Science Department

  • General Science 

    Course#810                 Grades: 9&10                     Length: 2 semesters              Credit: 1

    This course is designed to show the student how major science principles are applied to specialized fields of science, including how human biology, space science, geology, meteorology, oceanography, conservation, and chemistry, will have a meaning in the student’s everyday life.  Students must have counselor permission to enroll in this class.


    Physical Science 

    Course #811                        Grades: 9-12                      Length: 2 semesters                 Credit: 1

    This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts of chemistry and physics – the two major fields of physical science.  Both text and laboratory experiences are used to develop an understanding of these concepts and how they relate to the life in our world.  Problem solving skills involved in this course are frequently based on the understanding of basic algebraic concepts.  It is advised that students taking this course have taken, or are in the process of taking, Algebra 1.


    Biology 1 

    Course #821                   Grades: 9-11                  Length: 2 semesters                  Credit: 1              Course Fee: $30

    Students will discover why biology is so important to everyday life while gaining an understanding of and appreciation for the scientific process. This course basically covers the vital processes organisms go through to maintain life. In addition, students will study the interactions between organisms and their environment. The course involves both text and laboratory work.  Biology 1 is designed as a basis for more advanced studies in high school and to meet the needs of college bound students.


    Biology 2

    Course #822                       Grades: 10- 12                    Length: 2 semesters              Credit: 1                  Course Fee: $30              Prerequisite: Biology 1

    This is the second course in the biological science sequence and designed for the student with a strong interest in the field.  The course concentrates on the six Kingdoms:  two types of bacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals.  There is a strong concentration in taxonomy, structure and function of organisms.



    Course #830                     Grades: 10-12                     Length: 2 semesters                    Credit: 1                Course Fee: $30

    This course is designed to prepare the student for further studies in the area of inorganic and organic chemistry.  Basic concepts such as atomic structures, formula writing, and quantitative analysis of chemical reactions will be reinforced.


    College Physics

    Course #850                Grades: 11&12             Length: 2 semesters          Credit: 1              Pre-requisite: Must have completed, or be currently enrolled in Trigonometry        Weighted: Honors (.25)

    This course is designed to prepare the college-bound student for further study in the area of physics. A solid background in physics is usually necessary for post-secondary study in such areas as electronics, architecture, and engineering.  The material is presented in a problem solving approach using both text and laboratory experiences. Permission of the instructor is required.  Students have the opportunity to enroll for college credit through the Saint Louis University 1818 program.  If a student earns a C or better in this course, most colleges and universities across the country will grant credit.  

    SLU dual-enrollment option: Fall - PHYS 1220, Physics I and Lab, 4 credit hours; Spring: PHYS 1240, Physics II and Lab, 4 credit hours


    College Biology

    Course #860                 Grades: 11&12             Length:  2 semesters          Credit: 1           Course Fee: $30        Pre-requisite: Minimum of C in Biology 1 and Chemistry        Weighted: Honors (.25)

    This course covers the equivalent of a college course in general biology. It is designed for the above average student who holds a high interest in the field of science. The aim of this course is to provide students with the vocabulary, concepts, facts, and analytical skills necessary to deal with the rapidly changing science of biology. The three general areas covered in the course are: molecules and cells (includes biological chemistry, cells, energy transformations), genetics and evolution (includes molecular genetics, heredity, evolution) and organisms and populations (includes detailed study of ecology and plants.) Students have the opportunity to enroll for college credit through the Saint Louis University 1818 program.  If a student earns a C or better in this course, most colleges and universities across the country will grant credit.  

    SLU dual-enrollment option: BIOL 1240 & 1245, Principles of Biology I and Lab, 4 credit hours 


    Anatomy and Physiology

    Course #861                Grades: 11&12                 Length: 2 semesters           Credit: 1             Course Fee: $30       

    Pre-requisite: 1 yr Biology & 1 yr Chemistry (Chemistry may be taken simultaneously.)           Weighted: Advanced (.10)

    This year long course is designed for advanced life science students who may be interested in a medical related field or physical education in the future.  They will study structure and function as it relates to the human being.  It will involve the textbook, lecture and extensive lab work in investigating the systems of the human body.


