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The Science Department is on the cutting edge through its updated curriculum, utilization of the computer lab, use of the Smart Board and other new technology.  Our present curriculum focuses on problem-solving and real world issues.  We are also looking beyond tomorrow to insure that as new information and technology becomes available, we continue to involve our students in the ever-changing world of Science and Science related careers. 

Each of the following possible programs will satisfy the current three-year lab science requirement for admission to colleges and universities. Freshman admission to the Honors Science Program requires outstanding performance on the placement test.  A student who is not enrolled in the Honors Program during the freshman year may apply for Honors admission the following year if the student shows outstanding achievement and obtains the recommendation of his or her science teacher.

Courses OFfered

INTSCI 101  INTEGRATED SCIENCE   (Fr)  NCAA All Year 1 credit

This course will explore the individual science disciplines of astronomy, earth science, physics, and chemistry, in addition to the areas where the disciplines overlap. Areas of study include lab safety, lab equipment, the solar system, the universe, plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, motion, momentum and energy, matter, chemical bonds, and reactions. This course is designed to lay a good foundation for future science courses.

Student  Activities:  Students  will  conduct  laboratory  investigations,  complete  projects  in  model  building  and  problem  solving,  view demonstrations, and apply mathematical concepts.

Student Evaluation: Tests, quizzes, written assignments, lab reports, projects, and semester exams


BIO 102   BIOLOGY    (Fr, Sophs)  NCAA All Year   1 credit
Prerequisite: Sophomores must have completed both semesters of Integrated Science.

Students will examine the world of biology, and cover a wide range of concepts, including evolution, genetic continuity, biodiversity, regulatory processes, ecosystems, biological systems, and the scientific method. Students will also examine how biology affects their everyday lives. Study will include both classroom and laboratory work. In the lab, students will have an opportunity to investigate biological concepts and principles, as well as learn basic lab skills and techniques.

Student Activities:  Students will gain a deeper understanding of course concepts through supplemental classroom work including microscope use and various laboratory activities.

Student Evaluation: Quizzes, tests, homework assignments, laboratory reports, group projects and the semester exams.

NOTE: Students may be required to study preserved animal specimens.


BIOL 103  HONORS BIOLOGY  (Fr, Sophs)    NCAA All Year   1 credit

Prerequisite: Freshmen must have high placement test scores. Sophomores must have consent of instructor. Biological concepts and principles are the same as biology but taught at the honors level. The students will conduct several experiments and complete one formal laboratory report each semester.

Student Activities:  Students will gain a deeper understanding of course concepts through supplemental classroom work including microscope use and various laboratory activities.

Student Evaluation: Quizzes, tests, homework assignments, lab work, lab reports and the semester exams.

NOTE: Students may be required to study preserved animal specimens.


ABIO 401  HONORS ADVANCED BIOLOGY (Jrs, Srs) 1818  NCAA All year 1 credit
Prerequisite: Juniors must be concurrently enrolled in honors physics. Seniors must have completed honors physics with an “A” or “B” or chemistry with an “A” and have consent of instructor.

This course is intended to provide an introduction to college level expectations of the understanding of general biological concepts. Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding through written assessment and laboratory technique.

Student Activities: Students will perform and report on laboratory experiments.

Student Evaluation: Grades are based on a combination of quizzes, tests, homework assignments, laboratory reports, and semester exams. Individual assessment grades are subject to approval of participating faculty of associated institutions.

Note: Students may be required to study preserved animal specimens.


CHEM 201  CHEMISTRY  (Sophs, Jrs, Srs)  NCAA All Year 1 credit
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology.

This course consists of a blend of traditional chemistry, modern concepts, and real world applications.  Theory, as well as practical applications, is stressed. Content includes energy, states of matter, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical formulas and bonding, molecular shape, chemical reactions and equations, gas laws, mole conversions, stoichiometry, solutions and acids and bases.

Student Activities:  Students will perform and report on lab experiments, view demonstrations, apply mathematical concepts, and develop problem solving skills.

Student Evaluation: Tests, quizzes, lab reports, homework assignments, activities, and the semester exams.


CHEM 202  HONORS CHEMISTRY (Sophs, Jrs) NCAA All Year 1 credit Course work is the same as Chemistry, but at an honor’s level chemical concepts and principles will be studied in more detail. A good mathematical background is essential to success in the course due to the large amount of problem solving in class and in the lab.

Student Activities:  Students will perform and report on lab experiments, view demonstrations, apply mathematical concepts, and develop problem solving skills.

Student Evaluation: Tests, quizzes, lab reports, homework assignments, activities, and the semester exams.


APCHEM 402   AP HONORS CHEMISTRY (Jrs, Srs)  AP  NCAA All Year 1 credit

THIS CLASS IS NOT OFFERED FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR. IT WILL BE OFFERED IN 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR. THIS CLASS IS ONLY OFFERED EVERY OTHER YEAR.

