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    9013221 Advanced Placement (AP)/College Biology L

    Prerequisite: “B” or better in Honors Biology or “C” in Honors Biology with teacher recommendation or “A or B” in Biology with teacher recommendation
    Grade Placement: 10, 11, 12
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 per semester (Honors)
    College/Advanced Placement Biology is a college level biology course that is designed to follow a high school biology course (biology or honors biology). After completing this course students will take the AP Biology Exam which could result in them earning college credit. Students may also be eligible to register for college credit through a dual credit program (information regarding the dual credit program will be received at the beginning of the first semester). In College/Advanced Placement Biology students will take a deeper look at many of the concepts they explored in their first chemistry course. Topics include evolution, bioinformatics, genetics, cell structure, biochemistry, ecology, photosynthesis, and respiration. Laboratory activities provide the students with an opportunity for hands on exploration of the chemical theories and concepts they have learned.

    913441 Advanced Placement (AP)/College Chemistry L

    Prerequisite: “B” or better in Honors Chemistry or “C” in Honors Chemistry with teacher recommendation or “A or B” in Chemistry with teacher recommendation
    Grade Placement: 10, 11, 12
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 per semester (Honors)
    College/Advanced Placement Chemistry is a college level chemistry course that is designed to follow an introductory high school chemistry course (chemistry or honors chemistry). After completing this course students will take the AP Chemistry test which could result in them earning college credit. Students may also be eligible to register for college credit through a dual credit program (information regarding the dual credit program will be received at the beginning of the first semester). In College/Advanced Placement Chemistry students will take a deeper look at many of the concepts they explored in their first chemistry course. Topics include atomic structure, periodic trends, electron configurations, quantum theory, bonding, VSEPR theory, hybrid orbital theory, chemical formulas, chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, and gas laws, kinetics, equilibrium, acid/base chemistry, buffers, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Laboratory activities provide the students with an opportunity for hands on exploration of the chemical theories and concepts they have learned.

    913649 Advanced Placement (AP) Physics 1– Mechanics

    Prerequisite: “B” or better, or concurrently enrolled in Pre-Calculus, or teacher recommendation
    Grade Placement: 11, 12
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 per semester (Honors)
    Equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits.

    912648 Advanced Placement (AP) Physics 2– Electricity/Magnetism

    Prerequisite: “B” or better, or concurrently enrolled in Pre-Calculus, or teacher recommendation
    Grade Placement: 11, 12
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 per semester (Honors)
    Equivalent to second semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers fluid mechanics, thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism, optics; atomic and nuclear physics.

    913525 Astronomy

    Prerequisite: Algebra I
    Grade Placement: 11, 12
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: ½ per semester
    Astronomy is designed to provide a complete survey of concepts at the introductory level. You will study the solar system and the concepts and processes which have led to our current understanding of the universe. You will examine constellations, galaxies, solar systems and each of its major constituents as individual worlds. Astronomy is a quantitative science. Students will use mathematics in labs and on homework and assessments. Students should understand powers-of-ten notation and be able to use a calculator to compute answers to problems that use large numbers. Students should also be able to perform and understand simple algebraic equations and manipulations.

    913211 Biology L

    Prerequisite: Teacher approval for ninth grade, previous science credit or currently in 11th grade
    Grade Placement: 10, 11, 12
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 per semester
    Biology is a detailed study of the structure and function of both plants and animals. Topics include molecular biology and chemistry, genetics, taxonomy, natural selection and ecology. Laboratory activities using the microscope and simulated experiments that are enhanced with technology take place. Students should have a good working knowledge of the scientific method, understanding basic atomic structure and chemistry and experience with laboratory tools. Success in this course requires strong vocabulary skills.

    913439 Honors Biology L

    Prerequisite: “A or B” in previous Science class and teacher recommendation
    Grade Placement: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 per semester (Honors)
    Advanced Biology is an accelerated introductory high school biology course which gives students a basic foundation in the field of biology and prepares them for College/AP Biology. Biology is a detailed study of the structure and function of both plants and animals. Topics include molecular biology and chemistry, genetics, taxonomy, natural selection and ecology. Laboratory activities using the microscope and simulated experiments that are enhanced with technology take place. Students should have a good working knowledge of the scientific method, understanding basic atomic structure and chemistry and experience with laboratory tools. Success in this course requires strong vocabulary skills.

    913204 Botany L

    Prerequisite: “C” or better in Biology; teacher recommendation required for 10th graders
    Grade Placement: 10, 11, 12
    Length of Course: 1 semester
    Credit: 1/2
    Botany is the study of plants with a focus on the organs (roots, stems, leaves and flowers) and the function and the purpose of these organs. In addition to lab sessions, students raise houseplants, garden plants, and tend the garden.

    913431 Chemistry L

    Prerequisite: Previous science credit and a “C” or better in Algebra I or equivalent, Teacher approval for ninth grade only
    Grade Placement: 10, 11, 12
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 per semester
    Chemistry is an introductory high school chemistry course which gives students a basic foundation in the field of chemistry. Students study and learn the fundamental concepts of chemistry and use algebra and laboratory skills to help them explore different aspects of chemistry. Topics include SI units of measure, atomic structure, periodic table and trends, physical and chemical properties of matter, bonding, chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions, and gas laws. Laboratory activities provide the students with an opportunity for hands on exploration of the chemical theories and concepts they have learned.

