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General Science with Lab

Honors General Science 9 with Lab

Biology I

Honors Biology I

Chemistry

Honors Chemistry

Advanced Topics in General Science

Chemistry

Honors Chemistry

Physics

Honors Physics

General Physics – UCONN

Biology – UCONN

Ethics and Science

Astronomy

Environmental Science

Forensics

Human Anatomy and

Physiology

General Science 9 with Lab develops the student’s scientific inquiry by integrating the sciences, with a focus on preparing the student. This course builds on the concepts and principles of chemistry, environmental topics and physics. The application of scientific concepts to trade experiences reinforces the curriculum. This course covers areas of chemical reactions, energy transfers in life processes and biochemistry. Students will form hypotheses, design experiments, use technology, analyze data and draw conclusions. Course content reflects the Connecticut Next Generation Science (NGSS) Assessment.

See section XV for Honors/Advanced Level Selection Criteria

The honors section is a more rigorous application of the General Science 9 with Lab. Topics are covered more in depth and include additional hands-on laboratory work. Individual student research topics in Physical Science are emphasized in this course.

Following the Connecticut Science Framework 3 and 4, Biology I/Foundations of Life Science 10 with Lab continues the students’ scientific inquiry training as preparation for the NGSS Assessment. The course, which builds upon the knowledge of biological concepts, includes: cell chemistry, biotechnology, genetics, evolution and biodiversity. As in grade 9, students will continue forming hypotheses, designing experiments, analyzing data and drawing conclusions while expanding their understanding of the content standards.

See section XV for Honors/Advanced Level Selection Criteria

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I and a grade of 95 or a grade of 85 in Honors General Science 9

The honors section is a more rigorous application of the Biology I/Foundations of Life Science 10 with Lab. 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.

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 the following: 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. The application of scientific concepts to trade experiences reinforces the course curriculum. A variety of laboratories provide the student with opportunities to form hypotheses, design experiments, use technology, analyze data and draw conclusions.

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. Students will investigate the properties, composition and structure of matter and the laws that govern the combination of elements and reaction of substances. The application of scientific concepts to trade experiences reinforces the curriculum. Students will apply their knowledge of chemistry to various problem-solving activities with the use of science-specific technologies and standard laboratory tools.

See section XV for Honors/Advanced Level Selection Criteria

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 (acid-base and red-ox), nuclear and organic chemistry.

Advanced Topics in General Science allows students to continue to explore aspects of Chemistry, Physics, and Earth and Space Sciences and to apply data collection, analysis, and interpretation skills related to those scientific concepts. Based on the Next Generation Science Standards, the course is made up of three related disciplines:  Earth and Space Science; Physical Sciences; and Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science.  This framework articulates the standards as well as the science and engineering performances, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts. The curriculum describes the specific performances that will be assessed on the Next Generation Science Assessment. Students are expected to complete several inquiry-based projects over the course of the year.

Using a laboratory approach, students will investigate Newton’s laws, classical mechanics, universal gravitation, astronomy, electricity and electrical forces and the electromagnetic wave spectrum (EMS). The application of scientific concepts to trade experiences reinforces the curriculum. Throu