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Physical Science Advanced 34102X0A
Advanced Physical Science will emphasize acquiring knowledge in the physical sciences of chemistry and physics, in the scientific method of problem solving, and in laboratory procedures and safety. It will include a greater depth of study in the topics of the regular Physical Science course and will better prepare students for college and/or a science related career. The course is a prerequisite for Chemistry and Physics.
COURSE NOTE: A PHYSICAL SCIENCE COURSE IS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AdvancedGRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: Numeric grade of 85 in Earth Science & Math I
Earth/Environmental Science 35012X0
Earth Science is designed to survey a number of topics that focus on the earth and the universe around it. These topics include the earth as a body in space, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, space exploration, and geology as well as geophysical processes and environmental issues.
COURSE NOTE: AN EARTH SCIENCE COURSE IS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: RegularGRADE: 9-12
Earth/ Environmental Science-Honors 35015X0
Earth Science Honors is an accelerated course which integrates an in-depth study of the earth and space. The course will address concepts about the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere as a basis for learning Physical Science, Chemistry, and Biology principles and skills. A highlight of the course will be an evaluation of the world’s energy and environmental problems. Additional readings and research will be required. This course is suggested for students planning to take higher level science courses.
COURSE NOTE: AN EARTH SCIENCE COURSE IS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: HonorsGRADE: 9-12
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Recommendation from Middle School Science Teacher
Biology 33202X0
Biology is the most fundamental natural science course in high school. It incorporates laboratory-based inquiry to investigate the physical, chemical and cellular basis of life. Moreover, it includes the study of changes of organisms over time, unity and diversity of life and ecological relationships among organisms.
COURSE NOTE: ALL 10TH GRADE STUDENTS must take a Biology I course.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: RegularGRADE: 10-12
Biology Honors 33205X0
Honors Biology I is a more intensive study of natural science focusing on an in-depth investigation of biology. Honors Biology I will include modern advances in the field of biology and may include individual readings, student-based research and inquiry-based scientific investigations.
COURSE NOTE: ALL 10TH GRADE STUDENTS must take a Biology I course.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: HonorsGRADE: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Numeric Grade of 93 in Earth Science and at least an 85 Math I.
Zoology 33432X0
Zoology is the study of ecology of the animals and animal life. This course will be a survey of the animal kingdom with a concentration on their life, physiology, development, and classification. Genetics and ecology, as they apply to this course, will also be covered.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: RegularGRADE: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: At least a 77 in Biology I or Biology I Honors
Wildlife Biology 33492X0
This course is designed to survey local and statewide wildlife. It will emphasize and address ecological aspects of wildlife in the context of conservation and awareness. Course issues will include studies of local fisheries, small game, and big game organisms as well as habitat loss and distribution. Wildlife biology will include several field trips as well as guest speakers to support student learning as deemed necessary by the instructor.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: RegularGRADE: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: At least a 77 in Biology I
Physical Science 34102X0
The emphasis of this course will be on acquiring basic knowledge in the physical sciences of chemistry and physics, in the scientific method of problem solving, and in laboratory procedures and safety. Topics covered will include energy, mechanics, electricity, magnetism, the Periodic Table, mixtures, compounds, and chemical reactions.
COURSE NOTE: A PHYSICAL SCIENCE COURSE IS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: RegularGRADE: 10-12
AP Environmental Science 3A027X0
AP Environmental Science is a lab and field-based course that focuses on the function of Earth’s systems. Emphasis will be placed on environmental awareness, natural cycles that circulate energy and matter throughout the planet, plate tectonics, and the origin and development of Earth and the solar system. In order to receive weighted credit for the course, students must take the AP exam given in May at an approximate cost of $89.
COURSE NOTE: AN EARTH SCIENCE COURSE IS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: Advanced PlacementGRADE: 10-12
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Application and contract required
Forensics Honors 30205X0
This accelerated course will examine various forensic situations including evidence collection, processing a scene, and traditional lab techniques. Through notes, lab work, field trips, guest speakers, students will explore major areas of forensic science including: fingerprinting, shoe and tire impressions, identification of hair, fibers and glass fragments, DNA, application of force and motion from blood splatters and tire skids; and legal issues. This course will require additional reading, research, and presentations on forensic topics as deemed appropriate by the instructor. Requires a $10 class fee.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: HonorsGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: 34102X0 - Physical Science or 33202X0 - Biology
Biology II Honors (AP Prep) 33215X0
Honors Biology II is an advanced course that precedes and is designed to be taken in conjunction with Advanced Placement Biology. Honors Biology II is taught as a college-level course that examines biochemistry, cytology, cellular energetic, heredity and evolution. Students will engage in a variety of inquiry-based laboratory investigations to reinforce concepts learned.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: HonorsGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: 33202X0 - Biology or 34202X0 - Chemistry
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: A minimum of a numeric grade of 85 in Biology I, an 85 in Chemistry, and recommendation by Biology I Teacher
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 3A007X0 - AP Biology
Anatomy and Physiology 33302X0
Anatomy and Physiology is an advanced science course designed to meet the needs of students who want a more in-depth study of the workings of the human body. Topics include systems of the human body, how they relate to each other, and how they function to maintain the entire organism. This course is appropriate for students who are planning a career in medicine and health science such as nursing, emergency care, respiratory therapy, sports training, etc.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: RegularGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: At least an 85 in Biology I
Genetics Honors 33605X0
Genetics is an honors-level course that will investigate a conceptual understanding of how traits are transmitted with an emphasis on practical applications and problem solving. Topics to be investigated will include cellular reproduction, Mendelism, the chromosomal basis of inheritance, protein synthesis, DNA technology, genomics, and population-evolutionary genetics.

