Two-Semester Course Descriptions
Most courses use traditional-school textbooks, which have a secular (i.e., non-religious) approach. Many courses have an honors option. In all courses, the scientific method is
Courses do not need to be taken in the order given. As long as age requirements and math prerequisites are met, students may take the courses in any order that is convenient.
General ScienceGeneral science is a broad survey course -- essentially an overview of several earth science, physical science, and life science topics.
Life ScienceMiddle school life science covers the basics of biology: cells, genetics, evolution, survey of kingdoms, and human anatomy. Lab work includes microscopy, simple labs, and dissection. Next offered: 2017-2018
Physical ScienceMiddle school physical science covers elementary chemistry and physics: atoms & matter, chemical interactions, force & motion, simple machines, work & energy, and sound & light. Next offered: 2015-2016
Earth ScienceEarth science covers rocks & minerals; plate tectonics, earthquakes, & volcanoes; weathering & erosion; atmosphere, weather, & climate; oceanography; astronomy. Next offered: 2016-2017
BiologyHigh school biology covers ecology, cells, genetics, evolution, and survey of six kingdoms, with. emphasis on plants and animals. Lab work includes microscopy, biochemistry, and dissection. Next offered: 2017-2018
ChemistryHigh school chemistry covers matter, atomic structure, elements & periodic table, ionic & covalent bonds, chemical reactions, the mole, stoichiometry, states of matter, gases, solutions, energy & chemical changes, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, acids & bases, redox reactions. Next offered: 2015-2016
PhysicsHigh school physics covers motion, vectors, forces, gravitation, momentum, energy & work, simple machines, waves & light, and electricity & magnetism. Next offered: 2016-2017
AP BiologyAP Biology covers molecules and cells (including biochemistry & cellular processes), heredity and evolution (including molecular genetics), and organisms and populations (including physiology & ecology), according to the College Board’s course description.
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