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Every student must have one credit in a physical science, one credit in a biological science, and a third credit in either, for a total of three science credits required to graduate. Any student plan-ning to attend a four year college or train in a science/technical area should complete additional courses. For most students the following serves as the core required sequence of courses in science:
 
9th Grade Physical Science>10th Grade Biology>11th Grade Chemistry
 
Students with a high level of interest and aptitude in science may be eligible to participate in an accelerated science program of study. This program allows students to move through science at a faster pace than required, allowing them to take a comprehensive program of college preparatory science. The sequence of classes listed below satisfy the core requirement in science for accelerated students and prepares students to engage in AP course offerings as well.
 
9th Grade Biology H>10th Grade Chemistry H>11th Grade Physics H
 
 
Physical Science
(Std. A) 
0051 
 
1 Credit  Grade 9
Physical science A is designed for students who are planning to pursue a two or four year post graduate education. Students will perform experiments designed to demonstrate concepts as well as collect quantitative data to use to perform calculations. Sections of this course focus on solving problems mathematically. This course covers basic SI units of measure, earth/space science, chemistry, physics, waves and electrical circuits as is guided by the Next Generation Science Standards. Students are required to complete work outside of class.
Expectation: Social Expectations
 
 
Physical Science
(Std. B) 
 
0044 
1 Credit  Grade 9
Physical science B is a laboratory-centered course which focuses more on conceptual physical science with some mathematical problem solving. Students will perform experiments designed to demonstrate concepts. Some quantitative data collection to be used to solve physics equations will be expected. This course covers basic SI units of measure, earth/space science, chemistry, physics, waves and electrical circuits as is guided by the Next Generation Science Standards. Work not completed during class will be required to be finished at home.
Expectation: Social Expectations
 
 
Physical Science
(Supt) 
 
0043 
1 Credit  Grade 9
Physical science supported focuses on the practical application of science. Students will perform experiments designed to demonstrate concepts. With assistance, students will be able to interpret word problems and solve equations relevant to physics. This course covers basic SI units of measure, earth/space science, chemistry, physics, waves and electrical circuits as is guided by the Next Generation Science Standards. This class flows at the needs of the students. Reasonable amounts of class time are given to complete assignments. Work not completed during class will be required to be finished at home.
Expectation: Social Expectations
 
 
Biology (Honors)  0057 
1 Credit  Grades: 9-10
Honors Biology will cover the concepts presented in Standard Biology in more depth. Students taking this course must be able to learn and complete work at an accelerated pace. Reading should be at grade level or above. Significant homework and laboratory experiences will be integral parts of the course. A semester long independent research and experimental project will be required, with a substantial amount of outside class work necessary. Collaborative work on outside of class work is also expected. The course will take a cellular and molecular approach to biology. This course is strongly recommended for students interested in a science or biology related career.
Expectation: Complex Thinker
 
 
Biology (Std. A)  0056 
1 Credit  Grade 10
Biology A is a college leve preparatory biology program. The course surveys topics dealing with living organisms including ecology, evolution, genetics, DNA technology, cells, and characteristics of life. The topics will be approached through a variety of methods including lecture, hands on activities, laboratory investigations and student projects. Independent work, completed in a timely manner will be critical to student success. This course is designed for the student planning to attend a college program after graduation. Successful completion of this course is often a prerequisite to other life science electives.
Expectation: Quality Producer 
 
 
Biology (Std. B)  0054 
1 Credit  Grade 10
Biology B standard course surveys topics dealing with living organisms including ecology, evolution, genetics, DNA technology, cells, and characteristics of life. Most of the topics will be approached through activities, laboratory investigations, student projects, and some reading and or note taking. Students will be offered more academic support to achieve course objectives. Successful completion of this course is often a prerequisite to other life science electives.
Expectation: Social Expectations
 
 
Biology (Supt)  0053 
1 Credit Grade 10
Biology supported level surveys topics deal-ing with living organisms including ecology, evolution, genetics, DNA technology, cells, and characteristics of life. Students taking this course will receive additional support to com-plete assignments and understand the concepts of biology. Class time is given with assistance to complete activities and projects that reinforce the biological concepts and lead to biological literacy. Successful completion of this course is often a prerequisite to other life science electives.
Expectation: Social Expectations
 
 
AP Biology
(Honors/AP) 
 
