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Lovejoy High School Science Course Descriptions 

Pre-AP Biology 3200
Prerequisites: none
Tier 2..........................1.0 credit..................Grade(s): 9
 
Pre-AP Biology is an intense study of Biology I, emphasizing cell/molecular biology, energy relationships, genetics, ecology, modern technology, laboratory skills, and scientific knowledge to better understand today’s world. Dissections are required.

Pre-AP/GT Biology 3260
Prerequisites: Identified GT
Tier 2..........................1.0 credit..................Grade(s): 9
 
Pre-AP/GT Biology meets all course goals of Pre-AP Biology. This course is compacted, with an increased pace/depth/complexity appropriate to GT student needs.

Anatomy and Physiology 3840
Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry,
Physics (may be taken concurrently)
Tier 2...............1.0 credit................Grade(s): 11-12
 
Anatomy and Physiology is a detailed study of the systems of the human body, including cells and tissue; developmental aspects and functions/interrelationships of systems; and clinical applications. Dissections are required.

AP Biology (Single or Double Block) 3250
Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry, Physics (may be taken concurrently)
Tier 1..............1.0 credit..............Grade(s): 11-12
 
AP Biology is a rigorous study using discussion, scientific readings, research papers, and laboratory investigations to study the concepts of cells, heredity, evolution, organisms, population, and DNA. Students are introduced to biotechnology, including DNA analysis. This is a double-blocked class with laboratory time that specifically emphasizes the experiments covered on the AP exam, and is equivalent to a first-year college biology course. It prepares students for the AP exam and requires 5-6 hrs/wk preparation time.

Pre-AP Chemistry 3300
Prerequisites: Biology (may be taken concurrently)
Tier 2............1.0 credit.......Grade(s): 10
 
Pre-AP Chemistry studies the composition/structure/changes of matter, emphasizing laboratory investigations, chemical concepts, reasoning skills, scientific awareness, analytical skills, and independent learning.

Pre-AP/GT Chemistry 3360
Prerequisites: Identified GT, Biology (may be taken concurrently)
Tier 2.....................1.0 credit.....................Grade(s): 10
 
Pre-AP/GT Chemistry meets all course goals of Pre-AP Chemistry. This course is compacted, with an increased pace/depth/complexity appropriate to GT student needs.

AP Chemistry (Single or Double Block) 3350
Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry, Physics (may be taken concurrently); Recommended: Algebra II
Tier 1....................1.0 credit................Grade(s): 11-12
 
AP Chemistry is an in-depth study of the principles introduced in Chemistry I, plus a thorough study of thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, qualitative analysis, and organic chemistry. This is a double-blocked class with laboratory time where students design/investigate advanced chemistry experiments, including solution preparation, qualitative/quantitative analyses, and instrumentation. AP Chemistry is equivalent to a first-year college chemistry course.

Pre-AP Physics 3400
Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry (may be taken concurrently), Algebra I
Tier 2...............1.0 credit................Grade(s): 10-11
 
Pre-AP Physics sequentially introduces the fundamental physical concepts/principles governing the behavior of matter. It emphasizes the use of mathematics in formulating physical principles and in problem solving.

AP Physics 1 3430
Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry (may be taken concurrently),
Algebra II (may be taken concurrently)
Tier 1....................1.0 credit................Grade(s): 10-11
 
AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.

GT AP Physics 1 3432
Prerequisites: Identified GT, Biology, Chemistry (may be taken concurrently),
Algebra II (may be taken concurrently)
Tier 1....................1.0 credit................Grade(s): 10-11
 
AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.

AP Physics 2 3440
Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or AP Physics 1,
Pre-Calculus (may be taken concurrently)
Tier 1....................1.0 credit................Grade(s): 11-12
 
AP Physics 2 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics.

AP Physics C 3455
Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Corequisite: Calculus AB
Tier 1....................1.0 credit................Grade(s): 11-12
 
This course ordinarily forms the first part of the college sequence that serves as the foundation in physics for students majoring in the physical sciences or engineering. The sequence is parallel to or preceded by mathematics courses that include calculus.

Methods of calculus are used wherever appropriate in formulating physical principles and in applying them to physical problems. The sequence is more intensive and analytic than that in the B course. Strong emphasis is placed on solving a variety of challenging problems, some requiring calculus. The subject matter of the C course is principally mechanics and electricity and magnetism, with approximately equal emphasis on these two areas. The C course is the first part of a sequence which in college is sometimes a very intensive one-year course but often extends over one and one-half to two years, with a laboratory component.

AP Environmental Science 3550
Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry, Physics (may be taken concurrently)
Tier 1..................1.0 credit................Grade(s): 11-12
 
AP Environmental Science covers the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Topics include principles of ecology, species environments and interactions, the biotic community, food chains, populations and dependent factors, and proper use of lab/field techniques. Students learn to identify/analyze natural/human-made environmental problems; evaluate their relative risks; and examine alternative solutions/ preventative measures.

Forensic Science 3730
Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Tier 2...................1.0 credit.....................Grade(s): 12
 
Forensic Science focuses on practices/analysis of physical evidence found at crime scenes. It teaches basic processes/principles of scientific thinking, and how to apply them to solve problems that are not only science-related, but cross the curriculum with critical thinking skills.