Science Courses

Phy-Chem 402 (College level)
406 (Honors level) Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation                               

Grade 9 (open to 10, 11, 12)

1 credit                                                                                                                                           

Full Year

PhyChem is a required course for New Haven students. It focuses on science literacy; a combination of understanding major science concepts and theories, using scientific reasoning and inquiry, and recognizing the complex interactions between science, technology and society. It includes disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and cross-cutting concepts aligned to Connecticut’s new Next Generation Science Standards as tested in grade 11. The major topics include human impact on earth and in the environment, earth materials and global interdependence, energy sources and electricity, and a study of weather and climate change. This is a full year laboratory science course where students will use science inquiry, literacy and numeracy skills.

 

Biology 410 (College level)

414 (Honors level)

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and in general at least B in previous science course. Honors level requires more reading, more independent work, and deeper math analysis. (may be taken concurrently with PhyChem, Chemistry)

Grade 10 (open to grade 9, 11, 12)

1 credit                                                                                                                                             

Full Year

Biology is a required course for New Haven students. This course includes the study of living organisms. It focuses on science literacy; a combination of understanding major science concepts and theories, using scientific reasoning and inquiry, and recognizing the complex interactions between science, technology and society. It includes disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and cross-cutting concepts aligned to Connecticut’s new Next Generation Science Standards as tested in grade 11 . The major topics include the chemistry of living things, bacteria and viruses, heredity and genetics, evolution, populations, and ecosystems and interactions.

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Biology (Course 433)                 

Grades 10 – 11

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation is required. Successful completion of chemistry is also recommended.

The AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory biology course. Essential goals are for students to grasp science as a process rather than as an accumulation of facts; acquire personal experience in scientific inquiry; recognize unifying themes that integrate the major topics of biology; and apply biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns. Primary areas of inquiry will be molecules and cells, heredity and evolution, and organisms and populations. This course includes weekly after school lab work.  As in all AP classes, students and parents must sign a commitment contract and understand that students will take the national AP exam in May as a portion of their fourth-quarter grade.

 

Chemistry 418 (College level) Prerequisite: Algebra I, PhyChem
422 (Honors level) Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and or at least B in Phy-Chem and Algebra I. Honors level requires more reading, more independent work, and deeper math analysis. (may be taken concurrently with Biology or Physics)

Grade 11 (open to grade 10, 11, 12)

1 credit                                                                                                                                             

Full Year

Chemistry is a required course for New Haven students. This course is the study of matter and energy and their interactions. It focuses on science literacy by combining the understanding  of major science concepts and theories, using scientific reasoning and inquiry, and recognizing the complex interactions between science, technology and society. Chemistry includes disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and cross-cutting concepts aligned to Connecticut’s new Next Generation Science Standards as tested in grade 11.  Chemistry includes extensive labwork and the use of math concepts as applied to chemical reactions. The major topics include the matter and energy, atomic structure and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetic molecular theory, heat and thermodynamics, atomic spectra, nuclear reactions, especially as applied to topics such as stars, and special topics such as gas laws, acids/bases and intro to organic chemistry.

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry (Course 437)

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                                                         

Full Year

Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in Algebra 2 or Precalculus and teacher recommendation

AP Chemistry imparts an in-depth understanding of chemistry fundamentals and competence in dealing with chemical problems. This course develops the chemistry student’s ability to think and to express ideas with clarity and logic. It differs from first-year chemistry in the topics covered and the emphasis placed on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles. Topics covered in detail are the structure and states of matter, chemical reactions, and descriptive chemistry. Great emphasis is placed on solving chemical problems, chemical calculations, mathematical formulation of principles, and laboratory work. Students are required to spend at least 5 hours a week at home in unsupervised individual study, and participate in bimonthly lab work after school. As in all AP classes, students and parents must sign a commitment contract and understand that students will take the national AP exam in May as a portion of their fourth-quarter grade.

 

Physics 438 (College level)

Prerequisite: B in Algebra II, PhyChem                                                                           

Open to grade 11,12

1 credit                                                                                                                                             

Full Year
(may be taken concurrently with Chemistry or other science electives)

Physics is a recommended science elective for New Haven students especially those going onto STEM careers including engineering, science or health fields. It focuses on the study of matter and energy, science literacy; a combination of understanding major science concepts and theories, using scientific reasoning and inquiry, and recognizing the complex interactions between science, technology and society. Physics includes extensive lab work and the use of math concepts as applied to phenomena The major topics include principles of motion, forces, energy, waves, electricity, magnetism, atomic physics, nuclear physics, relativity, and quantum mechanics. Students use algebra for analysis of laboratory data, development of physical laws and the applications of physics.
*******************ANYONE INTERESTED IN DOING A NURSING PROGRAM OR CAREER IN MEDICAL OR HEALTH SCIENCE NEEDS TO TAKE THIS CLASS.**************************************

 

Human Physiology  (Course 424)                                                                                     

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                                                         

Full Year

Prerequisite: Grade of  C or better in Biology or Chemistry

Human Physiology is recommended for students who are interested in medical or health related fields.  This course includes an exploration of the major human body systems. Students develop an understanding of the basic language of anatomy; cells and tissues; skin; and the skeletal, muscular, sense organs, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. The class includes labs, simulations, and dissections. Students read scientific texts, apply problem-solving skills, use scientific inquiry to design and conduct experiments, employ science writing skills, and apply knowledge to make informed decisions. Research projects and presentations are mandatory.

 

Environmental Studies  (Course 475)                                                                               

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                                                           

Full Year

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Chemistry and Biology

Environmental science is an elective course designed to investigate the interactions between the physical, chemical, and biological components of the environment, including their effects on all types of organisms as well as human impact on the environment.  The class will include field trips and activities that involve observation, assessment, group problem solving, and inquiry. Students are required to work outdoors. Written field reports will follow each field study trip. Outside reading and homework is required in preparation for class discussions and presentations. Students will do research, writing and oral presentations on environmental issues including: Historical People and Events in Environmental History, Solid & Hazardous Waste, Climate Change, Environmental Action, and Endangered Species.

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Physics (Course 442)  

Grades 11-12

1 credit   

 Full Year

Prerequisite: teacher recommendation

The AP Physics course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester algebra-based physics course. Essential goals are for students to use critical thinking and science process skills to gather information to understand fundamental concepts about the physical world. AP Physics is an in-depth study of physics fundamentals and using algebra and precalculus concepts to solve physics problems.  Students are required to spend at least 5 hours a week at home in unsupervised individual study, and participate in biweekly lab work after school. As in all AP classes, students and parents must sign a contract and understand that students will take the national AP exam in May as part of their fourth-quarter grade.1