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  • AP Biology

    AP Biology assists students in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college-level science. Students will grow in their appreciation of life around us, from microscopic aspects such as biomolecules and cells to macroscopic aspects like the ecological effect of organisms on their environments. Topics in this course include biochemistry, cells, gene expression, phylogeny and evolution, plant and animal systems. Students will design and carry out laboratory investigations, further develop skills in using scientific equipment, interpret and analyze data, build critical thinking skills and analyze interactions between cells, organisms and their environments. Note: all students enrolled in this course must take the AP exam during the spring semester. Prerequisites: Biology or Honors Biology, Chemistry or Honors Chemistry and Departmental Recommendation. Eligible Grade Level(s): 11-12.
  • AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based

    AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based enables students to leave Second Baptist School with a university-level knowledge of introductory physics. Students will develop their creativity and their critical thinking skills. They will also have a solid foundation in their ability to articulate their knowledge and understanding of advanced concepts, including auditory mechanics (sounds and waves) and electrodynamics (circuit analysis). Students will question, analyze and reason throughout this course as they find unique solutions and manipulate multiple problems in order to find common solutions and trends. Note: all students enrolled in this course must take the AP exam during the spring semester. Prerequisites: Physics or Honors Physics and Departmental Recommendation; Honors Precalculus (Highly Recommended). Eligible Grade Level(s): 12.
  • Biology

    Biology offers students the opportunity to gain knowledge and grow in their appreciation of the life around us, from microscopic aspects, including biomolecules and cells, to macroscopic aspects of creation, including the effect of organisms on their environment. Students will study cells, genetics, body systems, plant systems, biochemistry and ecology. They will use scientific equipment, participate in laboratory exercises, interpret data, analyze organisms and their interactions with one another and their environment and further develop critical thinking skills. Prerequisites: None. Eligible Grade Level(s): 9.
  • Chemistry

    Chemistry provides a broad foundation in the subject by having students conduct laboratory and field investigations, use scientific methods and make informed decisions using critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Topics for this course include the characteristics of matter, the use of the Periodic Table, the development of atomic theory, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, gas laws, solution chemistry and acid/base properties and reactions. Students will investigate how chemistry has a profound impact on their daily lives. Prerequisites: None. Eligible Grade Level(s): 10.
  • Computer Science & Engineering

    Computer Science & Engineering helps students learn intermediate coding and technical skills by designing, building, programming and engineering projects relating to physics, biology and other disciplines. In this dynamic, hands-on course, students will apply their knowledge of coding and programming to a variety of projects as they become more familiar with the design process and other aspects of engineering. Students will also further develop their critical thinking and problem-solving abilities as they engage in exciting work using emergent technologies. Note: This course may be taken for an additional science credit but not in lieu of Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Prerequisites: None. Eligible Grade Level(s): 11-12.
  • Honors Anatomy and Physiology

    Honors Anatomy & Physiology focuses on the structure, functions and systems of the human body. Students will investigate maintenance of homeostasis, electrical interactions, transport systems and energy processes as they study the major systems of the human body. Some additional study will examine the role of medicine in improving the living conditions of the population. Laboratory work will include cat dissection and hands-on activities with models, specimens and computer simulations. Case studies on disorders of each system will also be written. Prerequisites: Biology or Honors Biology and Chemistry or Honors Chemistry. Eligible Grade Level(s): 11-12.
  • Honors Biology

    Honors Biology provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the structure and function of living organisms. with an emphasis on molecular biology, cellular biology, genetics, taxonomy and ecology. Students will further develop critical thinking, reading comprehension and reasoning during this fast-paced challenging course. Prerequisites: Departmental Recommendation. Eligible Grade Level(s): 9.
  • Honors Chemistry

    Honors Chemistry offers students the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive survey of general chemistry. Students will apply the concepts of atomic theory, chemical bonding and nuclear chemistry to quantitatively and qualitatively describe matter and its changes. Students will also learn about concepts related to gases, liquids, solids and solutions. Students will also apply the concepts of reactions, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics and thermodynamics to a variety of contexts and problems. Prerequisites: Departmental Recommendation. Eligible Grade Level(s): 10.
  • Honors Physics

    Honors Physics helps students develop their creativity and their critical thinking skills as they obtain a solid foundation in their ability to articulate their knowledge and understanding of advanced concepts in physics. This challenging, engaging course instills in students a strong foundational understanding of physics from both physical and mathematical approaches. Key topics include Newtonian mechanics, rotational dynamics, energy and momentum. Students will question, analyze and reason throughout this course as they find unique solutions and manipulate multiple problems in order to find common solutions and trends. Prerequisites: Chemistry or Honors Chemistry, Algebra II or Honors Algebra II, and Departmental Recommendation. Eligible Grade Level(s): 11-12.
  • Physics

    Physics offers students the opportunity to have a better understanding of the world around them, while also further developing their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. During this course, students will examine a variety of topics related to physics, including kinematics, Newton’s Laws and energy. Prerequisites: Algebra II or Honors Algebra II. Eligible Grade Level(s): 11-12.
  • Physics Design & Application

    Physics Design & Applications provides students with ample opportunities to apply their knowledge of physics to a variety of interesting real-world problems. Important elements in this hands-on, interactive course include the design process, Fusion 360 and energy transmission and conservation. Students will develop greater responsibility, analytic thinking and problem-solving skills as they participate in this course. Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry. Eligible Grade Level(s): 11-12.

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