Science Courses

Astronomy (SCI)

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.

Course Details  

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Grade: 11-12   
  • Fee: $5.00
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Subject Area: SCI

Agricultural Science I (SC)

Students will develop knowledge and skills that will provide a foundation for courses in animal science, plant science, horticulture, natural resource, agricultural systems and technology, or Agricultural Science 2. Topics covered will be basic animal, plant, and soil science; natural resources; food science technology; agribusiness; personal and leadership development; and agricultural career awareness. Through this course, students will develop agricultural literacy.

Course Details  

  • Credit: 1.0
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Fee: $5.00 lab
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Subject Area: SC

Animal Science I (CTE/AT, SC)

Students will be exposed to a wide range of scientific principles, such as genetics, anatomy, physiology/nutrition, disease, pests, and management practices. The scientific processes of observation, measurement, hypothesizing, data gathering, interpretation, analysis, and application are stressed. Career opportunities and educational preparation are examined. Learning activities are varied, with classroom, laboratory, and field experiences emphasized.

Course Details  

  • Credit: 1.0
  • Grade: 9-12  
  • Fee: $5.00 lab   
  • Prerequisite: None  
  • Subject Area: CTE/AT & SC Qualifies for 3rd year Science

Biology (SC)

 This is a general college preparatory course usually a prerequisite to Advanced Placement Biology.  This course emphasizes molecular and cellular biology, heredity, and evolution, plant and animal diversity (structure and function), and interactions of plants and animals. Students will value and use science as a process of obtaining knowledge based on observable evidence, and students’ curiosity will be sustained as they develop and refine the abilities associated with scientific inquiry. 

This course is lab based and the laboratories are a large part of the course.  

Course Details  

  • Credit: 1.0
  • Grade: 10-12   
  • Fee: $5.00 lab  
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Subject Area: SC

Chemistry (9-12) (SC)  

This course is a study of the relationship between the structure and properties of matter.  Students will investigate the nature of atoms, gain an understanding of nuclear and quantum phenomena, and use a variety of analytical procedures to answer problems in chemistry.  

Chemistry should be taken by students who are college bound, as well as those with an interest and background in science and mathematics.  The course requires both classroom and laboratory work.  The course also requires the student to furnish his or her own scientific calculator. 

Course Details  

  • 1.0 Credit
  • Grade: 10-12    
  • Fee: $5.00 lab
  • Prerequisite: Biology, Successful completion of Secondary Math I
  • Subject Area: SC

Human Biology (SC)  

Human Biology is a course that is for those interested in the medical field. This course will be focused on developing an understanding of the structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) of the human body beyond that developed in General Biology.  

The class will be structured to include the following areas: biochemistry, tissues and systems of the body, human genetics, and evolution.  The course format will be project/problem based with a large emphasis on laboratory experiences and case studies from real patients.  Dissection will be required.  Students who are interested in a health-related career or who want to better understand how their body works would greatly benefit from this course.  This is a full-year, upper division college preparatory course.  Human Biology will fill the Life Science requirement for graduation.

Course Details  

  • Credit: 1.0
  • Grade: 9-12   
  • Fee: $5.00 lab  
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Subject Area: SC

Earth Science (9-12) (SC)

This is an integrated science course that focuses on the theme of Earth Systems.  Earth, physical, space, and life science content are integrated in a curriculum with the following two primary goals.  

(1) Students will value and use science as a process of obtaining knowledge based on observable evidence. (2) Students will develop an understanding of interactions and interdependence within and between earth systems and changes in earth systems over time.

Course Details  

  • 1.0 Credit
  • Grade: 9th     
  • Fee: $5.00 lab
  • Prerequisite: 9th grade required
  • Subject Area: SC

Geology (11-12) (SC)

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Student outcomes for this course include the following: 1) Students should be able to identify various minerals using their physical properties 2) Students should be able to identify different types of rocks and the processes that form them 3) Students should be able to describe some of the processes of plate tectonics as well as some of the features and events that occur as a result of plate tectonics 4) Students should be able to describe the different processes of mountain building 5) Students should have a basic understanding of geologic time and the evolution of the Earth throughout its history. This is a 3rd year elective science class.

Course Details  

  • 1.0 credit
  • Grades: 11-12
  • Fee: $5.00 lab
  • Prerequisite: 2 years of Science
  • Subject area: SC

Physics (10-12) (SC)

Physics is the scientific study of matter and energy. Students will undertake a higher math study of the nature of motion, forces, work, and power.  

