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Science Course Descriptions 

*Earth & Space Science – Grade 9

The ninth grade Earth and Space Science (ESS) course builds upon science concepts from middle school by revealing the complexity of Earth’s interacting systems, evaluating and using current data to explain Earth’s place in the universe and enabling students to relate Earth Science to many aspect of human society.  Disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts are intertwined as students focus on five ESS content topics: Space Systems, History of Earth, Earth’s Systems, Weather and Climate, and Human Sustainability. The objectives strongly reflect the many societally relevant aspects of ESS (resources, hazards, environmental impacts) with an emphasis on using engineering and technology concepts to design solutions to challenges facing human society. Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science objectives are integrated throughout instruction as students define problems and design solutions related to the course objectives. There is a focus on several scientific practices which include developing and using models, planning and conducting investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematical and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions. Students will engage in active inquiries, investigations, and hands-on activities as they develop and demonstrate conceptual understandings and research and laboratory skills described in the objectives. Safety instruction is integrated in all activities, and students will implement safe procedures and practices when manipulating equipment, materials, organisms, and models. 


*Biology – Grade 10

The tenth grade Biology content provides more in-depth studies of the living world and enables students to make sense of emerging research findings and apply those understandings to solving problems. Disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts are intertwined as students focus on five life science topics: Structure and Function, Inheritance and Variation of Traits, Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems, Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, and Natural Selection and Evolution. Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science objectives are integrated throughout instruction as students define problems and design solutions related to the course objectives. There is a focus on several scientific practices which include developing and using models, planning and conducting investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematical and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions. Students will engage in active inquiries, investigations, and hands-on activities as they develop and demonstrate conceptual understandings and research and laboratory skills described in the objectives. Safety instruction is integrated in all activities, and students will implement safe procedures and practices when manipulating equipment, materials, organisms, and models. 


*Physical Science (recommended third course option)

The Physical Science course develops understandings of the core concepts from chemistry and physics: Structure and Properties of Matter; Chemical Reactions; Forces and Interactions; Energy; and Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation.  The objectives in Physical Science allow high school students to explain more in-depth phenomena central not only to the physical sciences, but to life and earth and space sciences, as well. These objectives blend the core ideas with scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to support students in developing useable knowledge to explain ideas across the science disciplines. There is a focus on several scientific practices which include developing and using models, planning and conducting investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematical and computational thinking, and constructing explanations. Students are expected to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas as well as demonstrate understanding of several engineering practices, including design and evaluation. Students will engage in active inquiries, investigations, and hands-on activities as they develop and demonstrate conceptual understandings and research and laboratory skills described in the objectives. Safety instruction is integrated in all activities, and students will implement safe procedures and practices when manipulating equipment, materials, organisms, and models.


*Chemistry (recommended third course STEM option)

Chemistry is an advanced elective course designed for students pursuing Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) education and careers.  Students will develop a deeper understanding of the core concepts of: Structure and Properties of Matter and Chemical Reactions as they prepare for college chemistry requiring a strong mathematical foundation. The chemistry course prepares high school students to explain more in-depth phenomena central not only to the physical sciences, but to life and earth and space sciences as well. The chemistry objectives blend the core ideas with scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to support students in developing useable knowledge to explain ideas across the science disciplines. There is a focus on several scientific practices which include developing and using models, planning and conducting investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematical and computational thinking, and constructing explanations. Students will use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas as well as demonstrate understanding of several engineering practices, including design and evaluation. Students will engage in active inquiries, investigations, and hands-on activities as they develop and demonstrate conceptual understandings and research and laboratory skills described in the objectives. Safety instruction is integrated in all activities, and students will implement safe procedures and practices when manipulating equipment, materials, organisms, and models.


*Physics (recommended fourth course STEM option)

Physics is an advanced elective course designed for students pursuing Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) education and careers. The course emphasizes a mathematical approach to the topics of Forces and Interactions; Energy, and Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation and prepares student for college physics. The physics course prepares high school students to explain more in-depth phenomena central not only to the physical sciences, but to life and earth and space sciences, as well. These objectives blend the core ideas with scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to support students in developing useable knowledge to explain ideas across the science disciplines. There is a focus on several scientific practices which include developing and using models, planning and conducting investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematical and computational thinking, and constructing explanations. Students will use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas as well as demonstrate understanding of several engineering practices, including design and evaluation. Students will engage in active inquiries, investigations, and hands-on activities as they develop and demonstrate conceptual understandings and research and laboratory skills described in the objectives. Safety instruction is integrated in all activities, and students will implement safe procedures and practices when manipulating equipment, materials, organisms, and models.


