SCIENCE

BIOLOGY - required

520 BIOLOGY
Grade: Freshman, Sophomore
Prerequisite: Science (510) or Admissions Committee Recommendation
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
Biology provides the student with a general introduction to life in all the areas of biology, including lower animal biology, vertebrates, cell biology, biochemistry, and genetics. The course includes lectures and lab work in the classroom. The goal of this course is to prepare students for college work in biology as well as everyday life. Organisms to be dissected are frogs, fish and crawfish.

CHEMISTRY - required

529 FORENSICS CHEMISTRY
Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Biology (520)
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
Forensics Chemistry is NOT a college preparatory course. The content covers basic concepts of chemistry. This course has a strong focus on critical thinking through applying the scientific method and employing hands-on activities and laboratories. Forensics Chemistry addresses basic chemistry as well as spectroscopy/light, density, combustion, organic/inorganic analyses, mixtures/separation techniques, and toxicology.

531 CHEMISTRY
Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Biology (520) and Algebra I (312 or 314 or 315)
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
Chemistry is a college preparatory course which covers matter and energy, atomic structure, bonding, the periodic table, mole concept, and the reactions, names and formulas of ionic and molecular compounds, kinetic theory, gas laws, and thermochemistry. Large and small-scale labs are used with each chapter to help the students visualize and grasp abstract concepts.

533 CHEMISTRY IA (Honors)
Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Department Approval and A average in science and math courses
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
Chemistry IA (Honors) is an accelerated college preparatory course which covers chemical formulas, equations and nomenclature, periodic table, classification of matter, measurements in chemistry, stoichiometry, solutions, gases, thermodynamics, atomic structure, bonding, redox reactions and electrochemistry, kinetics and equilibrium, acid-bases, and nuclear and organic chemistry. This is a lab course and requires 5 to 6 hours of homework per week. It is a rigorous fast-paced course for the student with a superior ability in problem solving and algebra. Successful completion of this course will prepare the students for AP Chemistry.

SCIENCE ELECTIVES

510 SCIENCE
Grade: Freshman
Prerequisite: None
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
The Science course lays a solid foundation in the physical and earth sciences, developing scientific literacy in all students. Students are prepared to use scientific principles and processes appropriately in making personal decisions; to experience the richness and excitement of knowing about and understanding the natural world; and how to engage intelligently in public discourse and debate about matters of scientific and technological concerns.

521 AP BIOLOGY
Grade: Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Department Approval, B or higher in AP Chemistry (532) and B or higher in Biology (520)
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
AP Biology is a course designed to offer the student the opportunity to gain college credit and/or advanced placement above the introductory college level, if accepted by the college that he/she attends. Students will gain an understanding of advanced concepts associated with molecules and cells, genetics and evolution, and organisms and populations. An additional goal will be to improve individual laboratory skills and establish advance understanding of scientific methodology, and research technology and technique while preparing for the AP Biology exam. Success in this course will depend on individual motivation and organization, ability to read for comprehension, and ability to scientifically communicate in writing. Students are required to take the national AP test in May as well as the end-of-semester culminating activity at St. Mary’s.

532 AP CHEMISTRY
Grade: Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Chemistry IA (533) and Department Approval
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
AP Chemistry is designed to be taken only after the successful completion of a first course in college-prep chemistry. The course requires approximately 6 to 8 hours of homework per week. Topics studied include the structure of matter, kinetic theory of gases, chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, and concepts of thermodynamics. Problem solving is an integral part of the course; students will be expected to work independently and in group situations. Successful completion of the AP exam will earn advanced placement and up to 11 semester hours credit at most colleges and universities. Students are required to take the national AP test in May as well as the end-of-semester culminating activity at St. Mary’s.

540 ANATOMY / PHYSIOLOGY
Grade: Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Chemistry (531 or 533) and B average in previous science courses, or Department Approval
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
Anatomy and Physiology is a challenging branch of Biology providing students with an understanding of the structure and functions of the human body. The emphasis of the course is familiarity with physiology in order to understand disease processes and homeostatic mechanisms. The laboratory exercises include dissections, a student-learning guide, and coloring guides for students.

547 PHYSICS
Grade: Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Chemistry (531 or 533), and Algebra II Analysis (322) or Advanced Algebra & Trigonometry (331), or Department Approval
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
This is a college preparatory physics course that covers kinematics, force, universal gravitation, momentum and its conservation, work, energy, simple/complex machines, thermodynamics, kinetic theory, the states of matter, waves and sound. Labs are a regular part of the course. A firm understanding and ability to use formulas is essential. Problem solving is an integral part of the course; students will be expected to work independently and in group situations.

548 AP PHYSICS
Grade: Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: completed or currently taking Algebra II Analysis (322) or Algebra II (321)
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
AP Physics is an algebra-based introductory college-level physics course. This course is useful for students with an interest in engineering, pre-med, science, and computer science. AP Physics covers kinematics, projectile motion, Newton's Laws, circular motion, gravitation, work and energy, momentum, impulse, and torque and rotational dynamics. Students are required to take the national AP test in May as well as the end-of-semester culminating activity at St. Mary’s.

560 ECOLOGY
Grade: Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Biology (520). Student will take Environmental Biology for 2nd semester.
Length: Semester
Credit: 0.5
This first semester course will cover the study of relationships between organisms and their environment. This includes the study of biotic and abiotic factors as well as biomes and ecosystems within the biosphere.

570 ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY
Grade: Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Biology (520). Student will take Ecology for 1st semester.
Length: Semester
Credit: 0.5
This second semester course will cover the study of man’s interaction with the environment. It will include the study of air, water and land pollution, as well as energy alternatives, resource depletion, global climate changes and population.

581 MICROBIOLOGY (Honors)
Grade: Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Chemistry (531 or 533)
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
Microbiology is the study of microorganisms, with an emphasis on classification of bacteria and their effects on the human body. The course will cover gram + and gram – organisms and their cell walls. Students will perform labs that will require culturing, isolating and identifying the organisms.

582 MARINE BIOLOGY
Grade: Junior, Senior
Prerequisite: Must have a B in Biology (520)
Length: Full Year
Credit: 1.0
This course will investigate the physical characteristics of marine habitats and how they influence the living communities that inhabit them. We will then center on specific marine life groups, their structure and function, and their interdependence on each other and their environment. A common thread will be human interactions and the impact we have on marine ecosystems. Knowledge of Biology is required. Labs will include dissections and various other labs.

FACULTY

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Mrs. Maxine Hennessey

Department Chair and Teacher

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About Me

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Mr. Al Hartzell

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