Magnet Core Classes
Magnet Biology* – 9th grade
Magnet Chemistry* – 9th grade
AP Physics 1** – 10th grade
Advanced Scientific Research (Post AP)** – 12th grade
Advanced Scientific Internship (Post AP)** – 12th grade
AP Environmental Science**
AP Physics C Mechanics**
Advanced Genetics/DNA Research (Post AP)**
Triple: Honors Anatomy*/AP Biology**/Advanced Genetics/DNA Research** (2 block/3 credits)
* 0.5 quality point for weighted GPA
** 1.0 quality point for weighted GPA
Magnet Biology includes the study of cell structures and processes, basic organic chemistry, genetics, and basic classification of organisms and a general survey of micro-organisms. Emphasis is placed on laboratory investigations and scientific inquiry. Emphasis is placed on computerized programs for lab investigation, scientific inquiry, and collaborative research.
Magnet Chemistry is designed to introduce the student to the process by which chemical principles and concepts are developed from observations and data, to understand and apply ordinary chemical and other scientific phenomena which he/she encounters in everyday activities, and to assist the student in appreciating the role of the chemist and the chemical industry in the evolution of our present day highly technological society. Emphasis is placed on computerized probe-wear programs for lab investigations, scientific inquiry, and collaborative research.
AP Biology is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology or other science majors during their first year. The Advanced Placement course in biology differs significantly from the usual first high school course in biology with respect to the textbook used, the range and depth of topics covered, laboratory work done by students, and the time and effort required of students. It provides students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. Some students, as college freshmen, are permitted to undertake upper-level courses in biology or register for courses for which biology is a prerequisite after achieving an adequate score on the optional Advanced Placement Examination.
AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory chemistry course usually taken by students who have an interest in biological sciences, physical sciences, or engineering. The Advanced Placement Chemistry course expands the knowledge and skills gained during the introductory high school chemistry course. It provides students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of chemistry.
AP Environmental Science
Advanced Placement Environmental Science is designed to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. The following themes provide a foundation for the structure of the AP Environmental Science course: (1) Science is a process, (2) Energy conversions underlie all ecological processes, (3) The Earth itself is one interconnected system, (4) Humans alter natural systems, (5) Environmental problems have a cultural and social context, and (6) Human survival depends on developing practices that will achieve sustainable systems.
AP Physics 1
An algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course, it explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills.
AP Physics C: Mechanics
AP Physics C is a calculus-based course that includes a detailed study of classical (Newtonian) mechanics and an exploration of electricity and magnetism. Some students, as college freshmen, are permitted to undertake upper-level courses in physics or register for courses for which physics is a prerequisite after achieving an adequate score on the optional Advanced Placement Examination.
Honors Human Anatomy/Physiology is an accelerated course designed to give the student an in-depth look at the structures and functions of the major systems of the human body. The course is intended for the student who is interested in pursuing a career in the allied medical fields or who is interested in advanced competency in medical science. Significant depth is expected at the honors level.
This is an advanced chemistry course that studies macromolecules and their structure and function within biological systems. Students will study the anabolism, use, and catabolism of those macromolecules (lipids, carbohydrates, proteins, and nucleic acids) within cells, and chemically how cells use and store energy, replicate themselves, and how those macromolecules are used within organismal behavior, such as muscle activation.
Advanced Genetics/DNA Research
This course is designed as a research-based advanced genetics course, which will focus on human genetics, the human genome, and DNA fingerprinting. Students will be required to have a thorough background in scientific research and lab techniques. As a post-AP course, the prerequisite is AP Biology, AP Chemistry, or AP Physics.
Triple: Honors Anatomy/AP Biology/Advanced Genetics/DNA Research
This is a year-long inquiry based class during which students are immersed in a multitude of hands-on, college level, laboratory based experiments along with corresponding didactic material. The pedagogical approach to teaching this class, coupled with the life science emphasis, provides a framework to knit together the Honors Anatomy and AP Biology standards along with the Advanced Genetics/DNA Research course.
This course will provide the student with an introduction to the concepts of modern astronomy, the origin, and history of the Universe and the formation of the Earth and the solar system. Students will compare the Earth’s properties with those of the other planets and explore how the heavens have influenced human thought and action. The course gives a description of astronomical phenomena using the laws of physics. The course treats many standard topics including planets, stars, the Milky Way and other galaxies, black holes to more esoteric questions concerning the origin of the universe and its evolution and fate. Although largely descriptive, the course will occasionally require the use of sophomore-high level mathematics. Laboratory exercises include experiments in light properties, measurement of radiation from celestial sources, and observations at local observatories and/or planetariums.
Forensic Science students will learn the scientific protocols for analyzing a crime scene, how to use chemical and physical separation methods to isolate and identify materials, how to analyze biological evidence and the criminal use of tools, including impressions from firearms, tool marks, arson, and explosive evidence
Honors Zoology is a laboratory course designed to cultivate a student’s natural curiosity and to provide background that will help them understand the interrelationships of all life-forms. Using in-depth dissection, observational, and experiential learning opportunities, students will investigate, compare, and contrast all nine major phyla of the Kingdom Animalia. Additionally, they will explore the morphology, taxonomy, anatomy, and physiology of each phyla.
Advanced Scientific Research
Advanced Scientific Research is blocked with Advanced Science Internship. This course will provide highly motivated and qualified students the skills necessary for advanced science research. Students will read professional scientific literature and translate this information into applicable research topics and projects. Advanced knowledge and skills acquired from AP Biology, or AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, or AP Physics will be applied to topics explored in this course. Students will participate in laboratory research either by developing and executing their own research project or by participating in an on-going research project with a science mentor. The target population will be students who have completed honors courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and at least one AP Science course and have made a commitment to advanced collegiate studies in science.
Advanced Scientific Internship
Advanced Scientific Internship is blocked with Advanced Science Research and is a Post AP course, which will allow the advanced science student an opportunity to understand the processes of science through the careful planning of research, data collection, analysis and interpretation of experimental results gained from on-site or off-site experimentation. This course will be equivalent to a college freshman course in both rigor and relevancy. Students will read professional scientific reports and translate this information into applicable research topics. Advanced knowledge and skills acquired from AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, or AP Physics will be applied to topics explored in this course. The target population will be students who have completed honors courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and at least one AP Science course and who have made a commitment to advanced collegiate studies in science.
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