Holy Cross High School

Sciences

BIOLOGY HONORS

Course #621 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Selected Freshmen
Prerequisite: Previous grade school record and testing results

This course provides an in-depth study of recent biological concepts of cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, and stresses human biology. Above average verbal and reading skills are needed for class and laboratory work.

BIOLOGY CP-A

Course #622 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Required of: Freshmen
Prerequisite: Previous grade school record and testing results

This course is designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to various biological skills and concepts in cytology, genetics, botany, zoology and anatomy.

BIOLOGY CP

Course #623 Level: 3 Credit: 1
Open to: Selected Freshmen
Prerequisite: Previous grade school record and testing results

This course provides an overall appreciation of Biology to give students practice in skills needed for subsequent living science courses.Classroom demonstrations, labs and use of technology are utilized.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CP

Course #627 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Open to: Sophomores
Prerequisite: Recommendation of present Science teacher

This course is an introduction to the study of the biosphere. Topics discussed include forecasting of meteorology, environmental disease, plate techtonics, the growth of human population, food production and world hunger, extinction, pollution, waste disposal and the use of energy. Focus will be placed on technological and social solutions to environmental problems.

CHEMISTRY HONORS

Course #631 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
Prerequisite: Honors Math; Minimum of 80% average in Honors Biology; Recommendation of present Science teacher
Sophomore Co-Requisite: Honors Math

This course is designed to expose students with a strong math and science background to an in-depth introduction to chemistry. The course demands a good deal of self-motivation and integrity on the part of the students. It includes various labs which expose the students to lab procedures that strengthen the concepts being covered in the classroom.

CHEMISTRY CP-A

Course #632 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Open to: Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
Co-requisite: Advanced or CP-A Math
Sophomore Prerequisite: Honors Biology; Recommendation of present Science teacher
Junior and Senior Prerequisite: 80% average in Biology CP-A or Honors; Minimum of 93% average in Biology CP-B; Minimum of 83% average in Environmental Science; CP-A or Advanced Math; Recommendation of present Science teacher

This introductory course includes discussions and labs on the nature of matter, atomic theory and structure, the elements, gas laws, acid-base theory, chemical reactions and stoichiometry (the mathematics of Chemistry).

CHEMISTRY CP

Course #633 Level: 3 Credit: 1
Open to: Juniors and Seniors
Prerequisite: Successful completion of freshmen/sophomore science; Recommendation of present Science teacher

Chemistry concentrates on the atom, the atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical formulas and equations, acids and bases. A variety of labs provide opportunities for students to develop laboratory skills.

PHYSICS HONORS

Course #641 Level:1 Credit: 1
Open to: Juniors and Seniors
Prerequisite: Minimum of 80% average in Honors Biology; Minimum of 80% average in Honors Chemistry; Recommendation of present Science teacher

This course is an accelerated study of mechanics, optics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, fluid dynamics, atomic structure and nuclear reactions.

PHYSICS CP

Course #642 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Open to: Juniors and Seniors
Prerequisite:Chemistry CP-A; Recommendation of the present Science teacher

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the modern view of the physical world. Topics include mechanics, Thermodynamics, light, electricity, magnetism, fluid dynamics and atomic structure. Primary emphasis will be on the fundamental concepts of matter and energy.

HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

Course #643 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Open to: Seniors
Prerequisite: Honors Biology and Honors Chemistry or a minimum of 80% average in Biology CP-A and a minimum of 80% average in Chemistry CP-A; Recommendation of present Science teacher

Anatomy is the structural make-up from cell to organ level and physiology is the study of how these parts function together. An organ systems approach is taken, aimed at understanding and appreciating the complexities of the human body and how it functions. The year culminates in mandatory dissection of a fetal pig to reinforce the cooperativity of the organ systems.

HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY HONORS

Course #645 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Selected Seniors
Prerequisite: Minimum of 80 averages in Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, Honors Physics, Honors Neuroscience and signature of present Science teacher

This advanced paced course examines the biological concepts of structure and function of the human body. Body systems, such as the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, muscular, skeletal, integumentary, lymphtic, urinary, endocrine and reproductive will be surveyed. An intensive concentration on laboratory skilss and anatomic identification will be in the scope of theis course.

AP BIOLOGY

Course #644 Level: AP Credit: 1
Open to: Selected Seniors
Prerequisite: Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, Honors Physics; Honors Neuroscience; signature of present science teacher and department chairperson
Co-Requisite: Anatomy & Physiology Honors (must be taken concurrently with AP Biology)

This Advanced Placement course is a comprehensive collegiate survey of biology, concentrating heavily on laboratory analysis of various concepts. It includes scientific reading and independent study projects, and will prepare students for the College Board AP Biology exam administered in May. This course is recommended for students who are interested in a Science or Medical field.

NEUROSCIENCE I (Fall)

Course #671 Level: 2 Credit: 1/2
Open to: Seniors and only selected Juniors who have completed Honors Chemistry
Prerequisite: Honors Biology and Honors Chemistry or minimum 80% average in Biology CP-A and minimum of 80% average in Chemistry CP-A; Recommendation of present Science teacher

This course outlines the biological basis of human behavior, beginning with the physiology of the brain and working through all aspects of psychological behavior from a neurological standpoint – emotions, sleep, dreams, memory, perception and states of consciousness. *Not to be taken in lieu of Physics to meet the junior science requirement.

NEUROSCIENCE II (Spring)

Course #692 Level: 2 Credit: 1/2
Open to: Students who have successfully completed Neuroscience I
Prerequisite: Neuroscience I; recommendation of present Science teacher

Using the principles learned in Neuroscience I, this course continues the study of the biological basis of other aspects of human behavior such as perception (taste, sound, smell); learning and memory, language; motivational drives, rhythms and psychoses, emotion and mood. *Not to be taken in lieu of Physics to meet the junior science requirement.

NEUROSCIENCE HONORS (Full Year)

Course #670 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Juniors and Seniors
Prerequisite: Minimum of 80% average in Honors Biology, minimum of 80% average in Honors Chemistry; signature of present Science teacher

This full year course presents an accelerated and in-depth survey of the human brain and nervous system. Principles learned will include anatomy & Physiology, brain mapping, disease & disorders, motor system, sensory system, learning and memory, sleep, emotions, homeostasis, rhythms & drives, and altered states of consciousness. *Not to be taken in lieu of Physics to meet the junior science requirement.

ADVANCED EXPLORATIONS IN SCIENCE

Course #635 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Open to: Seniors
Prerequisite: Recommendation of present Science teacher

This introductory elective course includes lectures and labs which outline core concepts in anatomy, physiology, disease, kinesiology, nutrition, forensic science, research and physical sciences. Completion of this course provides a general overview of these concepts in application to the human body.

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