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Physical Sciences

Life Sciences

Physical Sciences

Earth/Space

This course provides a study of the interaction and organization of matter and energy in the solar system and the universe, and how this affects life on Earth.  The content includes theories for the formation of the universe and solar system, formation of rocks, land forms, plate tectonics, fresh water and marine systems, meteorology, geologic time and renewable/non-renewable energy sources.  Selected laboratory investigations include the use of scientific process, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety and are an integral part of this course. 

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Chemistry

This course involves the study of the composition, properties, and changes associated with matter.  The content includes the classification and structure of matter, atomic theory, periodic table, bonding, chemical formulas, chemical reactions and balanced equations, behavior of gases, and physical changes.  Selected laboratory investigations include the use of the scientific process, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety.

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Chemistry Honors
This advanced course involves the study of the composition, properties and changes of matter, atomic structure, the periodic table, bonding, gas laws, energy and order, reaction rates and equilibrium, solutions, nuclear, electric, and organic chemistry.  Selected laboratory activities include the use of the scientific process, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety. Return to Top
AP Chemistry

This college-level course in chemistry seeks to prepare the student for credit and/or appropriate placement in college chemistry courses.  The content includes the structure and states of matter, chemical reactions, and descriptive chemistry. Selected laboratory investigations include the use of the scientific process, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety.

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Physics

This college-level course in chemistry seeks to prepare the student for credit and/or appropriate placement in college chemistry courses.  The content includes the structure and states of matter, chemical reactions, and descriptive chemistry. Selected laboratory investigations include the use of the scientific process, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety.

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Physics Honors

This advanced course provides a rigorous study of the concepts, theories and laws governing the interaction of matter, energy, and the forces of nature.The content includes kinematics, dynamics, energy, work and power, heat and thermodynamics, waves, light, electricity, magnetism, nuclear physics, and sound.  Laboratory investigations of selected topics include the use of the scientific process, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety.

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Life Sciences

Marine Science

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the marine environment.  The content includes the nature of science, the origins of the oceans, the chemical and physical structure of the marine environment, ecology of the various sea zones, marine communities, and the interrelationship between man and the ocean.  Laboratory investigations will include the use of the scientific process, measurement, laboratory apparatus and safety procedures.  Preserved specimens may be a part of this course.

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Marine Science Honors

This advanced course provides an in-depth study of the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the marine environment.  The content includes the origins of the oceans, marine geological studies, ecology of the sea zones, diversity of marine organisms, characteristics of the major marine ecosystems including the phyla and divisions, and the interrelationship between man and the ocean.  Laboratory investigations will include the use of the scientific process, measurement, laboratory apparatus and safety procedures. Preserved specimens may be a part of this course.

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Environmental Science

This course provides a study of man's interaction with the environment.  The content includes forms of pollution, conservation, environmental planning and policy, public land usages, population dynamics, and major forms of energy.  Laboratory investigations include the use of the scientific process, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety.

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Environmental Science Honors

This course is designed as an interdisciplinary course to provide students with scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to identify and analyze environmental problems and to evaluate rises and alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.  Students entering this course in 9th grade should have earned a 3 or higher on the 8th grade Florida Statewide Science Assessment. Laboratory investigations that include the use of scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, laboratory apparatus and technologies, experimental procedures, and safety procedures are an integral part of this course.

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AP Environmental Science

The purpose of this course is to study the interaction of man with the environment.  The content includes scientific analysis, fundamental principles and concepts about the interdependence of earth’s systems, population dynamics, environmental quality, global changes and their consequences.  Laboratory investigation of selected topics includes the use of the scientific process, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety.

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Anatomy and Physiology

This course provides exploratory activities in the structure and function of the human body.  The content includes anatomical terminology, cells and tissues, special sensory organs, major body systems, homeostasis, and human disorders.  Selected laboratory investigations include the use of the scientific process, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety.  Preserved animal studies may be a part of the laboratory experience.

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Anatomy and Physiology Honors

This advanced course provides exploratory activities in the structure and function of the components of the human body.  The content includes anatomical terminology, cellular biology, histology, homeostasis, immune response, organization and interrelatedness of major body systems, sensory function, and human disorders.  Laboratory investigations focus on the use of the scientific process, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety.  Preserved animal studies may be a part of the laboratory experience.

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Biology

This course provides students with exploratory activities, laboratory experiences and real-life applications in the biological sciences.  The content includes the following concepts:  nature of science, matter, energy, chemical processes of life, reproduction and communication of cells, basic study of genetics, organization, classification and taxonomy, structure, reproduction and function of plants, animals, and microorganisms, interdependence of living things, adaptations, and the impact of technology on society.  Preserved animal studies may be a part of this course.  All students are required to pass Biology 1.  The Biology End of Course Exam will account for 30% of the final grade. Students working towards the Scholar Designation must pass the Biology EOC.

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Biology Honors

This advanced course provides integrated laboratory experiences and real-life applications in the essential processes of life.  The content includes the nature of science, matter, energy, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, levels of organization and classification, structure, function and reproduction of plants, animals, and microorganisms, behavior of organisms, interrelationships among organisms, biological selection, adaptations and changes through time.  Laboratory investigations will include the use of the scientific process, measurement, observations, predictions, reasoning and problem solving skills.  Preserved animal studies may be a part of this course.  All students are required to pass Biology 1.  The Biology End of Course Exam will account for 30% of the final grade. Students working towards the Scholar Designation must pass the Biology EOC.

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AP Biology

This college-level course seeks to prepare the student for credit and/or appropriate placement in college biology courses.  The content is organized in the following 4 Big Ideas: Evolution, Cellular Processes, Genetics and Information Transfer and Interactions. Twenty five percent of instructional time is devoted to lab investigations which include two investigations per big idea.  Lab investigations are student-directed and inquiry based.  Preserved animal studies may be a part of this course.

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