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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.

Science Olympiad 2015 

Letter to teachers

Team registration

Field trip permission slip

Faculty

Kathy Feist
Angela Luetkenhaus
Matt Morris
Lauren Robinson


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:  Completion of 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.  Course work is the same as for Biology, but at an honors level so biological concepts and principles will be studied in more detail.  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

Prerequisite: Completion of Hon Biology with an “A” or consent from the instructor.
Honors Chemistry is a blend of traditional chemistry and modern concepts. 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.  Content includes chemical bonding and formulas, stoichiometry, acid and base reactions, thermo chemistry, quantum mechanics and molecular geometry.  
Student Activities: Students will perform and report on lab experiments, view demonstrations, and apply mathematical concepts.  
Student Evaluation: Tests, quizzes, homework assignments, lab reports and semester exams.


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

THIS CLASS IS NOT BEING OFFERED FOR THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR.  IT WILL BE OFFERED IN 2016-2017 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 OFFERED FOR THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR BUT WILL NOT BE OFFERED IN THE 2016-2017 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 so 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                         SEM 2        0.5 credit

Prerequisite:  NONE
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                              SEM 2        0.5 credit

Prerequisite:  NONE
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)    NCAA                                SEM 2        0.5 credit

Prerequisite:  NONE
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 Kirchoff’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.