Science Courses. 2012-2013. Graduate GNHS 2 Credits Junior College (CLC) 2 Credits Military 2-3 Credits Local Colleges (NIU, WIU) 3 Credits . Big Ten Colleges 3 Credits Ivy League Colleges 4 Credits Planning to Major in a Science 4 Credits. Recommended Science Credits.
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Junior College (CLC)
Local Colleges (NIU, WIU)
Big Ten Colleges
Ivy League Colleges
Planning to Major in a Science
4 CreditsRecommended Science Credits
Speed, Acceleration, Forces,
Energy, Simple Machines,
Rube Goldberg Competition
Properties of Matter, Physical and
Chemical Reactions, Atomic
Theory, and an Introduction
to Chemical Equations
This two-semester laboratory course focuses on the study of Earth processes, including the areas of geology, meteorology, astronomy, and oceanography. Students will engage in experiments, creating models, simulations, web quests, and other activities. Real-life applications include weather forecasting, construction considerations, local landscapes, exploring current global issues, and more.
for 10th grade
Weather Forecasting, Global Warming
Stars, Galaxies, Star Gazing
This two-semester course provides the student with a broad exposure to many of the fundamental concepts that underlie the physical sciences. In the first semester students will focus on the main content area of Mechanics, the study of bodies in motion. Through class discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on laboratory explorations they will learn about one- and two-dimensional motion, forces, work and energy, momentum, and gravity. During the second semester students will focus on two content areas, Electromagnetism and Waves; individual content areas include static electricity, DC circuits, sound waves, light and optics. Throughout the year emphasis will be placed on the relationship between the course content and every day activities/phenomena. It is recommended that students have completed a course in Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry or be concurrently enrolled.
2 years of science including a strong performance in Biology
How do pollutants affect
living and non-living
aspects affect the
diversity of an
Is global warming really
happening—how is it
affecting me? Other
Will there be enough
water and food available
as our population grows
to 10 billion?
The course begins with advanced work in ecology so students can
begin to understand the many interactions between living and non-
living components in the environment. Investigations in the
interrelationships of the natural world, analysis of environmental
problems and examining alternative solutions for resolving/preventing
irreversible damage to the environment.
Prerequisites:Strong performance in biology & chemistry
Offered to Juniors and Seniors only
1 year of AP Environmental = 1 Sem. Environmental Science college credit
*Meets for 1 class period daily instead of 90 min.
I. Earth Systems &
II. The Living World
IV. Land and Water Use
V. Energy Resources &
VII. Global Change
Course Description –
Two semester course designed to be the same as a college level introductory level Biology course. There are 12 required labs.
1 year of AP Biology = 2 Semesters of a Science college credit
*Meets for 90 minutes daily
I. Molecules and Cells
II. Heredity and Evolution
B. Molecular Genetics
C. Evolutionary Biology
III. Organisms and Populations
A. Diversity of Organisms
B. Plants and Animals
AP EXAM – usually 1st week in May
1 year of AP Chemistry = 2 Semesters of a Science college credit
*Meets for 90 minutes daily
Physics acquaints students with their physical environment though the study of forces and motion, heat, light, sound, electricity, and magnetism. The course content is developed through demonstrations, class discussion, and laboratory experiments to meet the needs of students who are seeking AP credit.
1 year of AP-B Physics = 2 Semesters of a Science college credit
*Meets for 90 minutes daily
Criteria for ScheduleChanges from Course GuideOnce the initial registration process is completed, a student may request a schedule change only ifone or more of the following criteria exists. A form requesting a change must be obtained fromthe counselor.1. Computer and clerical errors or failure to have a scheduled lunch period.2. Failure in first or second semester course(s).3. Level changes approved by the appropriate school official. The grade will be transferred tothe new class.4. Completion of summer school courses, correspondence courses, or independent studyprojects.5. Special Education placement.6. Seniors who need courses for graduation not currently in their schedule.7. Failure to have the necessary prerequisites for a course.8. Unusual or extraordinary circumstances not predictable during the initial scheduling andregistration process. Administrative approval is required.Requests for schedule changes that do not fit within the above criteria will not be considered.Approval from the student, parents/guardians, and counselor is necessary for any addition ordeletion of a course. Any student has the right to appeal any schedule change decision.1) ADDING A CLASS—Students may add a class only during the first FIVE (5) STUDENTATTENDANCE SCHOOL DAYS of the semester, if the reason strictly adheres to the approved criteriafor schedule changes.2) DROPPING A CLASS—Students may drop a class up through THIRTY (30) STUDENTATTENDANCE SCHOOL DAYS of the semester without being penalized with a “withdraw failure.”No record of the drop will appear on the student’s transcript. After 30 school attendance days, agrade of “WF” will be issued.