Science

red arrow PHYSICAL SCIENCE 170

Physical Science is an introduction into chemistry and physics. This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of chemistry and physics. The topics covered include matter and energy, chemistry in our world, motion, forces and electricity. It is important that students learn that science is a method of obtaining knowledge and understanding, and not merely a collection of facts. The students taking this course will be expected to complete laboratory experiments and written homework successfully and achieve a passing grade on all chapter tests.

Prerequisite: Sophomore level with placement by the department

Length of course: One year (5 of 6)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow BASIC PHYSICAL SCIENCE 171

Basic Physical Science is a fundamental science course designed as an introduction for various science areas. The basics of Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science are included in this course. The course can be used as a preparation for Chemistry. This course is geared to the student who needs some remediation and individual help.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing with placement by department

Length of course: One year (5 of 6)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow BIOLOGY 173

The major topics covered in this course include scientific method, cell studies, biochemistry, genetics, classification, protists, plants, animals and systems. These topics prepare students for future biology courses, as well as environment and anatomy. Topics are also useful in terms of daily health problems, etc. Prerequisite: Freshmen Upperclass --instructor approval Length of course: One year (5 of 6) Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Freshmen; Upperclass --instructor approval

Length of course: One year (5 of 6)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow ADVANCED BIOLOGY 173A

The major topics covered in this course include the same topics as Biology 173 but will cover more in depth and at a faster pace.  These topics prepare students for future biology courses, as well as chemistry, agricultural sciences and anatomy.  Topics are also useful in terms of daily health problems, etc.

Prerequisite: Above average score on placement test. Upperclass: instructor approval

Length of course: One year (5 of 6)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow BASIC BIOLOGY 175

This course covers the main areas of life science in an understandable and non-technical manner. The subjects include the scientific method, cells, biochemistry, genetics, plants, animals, protists, systems of the body, nutrition and disease. It will prepare the student for future courses in Environment or Chemistry. This course is geared to the student who needs some individual help and remediation.  

Prerequisite: Freshman

Length of course: One year (5 of 6)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow CHEMISTRY / JUNIORS & SENIORS 176

This is a college prep course for average and above average students interested in going into a science related or technical field. The students who take the course will be expected to use their math skills in an applied situation. Those students interested in nursing, a medically related career, or engineering will be required to take chemistry in college and should strongly consider taking the course. Students will be required to do lab reports on experiments done in the course, written homework on the topics in the course, and achieve a passing grade on all chapter tests. The course content will include the study of atomic structure, trends in the periodic table, acid-base theory, the gas laws, chemical bonding, stoichiometry and properties of solids and liquids.

Prerequisite: Students must have passed Algebra 2 or be currently enrolled in the course. 

Length of course: One year (5 of 6)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow ADVANCED CHEMISTRY / SOPHOMORE 177

This is a college prep course for above average students interested in going into a science-related or technical field. The expectations and topics covered are similar to Chemistry/Jr & Sr (176) but will be covered in more depth and at a faster pace.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing with instructor approval

Length of course: One year (5 of 6)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow HONORS CHEMISTRY 2 - Semester 1 178

This course will include topics not typically covered in a high school chemistry course. The topics covered in this course will include: aqueous reactions and solution stoichiometry, thermochemistry, gases, intermolecular forces, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base equilibrium, and an introduction to organic chemistry. This course can be taken for college credit through the Advanced Placement Test.

Prerequisite: Junior standing and enrolled in Geometry or College Algebra & Trigonometry. Instructor approval.

Length of course: One year (1 semester per course) (5 of 6)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow PHYSICS / SENIOR 180

This course is a college prep course for those interested in a science related or technical field. The students who take the course will be expected to use their math skills in an applied situation. Trigonometry will be used whenever possible in the course. Topics to be included are Kinematics, Momentum, Energy, and Waves.  Students taking the course will be expected to do written lab reports on experiments done in the course.

Prerequisite: Senior standing and the student must either be enrolled in College Algebra and Trigonometry or Calculus I or Calculus II. This course requires instructor approval.

Length of course: One year (5 of 6)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow HONORS PHYSICS / JUNIORS - Semester 2 181

This course is a college prep course for those interested in a science related or technical field. Students who take the course will be expected to use their math skills in an applied situation. Trigonometry will be used whenever possible in the course. Students taking the course will be expected to do written lab reports on experiments done in the course and to achieve a passing grade on all chapter tests and written homework.

Prerequisite: Junior standing and enrolled in Geometry or College Algebra & Trigonometry. Instructor approval.

