Science Courses

Physical Sciences

State of Ohio Curriculum

Integrated Science

Integrated Science is an inquiry-based laboratory course that introduces students to key concepts and theories that provide a foundation for advanced study in the physical sciences such as chemistry, physics, earth and space science.  The course comprises the study of the physical world including developing models about classifying matter and how it changes, the particle nature of matter and atomic structure, types of chemical bonding and reactions and the conservation of matter.  Energy interactions and the study of forces and motion will be emphasized.

Students will also develop an understanding of the periodic table for use in explaining the chemical and physical changes developed in the course.  In addition, students will be introduced to scientific theories about the origin, development and structure of the universe and the types of nuclear reactions such as those that occur within stars.  Integrated Science is a high school introductory level course that fulfills the Ohio Core requirements for one year of physical science necessary for graduation.

  • Course Number: 205      
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 9-10                       
  • Fees: $7

Additional: Course is the prerequisite for all other science courses

Chemistry

Chemistry is intended to be an inquiry course that will emphasize the organized collection, analysis, and communication of data, while introducing evaluation, prediction, and application of skills. The topics from the Ohio Model Curriculum covered in Chemistry will include: analysis of materials, nomenclature, bonding, stoichiometry, chemical equations, periodicity, atomic models, reduction and oxidation reactions, acids and bases, gas laws, intermolecular attractions, kinetics and equilibrium processes.

Throughout the course, qualitative and quantitative laboratory skills will be developed through the manipulation of standard laboratory equipment.

  • Course Number: 226      
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: $16

Additional: Credit in Integrated Science required; enrollment or credit in Biology required; credit in Algebra I required; chemical splash goggles required – included in course fee

Physics

The focus of this course will be to develop a better understanding of the physical laws that govern nature through conceptual and mathematical processes and an inquiry-based laboratory approach. Topics, from the Ohio Model Curriculum, include kinematics (position, velocity and acceleration of objects), as well as forces, energy and its conservation, electricity, and magnetism.

Laboratory skills will be designed to encourage problem solving and independent thought, and a variety of tools and technology will be used for collecting and analyzing data. This course is designed to prepare students for a college major that requires science.

  • Course Number: 247      
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: $10

Additional: Completion of Integrated Science and concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 or higher math

Pre-AP and Honors Curriculum

Pre-AP Chemistry

Pre-AP Chemistry focuses on students developing a deep conceptual understanding of matter and energy at the molecular level by asking students to explain their macroscopic observations using particulate-level reasoning. Students will begin their exploration of matter by observing and measuring macroscopic properties of everyday materials and progress throughout the course to explore deeper and more detailed perspectives of the particle nature of matter. Pre-AP Chemistry motivates students to be active participants in applying critical thinking and mathematical skills as they engage in context driven mathematics, data analysis, modeling, and productive collaboration with their peers.  Specific applications of inorganic chemistry, including Material Science, will be highlighted.

  • Course Number: 223PreAP         
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1                            
  • Grade: 10-12     
  • Fees: $16

Additional: Credit in Integrated Science required; enrollment or credit in Biology or equivalent STEM course required; completed or concurrently enrolled in Algebra 2; chemical splash goggles required – included in course fee

Honors Organic Chemistry

This course will introduce the characteristics of organic compounds and the most important organic functional groups. The chemistry of carbon compounds will be distinguished from inorganic chemistry. The various classes of aliphatic and aromatic compounds will be examined.

The diversity of functional groups will be explored regarding reactivity and mechanism. Stereochemistry will emphasize the three-dimensional aspect that the carbon backbone confers upon macromolecules.

A laboratory approach will be used to encourage students to develop inquiry skills, qualitative and quantitative laboratory skills, process skills and working knowledge of Organic Chemistry.

  • Course Number: 217H   
  • Duration: Year  
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 10-12                            
  • Fees: $15

Additional: Credit in Chemistry; chemical splash goggles required but not included in course fee; recommended for students interested in pursuing a science major in college.

Advanced Placement Curriculum

AP Chemistry

This course is the equivalent of the college freshman chemistry course following curriculum as prescribed by the College Board. This course is an excellent preparation for premedical, nursing, veterinarian, industrial hygienist, and engineering related careers.

Students must be able to work independently.  Further development of individual laboratory skills introduced in previous courses will be emphasized. Additional time for lab work may be required.

  • Course Number: 228AP 
  • Duration: Year  
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 10-12                            
  • Fees: $38

Additional: Credit in Chemistry and Algebra 2; chemical splash goggles required but not included in course fee; students eligible for free or reduced lunch should check with their counselor about AP exam fee waivers

AP Physics 1

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that may be taken with no prior physics coursework. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics including rotational motion and torque, momentum and impulse, work, energy and its conservation. In addition to Newtonian mechanics topics of mechanical waves and sound, electrostatics, and direct current (DC) circuits with resistors will be developed. Instruction will focus on the big ideas typically included in the first semester of an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics sequence and provide students with enduring understandings to support future advanced course work in the sciences. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop critical thinking and reasoning skills, as defined by the AP Science Practices.