Prerequisite: Juniors must be concurrently enrolled in honors Physics. Seniors must have completed honors Physics with an “A” or consent of the instructor, or Chemistry with an “A” and consent of the instructor.

Content includes chemical foundations, atomic structure and periodicity, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, gases, thermochemistry, bonding, properties of solutions, chemical kinetics and equilibrium, acids/bases, entropy, electrochemistry, a detailed look into the nucleus, and organic chemistry.

Student Activities: Students will perform laboratory experiments, write laboratory reports and work science-related mathematical problems.

Student Evaluation: Tests, quizzes, lab reports, and the semester exams.


PHYS 403  HONORS PHYSICS     (Jrs, Srs)    NCAA All Year 1 credit
Prerequisite: Completion of Hon Chemistry with an “A”, or consent of the instructor.

Honors Physics relies heavily on mathematics and combines theory with practical application. Topics to be covered include vectors, kinematics, Newton’s Law of Motion, work, momentum, optics, and astronomy.

Student Activities: Students perform laboratory experiments, laboratory reports, and science-related math problems.

Student Evaluation: Laboratory reports, homework problems, tests, other activities, and the semester exams.


APPHYS 404  HONORS AP PHYSICS  (Srs)   AP  NCAA All Year 1 credit

THIS CLASS IS BEING OFFERED FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR BUT WILL NOT OFFERED IN THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR. THIS CLASS IS ONLY OFFERED EVERY OTHER YEAR.

Prerequisite: Completion of honors Physics with an “A” or consent of the instructor.

AP Physics will take an in depth look into Newtonian mechanics, kinematics, circular motion, rotational motion, momentum, thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, waves, optics, atomic physics and nuclear physics.

Student Activities: Students perform laboratory experiments, laboratory reports, and science-related math problems.

Student Evaluation: Laboratory reports, quizzes, tests, homework, laboratory work, and semester exams.


A&P 302  ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (Jrs, Srs)  NCAA All Year 1 credit
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology or honors Biology AND Chemistry or honors Chemistry with a passing grade.

The topics covered include chemical, cellular and tissue levels of organization. Anatomy & Physiology will also take an in depth look at the following systems: Integumentary, skeletal, muscular, digestive, urinary, respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous and endocrine.

Student Activities: Students will engage in data collection and analysis, model building, problem solving, and research presentations.

Student Evaluation: Quizzes, tests, homework, research project reports, lab work and the semester exams.

NOTE: Students will be required to study preserved animal specimens.


A&P 303  HONORS ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (Jrs, Srs)  NCAA All Year 1 credit
Prerequisite: Completion of honors Chemistry with and “A” or “B” or consent of the instructor.

Course work is the same as for Anatomy & Physiology, but at an honors level. Biological concepts and principles will be studied in more detail, and with real world applications.

Student Activities: Students will engage in data collection and analysis, model building, problem solving, and research presentations.

Student Evaluation: Quizzes, tests, homework, research project reports, lab work and the semester exams.

NOTE: Students will be required to study preserved animal specimens.


ENVSC 311  ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES  (Jrs, Srs) NCAA SEM 1 0.5 credit
ENVSC 321  ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES  (Jrs, Srs) NCAA
Prerequisite: NONE SEM 2 0.5 credit

This course is a diverse science course that investigates the relationship between humans and the world in which we live. Areas of studies include conservation and protection of natural resources, environment education and communication, and environmental research.

Student Activities: A variety of laboratory activities including outdoor prairie studies, researching, model building and problem solving.

Student Evaluation: Tests, quizzes, written assignments, lab reports, and a semester exam.


FORSC 312  FORENSIC SCIENCE  (Jrs, Srs)  NCAA SEM 1 0.5 credit
FORSC 322  FORENSIC SCIENCE  (Jrs, Srs)  NCAA
Prerequisite: NONE SEM 2 0.5 credit

A course which focuses on practicing forensic science and analyzing evidence found at crime scenes. The fundamental objective is to teach the basic processes and principles of scientific thinking so as to apply them to solving problems.

Student Activities: A variety of laboratory activities which require the observation, collection and classification of data. Additionally, students complete projects in model building and problem solving, view demonstrations, and apply mathematical concepts.

Student Evaluation: Tests, quizzes, written assignments, case studies, and a semester exam.


ASTRO 313 ASTRONOMY (Jrs, Srs) NCAA SEM 1 0.5 credit
ASTRO 323 ASTRONOMY (Jrs, Srs)
Prerequisite: NONE NCAA SEM 2 0.5 credit

Astronomy is a lecture survey and laboratory designed course that will have in depth comparative studies involving laws of planetary motion and celestial structures. Analysis and classification of cosmological systems will also be required. This course will also evaluate Kirchhoff’s roles of spectral analysis to Blackbody radiation theory.

Student Activities: Out of classroom telescopic observations and field trips will augment campus lecture and laboratory class periods. There will also be a notebook project covering celestial constellations in our Midwest Hemisphere.

Student Evaluation: Tests, laboratory experiments, team projects, constellation notebook and field studies.