NHS SCIENCE CURRICULUM

802 GREENHOUSE AND LANDSCAPE 1 Credit

Full Year

Level 3

Grade 9

A great hands-on class learning experience about greenhouse operation - working with plants, building landscape models and being introduced to the FFA and its many activities. Join us!

803 HORTICULTURE I 1 Credit

Full Year

Level 2

Grades 10-12

An introduction to horticulture with areas of study in turf, plant propagation techniques, floral design and landscape principles. In this course students learn the importance of soils and land use while working with other students on lab type projects.

804 HORTICULTURE II: LANDSCAPE DESIGN 1/2 Credit

One Semester

Pre-requisite: Horticulture I or Biology I. Level 2

Grades 11-12

Travel to the "Big E" and work with fellow students. Learn how to draw a landscape design. Learn how to identify plants. What do we need to do to keep plants healthy? Find out how on our visits to local nurseries or tree farms. Compete in contests with local schools. Set up a hydroponics program and grow your own vegetables!

805 HORTICULTURE II: LANDSCAPE APPLICATION 1/2 Credit

One Semester

Pre-requisite: Horticulture I or Biology I Level 2

Grades 11-12

Learn how to build a patio, brick walk or stonewall. Find out how to tell how much soil, seed, etc. you need for any project. All classes can choose to participate for an entire year - even in the summer - by competing at local fairs in such areas as woodsman contest, safe tractor driving, landscape design, dairy showmanship, etc. Most have cash prizes for top places! Get involved, get educated, and pick out a great career.

806 HORTICULTURE III: Specialty Plant Production ½ Credit

One semester

Pre-requisite: Horticulture II. Level 2

Grade 12

Horticulture III is a semester course designed to provide a unique opportunity for students to build upon the foundation laid in Horticulture I and II and bring them to an advanced level in horticulture management.

807 HORTICULTURE III: Landscape Construction ½ Credit

One semester

Pre-requisite: Horticulture II. Level 2

Grade 12

Horticulture III is a semester course designed to provide a unique opportunity for students to build upon the foundation laid in Horticulture I and II and bring them to an advanced level in horticulture management.


813 EARTH SCIENCE 1 Credit

Full Year

Level 2

Grade 9

Have you ever wondered where Nature's treasures come from? Why earthquakes occur? How volcanoes come to life? What a million year old fossil can tell us? Are you awed by Nature's fury sending rain, snow or drought? And at night when you look into the sky at the vast galaxies in our universe do you wonder - how did it all begin? Are we alone? These and many other questions will be explored in Earth Science through hands-on activities. We'll use all our skills finally in a geological field trip to Block Island, our gift from the glaciers!

This course is for ninth graders and has no pre-requisite except a willingness to learn while working with others.


823 BIOLOGY I  l Credit

Full Year

Pre-requisite: Minimum grade of "C" in Earth Science. Level 2

Grades 10-12

The very first day is a walk in the woods, and from there we see why leaves turn orange, why roots grow down, how to affect flower color - all through experimentation. We look at DNA fingerprinting, make our own slides, work with chemicals of life, plants, animals, heredity and lots more.

825 BIOLOGY I ACCELERATED 1 Credit

Full Year

Pre-requisite: Minimum grade of "B" in Earth Science Level 1

and teacher recommendation. Grade 10

Exploration in this course enhances the college biology material with special activities to foster independent thinking through higher level student-developed investigations. We analyze implications of scientific discoveries and discuss your viewpoints substantiated with facts, theories and observations.

826 BIOLOGY II 1 Credit

Full Year

Pre-requisite: Minimum grade of "C" in Biology I Level 2

and teacher recommendation. Grades 11-12

Plague! Cholera! Smallpox! All sorts of epidemics! Be a disease detective. Plan and perform experiments. Learn bacteriology techniques. What causes a giant? How can we control malaria? This course includes human physiology and anatomy with related lab experiences. We listen to speakers from the hospital and we actually use the electron microscope. If you are thinking about any medical related field, research, any life science, or are just interested in doing advanced work in biology, we'd be glad to have you sign up!

828 BIOLOGY II ACCELERATED 1 Credit

Full Year

Pre-requisite: Minimum grade of "B" in Biology I Accelerated Level 1

and teacher recommendation. Grade 11

Human Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology are combined for a course that has an emphasis on research. Speakers will include a physical therapist, research biologist, medicinal plant expert, etc. Join us and look into DNA electrophoresis, sports medicine and related fields.


