Course Guide: Science

Science 6

SC4105

  • Study methods for testing the validity of predictions and conclusions
  • Utilize scientific methodology
  • Study the transformations of energy and matter, the solar system and space exploration
  • Focus on the role of the sun’s energy in Earth’s systems, on water, on air and atmosphere, and on basic chemistry concepts.
  • Emphasize natural resource management, public policy, and cost/benefit tradeoff.
  • Content tested on the Physical Science 8 SOL test

Life Science 7

SC4115

  • Understand patterns in nature, the cell, genetics, evolution, and the human body
  • Participate in hands-on activities, labs, and multi-media presentations
  • Perform animal dissection to enhance understanding of the functions of the animal body
  • Content tested on the Physical Science 8 SOL test

Physical Science 8

SC4125
SC4215A Advanced (teacher recommendation)

✓ SOL test

  • Understand the nature and structure of matter, characteristics of energy, Newton's Laws, Force, Chemistry, Electricity, Light, and Sound
  • Application and use of scientific methods, measurement, and analysis
  • Conduct and discuss both orally and in writing, lab experiments relevant to the curriculum
  • Application of basic mathematical functions to complete calculations using physics formulas

Earth Science

SC4210 (1 credit)
Middle School (available through 2020-2021) or High School

✓ SOL End of Course test

  • Identify and investigate problems scientifically.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of science and scientific reasoning and logic
  • Study Geology, Astronomy, Meteorology, and Oceanography.

Biology 1

SC4310 (1 credit)

✓ SOL End of Course test

  • Study living organisms at the molecular, cellular, and system levels of organization.
  • Explore genetics, evolution, classification, ecology, and scientific investigation.

Parents may request in writing an alternative to animal dissection. per Va. Code § 22.1-200.01

Biology 1 Honors

SC4310W (1 credit)

✓SOL End of Course test

  • Study living organisms at the molecular, cellular, and system levels of organization.
  • Explore genetics, evolution, classification, ecology, and scientific investigation.
  • Study principles of biochemistry, development of organisms, the study of heredity, and the relationship of organisms to their environment.
  • Perform laboratory work and research projects requiring background research, hypotheses development, design procedures, data collection and analysis, and drawing conclusions about the scientific principles.

Parents may request in writing an alternative to animal dissection. per Va. Code § 22.1-200.01
Teacher recommendation

Earth Science 2: Advanced Survey of Earth Science Topics

SC4220 (1 credit)

  • Explore a more detailed look at geology, meteorology, and astronomy.
  • Explore and research landforms around the Earth, the nature of the sea and air, the geological history of the Earth from the perspective of not only the physical Earth but also life-changing over Geologic time, and the history as well as recent discoveries about our universe.
  • Use hands-on activities to discover how scientists investigate the living world.

Biology 2: Ecology

SC4340 (1 credit)

  • Study the environment integrating topics of study from chemistry, biology and earth science.
  • Develop skills to analyze the issues concerning the environment that carry on to real-life situations.
  • Conduct most labs outdoors.

Biology 2 Honors: Anatomy & Physiology

SC4330W (1 credit)

  • Explore the body structure and function of animals.
  • Dissect an animal to familiarize students with the internal structure of mammals. Study various systems of the body.
  • Participate in other laboratory experiences that relate to the body system being studied.
  • Complete a research-based project.

Parents may request in writing an alternative to animal dissection. per Va. Code § 22.1-200.01
Teacher recommendation

Chemistry

SC4410 (1 credit)

✓SOL End of Course test

  • Provide a thorough foundation in Chemistry for the college-bound student. Survey the major topics in inorganic chemistry (the study of matter, structure of atoms, chemical reactions, and energy).
  • Emphasize the quantitative treatment of data, development of critical thinking skills, abstract reasoning and their application.

Prerequisite: Geometry
Teacher Recommendation

Chemistry Honors

SC4410W (1 credit)

✓ SOL End of Course test

  • Investigate the structure of matter and chemical reactions, and advanced topics of molecular structure, thermodynamics, and acid-base chemistry.
  • Emphasize mathematical applications of chemistry.
  • Emphasize math and problem-solving.
  • Perform research projects to develop hypotheses, design procedures, perform research, collect and analyze data, and draw conclusions about the scientific laws.

Minimum co-requisite: Algebra 2
Teacher recommendation

Physics 1

SC4510 (1 credit)

  • Algebra-based, introductory physics course
  • Conduct inquiry-based investigations
  • Emphasize the practical application of physics laws in the real world.
  • Study motion, waves, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, nuclear and modern physics.
  • Gain an understanding of the general principles of physics.

Prerequisite: Algebra 1
Teacher Recommendation

Physics Honors

SC4510W (1 credit)

  • Algebra-based, introductory physics course
  • Conduct inquiry-based investigations
  • Emphasize the practical application of physics laws in the real world.
  • Study motion, waves, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, nuclear and modern physics.
  • Gain an understanding of the general principles of physics.

Prerequisite of Geometry
Teacher Recommendation

AP Environmental Science

SC4270W (1 credit)
AP exam fee

  • Focus on ecological processes, human impacts on the Earth, and how to resolve or prevent natural and human-made environmental problems.
  • Stress scientific principles, analysis, and discussion
  • Prepare for the Advanced Placement exam.

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Biology H or completion of Biology and Algebra 1
Teacher recommendation

AP Biology

SC4370W (1 credit)
AP exam fee

  • The equivalent of a 2-semester college introductory biology course.
  • Focus on enduring, conceptual understandings and the content that supports them.
  • Develop the reasoning skills necessary to engage in the science practices used throughout their study of AP Biology.
  • Explore four “big ideas”: Evolution and Diversity, Biological Systems and Homeostasis, Cells and Genetics, and Interactions.
  • Conduct extensive lab reports.

Parents may request in writing an alternative to animal dissection. per Va. Code § 22.1-200.01
Minimum Co-requisite: Chemistry
Teacher recommendation

AP Chemistry

SC4470W (1 credit)
AP exam fee

  • Develop advanced inquiry and reasoning skills
  • Design advanced experiments for collecting and analyzing data
  • Apply advanced mathematical routines
  • Connect concepts across domains
  • Study the advanced topics of thermodynamics, kinetics, and equilibrium
  • Prepare for advanced topics in subsequent college chemistry courses
  • Prepare for the AP chemistry exam

Prerequisite: Algebra 2
Teacher recommendation

AP Physics I

SC4573W (1 credit)
AP exam fee

  • Algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course
  • Conduct inquiry-based investigations
  • Study kinematics; dynamics; circular motion and gravitation; energy; momentum; simple harmonic motion; torque and rotational motion; electric charge and electric force; DC circuits; and mechanical waves and sound.

Concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 or higher
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