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COURSE OFFERINGS - SCIENCE
 

402 INTEGRATED SCIENCE (9-10) (NCAA)

Two-semester course.

Integrated Science is a required freshman level course that presents such topics as properties of matter, atomic structure and the periodic table, motion, energy and forces, some earth science and some astronomy along with an overview of ecology. Lab technique will be taught along with exploring these topics.

 

405 EARTH SCIENCE (10-11-12) (NCAA)

Two-semester course.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of both semesters of Integrated Science.

This course covers topics in several Earth Science related areas. These include but are not exclusive of rocks and minerals, physical geology, volcanoes, earthquakes, plate techtonics, glaciology, weather, and astronomy. The rocks and minerals section utilized extensive hands on testing, identification and classification. Various individual projects and labs challenge the student’s knowledge and discovery of Earth Science topics.

 

410 BIOLOGY (9-10-11) (NCAA)

Two-semester course.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of both semesters of Integrated Science or 9th grader with passing score on integrated science placement

exam and concurrently taking Geometry.

First year Biology will include a study of introductory ecology, chemistry, cell biology, genetics and evolution. Topics in cell biology include organelle structure and function, transport, respiration, photosynthesis, and cell division. Laboratory work is an important component of this course.

 

412 BIOLOGY II (10-12) (NCAA)

Two-semester course.

Prerequisite: “C” average or better in Biology or consent of instructor.

Biology II is for students interested in learning more about life science. Topics include water chemistry, thermodynamics, the cell and cell energetics, gene technology, and anatomy. A segment on stream ecology is presented that culminates in a field trip in the spring of the year. Students use a college level text and supporting materials.

 

420 MARINE BIOLOGY (10 -11-12) (NCAA)

Two-semester course.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology 1, Chemistry 1, or Earth Science

Several major topics are covered during this year long course: ocean chemistry and geology; Alaska’s major commercial fisheries and fish biology; shellfish biology, dive fisheries, and plankton; and an overview of the major ocean phyla with an emphasis on local species. Each unit is approximately one quarter in length. This course is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in fisheries or the ocean sciences. An understanding and appreciation for the marine environment is stressed throughout the course. Local hatcheries, beaches and the school boat, M/V JACK COTANT, are used for field trips.

 

425 OCEANOGRAPHY (11-12) (NCAA)

Two-semester course.

Prerequisite: “C” or better in Marine Biology, Biology II, Earth Science, Chemistry I, or Physics

This class is an upper level ocean science. It is designed for students with an interest in ocean science careers. The course will cover topics in Marine Chemistry, Geology, Biology, Marine Resources, and Physical Oceanography. Laboratory work and field work are important aspects of this course.

 

430 CHEMISTRY I (10-11-12) (NCAA)
Two-semester course.

Prerequisite: “C” average or better in Integrated Science and Algebra I.

A beginning course that includes a study of atomic structure, chemical periodicity, writing formulas of compounds, balancing equations, chemical bonding, oxidation, reduction, stoichiometry, acids, bases, solutions and solubilities. Laboratory work is an important part of this course.

 

435 CHEMISTRY II (11-12) (NCAA)

Two-semester course.

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Chemistry I.

Chemistry II is for those students whose career interests lie in chemistry, physics, biology, molecular biology, medicine, engineering or related fields. Topics explored include chemical bonding, kinetic-molecular theory, thermo-chemistry, acid-base theories, equilibrium, reaction kinetics and organic chemistry, which include basic nomenclature and synthesis.

 

440 PHYSICS (10-12) (NCAA)

Two-semester course.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II.

A study of the relation between matter and energy. Detailed descriptions are supported by extensive use of scientific models and relative based concepts. The student will explore and apply classical Newtonian Mechanics as well as heat, light, wave theory, sound energy, electricity and magnetism, and elementary nuclear physics. Labs are required.

 

446 VOCATIONAL MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (11-12)

Two-semester course.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Health and Biology with a C or better, GPA of 3.0 or higher, or instructor’s permission, completed

application, and access to transportation. Cost is $75.00 per semester for 3 college credits per semester and $80.00 for the textbook.

This course is designed for students interested in the Health Care/Medical field. The course is one year long and includes: Anatomy/Physiology; Medical Terminology; Vital Signs; Record Keeping; Patient/People skills; Medical Laws and Ethics; CPR/1st Aid Certification; Confidentiality; Death and Dying; Career Research and Job Shadowing. This course is articulated with UAS as HS 135 Medical Terminology for fall and HS 101 An Introduction to Health Careers for spring. Students receive 3 college credits per semester in addition to the high school credit. This course is required for completion of twelve different UA medical programs. Students will be extending the school day for April and May. They will be required to volunteer on a Saturday at the Ketchikan Health Fair and extend two school days in the fall for CPR/1st Aid Certification.

 

455 AP BIOLOGY (11-12) (NCAA)

Two-semester course.

Prerequisite: B or better in Biology II or instructor’s consent and successful completion of Chemistry I.

AP Biology is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors. Topics include those regularly covered in a college biology course. The goal of AP Biology is to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to help students gain an appreciation of science as a process. The general areas of study include molecules, cells, heredity, evolution, organisms and populations. Preparations for the AP Exam will be featured. College credit is available upon successful completion of the AP Exam.

 

450 AP CHEMISTRY (12) (NCAA)

Two-semester course.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry I and Chemistry II or instructor’s consent.

AP Chemistry is an advanced course that studies such topics as molecular shape, properties of solids, liquids and gases, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. A review of Chemistry I and Chemistry II along with advanced laboratory experiments will prepare the student for the AP Chemistry Exam, which, upon successful completion, can lead to college credit.

 
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