This course is tailored for those students who aspire to major in science at the university level. Students will learn the following skills: Testing genetic hypotheses, inheritance prediction, pedigree analysis, genetic counseling, biotechnology investigation and statistical analysis of population genetics.

This course may include travel to a genetics facility and guest speaker(s) in the field. Students will be expected to engage in two (2) projects and one book reading to facilitate student learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: HonorsGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: 33205X0 - Biology Honors
Chemistry 34202X0
Chemistry is a study of matter and the changes it undergoes. Topics of study include historical development, current trends, scientific measurement, chemical nomenclature, chemical bonding and reactions, gas behavior, solutions, and acids and bases. It includes hands-on experiences in the laboratory. This course is suggested for students planning to attend four-year colleges or universities and/or are interested in pursuing a science-related career above the technical level.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: RegularGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: Must have at least a 77 in Advanced Physical Science
Chemistry Honors 34205X0
Chemistry is a study of matter and the changes it undergoes. Honors Chemistry is an accelerated lab-centered course which takes an in-depth approach to those topics covered in Chemistry I. Additional readings, research, and investigations may be required at the discretion of the instructor.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: HonorsGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: 34102X0A - Physical Science Advanced
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Must have at least a numeric grade of 85 in Advanced Physical Science and recommendation of Physical Science teacher
Chemistry II 34212X0
Chemistry II is a course for the college bound student interested in pursuing a career in chemistry, chemical engineering, medicine, pharmacy, etc. It is designed to increase a student’s knowledge in chemistry with an emphasis on solutions of electrolytes, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry. This course will include hands-on laboratory experiences.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: RegularGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: At least a 77 in Chemistry I
Chemistry II Honors 34215X0
Honors Chemistry II is a course designed to strengthen a college-bound student’s knowledge base in chemistry in preparation for a career that requires a strong science background such as engineering, medicine, nursing, or pharmacy. It will focus on solution chemistry, electrolytes, electrochemistry, nuclear, and organic chemistry. This course may require additional reading, research, and presentations on chemistry topics as deemed appropriate by the instructor.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: HonorsGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: At least an 85 in Chemistry I
AP Biology 3A007X0
This college-level course is the second component of Advanced Placement Biology. This course focuses on the diversity of organisms and the structure and function of plants and animals. Furthermore, the course will intensely focus on the ecological relationships within the natural world, Four AP laboratory investigations will constitute the lab component of this course. The AP Biology test is $89.
COURSE NOTE: AP Biology is a year long class - it must be paired with Biology 2 Honors. Student must complete Biology Honors before starting Biology 2 Honors and AP Biology.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: Advanced PlacementGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: Honors Biology II & at least a 93 in Biology I
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 33215X0 - Biology II Honors (AP Prep)
Physics Honors 34305X0
Honors Physics is designed for students with a strong mathematical and science background. Honors Physics will require the student to: solve complex equations which include trigonometric functions, use exponents to solve problems, describe graphically, algebraically and verbally real-world phenomena as functions, and identify independent and dependent variables.
COURSE NOTE: Advanced Physical Science with at least an 88 average and Honors Math III with an 88 average and teacher recommendation from both classes.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: HonorsGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: 34205X0 - Chemistry Honors or 34102X0A - Physical Science Advanced or 23095X0 - Math III Honors
Science Electives
Zoology 33432X0
Zoology is the study of ecology of the animals and animal life. This course will be a survey of the animal kingdom with a concentration on their life, physiology, development, and classification. Genetics and ecology, as they apply to this course, will also be covered.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: RegularGRADE: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: At least a 77 in Biology I or Biology I Honors
Wildlife Biology 33492X0
This course is designed to survey local and statewide wildlife. It will emphasize and address ecological aspects of wildlife in the context of conservation and awareness. Course issues will include studies of local fisheries, small game, and big game organisms as well as habitat loss and distribution. Wildlife biology will include several field trips as well as guest speakers to support student learning as deemed necessary by the instructor.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: RegularGRADE: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: At least a 77 in Biology I
Geology Honors 35305X0
The course will serve as a more detailed exploration of rocks and minerals and their formation, geologic history, plate tectonics and earth dynamics, erosion and other earth-shaping forces, resources and sustainability, climate and geologic hazards in more detail than the introductory earth/environmental courses. Possible field trip(s) to Appalachian Geology Department or ETSU, Virginia Creeper Trail, Gray Fossil Museum.