0088 
1 1/2 Credits*  Grades: 10-12
The AP Biology course, which has a challenging and advanced pace and scope, is designed to offer students a solid foundation in introductory college level biology and prepare students for the AP Biology Exam. The course is structured around the AP Biology Curriculum Framework that focuses on the major concepts in biology and their connec-tions. The course has four “big ideas”: Evolution is the force that drives the diversity of life, biological systems utilize energy to meet the requirements of life, living systems store, receive, transmit and respond to essential in-formation, biological systems interact with complex properties. At least 25% of the course is devoted to laboratory experiences and de-veloping inquiry skills with a minimum of 2 labs per unit. Critical thinking skills will be a key component of the course. Students will also develop an awareness of how biology connects to other sciences and their integration. This course is designed for students who are highly motivated and are interested in con-tinuing in a science related career. Students are expected to take the AP exam in May. Full-year course (1 block 1st semester, 1/2 block 2nd semester)*
Expectation: Complex Thinker
Prerequisite: Completion of geometry or taking probability and statistics concurrently. Successful completion of Honors or A level Biology and Chemistry or teacher recommendation
 
 
Microbiology:
Principles &
Practices Honors;
Std. A
 
 
1827
1829 
1 Credit Grades: 10-12
Microbiology: Principles & Practices is for students who are interested in nursing (4 year degree), microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, forensic science, medicine, veterinary science, etc. See Biotechnology/Microbiology page for a complete course description.
 
 
Biotechnology/
Genetics Honors;
Std. A 
 
1826
1831 
1 Credit  Grades: 10-12
Biotechnology/Genetics is for students continuing in advanced Health Sciences or Life Sciences careers. See Biotechnology/Microbiology page for a complete course description.
 
 
AP Chemistry
(Honors/AP) 
 
0063 
1 1/2 Credits  Grades: 11-12
The advanced placement course provides in-depth, college-level study of chemical reactions and solution stoichiometry, chemical equilibrium, acids, bases, and buffer systems, kinetics, thermodynamics, bonding forces, kinetic molecular theory, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. Students registering for AP chemistry must have a strong grasp of the chemical principles covered in Standard A or Honors courses. Students work in the labora-tory throughout the semester where technical, quantitative, and data analysis skills will be emphasized. Students taking this course will be encouraged to take the Advanced Placement exam in May for which they can earn college credit with a qualifying score on the test. Course assessment is based on exams, quizzes, and completion of a comprehensive laboratory notebook. Students enrolled in this course must be highly self-motivated and expect to devote a minimum of 6 hours per week of individual study outside of the classroom (per national College Board guidelines). Students are expected to take the AP exam in May.
* Full-year course (1 block 1st semester, 1/2 block 2nd semester)
Expectation: Complex Thinker
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II (or taking concurrently). Completion of Standard A or Honors Chemistry with a grade of A, or by permission of instructor.
College Credits: 4 Running Start College Credits are available through Nashua Community College.
 
 
Chemistry (Honors)  0062 
1 Credit  Grades: 10-12
This course offers a challenging intense study of chemistry for the college preparatory student who is planning to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or medicine. Students study the periodic table and periodic law, atomic structure, quantum atomic theory, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, and the mole concept. Students work in the laboratory throughout the semester where technical, quantitative, and data analysis skills will be emphasized. Assessment is based on weekly quizzes, laboratory worksheets, quarterly exams, and a final lab report. Students taking this course must be self-motivated, able to work independently, and industrious. A strong grasp of basic algebra skills is required.
Expectation: Complex Thinker
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I (or taking concurrently) 
 
 
Chemistry (Std. A) 0060 
1 Credit  Grades: 11-12
Students planning to attend a four-year college learn about the physical and chemical properties of matter. Through experimentation, lectures, readings, and discussions students learn how to describe, classify and identify matter, describe and identify changes in matter, make predictions about properties of elements and their location on the periodic table, and study quantitative and qualitative interactions between compounds. Students produce laboratory reports summarizing their results, projects demonstrating synthesis and application of chemistry content, and often present their findings. Tests and quizzes are used to assess student knowledge and understanding as well. Success in this class requires that students are organized, keep up with the work daily, are independent learners, and realize this is a course where the concepts build on each other requiring continuous effort.
Expectation: Complex Thinker
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I
 
 
Chemistry (Std. B)  0059 
1 Credit  Grades: 11-12
Students who may be planning to attend a four-year college learn about the physical and chemical properties of matter. Through experimentation, lectures, readings, and discussions students learn how to describe, classify and identify matter, describe and identify changes in matter, make predictions about properties of elements and their location on the periodic table, and study quantitative and qualitative interactions between compounds. Students produce laboratory reports summarizing their results, projects demonstrating synthesis and application of chemistry content, and often present their findings. Tests and quizzes are used to assess student knowledge and understanding as well. Success in this class requires that students are organized, keep up with the work daily, are independent learners, and realize this is a course where the concepts build on each other requiring continuous effort.
Expectation: Complex Thinker
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra
 
