Life Science 7

This course is an activity based ecological approach to life science. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation for many aspects of our environment by applying learned observation skills, scientific inquiry and experimental design from observation to learn about various life forms, their unique behaviors and their respective life cycles. Students will study the interdependence of species in an ecosystem and of the adaptations that are necessary for their survival. Students will study how inheritance of genes and traits impact species diversity and will review basic structural human anatomy, body systems and related disease processes.

Earth Science – Grade 8
This is the study of the earth, stars and universe. Earth dynamic topics include: weather, earthquakes, tsunamis, plate tectonics, rocks, minerals and soils. Universe topics include the solar system and the stars.

Biology - Offered every year

This course is designed to cover the foundational concepts of biology and meets MCA State Science Standards.Information will be presented on the nature of science and engineering, ecology and ecosystems, human interactions with living systems, chemistry of life, cell structures and function, immune system, cell growth and replication, heredity, DNA/protein synthesis/gene technology, and evolution with comparative dissection. Content will be presented in a variety of ways to facilitate student learning and to increase understanding that biology can be applied beyond the classroom.
CREDIT: 1.0 credit

Introduction to Physics 9 - Offered every year
NOTE: This is a required course for 9th grade.

Physics is the study of matter and energy. This involves topics like motion, forces, momentum, energy, electricity, light, sound, gravity, waves, and many more. The course will focus mainly on the conceptual side of Physics, but equations expressing physical concepts will be used throughout the curriculum. There will also be a large engineering component to the class where students will be asked to complete tasks and create products to varying specifications. Satisfactory completion of this course satisfies the Minnesota Department of Education requirement for Physics.
CREDIT: 1.0 credit

Physics (11/12 Graduation Requirement Option) - Offered every other year.
NOTE: Physics or Chemistry is required for graduation
Students will examine Physics as a tool for better understanding the world around them. Science is important in the modern world and serves as a foundation on which students may place the components necessary for a complete college education. Physics is the foundational science of engineering, aerospace, nuclear power, nuclear medicine as well as subjects as different as architecture and kinesiology.
Prerequisite: Physical Science and Biology
CREDIT: 1.0 credit

Forensics (11/12 elective) - Offered every other year.
This course will provide an understanding of the scientific principles involved in criminal investigations, including the forensic techniques and processes necessary to collect, identify and analyze biological evidence.
Prerequisite: Biology