Medical and Natural Sciences Academy
MEDICAL & NATURAL SCIENCES COURSE OFFERINGS
61025/6 HONORS BIOLOGY
Grade 9 Prerequisite: B or better in 8th grade science and math
This course is for the 9th grade student who has demonstrated interest and ability in science and intends to pursue science. Biology presents the basic facts and principles which illustrate the interrelationships among living things. Instruction will focus on the topics of cells, biochemistry, energy, transformations, genetics, molecular biology, evolution, and a representative survey of the five kingdoms of the living world. Students will be provided with activities and laboratory experiences.
Biology presents the basic facts and principles which illustrate the interrelationships among living things. Instruction will focus on the topics of cells, biochemistry, energy, transformations, genetics, molecular biology, evolution, and a representative survey of the five kingdoms of the living world. Students will be provided with activities and lab experiences.
Grades 10-12 Prerequisite: B in Algebra 1 or Core Plus Math 1, enrolled in AWT, AAT or higher math, B or better in Chem. Com, C or better in Bio or Earth Science
This one-year laboratory course is designed for students who have clearly demonstrated their ability and interest in science and intend to pursue a course of science studies in college. Areas of study include the metric system, scientific notation, writing of chemical symbols and formulae, molar mass relationships, stiocheometry, atomic theory, the periodic table, chemical bonding, nature of solutions, and acid-base reactions. Students will be provided with activities and laboratory experiences.
65013 HEALTH SKILLS TRAINING
Grades 11-12 Prerequisite: Academy membership
This one-semester course will focus on the acquisition and development of essential skills necessary for employment in the healthcare field. Topics covered may include safety, first aid, emergency procedures, CPR, assessing patient vital signs, communication skills, medical terminology and professional codes of conduct.
65015/6 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Grades 11-12 Prerequisite: B in Biology & passed one other science course
Human Anatomy and Physiology is a one-year introductory laboratory course designed as a foundation for students preparing for careers in health and allied health-related fields, or for those who have an interest in learning more about the structure and function of the human body in a systematic manner and in a more challenging academic setting. Recommended for students interested in careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, nursing and other health-related careers.
65017 HEALTH CAREER EXPLORATION
Grades 11-12 Prerequisite: Academy membership
This one-semester course will provide students with the opportunity to explore a variety of occupations in the health and medical fields in order to make informed choices about their future career. Attention will be given to the role of various healthcare workers, including job descriptions and responsibilities, personal characteristics, levels of education and credentialing requirements. Particular attention will be paid to current and future career trends. In addition to classroom instruction, students will be given opportunity to interact with guest speakers and participate in field trips to healthcare facilities and universities.
Grade 12 Prerequisite: C or better in Chemistry and Human Anatomy and Physiology
This one-semester lab course will introduce students to the lab methods, procedures, and protocols used in the biotechnology and the biomedical industries. The curriculum is project-based and will integrate the student's knowledge of biology and chemistry. Topics covered will include principles of electrophoresis, DNA manipulation, molecular forensics, embryology, tissue culturing, and ethical considerations inherent in biotechnology.
61036/7 ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY
Grades 11-12 Prerequisite: B in Biology; B in Chemistry, completed or taking Physics
This one-year lab course is designed to be the equivalent of a college-level introductory biology course. Students may obtain college credit if they pass the Advanced Placement Exam. Topics covered include biochemistry, cells and cell processes, heredity, evolution, organisms, and populations. Students enrolled in this course will complete several research projects and will take the AP exam in the spring.
Grades 11-12 Prerequisite: C or better in Biology and Chemistry
This course is designed for students interested in taking a closer look at organisms in the Plant Kingdom. Areas of emphasis will include plant cell structure, taxonomy, physiology, exotic species, propagation techniques, plant care, introductory landscaping and environmental concerns. This course will involve hands-on work in the school greenhouse and courtyards. Students who register for this course should be prepared to work both indoors and outdoors with soil and plants. Assessment will be based on student performance in lab activities, group activities and projects, homework and maintenance of the greenhouse.
63031/2 ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY
Grades 11-12 Prerequisite: B+ in Chemistry
Advanced Placement Chemistry is a one-year course offered at the freshman college level. This course covers in greater depth the topics found in chemistry, with emphasis on laboratory work and preparation for the Advanced Placement Exam. Students enrolled in this course will take the AP examination in the spring.
61051/2 AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Grades 11-12 Prerequisite: C or better in Chem. and Bio or B in Conservation or Env Science or teacher recommendation
The goal of this one-year laboratory science class is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems -- both natural and man-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Topics covered include: scientific analysis, interdependence of Earth's systems, human population dynamics, renewable and non-renewable resources, environmental quality, global changes and their consequences, environment and society, and humanity's choices for the future. This course includes both laboratory and field activities. Students enrolled in this course will take the AP Environmental Science exam in the spring.