Science Courses


During the 2019-20 school year Elmwood Park High School will offer the following science courses. To learn more about the Science Department, please click here.


BIOLOGY I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

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 quarters)

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 quarters)

10

Biology 1

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 quarters)

10

Biology 1 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 the use of available technology and group/individual learning, are similar to that of Biology I Honors. The Chemistry 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.


PHYSICS I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11

Biology 1 & Chemistry 1

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

2.0 (four quarters)

11

Biology 1 Honors & Chemistry 1 Honors
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.


INTRO TO SPORTS MEDICINE AND MANAGEMENT

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

Biology, Chemistry and passing Health with a B or higher

The Intro to Sports Medicine and Management course uniquely combines student interests in physical activity and science. Designed for students interested in fields such as 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, the phases of healing, and the use of exercise and equipment to help in the reconditioning of injured athletes.


AP PHYSICS 2

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

12

AP Physics 1

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 students enrolled in AP Physics 2 are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.


BIOLOGY II | HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

4th-year science

Teacher recommendation

Biology II is a study of human anatomy and physiology. This course is 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. The course material contains general information on a wide range of topics that are relevant to the health and well-being of not only students but all members of the communities in which they live.

This course deals with the most wondrous of all structures — the human body. It 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; the study of anatomy and physiology attempts to explain them. This course will provide for the student a basic understanding and working knowledge of the human body. Extensive laboratory work will be an integral part of this course.


AP CHEMISTRY

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

4th-year science

Chemistry 1 Honors, Biology, 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 investigations 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 grade of C or better in Chemistry I Honors and be proficient in algebra. All students enrolled in AP Chemistry are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.