*Environmental Science (Elective)

Environmental Science is an advanced, high school elective course which builds on foundational knowledge of the chemical, physical, biological, geological processes and focuses on the natural world. Through an inquiry-based program of study, all students will demonstrate environmental literacy as they explore the economic, social, political, and ecological interdependence in urban and rural areas and on local and global scales. As students fuse experiences across disciplines, they will acquire knowledge, values, and skills needed to protect and improve the environment. There is a focus on several crosscutting concepts including the following: Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models, Energy and Matter, and Stability and Change.   Science practices and Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science objectives are integrated as students ask questions and define problems, develop and use models, plan and conduct investigations, analyze and interpret data, and construct explanations and design solutions. Students will engage in active inquiries, investigations, and hands-on activities as they develop and demonstrate conceptual understandings and research and laboratory skills described in the objectives. Safety instruction is integrated in all activities, and students will implement safe procedures and practices when manipulating equipment, materials, organisms, and models.


*Forensic Science (Elective)

Forensic Science is an advanced, high school elective course designed to provide students with hands-on experiences in various aspects of a criminal investigation. Science content and Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science objectives are integrated as students ask questions and define problems, develop and use models, plan and conduct investigations, analyze and interpret data, construct explanations and design solutions as they consider crime scenes, evidence, and protocol. As students demonstrate proficiency in evidence collection--maintenance of data integrity, formulation of a conclusion/summary, and succinct communication of findings--they prepare for forensic-related careers and other occupational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math. Students will engage in active inquiries, investigations, and hands-on activities as they develop and demonstrate conceptual understandings and research and laboratory skills described in the objectives. Safety instruction is integrated in all activities, and students will implement safe procedures and practices when manipulating equipment, materials, organisms, and models. 


*Human Anatomy & Physiology (Elective)

Human Anatomy and Physiology is an advanced, high school elective course designed for those students wanting a deeper understanding of the structures and functions of the human body. The body will be viewed as a whole using anatomical terminology necessary to describe location. Instruction will be at both micro and macro levels reviewing cellular functions, biochemical processes, tissue interactions, organ systems and the interaction of those systems as it relates to the human organism. Systems covered include integumentary, skeletal, muscular, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, excretory, reproductive immunological, nervous and endocrine. Content standards are integrated with Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science objectives as students develop conceptual understandings and research and laboratory skills, evaluate the academic requirements, and prepare for occupational opportunities in health and medical fields. Students will engage in active inquiries, investigations, and hands-on activities as they develop and demonstrate conceptual understandings and research and laboratory skills described in the objectives. Safety instruction is integrated in all activities, and students will implement safe procedures and practices when manipulating equipment, materials, organisms, and models. 


*College Biology (Dual-Credit)

In a partnership with West Virginia University, students have the opportunity to earn a total of 8 credits in General Biology. 

BIOL 101 (3 Hours): Introductory course in biology: cellular, organismal, and population genetics, including reproduction, growth and development, and evolution.

BIOL 102 (3 Hours): Introductory biology: energetics and physiology of cells, organisms, and populations, including regulation and control of multicellular organisms.

BIOL 103 (1 Hour Lab): Experiments in biology: genetics and evolution; reproduction, growth, and development of cells, organisms, and populations.

BIOL 104 (1 Hour Lab): Experiments in biology: materials exchange, actions of enzymes, photosynthesis and respiration, and physiology of organisms.


*College Chemistry (Dual Credit)

In a partnership with Fairmont State University, students have the opportunity to earn a total of 8 credits in General Chemistry. 

CHEM 1101 (4 Hours): The course addresses the nature of science, matter and measurements, the stoichiometry of chemical reactions, solutions and the calculation of concentration, energy relationships in chemistry, modern atomic theory, chemical bonding and molecular structure and the classification of reactions.

CHEM 1102 (4 Hours): It covers acid- base theory, chemical equilibrium, oxidation-reduction and an introduction to organic chemistry which includes the various classes of organic compounds, their nomenclature, structure, properties and reactions. The synthesis of polymers and their uses are included.


*AP Biology

Advanced Placement Biology is a rigorous course designed for students who have completed Biology and want a solid foundation in introductory college-level biology.  By taking this course, students have the opportunity to earn college credit and/or advanced placement.  The course is structured around four big ideas:  evolution, cellular processes, genetics and information transfer, and interactions.  Students will participate in a variety of investigative labs, activities, and projects to help them identify and understand unifying principles within a diversified biological world.


Biology 2

Biology 2 is an advanced course designed for students who have completed Biology and want a more thorough understanding of biological concepts.  Topics of study include biochemistry, the cell, genetics, and classification.  Students will participate in a variety of activities, experiments, and projects to better understand the processes and cycles important to life.  Participation in fetal pig dissection is required in this class.


Zoology

Zoology focuses on animal biology.  Students will study characteristics & classification of all major divisions of the animal kingdom.  This covers a wide variety of animals from invertebrates like sponges, worms, and arthropods, to vertebrates like fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.  Students will investigate animal growth and development, anatomy, habitats, and the overall importance of animals to mankind. 


*Lab science course that satisfies one (1) lab science credit.  3 lab sciences are required for graduation.