List of Courses

6th Grade
    General Science

7th Grade
    Pre-AP Integrated Science
    Integrated Science

8th Grade
    Pre-AP Integrated Science
    Integrated Science

9th Grade
    Pre-AP Physical Science
    Physical Science

10th Grade
        Pre-AP Biology
        Conceptual Chemistry
        Conceptual Physics 
        Science Research

11th and 12th Grade
    Conceptual Chemistry
    Pre-AP Chemistry
    AP Chemistry
    Science Research
    Pre-AP Biology
    AP Biology
    Human Anatomy
    Advanced Human Anatomy
    Conceptual Physics
    Pre-AP Physics
    AP Physics
    Advanced Astronomy/Meteorology/Geology
    AP Environmental Science

Course Title:    Biology
Description:    Biology is a laboratory science course designed to approach the subject through its unifying concept. The course explores the way life obtains molecular resources, the way the organism maintains itself through circulation, energy transfer, coordination and behavior, reproduction, heredity, and adaptation. The laboratory assignments of microscopic studies, chemical analysis, and dissections of representatives of the plant and animal kingdom should engender a sincere interest in the betterment of mankind through science and a greater appreciation of life and orderliness in nature. 

Course Title:    Pre-AP Biology
Description:    This is a laboratory science class designed for students who have a strong interest and background in basic science. The course explores the relationships between living organisms and all the components of their environments. Extensive use is made of the laboratory. The goal of the class is to give students a sincere interest in and appreciation for science and nature. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking skills which the student will use in further science study.

Course Title:    AP Biology
Description:    The Advanced Placement Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course. The course will cover, in depth, topics ranging from biological chemistry and cell biology, to molecular genetics, plant and animal physiology, and ecology. Extensive use will be made of the lab, with laboratory activities to include enzyme catalysis, mitosis and meiosis, cell respiration, transpiration, and gene splicing. In the lab, students will become familiar with the techniques of electrophoresis, thin layer chromatography, biological titrations, genetic crosses, and physiological measurement. Prior AP exams will be taken and analyzed. This course will prepare students for the AP Biology Exam given in May. All students will be required to take this exam.

Course Title:    Science Research
Description:    This course is designed to further develop the science, laboratory, and research skills of students who have a proven interest in scientific study. All areas of science will be included as students participate in research and experimentation leading to individual projects such as science fair projects, independent science research projects, and participation in scientific competitions such as Science Olympiad. Students will be expected to complete one major project each semester. Students may also conduct independent study in science resulting in projects with concern current science technology.

Course Title:     Fundamentals of Human Anatomy
Description:    This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of the basic anatomy of the human body, including fundamental like processes. This class will make sure of laboratory procedures and dissections to emphasize the structure and function of different body systems.

Course Title:    Advanced Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology
Description:    This course is a study of human physiology and anatomy including the muscular, nervous, respiratory, skeletal, reproductive, circulatory, digestive and endocrine systems and the special senses. Use of the laboratory for dissection and physiology experiments will be an import part of this course. This course is designed to prepare students for AP Biology and/or for students interested in health care careers.

Course Title:    Conceptual Chemistry
Description:   Chem Com takes a different approach to the learning of chemistry. Each of the eight units revolves around a societal question. This question creates a need to know chemistry to find a solution. The context of each question is a community: local, workplace, national, or global. The chemistry presented to the students build upon the same vocabulary, thinking skills, problem solving and lab techniques as most traditional introductory chemistry courses. 

Course Title:    Pre-AP Chemistry
Description:    This course is a basic study of chemistry fundamentals by experimental approach. A willingness to seek answers and draw conclusions based on known facts and experimental data is necessary. Material taught will be treated with more depth and scope and is math intensive. The course will cover the establishment of the periodic chart and its uses. A calculator similar to a TI30 or better is recommended. 

Course Title:    AP Chemistry
Description:    The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory chemistry course. Topic emphasis includes: Structure of Matter (atomic theory and bonding); States of Matter (gas, liquids, solids, and solutions); Reactions (types of chemical reactions, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, and thermodynamics); and Descriptive Chemistry (labs). It will include extensive lab work and problem solving. This course will prepare students for the AP Chemistry Exam given in May. All students will be required to take this exam.

Course Title:    Conceptual Physics
Description:    You know you can't enjoy a game unless you know its rules; whether it's a ball game, a computer game, or simply a party game. Likewise, you can't fully appreciate your surroundings until you understand the rules of nature. Physics is the study of these rules, which show how everything in nature is connected. So the main reason to study physics is to enhance the way you see the physical world. You will see the mathematical structure of physics in frequent equations, but more than being recipes for computation, you will see the equations as guides to thinking.

Course Title:    Pre-AP Physics
Description:    This course is designed to prepare students for both college-level physics and success in AP Physics. Areas of study include motion, gravitation, energy, electric circuits, optics, pressure and fluid flow, thermodynamics, and Einstein's theory of relativity. Although a good understanding of math is beneficial, only a willingness to try and improve your math skills is essential. Therefore, projects and laboratory experiments are frequent events. 

Course Title:    AP Physics
Description:    The AP Physics course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory physics course. In addition to topics covered in Physics 1, momentum, quantum physics, nuclear physics, the photoelectric effect, and planetary motion will be analyzed in depth. Prior AP exams will be taken and analyzed. This course will prepare students for the AP Physics Exam given in May. All students will be required to take this exam.

Course Title:    Fundamentals of Astronomy/Meteorology/Geology
Description:    This is a full-year lab course to provide students with a basic understanding of their home planet and its position in the universe. This course is divided into 3 major units consisting of meteorology, astronomy, and geology. Emphasis will be placed on High Plains weather and New Mexico geology. Activities include weather forecasting, sky watches, and field trips.

Course Title:    Advanced Concepts of Astronomy/Meteorology/ Geology
Description:    This is a full year lab course to provide students with a basic understanding of their home planet and its position in the universe. The course is divided into three major units: meteorology, astronomy, and geology, and how each is inter-related to form the ecosystems which support living organisms. Activities include weather watching, sky watches, and field trips. The course is designed to prepare students for AP Environmental Science and/or for students interested in careers related to environmental sciences.

Course Title:    AP Environmental Science
Description:    The AP Environmental Science course 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. This course will embrace topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography. The course will prepare students for the AP Environmental Science Exam given in May. All students will be required to take this exam.

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