Science

The study of science opens a student’s mind to a better understanding of the universe. Our science program develops investigative skills and methods of thought, enabling our graduates to meet the intellectual challenges of life and providing them with the foundation to pursue careers in science. We study fundamental concepts, principals, and laws that describe nature. Through the analysis of science and science-related issues—such as genetic engineering and negative environmental impact—students learn to appreciate the capabilities and constraints of modern science.

9th and 10th Grade Science Courses

Ninth Grade Biology

Ninth graders study biology at the College Prep, Enriched College Prep, or Honors level. Courses begin with an examination of life at the cellular level and proceed to multicellular organisms. Lab work is a major component of all biology courses and is used in conjunction with the text to develop major concepts and promote an understanding of scientific methods and procedures. Honors biology students study cellular and molecular biology with an underlying theme of the environment's role in providing selective pressures for adaptations in organisms.

10th Grade Chemistry

In 10th grade, students may take College Prep, Enriched College Prep, or Honors level chemistry. Students learn chemical principles and use chemical knowledge to solve problems and complete lab exercises. They also learn to appreciate the role of chemistry in today's world. In the Honors course, students are expected to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the principles of chemistry.

11th and 12th Grade Science Courses

Anatomy

This course is designed for the motivated student who is interested in the structure and function of the human body. Providing a great foundation for future medical studies, the course familiarizes the student with medical terminology and provides a systematic understanding of the structures and functions of the body.

Astronomy

Astronomy is an elective for students who have taken or are currently taking physics. In the fall, the course covers the historical development of astronomy, constellations, the celestial coordinate system, telescopes, and the solar systems. In spring, students study modern astronomy including stellar evolution, galaxies, cosmology, and special topics such as quasars, pulsars, and black holes.

Advanced Placement Biology

AP Biology examines biology concepts at an introductory college level, with emphasis on lab work, detailed study of cellular physiology and reproduction, and advanced theories being tested in biological research. The course presents science as a human endeavor with social applications and consequences. Students may take the AP Biology exam in the spring for college credit.

Botany

Botany is a post-chemistry elective offered for College Prep and Enriched College Prep students with interest in plant biology. It is a year-long course covering plant anatomy, morphology, chemistry, physiology, genetics, ecology, and plant taxonomy and classification.

Advanced Placement Chemistry

AP Chemistry is the equivalent of a first-year college course. Students gain a deep understanding of chemistry fundamentals as well as competence in problem-solving, studying topics such as the structure of matter, kinetic theory of gases, chemical equilibria and kinetics, and basic thermodynamics. Honors students in 11th and 12th grade can take the course, and students may take the AP exam for college credit in May.

Criminal Investigation & Forensics

Students learn the procedures and principles of forensic science and criminal investigation. Playing the role of a crime scene investigator, they learn about a range of techniques including DNA typing, questioned document examination, forensic entomology, and more. Forensic science employs skills in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics as well as criminal justice.

Environmental Science

Environmental Science, offered at the College Prep, Enriched College Prep, and Advanced Placement levels, is an interdisciplinary course encompassing the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, and geology) and social sciences (economics, politics, and ethics). The course provides students with an understanding of the interrelationships of the natural world and enables them to identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and man-made, and to examine alternative solutions.

Independent Scientific Research (ISR)

This course is designed to provide the upper level science student with an opportunity to perform authentic independent scientific research under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Students identify a topic of research, form a hypothesis, conduct experiments, analyze results, and report on findings in written and oral presentations entered into local, state, and national competitions. The course is open to juniors and seniors who have successfully completed advanced science course work. Students partner with university researchers from Georgia Tech, Emory, and other institutions of higher learning.

Introduction to Biotechnology

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of biotechnology, providing them with an understanding of biotechnology and its impact on society and foundation skills for entry into the career pathway. Topics include the biotech industry, microbiology and cell culture, DNA structure and analysis, and immunological applications.

Meteorology

Meteorology is an elective course designed for students who have taken or are currently taking physics. Students develop an understanding of weather and climate at practical and theoretical levels.

Physics

Physics courses are offered at the College Prep, Enriched College Prep, Honors, and Advanced Placement levels, with students learning the concepts and principles of mechanics, wave, motion, and light, electricity and magnetism, and other concepts in physics. AP Physics is a college-level course that emphasizes problem-solving and provides lab experiences that enhance and extend science process skills. Students may take the AP Physics exam for college credit in May.
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