Science

All students are required to take and complete three (3) years of a science, and half (.5) a year of health to be graduated from Saint Dominic Academy. Listed below are the courses for students to choose from to fulfill their requirement. Students are encouraged to take more than the required courses if they are pursuing a medical or science field.


145 BIOLOGY - COLLEGE  (1 credit)

This course in biology introduces students to those properties that are unique to and define life. Organisms from the simplest unicellular to the most complex multicellular are studied from both a taxonomic and systemic approach. Laboratory investigations and special projects supplement material presented in class.

MAJOR PAPERS / PROJECTS:

Quarter 1: 3-dimensional cell project
Quarter 2:

Cook, R, Toxin
Students will read the novel by Robin Cook.
A research paper will be assigned that
explores the factual basis of this fictional
novel.

Quarter 3: DNA Model
Quarter 4: Classification project

 

146 BIOLOGY - HONORS (1 credit)

This course deals with the properties that are unique to living organisms. The biochemical, cellular, and genetic basis of life are studied in detail in order that life processes at higher levels might be better understood. Cytology, genetics, taxonomy, microbiology, and zoology are some of the major topics to be covered. Laboratory investigations are conducted in order to help students gain a better understanding of principles covered in class.

MAJOR PAPERS / PROJECTS:

Quarter 1: 3-dimensional cell project
Quarter 2:

Cook, R, Toxin
Students will read the novel by Robin Cook.
A research paper will be assigned that
explores the factual basis of this fictional
novel.

Quarter 3: DNA Model
Quarter 4: Classification project

 

189 INTRO. PHYSICS – (.5 credit)

“Rockets to Roller Coasters” This course will explore the nuts and bolts of motion. Through hands on approach, students will explore the motion of several everyday experiences. They will build prototypes and analyze the motion of each through the use of kinematics and dynamics. Formal lab writing skills will be one of the major assessment tools throughout this course. Math skills and productivity will also be assessed.

 

153 CHEMISTRY - COLLEGE  (1 credit)

This course is designed to introduce the college preparatory student to the ideas of chemical principles as they apply to everyday life, and to practice a qualitative description of those principles. The phenomena studied include the structure of atoms and molecules, periodic properties, principles of chemical reactions, energy and transfer of heat as well as applications of gas laws. This introductory course integrates theoretical concepts and laws with related laboratory experiments.

PREREQUISITE:   Satisfactory completion of previous mathematics and science courses.
                          (Algebra II/Trig. may be taken concurrently with Chemistry)

 

155 CHEMISTRY - HONORS (1 credit)

This course requires the study of chemical principles from a quantitatively rigorous point of view and is especially designed for students who wish to hold open the option of pursing scientific, technical, or medical careers. Major topics of study include: atomic and molecular theory, types of reactions and bonding, inorganic chemical nomenclature, stoichiometry; properties of solutions and principles of molarity and titration in acid base reactions. The course focus is on the writing and development of formal laboratory reports, integration of Algebra II skills in multi-step problem solving and discussion/explanation of various chemical principles. The course integrates theoretical concepts with laboratory experiments.

PREREQUISITE: Satisfactory completion of previous mathematics and science courses, with at least a “B” average.
                          (Algebra II Honors may be taken concurrently with Chemistry Honors)

 

215 PHYSICS - COLLEGE (1 credit) - SENIORS ONLY

Through lecture, labs and projects this course will explore how conceptual physics is related to our lives and the worked around us. Problem solving skills are reviewed and reinforced. Some major topics to be covered include motion, forces, gravitation, momentum, energy, waves, sound, light, electricity and magnetism.

 

215 PHYSICS - HONORS (1 credit) - SENIORS ONLY

Honors Physics is an in-depth, inquiry-based class that is designed for advanced science students. This rigorous course utilizes theoretical and physical models to promote the understanding of the concepts and the mathematical relationships associated with mechanics, energy, waves and optics, and electricity and magnetism. In addition to a strong science aptitude, a thorough understanding and facility in algebra, geometry and right triangle trigonometry is essential. Physics is recommended for college bound students interested in science and math. Students must have a basic scientific calculator.

PREREQUISITE: "B" in Algebra II Honors and Trig. Honors and/or permission of the Guidance Department.

 

137 AP PHYSICS 1 – ADVANCED PLACEMENT (1 credit) JUNIORS & SENIORS 

AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based is the equivalent of a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics, but it is designed to be taught over the full academic year to enable AP students to develop deep understanding of the content and to focus on applying their knowledge through inquiry labs. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. It also introduces electric circuits.

 

138 AP PHYSICS 2 – ADVANCED PLACEMENT (1 credit) JUNIORS & SENIORS

AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based is the equivalent of a second-semester college course in algebra-based physics, but it is designed to be taught over the full academic year to enable AP students to develop deep understanding of the content and to focus on applying their knowledge through inquiry labs. The course covers fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics; and atomic and nuclear physics.

PREREQUISITE: AP Physics 1

 

705 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY - HH (1 credit)

Anatomy and Physiology is an advanced course intended for students interested in the health-related fields and who wish to pursue the study of the human body systems from the structural and functional perspectives. The anatomy of each system is approached at the gross and microscopic levels. Students are expected to master anatomical and physiological concepts with the help of lectures, laboratory sessions, and special projects. Detailed dissection of the mink enables students to visualize the systems in relation to one another and to come to an understanding and appreciation of the intimate connection between structure and function of organs and systems.

PREREQUISITE: "B" in biology and chemistry or permission of the Guidance Department

MAJOR PAPERS / PROJECTS:
               

Quarter 2:

Read assigned paperback

Quarter 4:

Explore and research contemporary
health issues.

 

128 AP BIOLOGY – ADVANCED PLACEMENT (1 credit)

AP Biology is a course that is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors. The two main goals of AP Biology are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to gain an appreciation of science as a process. The major topics included in AP Biology are molecules and cells, genetics, heredity and evolution, and animal communities and populations. Laboratory assignments will account for approximately one quarter of the course and will require a higher level of problem solving, research methods, data recording and interpretation, and laboratory techniques. Projects and individual study will accompany lectures to prepare students for collegiate study in the biological sciences.

PREREQUISITE: "B" in biology and chemistry or permission of the Guidance Department.
                           Anatomy and Physiology Recommended.

MAJOR PAPERS / PROJECTS:
Summer reading with assigned work.
Independent reading and writing assignments each quarter.

225 ROBOTICS – SCIENCE AND ELECTRIC (.5 credit)

This one semester course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of programming and robotics. Programming and building robots applies science, technology, engineering and math concepts. For more information about our Robotics Team click here. 

719 Medical Fundamentals – College  ( 1 credit)

This course will introduce students to skills needed to become competent and productive health care workers, through development of technical concepts, clinical skills and critical thinking.  The importance of employability skills such as teamwork, effective communication, professionalism and medical ethics will be discussed.  Twenty-first century health care, preventive health care and patient teaching are included.

In addition, students will be assigned a personal wellness project, community learning project and will receive CPR/First Aid training.  Students will also be responsible for planning a health fair in the second semester.