Length of course: One year (1 semester per course) (5 of 6)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow HONORS PHYSICS / SENIOR 182

This is a college prep course for those interested in a science related or technical field. Students will be expected to use their math skills in an applied situation. Trigonometry will be used whenever possible in the course. Topics to be included are Momentum, Energy, Waves, Light, Magnetism, and Electricity. Students will be expected to do written lab reports on experiments done in the course.

Prerequisite: Senior standing and student must either be enrolled in College Algebra and Trigonometry or Calculus I or Calculus II. This course requires instructor approval.

Length of course: One year (5 of 6)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow HORTICULTURE II 189

This course focuses on the greenhouse management floral design and related segments of the horticulture industry.  Major units of study include floriculture plant identification, greenhouse structures, and the culture of greenhouse crops.  Agribusiness units will be introduced in merchandising, advertising, sales, and operating a retail floral business.  Completion of this course counts as one credit toward science graduation credits.

Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry or Introductory Agriculture course

Length of course: One year (5 of 6)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 191

This course examines the relationship of agriculture and the environment.  The impact of plant and animal production practices on the environment and the adoption of practices leading to improved air, land, and water quality are investigated.  Area of emphasis include:  types of ecosystems, management of waste, chemical use, soil conservation, land uses and regulations, and water and air quality.  Encouraging students to be conscious and concerned about the environment and recognizing the need to conserve the environment and its resources will be a theme throughout. Careers in environmental science will be examined.

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing

Length of course: One year (5 of 6)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow ANIMAL SCIENCE 193

This animal science course is offered to students to develop knowledge and skills pertaining to the identification, nutrition, reproduction, health, veterinary science, and management of small and large animals. Units will include large production animals, small pet animals, and alternative animals. Students taking this course must complete a meaningful SAE and keep accurate records. Membership and participation in the FFA is recommended. Completion of this course counts as one credit toward science graduation credits.

Prerequisite: AG 197 or AG 198 or biology and chemistry

Length of course: One year

Credit: 1.0


red arrow SLU Biology – SLU Course BIOL 104: Principals of Biology I 194

This course's content includes principles of: nature of science, defining properties of living systems, biological macromolecules, structure and function of cells, cellular metabolism, heredity, and animal structure, function and development.

Prerequisite: Junior/Senior status, Departmental approval, Minimum 3.0 GPA

Length of course: One year

Credit: 1.0


red arrow HONORS ANATOMY I 195

Human anatomy and comparative vertebrate anatomy is emphasized. For the human, the text and charts are used and for other vertebrates, a series of animals are dissected and compared. This course is meant to prepare students who are interested in pursuing medical and related fields.

Prerequisite: Senior standing and completion of Biology with B average and departmental approval

Length of course: One semester (5 of 6)

Credit: 0.5


red arrow HONORS ANATOMY II 196

Human anatomy and comparative vertebrate anatomy is emphasized. Systems explored will include respiratory, cardiovascular and digestive.  For the human, the text and charts are used and fetal pigs are dissected and compared to human anatomy. This course is meant to prepare students who are interested in pursuing medical and related fields. This course will be offered every other year in rotation with Anatomy I.

Prerequisite: Junior/Senior standing and completion of Biology with B average and departmental approval

Length of course: One semester (5 of 6)

Credit: 0.50


red arrow INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY 197

This orientation course provides an opportunity for students to learn how the agricultural industry is organized; its major components; the economic influence of agriculture at 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, natural resources, agribusiness management, and agricultural mechanics, will be presented. Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus. Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.

Prerequisite: None

Length of course: One year (every other day)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE 198

This course provides a broad-based overview of soil, plant and animal science. The interconnectivity of these sub-disciplines becomes a foundation to consider sustainable approaches to food and fiber production, and the impact of agricultural systems on humanity and the environment. Students will apply the scientific method to the study of agriculture, consider the social and environmental consequences of using science and technology, and think carefully about their own values and the values of others with respect to land, water, livestock, and people. Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects are integral course components. Completion of this course counts as one credit toward science graduation credits.

Prerequisite: None

Length of course: One year (every other day)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow HORTICULTURE I 199

This course is an introduction to the principals and practices in the development, production and use of horticultural crops (fruits, vegetables, greenhouse, turf, nursery, floral and landscape). Includes classification, structure, growth and development, and environmental influences on horticultural plants, horticultural technology, and an introduction to the horticultural industries. A good deal of time will be spent in the greenhouse producing crops and observing test plots. Completion of this course counts as one credit toward science graduation credits.

Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry or Introductory Agriculture course

Length of course: One year (5 of 6)

Credit: 1.0