Target Audience

Intended for students who want to add more science electives for a more competitive transcript and academic background for 4 year colleges. Students who are interested in possible urban planning, geology, environmental science or general unspecified science degrees


Topics to cover

Geologic History of the Universe and Earth.
Paleontology (fossil evidence of life on earth)
Composition of the earth, minerals, and rocks.
Plate tectonics and earth dynamics.
Earth resources and sustainability.
Erosion and forces shaping earth’s surface.
Climate and the earth.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: HonorsGRADE: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: 35012X0 - Earth/Environmental Science or 34102X0 - Physical Science
AP Environmental Science 3A027X0
AP Environmental Science is a lab and field-based course that focuses on the function of Earth’s systems. Emphasis will be placed on environmental awareness, natural cycles that circulate energy and matter throughout the planet, plate tectonics, and the origin and development of Earth and the solar system. In order to receive weighted credit for the course, students must take the AP exam given in May at an approximate cost of $89.
COURSE NOTE: AN EARTH SCIENCE COURSE IS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: Advanced PlacementGRADE: 10-12
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Application and contract required
Forensics Honors 30205X0
This accelerated course will examine various forensic situations including evidence collection, processing a scene, and traditional lab techniques. Through notes, lab work, field trips, guest speakers, students will explore major areas of forensic science including: fingerprinting, shoe and tire impressions, identification of hair, fibers and glass fragments, DNA, application of force and motion from blood splatters and tire skids; and legal issues. This course will require additional reading, research, and presentations on forensic topics as deemed appropriate by the instructor. Requires a $10 class fee.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: HonorsGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: 34102X0 - Physical Science or 33202X0 - Biology
Biology II Honors (AP Prep) 33215X0
Honors Biology II is an advanced course that precedes and is designed to be taken in conjunction with Advanced Placement Biology. Honors Biology II is taught as a college-level course that examines biochemistry, cytology, cellular energetic, heredity and evolution. Students will engage in a variety of inquiry-based laboratory investigations to reinforce concepts learned.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: HonorsGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: 33202X0 - Biology or 34202X0 - Chemistry
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: A minimum of a numeric grade of 85 in Biology I, an 85 in Chemistry, and recommendation by Biology I Teacher
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 3A007X0 - AP Biology
Anatomy and Physiology 33302X0
Anatomy and Physiology is an advanced science course designed to meet the needs of students who want a more in-depth study of the workings of the human body. Topics include systems of the human body, how they relate to each other, and how they function to maintain the entire organism. This course is appropriate for students who are planning a career in medicine and health science such as nursing, emergency care, respiratory therapy, sports training, etc.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: RegularGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: At least an 85 in Biology I
Genetics Honors 33605X0
Genetics is an honors-level course that will investigate a conceptual understanding of how traits are transmitted with an emphasis on practical applications and problem solving. Topics to be investigated will include cellular reproduction, Mendelism, the chromosomal basis of inheritance, protein synthesis, DNA technology, genomics, and population-evolutionary genetics.

