriculum is designed to help students develop concrete knowledge and critical thinking skills, along with a sense of respect for the intricacies of nature.

Standard ProgramCollege Prep ProgramHonors Program
Grade 9
Integrated ScienceIntegrated ScienceBiology I
Grade 10
General BiologyBiology IChemistry I
Grade 11
  • General Chemistry
  • Catastrohpic Events in Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Material Science
Chemistry I
  • Physics I
  • AP Biology II
  • AP Chemistry II
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Environmental Science
  • IB Bio HL
  • IB Physics
  • IB Env. Systems & Societies
  • Material Science
Grade 12
  • General Chemistry
  • Catastrohpic Events in Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Material Science
  • Physics I
  • AP Biology II
  • AP Chemistry II
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Environmental Science
  • IB Bio HL
  • IB Physics
  • IB Env. Systems & Societies
  • Material Science
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Courses
Integrated Science
SC101
Credits: 1
Grades: 9
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
Students are introduced to the basic of chemistry and physics. Earth science connections are made in both areas. Students will relate scientific principles to everyday problem-solving experiences.
General Biology
SC200
Credits: 1
Grades: 10
Prerequisites: None
Notes: None
Course Description:
Open to students who do not have credit in either Biology I, General Chem, or Chemistry I. This course increases awareness of how biology impacts everyday living. General Biology is not recommended to students preparing for 4-year colleges. Students will take the Ohio AIR test in Biology.
Biology I
SC201
Credits: 1
Grades: 9 10
Prerequisites: Integrated Science (SC101)
Notes: None
Course Description:
Biology I is strongly recommended as a college preparatory course. Topics include ecology, cells, living systems, genetics, evolution, and diversity of life. Lab techniques, including dissection, are integral parts of the course. Students will take the Ohio AIR test in Biology.
AP Biology II
SC502
Credits: 1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Biology I (SC201)
Notes: None
Course Description:
This course provides an opportunity for students to develop a more detailed understanding of topics from Biology I such as: molecules, cells, heredity, evolution, organisms, phylogeny, ecology, experimentation, and documentation. AP Bio II is recommended for students considering a career in the biological sciences. All students enrolled will be encouraged to take the AP exam in the spring.
General Chemistry
SC300
Credits: 1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: 2 science credits
Notes: None
Course Description:
General Chemistry deals with basic concepts involving the study of matter. This course includes lab experiments and demonstrations. Students should be enrolled in at least Algebra II A or B concurrently.
Chemistry I
SC301
Credits: 1
Grades: 10 11 12
Prerequisites: Biology I (SC201), Algebra I (MA121)
Notes: None
Course Description:
Chemistry I deals with the structure of matter and the changes matter can undergo. This is a college-prep, lab course, and requires a working knowledge of math, particularly algebra. Students in math classes Algebra IIA (MA311) or B (MA411) are not recommended for Chemistry I, but should sign up for General Chemistry.
AP Chemistry II
SC512
Credits: 1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Chemistry I (SC301)
Notes: None
Course Description:
AP Chem II is a challenging course that covers the topics typical of college and university general chemistry courses. The laboratory requirements are met during regular class time. Recommended for students with a strong chemistry background, including those who plan to study medicine, engineering, or other sciences.
Physics I
SC401
Credits: 1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Algebra I (MA121), Plane Geometry (MA221)
Notes: None
Course Description:
Physics is a laboratory and lecture-based study of scientific and mathematical relationships between mass and energy. The primary areas of study include waves, sound, optics, and mechanics.
AP Physics II Lecture
SC522
Credits: 1
Grades: 12
Prerequisites: Physics I (SC401), Calculus AB (MA513) or Calculus I&II (CCPW17/CCPW18)
Notes: Should also be signed up for AP Physics II Lab (SC532).
Course Description:
This course is recommended for students considering a career in engineering orphyiscal science. Topics include advanced mechanics, classical electricity, and magnetism. Calculus is used freely in formulating principles and in solving problems. Use of calculus is expected to increase as the course progresses. Students should also sign up for the AP Physics II Lab course (SC532).
