District 203 believes in a student-centered environment that will spark imagination and curiosity through inquiry-driven investigations and inspire critical interpretation of science information.

Students will actively participate in science and engineering practices to understand the core ideas and connections between physical, Earth and space, and life science, and to understand, use, and interpret scientific explanations of natural phenomena.

Students will be empowered to draw, share, and defend conclusions based on evidence and design solutions that can be applied to the world around them.

SCIENCE COURSE OFFERINGS

Strand/Subject Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 Prerequisites
FRESHMEN COURSES
Principles of Biology and Chemistry X Department Placement Required and co-registered in Intro to Algebra
Chemistry X Co-registered Algebra 1
Honors Chemistryw X Algebra 1 and co-registered in Honors Geometry
SOPHOMORE COURSES
Biology X Chemistry or Principles of Biology & Chemsitry
Honors Biologyw X Chemistry or Honors Chemistry
JUNIOR COURSES
Physics X X Geometry and co-registered in Algebra 2
Advanced Placement
Physics 1w
X X Geometry and co-registered in Algebra 2
ELECTIVES
Advanced Chemistryw X X X Chemistry
Blended Advanced Chemistryw (NNHS only X X X Chemistry
Anatomy and Physiologyw X X Successful completion of Chemistry and Biology
Blended Anatomy and Physiologyw (NNHS only) X X Successful completion of Chemistry and Biology
Astronomy X X 2 science credits, Geometry
Blended Astronomy (NNHS only) X X 2 science credits, Geometry
Biotechnologyw X X Chemistry and Biology
Earth Science X X Successful Completion of two years science
Blended Earth Science X X Successful Completion of two years science
AP COURSES
Advanced Placement Biologyw X X Chemistry and Biology; Teacher Recommendation Required; Honors Biology strongly recommended
Advanced Placement Chemistryw X X Chemistry; Teacher Recommendation Required; Honors Chemistry strongly recommended
Advanced Placement Environmental Sciencew X X Chemistry and Biology; Teacher Recommendation Required
Advanced Placement
Physics 2w
X X Physics; co-registered in Algebra 2; Teacher Recommendation Required
Advanced Placement
Physics Cw
X X Physics; co-registered in AP Calculus; Teacher Recommendation Required; AP Physics 1 strongly recommended
ENGINEERING COURSES
Research and Design X X Geometry; 2 science credits; co-registered in Algebra 2
Blended STEM Capstone* X X Instructional Coordinator Approval
ONLINE
Online Sustainable Energy X X X X None; Does not meet HS Science Graduation Requirements

w = weighted course
* = Course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate