Science

Connecticut Technical High School System's Science course breakdown by grade.

Grade 9

1 Credit
Foundations of Physical Science 9
Honors Foundations of Physical Science 9

Grade 10

1 Credit
Biology I
Honors Biology I

Foundations of Life Science 10
Honors Foundations of Life Science 10

Grade 11

1 Credit
Biology II
Chemistry
Honors Chemistry

Chemistry in the Community
Physics
Honors Physics
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Astronomy
Environmental Sciences
Forensics

Grade 12

1 Credit
Chemistry
Honors Chemistry
Physics
Honors Physics
Human Anatomy and Physiology

UCONN ECE Physics
Astronomy
Environmental Sciences
Forensics
Chemistry in the Community

Course Descriptions*

Foundations of Physical Science 9 (SC113)
Foundations of Physical Science 9 develops the student’s scientific inquiry by integrating the sciences, with a focus on preparing the student for the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT). This course builds on the concepts and principles of chemistry, environmental topics and physics. 

Honors Foundations of Physical Science 9 (SC114)
The honors section is a more rigorous application of the Foundations of Physical Science. Topics are covered more in depth and include additional hands-on laboratory work.

Biology I or Foundations of Life Science 10 (SC213, SC635)
Following the Connecticut Science Framework 3 and 4, Biology I/Foundations of Life Science 10 continues the student's scientific inquiry training as preparation for the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT). The course, which builds upon the knowledge of biological concepts, includes: cell chemistry, biotechnology, genetics, evolution and biodiversity.

Honors Biology I or Honors Foundations of Life Science 10 (SC214, SC636)
The honors section is a more rigorous application of the Biology I/Foundations of Life Science 10. Topics are covered more in depth and include additional hands-on laboratory work. Individual student research topics in Life Science are emphasized in this course.

Biology II (SC637)
Prerequisite: Biology I or Foundations of Life Science in Grade 10
This lab course will focus on biological concepts. Topics include the scientific method of inquiry, as well as basic biochemistry, the study of cell structure and function, cell physiology, cell reproduction and development, Mendelian genetics, population genetics, ecology and the classification, structure and function of organisms.

Chemistry (SC610)
This lab course builds on knowledge developed in the previous integrated science courses. Students will be introduced to chemistry topics such as atomic structure, chemical bonding, energy changes, stoichiometry, periodicity, properties of gases, solutions, acid-base theory, electrochemistry and organic and biochemistry.

Honors Chemistry (SC615)
Honors Chemistry is a laboratory and mathematically-oriented science course. Basic classical concepts are emphasized in this college preparatory course. Topics studied will include measurement, atomic and molecular structure and theory, periodic law, chemical bonding, formulas, equations and stoichiometry, gases, liquids, solids and solutions, chemical reactions, nuclear and organic chemistry.

Physics (SC625)
Using a laboratory approach, students will investigate Newton’s laws, classical mechanics, universal gravitation, astronomy, electricity and electrical forces and the electromagnetic wave spectrum.

Honors Physics (SC626)
Prerequisite: Algebra II
A more comprehensive lab course, students will gain an in-depth knowledge and appreciation of the physical world, using both the qualitative and quantitative study of the principles of physics.

Human Anatomy and Physiology (SC640)
This course is an introduction to the structure and function of the human body. It provides students with a solid foundation in human anatomy and physiology. It includes a study of diseases, conditions and an emphasis on how various organ systems maintain homeostasis. 

Astronomy (SC661)
This course is an introduction to the study of the solar system, the stars, galaxies, nebulae and newly discovered celestial bodies. It is designed to raise the level of student awareness to celestial objects, including the history, properties, interrelationships and the origins of the universe.

Environmental Sciences (SC660)
Environmental Sciences will train students in standard laboratory operating procedures and sampling/analysis techniques in the related areas of chemistry, biology and environmental science. The application of scientific concepts to trade experiences reinforces the curriculum.

Forensics (SC620)
This course is designed to challenge students with topics such as fingerprinting, DNA analysis, blood typing and spattering, trajectories, comparative anatomy, chemical analysis of drugs, poisons, trace evidence and the dynamics of physics. Students will learn about the careers involved with Forensic Science and will play mock roles as experts in the field to solve crimes. 

Chemistry in the Community (SC663)
Each unit in this course includes a chemistry-related theme which connects directly to everyday life and to the community. It is designed to provide the student opportunities to develop and observe important chemistry concepts connected to their surroundings.
 

* Some courses may not be offered at every school. 

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