AP Physics II Lab
SC532
Credits: 1
Grades: 12
Prerequisites: Physics I (SC401)
Notes: This course cannot be taken without AP Physics II Lecture (SC522)
Course Description:
This course is an extension of AP Physics II, allowing students to pursue applications of the lecture topics. The lab course utilizes high-tech, state of the art equipment and lab techniques. This course is designed to be taken concurrently with AP Physics II Lecture (SC522) as a 2 credit program. The lab cannot be taken without the lecture.
Anatomy & Physiology
SC411
Credits: 1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Biology I (SC201) required, Chemistry I (SC301) recommended
Notes: None
Course Description:
Anatomy and Physiology involves the integrated coverage of the structure and function of the human body. Topics of study include the nervous system, cytology, histology, circulation, metabolism, skeletal system, urinary system, nerve-muscle physiology, endocrine system, reproduction, and electrolyte balance. Dissections will be an integral part of the course. Students may choose to take this course as college credit plus through Sinclair.
Environmental Science
SC321 SC322
Credits: /1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: 2 science credits
Notes: SC321 is for first semester, SC322 is for second semester.
Course Description:
Environmental Science is a hands-on approach to exploring ecology, pollution, waste management, and sustainability. If you are interested in pursuing an environmental career, taking an extra science elective, or earning a third science credit towards graduation, this course is for you! Students may take this for one semester for 1/2 credit, or two semesters for 1 credit, not to repeat the same semester.
Catastrophic Events in Science
SC310 SC311
Credits: /1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: 2 science credits
Notes: SC310 is for first semester, SC311 is for second.
Course Description:
Students will investigate various forms of natural and man-made disasters that have shaped the earth and affected living things. Topics include Big Bang Theory, meteor collisions, volcanism, earthquakes, tsunamis, weather disasters, and nuclear fallout. This is a class-contained, project-oriented course. Students may take this course for one semester for 1/2 credit or two semesters for 1 credit, not to repeat the same semester.
IB Biology SL/HL - YR 1 & 2
SC710 SC720
Credits: 1,1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Chemistry I (SC301)
Notes: None
Course Description:
This two year course provides students with a broad and general understanding of the principles of biology, many of them at an advanced or college level. The course will address the following themes: structure and function, universality versus diversity, equilibrium with systems, and evolution. Scientific method and scientific process are prevalent throughout the SL program as students conduct lab investigations within the thematic areas.
IB Environmental Systems & Societies SL
SC610
Credits: 1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Integrated Science (SC101), Biology I (SC201)
Notes: None
Course Description:
This one year course provides students with an understanding of complex environmental issues. Systems thinking is the integrative theme of this course. Scientific method and scientific process are prevalent throughout the SL program as students conduct ab investigations within the thematic areas.
IB Physics SL
SC620
Credits: 1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: Algebra II (MA321)
Notes: None
Course Description:
This one year course will aim to provide students with opportunities to study, at both a theoretical and empirical level, a broad range of physics topics. The subject material will consist of generally accepted physics principles in measurement, mechanics, thermal physics, oscillations and waves, electric currents, fields and forces, atomic and nuclear, energy, power, climate change, sight and wave phenomena, and electromagnetic waves. The goal is for students to learn the key concepts in each topic, apply their understanding of those concepts in novel situations, carry out experiments related to those topics, and solve problems mathematically.
Material Science and Technology
SC302 SC304
Credits: /1
Grades: 11 12
Prerequisites: 2 science credits
Notes: SC302 is for first semester and SC304 is for second semester. It is strongly recommended that the students has earned C's or higher in previous science classes in order to have sufficient foundation for the concepts and skills learned in this course.
Course Description:
Everything is made of something. Other branches of science and engineering rely on materials, scientists, and engineers for the ingredients used to design and manufacture things like safer cars with better gas mileage, faster computers with larger hard drives, smaller electronics, threat-detecting sensors, alternative energy products, and better medical devices. Material Science is the study of the materials we use every day. In this class, students will study the substances that make up everything around us. The course will be hands-on and will include student-led research and exploration of the structure and properties of metals, glass, ceramics, polymers, and composites.