The science curriculum at Rolesville HS is rooted in a desire to prepare our students to see the world through the eyes of a scientist--eyes that allow them to not only observe and note, but to also question and experiment. Through our courses designed to offer authentic learning opportunities, we hope to equip students with key skills needed to question, analyze, and evaluate everything around them.
Course Name Prerequisite Course Outline BIOLOGY This course is designed to develop student understanding of biological concepts and principles and promote an understanding of plant and animal processes from the cellular to the multi-cellular level. Laboratory work is an important part of each phase of the course. The final exam is the North Carolina Biology End-of-Course Test. BIOLOGY (HONORS) Content and principles for biology are taught but in greater depth and magnitude. Students do extensive research, independent study, and laboratory investigations. This course is designed for students who have shown superior achievement and high interest in previous science courses. The final exam is the North Carolina Biology End-of-Course Test BIOLOGICAL PROJECTS Completion of a Biological Science This course is designed for the student who has completed general biology. It offers an opportunity to learn and apply biological techniques and procedures as applied to medical laboratory work, nursing, and medicine. It is a laboratory-oriented course that uses no textbook and has only a minimal amount of lecture. Most of the work is in the laboratory. A special research project is required. ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY Biology/Honors Biology and Chemistry/Honors Chemistry Students study the basic principles and concepts covered in an introductory “General Biology” college-level course. Topics include the structure and function of cells and organisms, the organization, requirements and development of living systems, and heredity and evolution. Students are provided in-depth laboratory experiences. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will take the College Board Advanced Placement Test. MARINE ECOLOGY Biology The interrelationships among marine organisms and the physical, chemical, geological, and biological factors in their environment are the focus of this course. The importance of the marine environment to life on earth is stressed. North Carolina's coastal processes are studied in detail. Laboratory and field experiences are major components of the course. ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (HONORS) Chemistry or Honors Chemistry is strongly recommended This course is designed for the student with a strong background and interest in biology. A detailed study of the human body, including gross structure of the body and physiology, provides the framework of the course. Students are provided more extensive laboratory experiences and independent research than students enrolled in Anatomy and Physiology.
Course Name Prerequisite Course Outline CHEMISTRY Chemistry is the study of the composition and properties of matter. It provides an introduction to the theories concerning the structure of matter and includes mathematical problems that illustrate these theories. Laboratory experiences and demonstrations are integral parts of this course. CHEMISTRY (HONORS) Algebra II or concurrent enrollment in Math III The concepts and principles of chemistry are presented in greater depth and at a more rapid pace than in Academic Chemistry. Students perform extensive research, independent study, and laboratory work. Theoretical and mathematical relationships in chemistry are studied. ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY Algebra II and Chemistry/Honors Chemistry Students study the basic principles and concepts covered in an introductory “General Chemistry” college-level course. Topics include chemical composition, stoichiometry, atomic structure, bonding, molecular structure, chemical reactions, states of matter, and solutions. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will take the College Board Advanced Placement Test.
Earth Science Courses
Course Name Prerequisite Course Outline EARTH SCIENCE/ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Students are provided an in-depth study of the earth processes including plate tectonics, rock and mineral formation, and landforms. Laboratory work is a major component of the program. EARTH SCIENCE/ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (HONORS) This course focuses on inquiry into the functions of the earth's systems. Emphasis is placed on matter, energy, coastal dynamics, environmental awareness, materials availability, and the cycles that circulate energy and material thorough the earth systems. Laboratory work is a major component of the course. INTRODUCTION TO METEOROLOGY This course focuses on inquiry into atmospheric conditions. Emphasis is placed on weather patterns, cycles of energy, interpreting and analyzing weather models, surface conditions, pollution, upper-air conditions, weather mapping, and climatologic patterns. Laboratory work is a major component of this course. ASTRONOMY The underlying principles of life, earth, and physical science are integrated in this study of the universe. Historical astronomy, the solar system, comets, constellations, extraterrestrial life, and the evolution of stars are the major topics of study. Observational astronomy skills and critical thinking are fostered through the use of laboratory and field activities ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Successful completion of two years of high school laboratory science The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college course in environmental science. The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resol
Other Science Courses
Course Name Prerequisite Course Outline PHYSICAL SCIENCE This course is designed as an entry-level course. The concepts of physics and chemistry are taught using both laboratory approaches and inquiry teaching. Students use their mathematical skills in the applications of science. Science projects and other independent student research provide students with a better understanding of the processes of science. PHYSICS (HONORS) Algebra II Honors Physics is the in-depth mathematical and motion-oriented study of matter and energy. It provides an understanding of the physical principles and laws dealing with mechanics, heat, light, electromagnetism, and nuclear energy. Students are provided various laboratory experiences that are designed to enhance and reinforce concepts and principles in physics. AP PHYSICS I-ALGEBRA BASED AP Physics I is equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum): work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. It also introduces electric circuits. Physics I: unlike AP Physics B, which recommends a prior high school physics course, no prior course work in physics is necessary to students to enroll in AP Physics I. Students should have completed Geometry/Math II and be c FORENSIC SCIENCE (HONORS) This course allows students the opportunity to examine the roles of the modern day forensics scientist. The concepts and principles are presented in greater depth and at a more rapid pace than the academic course. The classroom activities will include traditional and modern biotechnological techniques. RESEARCH METHODS AND TECHNIQUES (HONORS) This honors level course affords students the opportunity to participate in advanced scientific research and scholarship. Students may do research in biology, chemistry, and the physical sciences. Instruction includes current methods for scientific research and experimental design.