Science

Sciences
  • With inquiry at the core, the sciences framework aims to guide students to independently and collaboratively investigate issues through research, observation and experimentation. The sciences curriculum must explore the connections between science and everyday life. As they investigate real examples of science applications, students will discover the tensions and dependencies between science and morality, ethics, culture, economics, politics, and the environment.

    Scientific inquiry also fosters critical and creative thinking about research and design, as well as the identification of assumptions and alternative explanations. Students should learn to appreciate and respect the ideas of others, gain good ethical-reasoning skills and further develop their sense of responsibility as members of local and global communities.

    Learning science involves more than simply learning technical terminology. The IB considers all teachers to be language teachers and, thus, IB sciences should enable students to access, use and communicate scientific knowledge correctly and confidently in oral, written and visual modes.

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    IB Middle Years Programme | Sciences guide (2014)

Courses Offered

Required Courses

BIOLOGY
  • Biology
  • Biology (Honors)
PHYSICAL SCIENCE
  • Physical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry (Honors)
  • AP Physics 1
EARTH/ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
  • Earth/Environmental Science
  • Earth/Environmental Science (Honors)
  • AP Environmental Science

Electives

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Astronomy
  • Forensic Science
  • Marine Ecology
  • AP Biology

Science Courses

Required Courses

  • Biology Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisite: NoneRecommended for 9-12

    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) Credit Type: Honors
    Prerequisite: NoneRecommended for 9-12

    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.

    Chemistry Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisite: Algebra II or concurrent enrollment in Math IIIRecommended for 10-12

    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) Credit Type: Honors
    Prerequisite: Algebra II or concurrent enrollment in Math IIIRecommended for 10-12

    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.

    Earth Science/Environmental Science Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisite: NoneRecommended for 9-12

    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) Credit Type: Honors
    Prerequisite: NoneRecommended for 9-12

    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.

    Physical Science Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisite: NoneRecommended for 11-12

    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 Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisite: Algebra II or concurrent enrollment in Math IIIRecommended for 10-12

    Students develop a general understanding of the mathematical and motion-oriented study of matter and energy. Mechanics, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, gravity, and nuclear energy are the major topics of study. Students who wish to study these topics in detail should take Honors Physics.

    Physics (Honors) Credit Type: Honors
    Prerequisite: Algebra IIRecommended for 10-12

    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.

Electives

  • Anatomy & Physiology Credit Type: Honors
    Prerequisite: Chemistry or Honors Chemistry is strongly recommendedRecommended for 10-12

    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.

    Astronomy Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisite: NoneRecommended for 10-12

    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.

    Forensic Science Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisites: Biology and ChemistryRecommended for 10-12

    In this course students will be examining the role of the forensic scientist. Students will experience the application of the pure sciences as they examine the evidence of various forensic situations. The activities will include traditional methods in addition to modern biotechnological techniques.

    Marine Ecology Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisite: BiologyRecommended for 10-12

    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.

    Advanced Placement Biology Credit Type: AP
    Prerequisites: Biology and ChemistryRecommended for 11-12

    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.

    Advanced Placement Environmental Science Credit Type: AP
    Prerequisite: BiologyRecommended for 10-12

    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 resolving and/or preventing them. It is expected that students enrolled in this course will take the College Board Advanced Placement Test.

    Advanced Placement Physics I-Algebra Based Credit Type: AP
    Prerequisite: Math II or concurrent enrollment in Math IIIRecommended for 10-12

    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.*N*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 concurrently taking Math III or an equivalent course. Although the Physics I course includes basic use of trigonometric functions, this understanding can be gained either in the concurrent math course or in the AP Physics I course itself.

    Research Methods and Techniques Credit Type: Standard
    Prerequisite: Teacher ApprovalRecommended for 10-12

    This course provides extended, hands-on experience with tools, materials, and techniques used in biological, agricultural, and physical science research and application. Instruction includes appropriate methods for experimental design and implementation, data collection, and presentation of results.