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The science curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all students. Research has shown the more rigorous a science class, the higher the ACT/SAT score(s) tends to lend toward a higher GPA in college.


33260 Environmental Science (9)

  • Prerequisite: IEP; Teacher recommendation

Environmental Science is a lab science course that enables students to develop an understanding of natural and man-made environments and environmental problems the world faces. Students explore environmental science concepts through an inquiry-based approach. Embedded standards for Inquiry and Technology & Engineering are taught in the context of the content standards for Earth Systems, The Living World, Human Population, Water and Land Resources, Energy Resources and Consumption, Pollution and Waste Production, Global Change, and Civic Responsibility. 

 

65171 Agriscience (9-10) 

  • Prerequisite: None

  • Note: This course does NOT fulfill a science credit requirement with the NCAA Clearinghouse. 

Agriscience is an introductory laboratory science course that prepares students for biology, subsequent science and agriculture courses, and post-secondary study. This course helps students understand the important role that agricultural science and technology serves in the 21st century. It serves as the first course for all programs of study in the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources cluster. 

 

33203 CP Physical Science (9)

  • Prerequisite: None

Physical Science 9 is an introductory science course for freshman students only. This course is aimed at gaining foundational understanding of physical and chemical properties and interactions to prepare students for Biology and Chemistry courses. 

 

33237 Honors Physical World Concepts (9)

  • Prerequisite: None

  • Expectations: Completion of a project focused on developing and conducting a lab activity working at an accelerated level. 

Conceptual Physics is an introductory science course for highly motivated 9th grade students. This course is aimed at gaining an understanding of the role of matter and energy in the world around us using hands on experiments and graphical analysis. This course is designed for students interested in pursuing engineering. 

 

33210 Biology I (10)

  • Prerequisite:  Agriscience, Environmental Science, Physical Science, or CP Conceptual Physics

  • Preparation for Exam: TN Ready Assessment 

The goal of Biology I is to develop an understanding of basic life processes.  The Tennessee State Standards /State Performance Indicators (SPIs) require students to understand concepts that encompass several key unit themes including Inquiry, Technology, Engineering, and Math; Cells; Heredity; Interdependence; Biodiversity and Change; and Flow of Energy and Matter. Students explore Biology through an inquiry-based approach.

 

32105 Biology IA (10)

  • Prerequisites: IEP; Teacher recommendation

The goal of Biology IA is to develop an understanding of basic life processes.  The course is designed for students with individualized educational plans (IEPs) and is equipped with teacher aides to allow for more 1:1 interaction. The Tennessee State Standards /State Performance Indicators (SPIs) require students to understand concepts that encompass several key unit themes including Inquiry, Technology, Engineering, and Math; Cells; Heredity; Interdependence; Biodiversity and Change; and Flow of Energy and Matter. This is the first of a two-part Biology I course sequence. 

 

32106 Biology IB (10)

  • Prerequisites: IEP: Teacher recommendation

The goal of Biology IB is to develop an understanding of basic life processes.  The course is designed for students with individualized educational plans (IEPs) and is equipped with teacher aides to allow for more 1:1 interaction. The Tennessee State Standards /State Performance Indicators (SPIs) require students to understand concepts that encompass several key unit themes including Inquiry, Technology, Engineering, and Math; Cells; Heredity; Interdependence; Biodiversity and Change; and Flow of Energy and Matter. This is the second of a two-part Biology I course sequence. 

 

34210 Honors Biology I (10)

  • Prerequisite:  Grade of an A in Agriscience, Environmental Science, Physical Science, or a B< in CP Conceptual Physics

  • Preparation for Exam:  TN Ready Assessment 

  • Expectations: Complete class projects.  Accelerated pace

The goal of Honors Biology I is to develop an understanding of basic life processes.  The Tennessee State Standards /State Performance Indicators (SPIs) require students to understand concepts that encompass several key unit themes including Inquiry, Technology, Engineering, and Math; Cells; Heredity; Interdependence; Biodiversity and Change; and Flow of Energy and Matter. Students explore Biology through an inquiry-based approach. Honors students have a semester-long project to complete before the end of the term and will be assigned one of the following: 

  • reading one nonfiction, science-related novel paired with a research report on a current event linked to the book’s topic

  • an inquiry based, student led, science research experiment with trifold science board. 

 

33222 Chemistry I (10-12)

  • Prerequisites: Algebra I and Physical Science 

The goal of Chemistry is to develop an understanding of the properties of matter and the interaction of matter and energy. Course content includes the properties and structures of matter in its various states, chemical calculations and quantitative relationships, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, energy, solutions, gas laws, acids and bases and laboratory techniques and safety procedures. The ability to make mathematical computations using fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, and exponents is required. 

