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Title: 7TH GRADE SCIENCE

PREREQUISITES:  Requirement for 7th Grade

DESCRIPTION:  The 7th Grade Life Science course covers topics in the disciplines of cell biology, evolution, botany, zoology, ecology and anatomy/physiology.  Students participate in audio, visual, and tactile learning activities designed to increase their knowledge and interest in life science.  Additionally. students use the scientific method to collect and interpret data and report information.  This course is a great introduction to topics that students will see in high school biology and anatomy/physiology courses.

ORGANIZATION:   Year long

Title: 8TH GRADE SCIENCE

PREREQUISITES:  Requirement for 8th Grade

DESCRIPTION: Earth Science is the study of the changes that occur on the earth and its surroundings.  Topics include plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, erosion, weather and astronomy.  Students will learn how to conduct scientific research, analyze the data they collect and draw conclusions from that data.  A science fair project will be completed by students at the end of the first semester and a field study at the end of the year.

ORGANIZATION:   Year long


Title: 9TH GRADE SCIENCE

PREREQUISITES:  Requirement for 9th Grade

DESCRIPTION: Ninth graders explore basic chemistry and physics concepts in 9th grade science.  Topics include forces and motion, everyday chemistry and sound and light.  Students will be involved in a couple of research projects that require the use of the scientific method, one at the end of each semester.

ORGANIZATION:   Year Long

Title: BIOLOGY

PREREQUISITES:   Students in Grades 10 - 12

DESCRIPTION: Areas of study will include: the history of science, scientific method, concepts of molecular and cellular biology, genetics, reproduction, classification of living organisms, structure and function of organisms in the animal kingdom, etc.  Laboratory work will be involved.

ORGANIZATION:   Year long


Title: CHEMISTRY IN THE COMMUNITY

PREREQUISITES: Student in 11th or 12th grade.

DESCRIPTION: This chemistry course is intended to develop chemistry-literate and science-literate citizens by focusing on chemistry for life and citizenship.  Each unit is centered on a chemistry-related societal issue or challenge.  The material is focused on water and environmental chemistry and integrates numerous decision-making activities.

ORGANIZATION:  Year Long


Title: ADVANCED BIOLOGY

PREREQUISITES: Students in grades 11 or 12,  Biology.

DESCRIPTION:  A complete survey of the human body using an up to the minute college level text. This class will also serve as an introduction to the basic principles of ecology, the major ecosystems of the world, and current ecological problems.  Lab work will include ecological problems, which will include ecological surveys of adjacent ecosystems with special attention paid to the population dynamics of those systems.

ORGANIZATION: Year long


Title:  COLLEGE CHEMISTRY

PREREQUISITES:  Student in 11th or 12th grade, completion of Algebra II and Geometry, letter grade of  “B-” or better in freshman physical science, and currently have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

DESCRIPTION: This chemistry course is intended to be a general overview of general chemistry.  Topics include atomic and molecular structure, inorganic nomenclature, chemical equations, quantitative relationships, behavior of gases, phases of matter, solution chemistry, chemical dynamics, acid/base chemistry, oxidation-reduction process, nuclear processes, introduction to organic and bio chemistry.

COURSE OPTION: Students with a 3.0 or higher GPA are eligible to receive college credit from the University of Minnesota-Crookston upon completion of the course.

ORGANIZATION:  Year Long

Title: COLLEGE PHYSICS

PREREQUISITES: Student in grades 11 and 12, completion of Algebra II and Geometry, and currently have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

DESCRIPTION: This physics course is intended to be a general overview of physics from a conceptual perspective.  Topics include describing and measuring motion, momentum, energy, both classical and Einstein’s relativity, energy of matter and wave motion.

COURSE OPTION: Students with a 3.0 or higher GPA are eligible to receive college credit from the University of Minnesota-Crookston upon completion of the course.

ORGANIZATION:  Year Long


Title: ADVANCED EARTH SCIENCE

PREREQUISITES: Required for students in 12th grade.

DESCRIPTION: This course will cover the major content areas of earth science, but the material will be presented largely through projects.  Each unit will focus on a topic and a culminating project will make up the majority of the grade for that unit.  Some projects will be individual and others will be completed within a group.  The purpose is to make earth science topics relevant to everyday life.

ORGANIZATION:  Semester

                    


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