830 ECOLOGY 1/2 Credit

One Semester

Pre-requisite: Biology I Level 2

Grades 11-12

Where do Gila monsters live? How can polar bears survive? Why are wolves being brought into Idaho? From deserts to rainforests, oceans to grasslands, diversity and similarities are discussed. This course explores interactions between living things and their environment. Students participate in field investigations as well as laboratory experiments.

831 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 1/2 Credit

One Semester

Pre-requisite: Biology I Level 2

Grades 11-12

Help monitor our rivers. Do chemical testing of our water and soil. This course emphasizes Man's impact on Nature. We use nearby ponds, streams and woods as an outdoor laboratory. Learn how to protect our environment.


833 CHEMISTRY I 1 Credit

Full Year

Pre-requisite: Algebra II taken previously or concurrently. Level 2

Grade 11-12

You are expected to learn chemical facts and principles by being actively involved and doing chemistry. It is required that you keep and maintain an individual lab notebook that shows your progress in collecting, organizing, and interpreting experimental data. You are expected to find patterns and relationships, perform mathematical calculations and construct graphs. This foundation course in chemistry begins by investigating the physical and chemical properties of matter, then proceeds logically to the mathematics of formulas and equations, the organization of the periodic table, the nature of chemical bonding, and finally with the chemistry of solutions.

835 CHEMISTRY I ACCELERATED 1 Credit

Full Year

Pre-requisite: Minimum grade of "B" in Biology I Accelerated Level 1

and teacher recommendation. Grade 11-12

You are expected to learn chemical facts and principles by being actively involved and doing chemistry. It is required that you keep and maintain an individual lab notebook that shows your progress in collecting, organizing, and interpreting experimental data. You are expected to find patterns and relationships, perform mathematical calculations and construct graphs. This course follows the same general format of Chemistry 833, but each topic is covered more intensively, especially mathematically. Students also write several short papers on topical issues.

836 CHEMISTRY II 1 Credit

Full Year

Pre-requisite: Minimum grade of "C" in Chemistry I Level 2

and teacher recommendation. Grade 12

You are expected to learn chemical facts and principles by being actively involved and doing chemistry. It is required that you keep and maintain an individual lab notebook that shows your progress in collecting, organizing, and interpreting experimental data. You are expected to find patterns and relationships, perform mathematical calculations and construct graphs. This course covers the topics of oxidation-reduction, kinetics and equilibrium, electrochemistry, and organic, nuclear, and descriptive chemistry. Students are required to do a research paper in the 3rd quarter, and a miniproject in the 4th quarter.


832 TECH PREP I 1 Credit

Full Year

Level 2

Grade 11

Work with other students on labs almost every day! Find out what makes things work. Fluid systems, thermal systems -- they're in everything you do! Pumps, car brakes, pistons, winches, flywheels. Explore electronics, stroboscopes, thermocouples and much more!

You don't know anything about that? That's what the course is for. We take you from ground zero into some pretty sophisticated work.

This is for students of all abilities, whether you are planning a career in engineering or car mechanics or just want to test a broken radio. This course fills in the gaps between theory and actual application.

842 TECH PREP II 1 Credit

Full Year

Pre-requisite: Minimum grade of "C" in Tech Prep I. Level 2

Grade 12

This course is a continuation of Tech Prep I. After successful completion of this course and high school graduation, you are guaranteed admission into the Community College Technology Program. From there you can go into a related career or finish at a four year college. A unique opportunity for your future!

843 PHYSICS 1 Credit

Full Year

Pre-requisite: Algebra II and teacher recommendation. Level 2

Grade 12

The study of physics with an emphasis on laboratory experience and demonstrations as well as problem solving. Traditional physics with practical applications for our technological world for students preparing for a four year college program.

845 PHYSICS ACCELERATED 1 Credit

Full Year

Pre-requisite: Trigonometry/Analytic Geometry taken previously Level 1

and teacher recommendation. Grade 12

This course is designed for students interested in engineering and other physical sciences as a career. It is a high level study of motion and forces, waves, light and optics, electricity and magnetism, and atoms and nuclei. Mathematics and problem solving are emphasized throughout. Lab exercises reinforce the concepts discussed in class.


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