Biology is a laboratory-based course designed to introduce students to the science processes, skills, and understandings related to a wide range of biological topics. During this course, students will learn to identify the basic questions and concepts that guide scientific investigation and to design and conduct their own investigations. Important skills to develop throughout this course include microscopy, graphing and measurement, identification of research questions, making connections, and the ability to be a self-directed learner.
Prerequisites: Biology and Algebra
Chemistry acquaints students with the basic properties of matter. The course emphasizes concepts using body/kinesthetic, interpersonal activities and mathematical problem solving. A solid understanding of the basic principles leads students to apply chemistry to their everyday lives. Topics covered in the class include Nature of Chemistry, Energy and Matter, Atomic Structure, Bonding and Quantitative Chemistry. These topics will be studied through a combination of lecture, activities and laboratory.
Architecture 100 (On-Line Course through UWM) (0.5 Credit)
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Standing, Recommendation from Art and/or Engineering Instructor
Course Description: This semester long course aims at laying a foundation for a general understanding of Architecture. Through fundamental principles spanning the education, the profession, the art, the science, and the current spirit of Architecture, the student will encounter a broad survey of vocabularies and conceptual processes. Lectures, readings, interactive digital video, examinations, and projects will provide the means of exploration.
IB Biology 1 SL/HL (1.0 Credit)
Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry
IB Biology 2 SL/HL (1.0 Credit)
Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry and IB Biology 1
IB Biology 1 & 2 SL/HL Course Description: It is the aim of this course to provide opportunities for scientific study and creativity within a global context which will stimulate and challenge students. This course will also provide a body of knowledge, methods and techniques which characterize biology and the biological science. This course will enable students to apply and use a body of knowledge, methods and techniques which are characteristic of biology and biological research. Students will develop an ability to analyze, evaluate and synthesize scientific information. Students will also engender an awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective collaboration and communication during scientific activities. Throughout the school year, students develop experimental and investigative skills, develop and apply the students’ information technology skills in the study of the subject. This course will help students raise awareness of the moral, ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of using science and technology. By the end of this course, students will develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations associated with science and scientists encourage an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and the overarching nature of the scientific method.
IB Biology 1 SL/HLTopics – Statistical Analysis, Cells, Chemistry of Life, Genetics, Ecology and Evolution, Human Health and Physiology
IB Biology 2 SL/HLTopics – Statistical Analysis, Nucleic Acids and Proteins, , Ecology and Conservation, Evolution (HL Topics), Plant Science, Cell Respiration and Photosynthesis, Group 4 Project, Individual Assessment
IB Environmental Systems and Societies 1 SL (1.0 Credit)
Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry
IB Environmental Systems and Societies 2 SL (1.0 Credit)
Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry and IB Environmental Systems and Societies 1
IB Environmental Systems and Societies 1 & 2 SL Course Description: Environmental Systems and Societies is an interdisciplinary course which is unique in that it contains various sciences, coupled with a societal viewpoint, all intertwined to help students understand the environment and sustainability. The purpose of this course is to expose students to the interrelationships of the environment and societies, as well as the nature of their interactions, so that they can make an informed personal response to a wide range of pressing global issues. While this course involves many labs, it is a unique science course in that students will be encouraged to engage in discussions and thoroughly read various documents to develop personal viewpoints. As we study each topic in this course, you will be encouraged to think about the interactions between humans and the environment. It is a personal goal of mine to encourage students in Environmental Science to gain a new perspective on the world around us and understand that each of us impacts the environment in various ways.
IB Environmental Systems and Societies – Year 1 SL
– Environmental Value Systems, Ecosystems and Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation, Climate Change and Energy Production
IB Environmental Systems and Societies – Year 2 SL
– Water and Aquatic Food Production, Soil Systems and Terrestrial Food Production, Atmospheric Systems and Societies, Human Systems and Resource Use, Group 4 Project, Individual Assessment
IB Chemistry 1 SL/HL (1.0 Credit)
Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry, Concurrent enrollment in Adv. Algebra/Trig
IB Chemistry 2 SL/HL (1.0 Credit)
Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry, and IB Chemistry 1
IB Chemistry 1 & 2 SL/HL Course Description: IB Chemistry is a continuation of Chemistry 1 Pre Diploma and is completed over the course of two years. The course begins with a review of earlier topics such as Matter, Atomic Structure, Bonding and Quantitative Chemistry and follows with a detailed study of Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibrium, Reactions, Acids and Bases, and Organic Chemistry. Students are required to complete a multidisciplinary project with students from other experimental sciences. The course also offers a variety of options including Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry. IB Chemistry HL includes all topics from IB Chemistry SL but to a greater depth with more detail.
IB Chemistry – Year 1 SL/HL – Measurement and Data Processing, Quantitative Chemistry, Atomic Structure, Periodicity, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibrium
IB Chemistry – Year 2 SL/HL – Equilibrium (HL Topics), Acids and Bases, Oxidation and Reduction, Organic Chemistry, Group 4 Project, Individual Assessment