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The purpose of this course is to provide exploratory experiences and laboratory and real-life applications in the biological sciences. Students will study the nature of science, including matter, energy, and chemical processes of life. They will understand life from the structure of cells to the structure of larger plants and animals. They will also study the behavior of organisms and the interdependence of organisms, humans, and life.

The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop knowledge of the ways that humans interact with the natural environment. The focus is on implementation of scientific habits of mind; application of scientific knowledge, methodology, and historical context to solve problems; earth dynamics; the influence of technology on environmental quality; environmental quality issues; and conservation and biodiversity.

In Aquatic Science, students study the interactions of biotic and abiotic components in aquatic environments, including impacts on aquatic systems. Investigations and field work in this course may emphasize freshwater or marine aspects of aquatic science depending primarily upon the natural resources available to study near the school. Students who successfully complete the course will acquire knowledge about a variety of aquatic systems, conduct investigations and observations of the aquatic environment, and develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

The course will cover the classification, structure, and changes of matter, atomic theory, and the periodic table. Students will also learn about bonding, chemical formulas, chemical reactions, and balanced equations. From stoichiometry to acids and bases to the dynamics of energy, this course includes everything necessary to study the composition, properties, and changes associated with matter and their applications.

The purpose of this course is to provide opportunities to study the concepts, theories, and laws governing the interaction of matter, energy, and forces, and their applications through exploratory investigations and activities.

Integrated Physics and Chemistry students conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. This course integrates the principles of physics and chemistry in the following topics: motion, waves, energy transformations, properties of matter, and changes in matter and solution chemistry.

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