Science Courses

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AP Biology

Description - This course is designed to be the equivalent of a typical college introductory biology course. The course uses a college-level textbook and laboratory program. The curriculum is centered around major units on organisms and populations, molecules and cells, and heredity and evolution. Dissection laboratory activities are included. In order to have extended laboratory time, class meets outside of the school day an average of three days per week.  Students are being prepared to take the AP Biology exam administered by the College Board in May.

Textbooks: AP Edition Biology 8th Edition published by Benjamin Cummings, 2008
AP Test Prep Series: AP Biology published by Benjamin Cummings, 2008




Description - In this course, students examine the structure of matter, the changes it undergoes, and the energy changes that accompany the changes in matter. Connections are made between what can be observed at the macroscopic level in the real world, what happens with particles at the atomic and molecular level, and the symbols that represent these things in formulas, calculations, and structural drawings. Students will learn traditional chemical concepts through a variety of real-world contexts.

Chemistry Honors

Description - Chemistry is the study of substances that make up our world, changes in these substances, and the energy needed to bring about these changes.  This course gives a broad overview in which students analyze reactions in natural and man-made energy systems, the properties of materials in relation to their structures, and the atomic and nuclear structure of matter.  The theoretical and experimental nature of science is emphasized through research in printed material and in the laboratory.  Mathematical concepts provide a basis for many chemistry concepts.

Required Materials

  • Chromebook
  • Calculator (graphing or scientific)
  • Pencils, Pens, Highlighters
  • Binder (1.5" preferred)
  • Looseleaf paper or spiral notebook
  • Suggested: earbuds or headphones



Physics C

Description - AP Physics C is equivalent to the first year college course taken by chemistry, physics and engineering majors, and uses introductory differential and integral calculus throughout.  The mechanics portion of the course covers topics in kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation.  The electricity and magnetism portion covers electrostatics; conductors, capacitors, and dielectrics; electric circuits; magnetic fields; and electromagnetism.

Science Electives

Anatomy and Physiology (Semester)

Description - This course has three major components.  Human anatomy identifies individual parts of the body and relates them to the whole.  Physiology provides an understanding of the functions of the parts of the body.  Pathology relates a specific disorder to the abnormal functioning of the whole organism. Interwoven into each unit is discussion about the medical field.  Dissection laboratory activities are included in this course.  The class meets two periods per day to allow a full year’s work to be covered in a single semester.  Immunization verification and TB testing are required.  A course fee covers costs for a TB test, stethoscope, and lab coat.

Anatomy & Physiology (Full Year)

Description - This course is an in-depth look at the field of Anatomy and Physiology for Sports which has practical applications in a variety of fields including numerous medical fields including physical therapy, nursing, athletic training, public health, and medicine. 

This course relates science to athletics, covering key concepts in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and physical therapy.  It incorporates class work, laboratory investigations, and practical hands-on application in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries.  Animal dissections may be included in the laboratory component.  

Environmental Science

Description - This course explores the current state of our environment with two main goals:

  1. Understand how humans interact with the environment
  2. Find ways to deal with environmental problems and live more sustainably.

Students will learn about climate change, ecosystem services (both local and global), biodiversity, cycles within ecosystems, and solutions to our human impacts. Students will evaluate the relative risk associated with environmental problems (both natural and man made) and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.

Textbook:  Ecology of a Changing Planet published by Prentice Hall, 2003


Description - This course will introduce students to fundamental concepts in Genetics and Biotechnology which has practical applications in a variety of fields including the food industry, agriculture, genetic engineering, public health, and medicine. Ethical issues and considerations will be discussed.  

Medical Careers

Description - Class meets for two periods each day.  Four days per week class is held at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital or another off-site location, such as Devries Animal Hospital and Elmhurst Dental Care, where students shadow professionals in several different areas.  They work with medical personnel in such activities as caring for patients, taking vital signs, and keeping records.  They observe surgery and other procedures.  Class meets one day per week at York, allowing students to share experiences, work on case studies, and research current healthcare topics.  School transportation will not be provided.


  • Students are required to have a Flu Shot and TB test in order to attend rotations semester at the Hospital and other off-site locations.
  • Students must show verification of a Flu shot and TB test before they are cleared to go on rotations. 


  • Students must have access to transportation. The school district does not provide transportation to off-site locations.
  • Students wishing to receive priority consideration for a parking spot due to enrollment in this program must submit their parking application by the deadline for the general lottery. 


Description - This laboratory-based course examines the culture and identification of microorganisms that are common in nature or in man-made environments.  The impact of microorganisms in disease, industry, and research will also be studied.

Textbook:  Microbiology: An Introduction published by Brooks/Cole, 2002