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.