    913894 Honors Chemistry L

    Prerequisite: “A or B” in previous Science class and an “A or B” in algebra I or II and teacher recommendation
    Grade Placement: 10, 11, 12L
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 per semester (Honors)
    Advanced Chemistry is an accelerated introductory high school chemistry course which gives students a basic foundation in the field of chemistry and prepares them for College/AP Chemistry. Students study and learn the fundamental concepts of chemistry and use algebra and laboratory skills to help them explore different aspects of chemistry. Topics include SI units of measure, atomic structure, periodic table and trends, physical and chemical properties of matter, bonding, chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions, gas laws, acids and bases, and electrochemistry. Laboratory activities provide the students with an opportunity for hands on exploration of the chemical theories and concepts they have learned.

    913225 Earth & Space Science

    Prerequisite: None
    Grade Placement: 10,11,12
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 per semester
    Earth & Space Science is the study of the world around you. Our topics will include: Astronomy (study of outer space), Geology (study of rocks, earthquakes, volcanoes and plate tectonics), Meteorology (study of the atmosphere, climate and climate change), and Oceanography (study of the oceans and water systems). This course will use hands-on experimentation, activities, and direct instruction. Students will learn the ‘how’ and ‘why’, not just the ‘what’ of science. We will show how Earth & Space Science is relevant in your everyday life.

    913304 EcoAct

    Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation
    Grade Placement: 11, 12 
    Length of Course:  1 year
    Credit: 1/2 per semester
    EcoAct is an Environmental Leadership Program run by the Missouri Botanical Gardens. In order to participate in this class students need to apply and be selected by the program coordinators. The application process begins in early January and students interested in the program can ask their science teachers for more information. Once in the program students will participate in workshops and activities run by the Missouri Botanical Garden. Students will teach environmental lessons over what they are learning to 4th grade students within the Ritenour School District. Students will complete a group environmental project that spans the entire year. Students will also be responsible for maintaining good communication with the program coordinators.

    913904 Ecology/Environmental Science L

    Prerequisite: “C” or better in Biology
    Grade Placement: 10, 11, 12
    Length of Course: 1 semester
    Credit: 1/2
    Ecology/Environmental Science gives a brief introduction to the basic biosphere and its parts. The conservation of soil, air, water, forest and wildlife, particularly in Missouri, is emphasized. Current Environmental issues will be explored.

    913511 Forensic Science

    Prerequisite: “B” or better in Biology and Chemistry or concurrently enrolled; teacher recommendation required for 10th graders; fundamental understanding of Physics and Human Anatomy is highly recommended; Must pass semester 1 to be enrolled in semester 2
    Grade Placement: 10, 11, 12
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 per semester
    This course is designed around authentic performance assessments with students working either by themselves or in teams using the scientific knowledge and reasoning they have acquired in their lessons. This class involves all areas of science including biology, anatomy, chemistry, physics and earth sciences with an emphasis in complex reasoning and critical thinking skills. In addition, students must incorporate the use of technology, communication, language arts, mathematics and social studies. 

    913711 Human Anatomy and Physiology L

    Prerequisite: “B” or better in Biology (full-year); teacher recommendation required for 10th graders
    Grade Placement: 11, 12
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 per semester
    Human Anatomy and Physiology is a college preparatory course investigating the structures and functions of the human body. An introduction to the study of the body is followed by in-depth studies of selected organ systems; the student is expected to complete dissection of preserved organs and animals. This course is designed to be academically rigorous and teach independent learning. It is best suited for students interested in the healthcare/ medical field.

    913655 Independent Scientific Research

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation
    Grade Placement: 11, 12
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 per semester
    Independent Science Research is a project based course designed to allow students to explore science topics through both group and independent work. Students in collaboration with the instructor will determine a variety of science topics to explore throughout the semester. Students will come up with questions to explore, develop a plan for investigating their questions, and perform research. Upon completion of the research students will present their project to the class and other interested parties. Throughout the class multiple science topics will be investigated including: astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, and more. Students in this class must be self motivated and be able to work in groups and independently. any and all scientific skill levels are welcomed in this class where they are encouraged to explore science in a variety of manners.

    913101 Physical Science

    Prerequisite: None
    Grade Placement: 9th grade ONLY
    Length of course: 1 year
    Credit: ½ per semester
    Physical Science is the study of matter and energy, which includes two main areas of focus - chemistry and physics. Chemistry is the science of matter and its changes, while physics is the science of force and energy. Emphasis is placed on inquiry based learning and the development of skills such as observing, inferring, data collection, and graphing.

    913611 Physics L

    Prerequisite: “C” or better in Algebra II or passed or currently enrolled in Trigonometry; Teacher recommendation for 10th graders
    Grade Placement: 9*, 10, 11, 12 (*9–Only for those who have a full credit of Algebra I)
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 per semester
    Physics is a mathematical approach to the fundamental physical notions of time, space and matter. Mechanics, energy, momentum, heat, light, electricity and magnetism and some modern physics are covered. A working knowledge of algebra and geometric relationships is required.

    913811 Zoology L

    Prerequisite: “C” or better in Biology; teacher recommendation is required for 10th grade
    Grade Placement: 10, 11, 12
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1 /2 per semester
    Zoology is the study of the ancestral relationships between animals from the simplest phylum to the most complex. The taxonomic groups and their structural and functional differences and similarities are presented. Lab work includes microscopic analysis as well as the dissection of many invertebrate and vertebrate species. (This is an advanced course requiring a great deal of study and work by the student.)