 

33223 Honors Chemistry I (10-12)

  • Prerequisites: An A or B in Algebra I and an A in Physical Science

The goal of Honors Chemistry I is to develop an understanding of the relevance of chemistry as it relates to standards of living, career choices, and current issues in science and technology.  Course content includes the properties and structures of matter in its various states, chemical calculations and quantitative relationships, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, energy, solutions, gas laws, acids and bases and laboratory techniques and safety procedures. The ability to make mathematical computations using fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, and exponents is required.  This course is designed to meet the needs of the student who prefers academic challenge. All students will complete a project as part of the curriculum. 

 

33216 Biology II (11-12)

  • Prerequisites: C or higher in Biology I and Chemistry I

  • Requirement: Lab Fee ($$$)

Biology II is a lab science course in which students engage in an in-depth study of the principles of biology and nature. This course emphasizes comparative internal and external anatomical structures and functions of various plant and animal species, the environmental interaction of organisms, processes of living things, mechanisms that maintain homeostasis, biodiversity and change in populations over time. Students explore biological concepts through an inquiry-based approach as lab investigations and special projects heavily supplement this course. Students will conduct dissection labs in this course. This course is appropriate for traditional academic students with an interest in biology as well as technical students who are pursuing careers in zoology, veterinary, or medical fields. Biology II follows the Campbell Biology Concepts and Connections, 6th edition text and requires good attendance and participation for successful completion of the coursework. 

 

33316 Honors Biology II (11-12)

  • Prerequisites: B or higher CP Biology I and Honors Chemistry I

  • Offered: Fall only

  • Requirement: Lab Fee ($$$)

This course is a lab science course in which students engage in an in-depth study of the principles of biology. Honors Biology II follows the first semester AP Biology syllabus and conducts the AP labs. This course emphasizes the environmental interaction of organisms, processes of living things, and mechanisms that maintain homeostasis. Students explore biological concepts through an inquiry-based approach as lab investigations and special projects heavily supplement this course. This course is appropriate for traditional academic students with an interest in biology as well as technical students who are pursuing careers in zoology, veterinary, or medical fields. Honors Biology II follows the Campbell Biology Concepts and Connections, 10th edition college level text and requires good attendance and participation for successful completion of the coursework.  

 

33217 AP Biology / Advanced Placement (11-12)

  • Prerequisites: Honors Biology II

  • Offered: Spring only

  • Requirement: Lab Fee ($$$)

  • Preparation for Exam:  AP Biology Exam in May

AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the “Big Ideas” in Biology: evolution, cellular processes, energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. A minimum of twenty-five percent of instructional time is devoted to hands on laboratory work with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations. This course follows the Campbell Biology Concepts and Connections, 10th edition college level text and requires good attendance and participation for successful completion of the coursework. This course has a lab fee. The AP program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both – while still in high school. Students who earn a qualifying score on an AP Exam are typically eligible to receive college credit and/or placement in advanced courses in college. 

 

33324 Chemistry II (11-12)

  • Prerequisites: Chemistry I and Algebra II

Chemistry II is a lab science course that builds on topics introduced in Chemistry I. This course investigates chemical bonding and how the kinetic molecular theory and intermolecular forces explain the physical and chemical characteristics of matter. Additional aspects of chemical reactions including limiting reactants, percent yield, equilibrium, reaction rates, and thermochemistry are considered. Students explore chemistry concepts through an inquiry-based approach. Embedded standards for Inquiry, Mathematics, and Technology & Engineering are taught in the context of the content standards for Structure of Matter, States of Matter, and Reactions. 

 

33224 Honors Chemistry II (11-12)

  • Prerequisites: C or above in Honors Chemistry I

  • Offered: Fall only

Honors Chemistry II represents the first half of the AP Chemistry curriculum as outlined by College Board (www.collegeboard.com).  It is designed to investigate in greater depth the interactions of matter and energy.  Topics include solution stoichiometry, gases, thermodynamics, atomic structure and bonding, intermolecular forces, and equilibrium. 

 

33225 AP Chemistry / Advanced Placement (11-12)

  • Prerequisites: C or above in Honors Chemistry II

  • Offered: Spring only

  • Preparation for Exam: Advanced Placement Chemistry Exam offered by the College Board in May. 

AP Chemistry represents the second half of the AP Chemistry curriculum as outlined by College Board (www.collegeboard.com). Topics include equilibrium, acid/base chemistry, kinetics, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, and descriptive chemistry. Summer assignments are required for AP courses. 

 

33231 Honors Physics (11-12)

  • Prerequisites: C or higher in Honors Chemistry I and Precalculus or B or higher in Honors Algebra II 

The goal of Honors Physics is to develop an understanding of the relationships between matter and energy, with an emphasis on the fundamental laws governing the universe.  Physics is recommended for juniors and seniors who are considering careers in the health sciences, veterinary medicine, engineering, architecture, or computer science. 

 

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