Students will investigate physical properties of waves, light, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear physics.  The course is designed as primarily a lecture-discussion classroom situation with supportive lab work.  Students will be encouraged to do an individual science project to get hands-on experience with scientific process and research.

Course Details  

  • 1.0 Credit
  • Grade: 10-12
  • Fee: $5.00 lab    
  • Prerequisite: Secondary Math II  
  • Subject Area: SC

CE-Elementary Physics – PHYS 1010 (CE)

This college level class is offered exclusively to students in the concurrent enrollment program offered by SUU.

Course Description

A conceptual, non-mathematical introduction to physics. Topics in mechanics include motion, Newton’s laws of motion, momentum, energy, rotational motion, and gravity.

Course Details 

  • HS Credits: 1.0
  • College Credits: 3.0
  • Fee: $15 ($5 / 1 Credit)
  • Term: Year
  • Prerequisites: Student must be enrolled at SUU
  • Subject Area: SC, CE

CE-Elementary Physics Lab – PHYS 1015 (CE)

This college level class is offered exclusively to students in the concurrent enrollment program offered by SUU.

Course Description

Lab to supplement PHYS 1010. A hands-on approach to selected topics covered in the lecture class, using a minimum of mathematics.

Course Details 

  • HS Credits: 0.3
  • College Credits: 1.0
  • Fee: $5 ($5 / 1 Credit)
  • Term: Year
  • Prerequisites: Student must be enrolled at SUU
  • Subject Area: SC, CE

CE-Human Biology – BIOL 1020 (CE)

This college level class is offered exclusively to students in the concurrent enrollment program offered by SUU.

Course Description

Designed for non-biology majors seeking a basic introduction to human anatomy and physiology. Outlines the basic structure and function of the body from cellular to system levels.

Course Details 

  • HS Credits: 1
  • College Credits: 3.0
  • Fee: $15 ($5 / 1 Credit)
  • Term: Year
  • Prerequisites: Student must be enrolled at SUU
  • Subject Area: SC, CE

CE-Human Biology Lab – BIOL 1025 (CE)

This college level class is offered exclusively to students in the concurrent enrollment program offered by SUU.

Course Description

Lab to accompany BIOL 1020.

Course Details 

  • HS Credits: 0.3
  • College Credits: 1.0
  • Fee: $5 ($5 / 1 Credit)
  • Term: Year
  • Prerequisites: Student must be enrolled at SUU
  • Subject Area: SC, CE

CE-Introduction to Chemistry – CHEM 1010 (CE)

This college level class is offered exclusively to students in the concurrent enrollment program offered by SUU.

Course Description

A course dealing with the fundamentals in chemistry that apply to everyday living. 

Course Details 

  • HS Credits: 1
  • College Credits: 3.0
  • Fee: $15 ($5 / 1 Credit)
  • Term: Year
  • Prerequisites: Student must be enrolled at SUU
  • Subject Area: SC, CE

Food & Nutrition I  (CTE) 

Do you want to cook almost every day?  Do you like to learn new skills and work with a team?  Are you interested in understanding the importance of good nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle?  If so, then this is the class for you.

Course Details

  • Credit: 0.5
  • Grade: 9-12
  • Fee: $15.00
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Subject Area: CTE

Food and Nutrition II (CTE) 

This course is explores food preparation techniques.  The students will prepare yeast breads, pies, the 5 mother sauces, soups, salads, meats, and demonstrate food safety and sanitation.  The students will use their skills to prepare a full meal using plating techniques and participate in two iron chef competitions. Nutrition principles and applications will be emphasized.

Course Details

  • Credit: 0.5
  • Grade: 10-12
  • Fee: $15.00
  • Prerequisite: Foods 1
  • Subject Area: CTE/AT

CE-Scientific Foundations of Human Nutrition – NFS 1020 (CE)

This college level class is offered exclusively to students in the concurrent enrollment program offered by SUU.

Course Description

An introduction to the science of nutrition and the relationship of food intake and health. Nutrient requirements and food selection to meet those requirements are discussed. Students evaluate their own food intake and eating behaviors and learn to be informed consumers of food and nutrition information.

Course Details

  • HS Credits: 1
  • College Credits: 3.0
  • Fee: $15 ($5 / 1 Credit)
  • Term: Year
  • Prerequisites: Student must be enrolled at SUU
  • Subject Area: SC, CE