Science Course Offerings by Grade Level

6 credits required (4 credits must be lab science courses)

Core paths highlighted in green are suggested for increased college readiness.

Core Path

Freshman (9th)

Sophomore (10th)

Junior (11th)

Senior (12th)

1

Biology

Human Structure & Function

Human Structure & Function

Human Structure & Function

Chemistry

Chemistry

Chemistry

Physics

Physics

2

Earth Science

Biology

Human Structure & Function

Human Structure & Function

Chemistry

Chemistry

Physics

3

 Earth Science

 Biology

Intro Animal Indus

Intro Animal Indus

Forensic Science

Forensic Science

Forensic Science

Astronomy

Astronomy

Astronomy

Idaho Geology

Idaho Geology

Idaho Geology

Horticulture 1

Horticulture 1

Horticulture 1

Zoology/Animal Science

Zoology/Animal Science

Zoology/Animal Science

Vet Science

Vet Science

Adv Animal Science

Adv Animal Science

Horticulture 2 /FloraI

Horticulture 2/ FloraI

SCIENCE

FOR MAXIMUM COLLEGE PREPARATION,

THE FOLLOWING SCIENCE COURSES ARE RECOMMENDED

GRADE 9 – Earth Science A-B, Biology A-B

GRADE 10 – Biology A-B, Human Structure & Function A-B

GRADE 11 – Chemistry A-B, Human Structure & Function A-B

GRADE 12 – Physics A-B, Chemistry A-B, Human Structure & Function A-B

Under the new state high school graduation requirements (starting with the Class of 2013), students must complete a minimum of 6 (six) credits in science.  Two semester courses of the student’s choice may be taken at any time in addition to those required in 9th and 10th grades.

EARTH SCIENCE A – B

Course numbers 0600 and 0601

Year – 2 credits

 Grade Level – 9                             

Prerequisite – none

A systematic study of our physical environment, with emphasis on astronomy, the planet earth, introductory geology, erosion forces, oceanography, historical geology and meteorology.  Introduces metric units of measurement and applies them to appropriate course topic.  

BIOLOGY A – B

Course numbers 0602 and 0603

Year – 2 credits

Grade Level – 9, 10                     

Prerequisite – Earth science A-B or

Incoming freshmen who have passed the Biology entrance exam.

This course is a general introductory study of living organisms, both plant and animal, with emphasis on laboratory investigation.  It includes cellular structure and function, plant and animal classification and relationships, with introductory work in embryology, genetics, and reproduction.  All sophomores must be enrolled in this class except those who took it as a freshman.  This is a laboratory science.

CHEMISTRY A – B

Course numbers 0604 and 0605

Year – 2 credits

Grade Level – 10, 11,12                

Prerequisites – Algebra 1 (with semester grades of C or above);

                           and Biology A-B (with semester grades of C or above.)

Study of matter through the atom - its structure, and the energy involved in atomic changes, the nature of the basic elements and compounds formed from them.  This course is recommended for students planning to study engineering, pre-medical, pre-dental, nursing, biology, home economics and other scientific and technical areas.  This is a laboratory science.

PHYSICS A – B

Course numbers 0606 and 0607

Year – 2 credits

Grade Level – 11, 12                   

Prerequisites – Biology or Chemistry A-B (with semester grades of B or above)

AND Algebra 2 A-B (with semester grades of B or above) OR Geometry A-B (with semester grades of B or above

AND concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 A-B)

Requires instructor’s signature on registration form.

An introduction to basic physics including fundamental mathematics, forces, kinematics, vectors, graphs, waves, energy, gas laws, optics, electricity and basic nuclear science.  This is a laboratory science.

HUMAN STRUCTURES AND FUNCTIONS  A – B

Course numbers 0614 and 0615

Year – 2 credits

Grade Level – 10, 11, 12               

Prerequisite – Biology A-B (with semester grades of C or above.)

This course seeks to teach the necessary vocabulary and skills to those planning on pursuing a health-related career.  Furthermore, since everyone will encounter a need to understand basic anatomical concepts in life (ie. A trip to the doctor), the course is relevant to everyone.  We will survey 8 of the 11 organ systems of the body not covered in Advanced Biology, focusing on the structures, functions, and pathologies (diseases etc.) of each system.  Labs will consist primarily of dissections and shore research topics.  This is a laboratory science.