This course is tailored for those students who aspire to major in science at the university level. Students will learn the following skills: Testing genetic hypotheses, inheritance prediction, pedigree analysis, genetic counseling, biotechnology investigation and statistical analysis of population genetics.

This course may include travel to a genetics facility and guest speaker(s) in the field. Students will be expected to engage in two (2) projects and one book reading to facilitate student learning.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: HonorsGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: 33205X0 - Biology Honors
Chemistry 34202X0
Chemistry is a study of matter and the changes it undergoes. Topics of study include historical development, current trends, scientific measurement, chemical nomenclature, chemical bonding and reactions, gas behavior, solutions, and acids and bases. It includes hands-on experiences in the laboratory. This course is suggested for students planning to attend four-year colleges or universities and/or are interested in pursuing a science-related career above the technical level.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: RegularGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: Must have at least a 77 in Advanced Physical Science
Chemistry Honors 34205X0
Chemistry is a study of matter and the changes it undergoes. Honors Chemistry is an accelerated lab-centered course which takes an in-depth approach to those topics covered in Chemistry I. Additional readings, research, and investigations may be required at the discretion of the instructor.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: HonorsGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: 34102X0A - Physical Science Advanced
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Must have at least a numeric grade of 85 in Advanced Physical Science and recommendation of Physical Science teacher
Chemistry II 34212X0
Chemistry II is a course for the college bound student interested in pursuing a career in chemistry, chemical engineering, medicine, pharmacy, etc. It is designed to increase a student’s knowledge in chemistry with an emphasis on solutions of electrolytes, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry. This course will include hands-on laboratory experiences.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: RegularGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: At least a 77 in Chemistry I
Chemistry II Honors 34215X0
Honors Chemistry II is a course designed to strengthen a college-bound student’s knowledge base in chemistry in preparation for a career that requires a strong science background such as engineering, medicine, nursing, or pharmacy. It will focus on solution chemistry, electrolytes, electrochemistry, nuclear, and organic chemistry. This course may require additional reading, research, and presentations on chemistry topics as deemed appropriate by the instructor.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: HonorsGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: At least an 85 in Chemistry I
Marine Science Honors 35355X0
The course will provide an introduction to the basics of Marine Science, a highly diverse, fascinating and demanding field. College students who major in this field will typically choose one area to major in at the masters level (Marine Geology, Marine Mammalian Biology, Maine Botany, etc.), acquiring a broad scientific background as an undergraduate. Identifying an area of interest as soon as possible is most helpful. Class consists of lectures with notes, online exploration and research, independent projects, lab investigations and possible field trip to a marine environment.
Target Audience

Intended for students who want to add more science electives for a more competitive transcript and academic background for 4 year colleges.

Topics to Cover
History of earth and oceans, evolution of life.
Chemical and physical properties of seawater.
The ocean floor and geology.
Microbial and macrobiological (planktonic) organisms and interactions.
Seaweeds, marine algaes, and sea grasses.
Marine Invertebrates, vertebrates, and ecosystems.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: HonorsGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: 35012X0 - Earth/Environmental Science or 33202X0 - Biology or 34102X0 - Physical Science
AP Biology 3A007X0
This college-level course is the second component of Advanced Placement Biology. This course focuses on the diversity of organisms and the structure and function of plants and animals. Furthermore, the course will intensely focus on the ecological relationships within the natural world, Four AP laboratory investigations will constitute the lab component of this course. The AP Biology test is $89.
COURSE NOTE: AP Biology is a year long class - it must be paired with Biology 2 Honors. Student must complete Biology Honors before starting Biology 2 Honors and AP Biology.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: Advanced PlacementGRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: Honors Biology II & at least a 93 in Biology I
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 33215X0 - Biology II Honors (AP Prep)
Physics Honors 34305X0
Honors Physics is designed for students with a strong mathematical and science background. Honors Physics will require the student to: solve complex equations which include trigonometric functions, use exponents to solve problems, describe graphically, algebraically and verbally real-world phenomena as functions, and identify independent and dependent variables.
COURSE NOTE: Advanced Physical Science with at least an 88 average and Honors Math III with an 88 average and teacher recommendation from both classes.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: HonorsGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: 34205X0 - Chemistry Honors or 34102X0A - Physical Science Advanced or 23095X0 - Math III Honors