    College Chemistry

    Course #840               Grades: 11&12                        Length: 2 semesters                 Credit: 1              Weighted: Advanced (.25)            Course Fee: $30       

    Pre-requisite: Minimum B average in Chemistry or permission from the instructor

    This second level of chemistry will build on Chemistry 1.  The course incorporates and covers content normally offered to freshman students in various colleges and universities. Students have the option to enroll in St. Louis University’s 1818 program to earn college credit.


    Agricultural Science

    Course #812             Grades: 9-12                 Length: 2 semesters               Credit: 1

    This introductory course provides an opportunity for students to learn how the agricultural industry is organized; its major components; the economic influence of agriculture at the state, national and international levels; and the scope and types of job opportunities in the agricultural field.  Basic concepts in animal science, plant science, soil science, horticulture, agri-business management, agri-business and production applications, and agricultural mechanics, agricultural biotechnology, food science technology, environmental science and aqua-cultural science and technology are introduced.  Applied science and math skills will be stressed throughout the course.  Improving computer and workplace skills will be integrated into the curriculum.  


    Horticulture Science

    Course #814              Grades: 10- 12                Length: 2 semesters            Credit: 1            Pre-Requisite: 812 or 821            Course Fee: $20

    This course offers instruction in the floriculture and landscape areas of horticulture.  Units of study may include plant identification, greenhouse management, culture of greenhouse crops, care and handling of cut flowers, and floral design.  Additional topics may include:  landscape design, installation, and maintenance; nursery management; and turf production.  Agribusiness units will cover operating a horticultural business, pricing work, advertising and sales.  Applied science and math skills will be stressed throughout the course.  Improving computer and workplace skills will be integrated into the curriculum.  This class may not be offered each year. This class may not be accepted as a “Lab Science” course for college admission.


    Environmental Science

    Course # 816                  Grades: 9 - 12:                  Length: 2 semesters            Credit: 1       Pre-requisite: 812 or 821            Course Fee: $20

    Students will investigate the impact of plant and animal production practices on the environment as well as conservation practices leading to improved air, land, and water quality. The application of the scientific method, computer skills, and workplace skills to explore natural resources and conservation practices will be a key component of the course. Topics include; types of ecosystems, management of waste, chemical use, soil conservation, land uses and regulations, and water and air quality. Learning to be conscious and concerned about the environment and recognizing the need to conserve the environment and its resources will be a theme throughout. Students will also explore career opportunities involved in natural resources and conservation including but not limited to; environmental technicians, soil and water conservationists, monitoring field technicians, and land surveyors. Students will be encouraged to participate in FFA activities and develop a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project.


    Animal Science

    Course # 818                 Grades: 10 - 12:                   Length:  2 semesters                 Credit:1       Pre-requisite: 812 or 821          Course Fee: $20

    Animal Science is a lab and activity based course where students will complete real-life application of topics such as genetics, animal anatomy and physiology, animal nutrition, animal reproduction, animal health, and meat science. Students will have the opportunity to learn and understand the following industries: livestock; including beef, dairy, sheep, goats, and swine, poultry, and large (equine).  Improving computer, workspace, and leadership skills will be a key component to the course. FFA participation and Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) involvement will be integral course components.

     Veterinary Technology

    Course: 819                    Grades 11&12                      Length: 2 semesters                   Credit:1        Pre-requisite: 818                    Course Fee: $20

    This course will develop students' understanding of the small and companion animal industry, animal anatomy and physiology, animal ethics and welfare issues, animal health, veterinary medicine, veterinary office practices, and animal services to humans. Career exploration will focus on veterinariam, veterinary lab technicians, office lab assistant, small animal production, research lab assistant, and animal nutrition lab technician. Imorivng computer and workplace skills will be a focus. Participatin in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agrictultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.