At least twenty-five percent of instructional time is devoted to hands-on laboratory work with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations and design projects. Investigations will require students to ask questions, make observations and predictions, design experiments, analyze data, and construct arguments in a collaborative setting, where they direct and monitor their progress.

  • Course Number: 256AP 
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: $30

Additional: Credit or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 or higher required; students eligible for free or reduced lunch should check with their counselor about AP exam fee waivers

AP Physics 2

AP Physics 2 is an algebra-based, college-level physics course that is equivalent to a second semester introductory college course. Students develop their understanding of physics through inquiry-based lab investigations as they explore these topics: Fluid and fluid dynamics; thermodynamics and thermal energy flow; electric forces, fields and electric potential; electric circuits; magnetism and electromagnetic induction; geometrical and physical optics including lenses and mirrors; and quantum, atomic and nuclear physics.

Students will apply their understanding in these topics via the Science Practices outlines by the College Board, including at least twenty-five percent of the instructional time being devoted to hands-on laboratory work with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations and design projects. These practices are deigned to have students develop a qualitative and quantitative understanding of the physics content topics as related to cross-cutting principles known as Big Ideas. Students will do this by designing experiments, making predictions and analyzing data, developing and explaining their reasoning, and applying mathematical models to their data.

  • Course Number: 257AP 
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 10-12                       
  • Fees: $30

Additional: Credit or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or higher and completion of Physics or AP Physics 1 required; students eligible for free or reduced lunch should check with their counselor about AP exam fee waivers

AP Physics C

This course is the equivalent of college calculus-based physics courses in both Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism following the prescribed curriculum as published by the College Board. Engineering and pure science majors may use this course to deepen their understanding of college physics principles and procedures. AP Physics C will emphasize higher order thinking and problem-solving skills in the laboratory and theoretical settings. Students will need to be highly motivated and self-directed in both individual and team-based work. Advanced Placement courses are demanding and require daily work outside of class. Topics in the Mechanics part of the course include advanced study of kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion and forces; work, energy and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation along with moment of inertia; and oscillations and gravitation.

The Electricity & Magnetism part of the course will highlight an advanced study of electrostatics and electric fields; conductors, capacitors and dielectrics; electric circuits (both DC and AC); magnetic fields and forces; and electromagnetism including RLC circuits and Lenz’s Law.

  • Course Number: 250AP 
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 10-12                       
  • Fees: $30

Additional: Pre-calculus and Physics credits required; students eligible for free or reduced lunch should check with their counselor about AP exam fee waivers

Life Sciences

State of Ohio Curriculum

Biology

This course will emphasize biology concepts, from the Ohio Model Curriculum in Biology, including cell structure and function, cellular processes, ecosystems, evolution and interdependence of life, heredity and cellular genetics.

A laboratory approach will be used to encourage students to develop inquiry skills, process skills and a working knowledge of biology.  Knowledge and skills gained will be applied by students in individual and cooperative projects related to course themes.

  • Course Number: 203      
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 9-10                       
  • Fees: $14

Additional: Credit in Integrated Science required; End-of-Course state test required; fulfills Biology credit for graduation

Pre-AP Curriculum

Pre-AP Biology

Pre-AP Biology is intended for highly motivated students who have demonstrated an interest in science. In Pre-AP Biology, students are expected to work independently and collaboratively on a variety of assignments and accept greater responsibility for their learning. Pre-AP Biology is designed to give students a more challenging and in-depth experience of the Ohio Model Curriculum in Biology and introduction to advanced Biology concepts.

This will include additional time requirements outside of the regular school day for the students to complete extended Biology projects. Additionally, students will be required to design and conduct scientific investigations to explore Biology phenomena. A laboratory approach will be used to encourage students to develop inquiry skills, process skills and working knowledge of Biology.

  • Course Number: 203PreAP         
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1                            
  • Grade: 9-10       
  • Fees: $14

Additional: Credit in Integrated Science required; End-of-Course state test required; fulfills Biology credit for graduation

Advanced Placement Curriculum

AP Biology

This course is the equivalent of the college freshman biology course following the prescribed curriculum as published by the College Board. This course is an excellent preparation for premedical, nursing, veterinarian, industrial hygienist, and other health related careers. The student must be able to work independently. Individual and creative laboratory work is an integral part of the course of study. The following topics will be studied during the course: Molecules and Cells, Heredity and Evolution, and Organisms and Populations.  Additional time for lab work may be required.

  • Course Number: 212AP 
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: $39

Additional: Credit in Integrated Science and Biology required; credit or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry suggested; students eligible for free or reduced lunch should check with their counselor about AP exam fee waivers.

Project Lead The Way - Biomedical Pathway

PLTW Biomed Series

Honors Principles of Biomedical Science

In the introductory course of the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science program, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person.  While investigating the case, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life.  The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problems.

  • Course Number: 284H   
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 9-10                       
  • Fees: $36

Additional: Credit in Integrated Science required; this is the first course in the PLTW Biomedical Pathway; end-of-course PLTW, state Biology, and CTE exams required. This course fulfills the student’s Biology requirement for graduation.

Honors Human Body Systems

Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal Manikin®; use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration; and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases.

