Science Courses & Faculty


Below are descriptions of the science courses offered at Elmwood Park High School. To see a listing of science faculty, use this link for quick access:

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Courses


BIOLOGY I*

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

9

None

Biology I is an introductory course in the life sciences. Basic concepts stressed include the scientific method, cell theory, genetics, ecology, evolution and classification. Lab work is a part of the course. Students will work in groups as well as individually and will have the opportunity to use the available technology.

*This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


BIOLOGY I HONORS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

9

Teacher recommendation

Biology I Honors is an introductory course in the life sciences. The basic concepts stressed, as well as the use of available technology and group/individual learning, are similar to that of Biology I. The Biology I Honors curriculum is designed to challenge the science student who is highly motivated and academically mature enough to handle a teaching method that incorporates problem solving, analysis and inquiry.


CHEMISTRY I*

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

10

Biology I

Chemistry is the science that deals with the properties and structure of matter. It is based on the premise that the properties of matter are a consequence of its structure. As one of the exact sciences, it requires mathematical skills involving proportions. This course is recommended for all students interested in college programs in the teaching of science, engineering, medicine, pharmacy, nursing and associated health careers. Basic principles and laboratory activities stress understanding concepts above rote memory. Solving problems on the basis of general principles rather than one-type formulas will be expected. Students will be introduced to the measurement and manipulation of real numbers, significant digits and an understanding of precision and accuracy. Topics covered include heat, chemical formulas, atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions and nomenclature, stoichiometry, gas pressure, phase changes and gas laws. Lab experiences in this class include performing flame tests, finding melting points, reacting metals with acid and using freezing-point depression to make ice cream.

*This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


CHEMISTRY I HONORS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

10

Biology I Honors or teacher recommendation

Chemistry I Honors is an accelerated course introducing the science of chemical properties and structure of matter. The basic concepts stressed, as well as use of technology and group/individual learning, are similar to that of Biology I Honors. This course is designed to challenge the science student who is highly motivated and academically mature enough to handle a teaching method that incorporates problem solving, analysis and inquiry.


PHYSICS I*

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

11

Biology I, Chemistry I & Algebra I

This course is a conceptual look into classical mechanics (how and why things move), electricity, magnetism, buoyancy and wave properties. This course does not concentrate on the mathematics of physics as much as the explanations for why an event took place. Equations are looked at as guides to thinking about the physical world around us. The class includes experiments and demonstrations, which further the course by engaging students in scientific observation of the physical world. Our goal is to increase the student's scientific literacy while instilling a genuine wonder about the world we live in.

*This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


AP PHYSICS 1

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

11

Honors Chemistry or
teacher recommendation

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based physics course equivalent to the first semester of an introductory, algebra-based physics college course. Because this is a yearlong course, students have time to foster deeper conceptual understanding through student-centered, inquiry-based instruction. Students have time to master foundational physics principles while engaging in science practices to earn credit or placement in college. Course topics include Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introduction to electric circuits. All students enrolled in AP Physics 1 are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.


ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

10, 11, 12

Biology I & Chemistry I (can be concurrent)

Environmental Science is an introductory lab course for students who wish to study the natural sciences in an interdisciplinary context that includes consideration of how humans have influenced various systems around us. This offering has a widespread focus on many aspects of biology, earth and atmospheric sciences, fundamental principles of chemistry and physics, human population dynamics, and an appreciation for the Earth and its natural resources.


INTRO TO HEALTHCARE CAREERS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

10, 11, 12

Biology 1

This course will expose students to the variety of opportunities available within the healthcare industry, such as nursing, therapy, vision and dental care, administrative services and lab technology. The main purpose of the course is to assist students in further developing their interest into a tentative career choice. The content will provide in-depth information into health occupation careers and trends, occupational and educational opportunities, and educational, physical, emotional and attitudinal requirements.


SPORTS MEDICINE AND MANAGEMENT

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

11, 12

Biology I & Chemistry (with a B)

The Sports Medicine and Management course combines student interests in physical activity and science. Designed for students interested in athletic training, physical therapy, nursing, exercise physiology, EMT/paramedic and other allied medical fields, this course introduces students to the basic principles and techniques for the prevention, recognition, treatment and rehabilitation of common injuries and illnesses related to physically active people. This lab-based course includes taping and bandaging, proper use of protective padding, treatment modalities, medical terminology, budgeting, ordering supplies, as well as general operation of an athletic training-room facility. More advanced topics include injury assessment, phases of healing, and the use of exercise and equipment to help recondition injured athletes.


AP CHEMISTRY

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

12

Chemistry 1 Honors, Physics
& teacher recommendation

The AP Chemistry course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced course work in chemistry. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based learning as they explore topics such as atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics and equilibrium. Labs and demonstrations will help students develop explanations and predictions of natural phenomena. Students who enroll in this course should have a C or better in Chemistry I Honors and be proficient in algebra. All AP Chemistry students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.


AP PHYSICS 2

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

12

AP Physics 1 or
teacher recommendation

AP Physics 2 is a continuation of AP Physics 1. Also algebra-based, it is a physics course equivalent to the second semester of an algebra-based physics college course. Because this is a yearlong course, students will again have time to foster deeper conceptual understanding through student-centered, inquiry-based instruction. Students have time to master foundational physics principles while engaging in science practices to earn credit or placement in college. Course topics include principles of fluids, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics and topics in modern physics. All AP Physics 2 students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.


AP BIOLOGY

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

11 (with Physics enrollment), 12

A in Biology I or Honors Biology

AP Biology provides a college-level biology experience for students interested in biological research and/or health-related fields. Students are expected to build on their knowledge from previous science coursework through inquiry-based investigations and statistical analysis. Major topics include cell communication, cellular energetics, genetics and evolutionary biology. All students are expected to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.


HONORS ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

11, 12

B or better in both Biology I & Chemistry I

Anatomy & Physiology is an honors course designed to help students prepare for higher education, to further their studies in an area of biological interest or to enter a health-related profession. The course will also benefit those students interested in liberal arts, physical education and pre-chiropractic programs. Course material presents information about the body's structures and its functions. It attempts to discover answers to such questions as: What enables people to move? How is it possible for them to talk? How can they see the expanse of the food they eat? How do individuals derive from food the energy they need for exercise and other types of activities? All these and other human activities make up life; Anatomy & Physiology attempts to explain them. Anatomy & Physiology will provide a basic understanding and working knowledge of the human body. Extensive laboratory work will be an integral part of this course.


Faculty


Matthew Lazzarotto

Curriculum Leader & Teacher | Science | EPHS

Angela Andrews

Teacher | Science | EPHS

Yatin Brahmbhatt

Teacher | Science | EPHS

Ian Martinek

Teacher | Science | EPHS

Christian Rosenzweig

Teacher | Science | EPHS

Emily Schoenbeck

Teacher | Science | EPHS

Seth Swanson

Teacher | Science | EPHS