Principles of Biology & Chemistry

S25011 – S25012

Lab Fee
Principles of Biology and Chemistry is an inquiry based course that demonstrates the interconnections of Biology and Chemistry. Major focuses will center on interactive laboratory experiences with an emphasis on proper laboratory techniques, science process skills, and problem solving. Principles of Biology and Chemistry will prepare students for further coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science. – Department Placement Required – Co requisite: Intro to Algebra
Level: 9
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

Chemistry

S50011 – S50012

Lab Fee
This course is a inquiry based study of fundamental chemical concepts based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Students will evaluate evidence from experiments and technology used by scientists to understand the nature of the chemistry. They will also explore the basic interactions of matter and energy. Concepts and skills are reinforced by a strong emphasis on hands-on laboratory experiences and the integration of other branches of science. Constructivist methods of teaching are employed to ensure the best possible comprehension and retention of science concepts. – Co requisite: Algebra 1
Level: 9
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

Honors Chemistry

S500H1 – S500H2

Weighted
Lab Fee
Honors Chemistry is an inquiry based course investigating the composition of matter and the changes it undergoes. The course is rigorous in both pace and depth of study. Laboratory work will provide hands-on experiences which will be used to uncover concepts and relationships between types of matter and energy. The course.will provide a sound foundation for further coursework within the sciences. Students considering this course should be self-directed learners with strong reading comprehension skills. Students should consider their entire schedule when selecting a weighted course. – Co requisite: Honors Geometry
Level: 9
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Algebra 1

Biology

S31011 – S31012

Lab Fee
Biology is a inquiry based laboratory course based on the Next Generation Science Standards that investigates the interconnections of life using an environmental approach. Scientific inquiry engages students in the study of the interdependence of organisms, energy flow, the cell, heredity, how ecosystems affect species over time, and the relationships between structure and function.
Level: 10
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Chemistry or Principles of Biology/Chemistry

Blended Biology (NNHS only)

S310N1 – S310N2

Lab Fee
Biology is a inquiry based laboratory course based on the Next Generation Science Standards that investigates the interconnections of life using an environmental approach. Scientific inquiry engages students in the study of the interdependence of organisms, energy flow, the cell, heredity, how ecosystems affect species over time, and the relationships between structure and function. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components.
Level: 10
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Chemistry or Principles of Biology/Chemistry

Honors Biology

S370H1 – S370H2

Weighted
Lab Fee
Honors Biology is a inquiry based laboratory course based on the Next Generation Science Standards that investigates the interconnections of life using a biochemical approach. Scientific inquiry engages students in the study of the interdependence of organisms, energy flow, the cell, heredity, how species change over time, and the relationships between structure and function. Students considering this course should be self-directed learners with strong reading comprehension skills. Students should consider their entire schedule when selecting a weighted course.
Level: 10
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Chemistry or Honors Chemistry

Physics

S59011 – S59012

Lab Fee
Physics is an inquiry based course based on Next Generation Science Standards designed to expand on the principles of how and why the world around us works and find practical applications of physics through laboratories, data analysis, problem solving, and discussions. Students will investigate the topics of motion, force, energy, electricity, magnetism, waves, sound and light. – Co requisite: Algebra 2
Level: 11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Geometry

AP Physics 1

S600A1 – S600A2

Weighted
Lab Fee
AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based physics course equivalent to a first-semester college course in physics. Students enrolled in this course will learn Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and will also be introduced to electric circuits. The AP Physics 1 course will include student-conducted laboratory investigations that provide an experience comparable to introductory college-level physics laboratories. This course is intended for self-motivated students with strong mathematical skills who enjoy scientific inquiry and are interested in a variety of physics topics. – Co requisite: Algebra 2
Level: 11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Geometry

Research & Design

S65011 – S65012

Lab Fee
Research and Design is a course for the student who wants to explore engineering as a career. This course is project based. The student will learn physics of how simple machines work through a series of hands on activities and projects. Problem solving is utilized to overcome the problems of design, development, production and the testing of a product. Topics covered are from both applied technology and science, which could include but not limited to: robotics, pneumatics, hydraulics, computer drafting, and computer controlled machining, optics, mechanical, electricity and magnetism. Students will work in design teams and present their achievements to the class in various competitions. Credit may be earned for Science or CTE. – Co requisite: Algebra 2
Level: 11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Geometry, 2 science credits