IDAHO GEOLOGY

Course number 0610

Semester – 1 credit

Grade Level – 10, 11, 12               

Prerequisite – Biology A-B

This course is a general introductory orientation to the natural history of Idaho’s topography.  Important local structures, the forces that formed Idaho, the nature and use of present rock and mineral structures will be studied.  This is a laboratory science.

ASTRONOMY

Course number 0619 Fall

Semester – 1 credit        

Grade Level – 10, 11, 12                                                                       

Prerequisite – Earth Science A-B with semester grade of D or better.

This course is the study of the universe.  Topics will include the history of astronomy, telescopes and what they can tell us about our universe, the solar system, stars and stellar evolution, galaxies, and space exploration.  This is a laboratory science.

FORENSIC SCIENCE

Course number 0626 Fall

Semester -  1 Credit

Grade Level – 11, 12                                                                                

Prerequisite -  Biology

Forensic Science In Forensic Science students will learn insight on how to process crime scenes. Students will use the scientific principles of physics, chemistry, psychology, anthropology, and biology to solve crimes. Topics in the class will include identifying and analyze different trace (small) evidence, as well as biological evidence (blood) left at a crime scene, and utilizing applied anatomy/forensic anthropology to determine differing causes of death.  This is a laboratory science.

HORTICULTURE 1 / BOTANY

Course number 0121 Fall  

Semester – 1 credit

Grade Level – 10, 11, 12           

Prerequisite – none

Note:  Class meets lab science requirement

This course prepares students to produce greenhouse/nursery plants and to maintain plant growth and propagation structures. Students study soil media, plant identification, growth and processes, greenhouse management, fertilizer, plant pests, diseases, and care of seedling. Landscaping basics are also a part of this course.

 Dual credit may be taken through TVCC and U of I.

HORTICULTURE 2

FLORAL DESIGN

Course number 0127 

Semester – 1 credit

Grade Level - 11, 12                 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Horticulture 1/Botany

Note:  Class meets lab science requirement

Content: This course examines the importance of plant cell structure, functions of cells, plant processes, nonvascular plants, vascular plants, roots, stems, leaves, flowers and reproduction/propagation of plants in the context of greenhouse and nursery production. Landscape design is also a component.

 

INTRODUCTION TO ANIMAL INDUSTRY

Course number 0110 Fall course only

Semester – 1 credit

Grade Level – 10, 11, 12                                                               

Prerequisite:  Successful and completion of Ag Leadership 1/2

Note:  Class meets lab science requirement

This course will introduce basic concepts and principles of animal nutrition, health, behavior, reproduction, and careers. Companion animals, livestock, and wildlife will be used to illustrate and reinforce the course objectives. Guest speakers, group projects, laboratory activities, and other interactive instructional methods will be employed to provide students opportunities to apply classroom learning.

ZOOLOGY / ANIMAL SCIENCE  

Course number 0109

Year - 2 credits

Grade Level – 10, 11                  

Prerequisite - Successful completion of Intro to Animal Industry

Note:  Class meets lab science requirement

This course develops knowledge and skills pertaining to nutrition, reproduction, diseases, breeding, genetics, anatomy, and physiology in livestock. In addition, there will be study of the meat industry (terminology, grading, identification and selection of beef, pork, and lamb). 

VET SCIENCE

Course number 0144

Semester - 1 credit  

Grade Level – 10, 11                      

Prerequisite - Successful completion of Intro to Animal Industry and Zoology.

Note:  Class meets lab science requirement

Offers the student the opportunity to use prior knowledge of anatomy and physiology by the introduction of principles of disease diagnosis and surgery.  Students will be able to compare species and the practices needed to understand how to handle and perform procedures on them.  

ADVANCED ANIMAL SCIENCE

Course number 0146

Semester - 1 credit  

Grade Level – 11,12                      

Prerequisite - Completion of Vet Science.

Note:  Class meets lab science requirement

 Capstone class. Offers an advanced foundation in genetics, nutrition, marketing management, ration formulation and facilities planning.