  • Course Number: 287H   
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 10-11                       
  • Fees: $38

Additional: This is the second course in the PLTW Biomedical Pathway; credit in Principles of the Biomedical Sciences required; end-of-course PLTW and CTE exams required

Medical Interventions

Students follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease.  Students explore how to detect and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; evaluate cancer treatment options; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail.  Through real-world cases, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics.

  • Course Number: 254      
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 11-12                       
  • Fees: $33

Additional: This is the third course in the PLTW Biomedical Pathway; weighted through an articulation agreement with Sinclair Community College; credit in Human Body Systems required; end-of-course PLTW and CTE exams required

Biomedical Innovations

In the final course of the PLTW Biomedical Science sequence, students build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century.  Students address topics ranging from public health and biomedical engineering to clinical medicine and physiology.  They have the opportunity to work on an independent design project with a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution.  This course is offered at Ohio Health’s Pickerington Campus.  The district does not provide transportation.

  • Course Number: 255      
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 12                            
  • Fees: None

Additional: This is the fourth course in the PLTW Biomedical Pathway; weighted through articulation agreement; credit in Medical Interventions required; end-of-course CTE and PLTW exams required

Other Advanced Sciences

AP Environmental Science

This course is the equivalent of the college freshman environmental science course following the prescribed curriculum as published by the College Board. Students will explore and investigate the interrelationships of the natural world, identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human-made, evaluate the relative risks associated with these environmental problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.

  • Course Number: 252AP 
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 10-12                       
  • Fees: $35

Additional: Credit in Biology and Algebra I required; students eligible for free or reduced lunch should check with their counselor about AP exam fee waivers

 

Earth and Space Science

Combining the science of the world beneath our feet and the skies above our heads, this course will focus on understanding the phenomena that occur daily in our oceans and how they relate to changes in our atmosphere. Special emphasis will be placed on plate tectonics, ocean currents, ocean exploration, and the effects the ocean has on climate included with analysis of weather data and climactic changes, as well as atmospheric phenomena. Computer literacy will be developed by implementing Internet weather data banks.

Astronomy is a focus on the study of our cosmos. Through a combination of laboratory activities, short and long-term projects, and other daily class work, the student will review and further expand on the scientific principles of our solar system, galaxy, and universe. Special emphasis will be placed on the history of astronomy, structures in space, and theories behind our world’s beginning and interrelationships with the rest of space.

  • Course Number: 235      
  • Duration: Year  
  • Credits: 1                            
  • Grade: 9-12       
  • Fees: $10

Additional: Credit in Integrated Science required

Forensic Science 1

Please see this video introduction to Forensic Science 1, 2, and 3 for more information.

This course will examine a variety of topics related to the field of forensic science including: observation skills, fiber and textile analysis, hair analysis, fingerprinting, blood and blood splatter analysis, forensic anthropology, crime scene investigation, and evidence collection.  This course will emphasize inquiry and problem solving in the laboratory.

  • Course Number: 219      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 10-12                       
  • Fees: $15

Additional: Credit in Biology required

Forensic Science 2

Please see this video introduction to Forensic Science 1, 2, and 3 for more information.

This course will build on and expand topics explored in Forensic Science 1.  Topics may include DNA Fingerprinting, Drug Identification and Toxicology, Glass Evidence, Casts and Impressions, Tool Marks, Ballistics, and Forensic Entomology.  This course will emphasize inquiry and problem solving in the field and laboratory.

  • Course Number: 221      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 10-12                       
  • Fees: $15

Additional: Credit in Forensic Science I required

Forensic Science 3

Please see this video introduction to Forensic Science 1, 2, and 3 for more information.

This course will build on and expand topics explored in Forensic Science 1 & 2. Topics may include: Interrogation and Forensic Reporting, Arson, Fire & Explosion Investigation, Physical Trauma (wounds, injuries) and Autopsy, Accident Reconstruction, Digital Evidence (mobile devices, computers, cybercrimes), Criminal Profiling, Detector Dogs (drugs, missing persons, find and rescue), Biometrics, and Crime Scene Photography. This course will emphasize inquiry and problem solving in the field and laboratory.

  • Course Number: 222      
  • Duration: Semester       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 10-12                       
  • Fees: $15

Additional: Credit in Forensic Science 1 and 2 required

Honors Anatomy and Physiology

Honors Anatomy and Physiology is intended for highly motivated students who demonstrate an interest in or are pursuing professions in medical fields.  Students are expected to work independently and collaboratively on a variety of assignments and accept greater responsibility for their learning.  This will include additional time requirements outside of the regular school day for students to complete the following:  design and conduct independent and collaborative scientific investigations to answer questions; perform inquiry activities that extend over time; relate investigation(s) to recent research and communicate findings in a formal written laboratory report and presentation.  Students will investigate human body systems, organs, tissues and cells, focusing on the integument, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems along with laboratory approach for the physiology and application of life processes.

Students will investigate the endocrine, lymphatic, cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, immune and reproductive systems.  Students will examine similarities of the human body systems through a mammal dissection.

  • Course Number: 208H   
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 10-12                       
  • Fees: $70

Additional: Credit in Biology required; recommended for students seeking extended learning in the medical field