Advanced Chemistry

S530W1 , S530W2

Weighted
Lab Fee
This is a one-semester, inquiry-based course focusing on various analytical techniques used in the scientific community. Laboratory experiences will expose students to the synthesis, separation and identification of organic compounds as well as traditional Chemistry topics with a forensic twist. These traditional topics include atomic structure, periodic table, covalent bonding, moles, stoichiometry, and solutions. The course then delves into subjects not traditionally seen in the high school Chemistry classroom. These topics include organic chemistry, spectroscopy, and criminalistics. The course will culminate with a research project, including the publication and presentation of its results. While not preparing a student for the AP examination, it will offer college-bound students a background in chemical analysis. Students considering this course should be self-directed learners with strong reading comprehension skills and ability to solve mathematical functions. Students should consider their entire schedule when selecting a weighted course.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Requisite: Chemistry

Blended Advanced Chemistry (NNHS only)

S530N1 , S530N2

Weighted
Lab Fee
This is a one-semester, inquiry-based course focusing on various analytical techniques used in the scientific community. Laboratory experiences will expose students to the synthesis, separation and identification of organic compounds as well as traditional Chemistry topics with a forensic twist. These traditional topics include atomic structure, periodic table, covalent bonding, moles, stoichiometry, and solutions. The course then delves into subjects not traditionally seen in the high school Chemistry classroom. These topics include organic chemistry, spectroscopy, and criminalistics. The course will culminate with a research project, including the publication and presentation of its results. While not preparing a student for the AP examination, it will offer college-bound students a background in chemical analysis. Students considering this course should be self-directed learners with strong reading comprehension skills and ability to solve mathematical functions. Students should consider their entire schedule when selecting a weighted course.This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Requisite: Chemistry

Anatomy & Physiology

S440W1 – S440W2

Weighted
Lab Fee
This course is designed to introduce and broaden the level of understanding about human body through an in depth study of various topics within anatomy & physiology. A systematic approach to the study of the human body and the process of homeostasis will be reinforced by numerous laboratory components. Form and function of tissues will be discussed on the microscopic and macroscopic levels, through extensive use of microscopes and multiple dissections. The dissections may include a rabbit, pig, cow eye, sheep brain, pig heart, among other specimens. This class is designed to prepare students to be successful in a college anatomy & physiology course. Students considering this course should be self-directed learners with strong reading comprehension skills and the ability to collaborate successfully with their peers. Students should consider their entire schedule when selecting this weighted course.
Level: 11,12
*Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Successful completion of Chemistry and Biology

Blended Anatomy & Physiology (NNHS only)

S440N1 – S440N2

Weighted
Lab Fee
This course is designed to introduce and broaden the level of understanding about human body through an in depth study of various topics within anatomy & physiology. A systematic approach to the study of the human body and the process of homeostasis will be reinforced by numerous laboratory components. Form and function of tissues will be discussed on the microscopic and macroscopic levels, through extensive use of microscopes and multiple dissections. The dissections may include a rabbit, pig, cow eye, sheep brain, pig heart, among other specimens. This class is designed to prepare students to be successful in a college anatomy & physiology course. Students considering this course should be self-directed learners with strong reading comprehension skills and the ability to collaborate successfully with their peers. Students should consider their entire schedule when selecting this weighted course.This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components.
Level: 11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Successful completion of Chemistry and Biology

Astronomy

S19011 , S19012

Lab Fee
Space exploration is an advanced one semester course designed for the student who wants to investigate the inner-working of the universe. This inquiry based laboratory course will take advantage of and utilize the latest technological advances in space exploration. Topics will include, but are not limited to, space navigation, planets, galaxies, stars, comets and asteroids.
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Requisite: 2 science credits, Geometry

Blended Astronomy (NNHS only)

S190N1 , S190N2

Lab Fee
Space exploration is an advanced one semester course designed for the student who wants to investigate the inner-working of the universe. This inquiry based laboratory course will take advantage of and utilize the latest technological advances in space exploration. Topics will include, but are not limited to, space navigation, planets, galaxies, stars, comets and asteroids. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components.
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Requisite: 2 science credits, Geometry

Biotechnology

S460W1, S460W2

Weighted
Lab Fee
This course actively examines several of the main concepts surrounding genetic engineering as it pertains to society today. This area of science is continually changing as technology improves and more is learned about the genome. Concepts included in the course study include a more in depth study of DNA structure, genetic disorders and inheritance of traits, the genetic modification of organisms, and the pros and cons surrounding the manipulation of DNA. This is a weighted, lab intensive course connecting concepts learned in both introductory biology and chemistry. Students taking this course should have a strong foundation in these areas and be able to and willing to work collaboratively in a precise lab setting.
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Requisite: Chemistry and Biology

