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    Course Title: Earth & Space Science
    Credit: .50 per Semester
    Length: 1 Year
    Level: 9,10,11,12
    Prerequisite: None
    Course Description:

    This course is a foundational course for all other sciences studied at Hellgate HS. Through the inquiry process, students are asked to demonstrate knowledge of composition, structures, processes, and interactions of Earths systems on the planet and in space. Students will also demonstrate the knowledge of basic chemical properties, Astronomy, Meteorology, Earths History and plate tectonics, changes to the surface of the planet, climate change variables, and other special topics. This is a required High school level science lab course.  This course is required.

     
     
    Course Title: Biology 1
    Credit: .50 per Semester
    Length: 1 Year
    Level: 10,11,12
    Prerequisite: Earth & Space Science or Consent of Instructor
    Course Description: Biology 1 students, through the inquiry process, demonstrate knowledge of characteristics, structures, and function of living things, the process and diversity of life, and how living organisms interact with each other and their environment. Students will also demonstrate the knowledge of properties, forms, changes, and interactions of physical and chemical systems. The following subject areas will be addressed: Cells, Heredity, Evolution, and Ecology. This course is required.
     
     
    Course Title: Advanced Problems in Science (APS)
    Credit: .50 per Semester
    Length: 1 Year
    Level: 9,10,11,12
    Prerequisite: Min GPA of 3.00 and Consent of Instructor
    Course Description: This independent project course is designed for students who wish to pursue an in-depth study of a scientific topic of special interest to them. The studies consist of an intensive literature search followed by detailed scientific investigations. The topic selected for study may be in any area of science, mathematics, or computers. The successful completion of independent projects is strongly weighted by highly competitive universities in granting student entrance and in providing scholarships. Students enter reports on their projects in a series of academic science events.
     
     
    Course Title: Chemistry 1
    Credit: .50 per Semester
    Length: 1 Year
    Level: 10,11,12
    Prerequisite: Earth & Space Science, Biology 1 and Geometry
    Course Description: Chemistry 1 is the study of the relationship between properties of matter and its structure. Chemistry 1 requires students to move among three domains of thought: macroscopic domain of observable phenomena, the submicroscopic domain of molecules, atoms, and subatomic particles, and the symbolic and mathematical domain of chemical formulas, equations, and symbols. Chemistry 1, first and foremost, is an inquiry-based science course.
     
     
    Course Title: Chemistry 2 
    Credit: .50 per Semester
    Length: 1 Year
    Level: 11,12
    Prerequisite: Chemistry 1 (passing grade) & Algebra 2 or greater
    Course Description: Chemistry 2 expands on the concepts introduced in Chemistry 1. Chemistry 2, as an inquiry-based science, stresses the application of experiments, learning strategies, and problem solving skills. The experiments in Chemistry 2 include higher level lab skills and utilization of math skills. Successful completion of Chemistry 2 is recommended for students who intend to pursue science-related careers in college.
     
     
    Course Title: IB Biology - HL, YEAR 1
    Credit: .50 per Semester
    Length: 1 Year
    Level: 11,12
    Prerequisite: Earth & Space Science and Biology 1
    Co-requisite: Chemistry 1
    Course Description:  IB Biology - Year 1 is an upper level Biology inquiry course detailing the molecular and cellular levels of how life works.  Units include Biochemistry, Cell Organization and Function, Genetics, Evolution, and Plant Anatomy/Physiology.  This can be a stand-alone year to prepare for a college biology class, or to enhance and deepen your understanding of sophomore Biology ideas in a lab setting.  The second year is not required. 

     
    Course Title: IB Biology - HL, YEAR 2
    Credit: .50 per Semester
    Length: 1 Year
    Level: 12
    Prerequisite: IB Biology - HL, Year 1 & Chemistry 1
    Course Description: IB Biology Higher Level Yr 2 is a continuation of IB Biology Higher Level Yr 1. Students must complete both years and pass the IB exam to obtain the IB certificate. This year focuses on physiology and neurobiology.
     
     
    Course Title: IB Environmental Systems and Societies - SL 
    Credit: .50 per Semester
    Length: 1 Year
    Level: 11,12
    Prerequisite: Earth & Space Science and Biology 1
    Course Description:  IB Environmental Systems & Societies Standard Level aims to promote understanding of environmental processes at a variety of scales, from local to global. The course provides students with a body of knowledge, methodologies and skills that can be used in the analysis of environmental issues at local and global levels. Students will be able to recognize the extent to which technology plays a role in both causing and solving environmental problems. They will be able to appreciate the value of local as well as international collaboration in resolving environmental problems and appreciate that environmental issues may be controversial and may provoke a variety of responses. Students will appreciate that human society is both directly and indirectly linked to the environment at a number of levels and at a variety of scales.
     
     
    Course Title: IB Sports, Exercise & Health Sciences - SL 
    Credit: .50 per Semester
    Length: 1 Year
    Level: 11,12
    Prerequisite: Earth & Space Science, Biology 1 & Algebra 2
    Course Description:  This course incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, cardiovascular function, nutrition, and statistical analysis which are studied in the context of sport, exercise and health. Students will cover the core topics and two extension topics during the year course. Students will carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings, and design their own investigation during 1st and second semester. This course provides an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific principles and critically analyze human performance. Where relevant, the course will address issues of international dimension and ethics by considering sport, exercise, and health relative to the individual and in a global context.  This course is focused as an IB course, and open to any students with interest and motivation to study the related topics.
     
    Course Title: Physics 1
    Credit: .50 per Semester
    Length: 1 Year
    Level: 11,12
    Prerequisite: Algebra 2 or Concurrent Enrollment 
    Course Description: Physics 1 is an attempt to understand the universe, and is therefore, a study of matter, energy, and their interactions. The interactions occur from the level of cosmic phenomena to the level of fundamental forces and particles, inclusive of all levels in between. The topics studied include the Laws of Motion, Conservation Principles of Momentum and Energy, Gravitational Effects, Behavior of Light, and Electrical Phenomena.
     
    Course Title: Wildlife Biology
    Credit: .50 per Semester
    Length: 1 Year
    Level: 10,11,12
    Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in Earth & Space Science and Biology 1  or Consent of Instructor
    Course Description: Wildlife Biology covers the current and historical management and conservation of wildlife. Life history, the role of habitat and management tools and techniques are underlying themes. Current issues and social implications of management decisions are included.