Earth Science

S15011 – S15012

Lab Fee
In this course, students explore the interdependence of Earth systems, including geologic features, weather, climate, and living organisms. Using a chronological approach, students investigate changes in the Earth and atmosphere and identify significant events that have shaped our planet within each of the major geological time periods. Students also identify the role of human activity and the management of natural resources in this Next Generation Science Standards-aligned course.
Level: 11,12
Full year Course Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Successful completion of 2 years of science

Blended Earth Science

S150N1 – S150N2

Lab Fee
In this course, students explore the interdependence of Earth systems, including geologic features, weather, climate, and living organisms. Using a chronological approach, students investigate changes in the Earth and atmosphere and identify significant events that have shaped our planet within each of the major geological time periods. Students also identify the role of human activity and the management of natural resources in this Next Generation Science Standards-aligned course. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components.
Level: 11,12
Full year Course Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Successful completion of 2 years of science

Blended STEM Capstone

S980N1, S980N2

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to fulfill a self-directed inquiry into any aspect of STEM. This is a capstone for any strand of study students may pursue within the mathematics, science and CTE curricula. This course will require development of a research question, development of research methodology, analytical research, synthesis of resources, data analysis and ability to communicate research findings. Students will select and design a course of study in conjunction with a mentoring teacher who will facilitate the production of a final research project. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent components. Depending on the student project this course may also be weighted. It will be determined by the instructional coordinator.This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate.This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components. – IC Approval
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

AP Biology

S400A1- S400A2

Weighted
Lab Fee
This laboratory course will concentrate on current major themes in biology including cell, plant, and animal physiology; photosynthesis and respiration; and genetic engineering. The advanced placement biology curriculum is equivalent to a first-year college biology course for majors and is designed to prepare students for a successful college experience in the life sciences. This course allows students to take the advanced placement exams, which allows students to earn up to one year of college credit. Student will also be enrolled in AP Lunch. – Teacher Recommendation Required – Honors Biology strongly recommended
Level: 11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Chemistry and Biology

AP Chemistry

S560A1- S560A2

Weighted
Lab Fee
A discussion of formal lecture approach will be used with emphasis on laboratory experiments and problem solving. The subject matter will include topics in inorganic, physical and organic chemistry. This course prepares students to take the Advanced Placement Exam, in which students can earn up to one year of college credit. Students will also be enrolled in AP Lunch to allow for extra lab time when needed – Teacher Recommendation Required – Honors Chemistry strongly recommended
Level: 11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Chemistry

AP Environmental Science

S220A1- S220A2

Weighted
Lab Fee
AP Environmental Science investigates modern environmental issues integrating concepts from biology, earth science and chemistry. The course is designed 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 human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Students will participate in field studies to collect and analyze authentic data and to evaluate specific environments.
Level: 11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Chemistry and Biology

AP Physics 2

S630A1- S630A2

Weighted
Lab Fee
AP Physics 2 is an algebra-based physics course equivalent to a second-semester college course in physics. Students enrolled in this course will learn fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics; atomic and nuclear physics. The AP Physics 2 course will include student-conducted laboratory investigations that provide an experience comparable to introductory college-level physics laboratories. This course is intended for self-motivated students with strong mathematical skills who enjoy scientific inquiry and are interested in a variety of physics topics. – Teacher Recommendation Required – Co requisite: Algebra 2
Level: 11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Physics

AP Physics C

S680A1- S680A2

Weighted
Lab Fee
Advanced Placement Physics is a two-semester course which consists of mechanics, electricity and magnetism using calculus. A rigorous laboratory program is included in the course. This course will prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Exam, which students can earn up to one year of college credit. – Teacher Recommendation Required – AP Physics 1 strongly recommended – Co requisite: AP Calculus
Level: 11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Requisite: Physics

Online Sustainable Energy

S200M1, S200M2

How can science be harnessed to better manage energy use in our society? This course will examine this problem using a variety of skills and concepts from the worlds of engineering, math, and science. Concepts such as sustainability, thermodynamics, design, statistics, public opinion, and much more will be explored. This course will be a stimulating introduction to the field of sustainable energy.This course will not fulfill lab course requirements for college admission purposes. This course does not meet science high school graduation requirement.
Level: 9,10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50