 
AP Physics C
Mechanics
(Honors/AP) 
 
 
0076 
1 Credit  Grades: 11-12
Students study all the topics necessary to prepare for the AP Physics C (Mechanics) exam. Also included are introductory topics in electrostatics. The mechanics units include kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, work, energy and power, systems of particles, linear momentum, circular motion and rotation, oscillations, gravitation and orbits. A great deal of emphasis is placed on problem solving , including the use of calculus, and on lab work. Students are assessed on knowledge of physics concepts, ability to solve problems, and on lab work as recorded in a notebook.
Expectation: Complex Thinker
Prerequisite: Completion of Calculus or taking concurrently 
 
 
AP Physics C -
Electricity and
Magnetism
(Honors/AP) 
 
 
 
0077 
1 Credit  Grades: 11-12
Students study all the topics necessary to prepare for the AP Physics C (Electricity and Magnetism) exam. Units include: electrostatics, conductors, capacitors and dielectrics; electric circuits; magnetic fields; electromagnetism. A great deal of emphasis is placed on problem solving, including the use of calculus and on lab work Students are assessed on knowledge of physics concepts, ability to solve problems, and on lab work as recorded in a notebook. Partially fulfills science requirement.
Prerequisite: Completion of AP Physics Mechan-ics and Calculus or taking concurrently
 
 
Physics (Honors)  0075 
1 Credit  Grades: 11-12
Students learn physics principles from both the theoretical and experimental stand point. The following topics are studied: kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum; electrical force, potential, and circuits; wave motion, sound, and light. Students learn to solve problems using extensive algebra and trigonometry, and how to compare theory with experimental data. Students are assessed on knowledge of physics concepts, ability to solve problems, and to perform experimentation with precision and purpose. Partially fulfills science requirement.
Expectation: Complex Thinker
Prerequisite: Completion of Trigonometry
 
 
Physics (Std. A)  0070 
1 Credit  Grades: 11-12
Students learn physics principles from both the theoretical and experimental stand point. The following topics are studied; motion, forces, energy, momentum; electrical force, potential, and circuits; wave motion, sound, and light. Students learn to solve problems using algebra and to a lesser extent, trigonometry and how to compare theory with experimental data. Students are assessed on knowledge of physics concepts, ability to solve problems, and to perform experimentation with precision and purpose. Partially fulfills science requirement.
Expectation: Complex Thinker
Prerequisite: Completion of Practical Trigonometry or Trigonometry
 
 
Conceptual
Physics (Std.) 
 
0069 
1 Credit  Grades: 11-12
Students learn physics principles on the conceptual level. Relative to the A level physics course, less emphasis is placed on computation and more emphasis is placed on a hands on ap-proach to problem solving. The following topics are studied: motion, forces, momentum, energy, electrical charge, and electrical circuits. Lab work plays a very important role in the learning process so good attendance, along with the ability to follow written instructions and work independently is very important. Assessments include testing on knowledge of physics principles and ability to perform experimentation with precision and purpose.
Expectation: Complex Thinker
 
 
Anatomy &
Physiology I (Std. A) 
 
0082 
1 Credit  Grades: 10-12
An introduction to the structure and function of the human body. Includes the organization of the human body and the complementarity of structure and functions from chemistry of life, cell and tissues, to several organ systems including integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous. Laboratory work parallels lecture topics, and includes microscopy, study of human anatomical models, dissection of preserved animals, and physiological experimentation
Expectation: Self-Directed Learner
Prerequisite: Completion of Biotechnology or Biology (Standard A or Honors) with a grade of B or better or permission of the instructor
 
 
Anatomy &
Physiology II (Std. A) 
 
0083 
1 Credit Grades: 10-12
This course is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I and includes anatomy and physiology of the endocrine system, circulatory system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, excretory system, and reproductive system. Other topics covered include nutrition and metabolism, acid/base balance, fluid and electrolyte balance, and genetics. Laboratory work parallels lecture topics, and includes microscopy, study of human anatomical models, dissection of preserved animals, and physiological experimentation.
Expectation: Self-Directed Learner
Prerequisite: Completion of Anatomy & Physiology I with a grade of “C” or better
College Credits: 4 Running Start College Credits are available through Nashua Community College. Must successfully complete A&P I and the A&P I final ex-am to receive college credit for A&P II
 
 
Environmental Science  0081 
1 Credit  Grades: 10-12
This lab and project-based course examines the atmosphere and climate change, ecology in New Hampshire, population dynamics, fresh and marine water ecology, food and agriculture and waste management. The focal point will be exploring how all aspects of the environment are interconnected through independent research and laboratory investigations. Students taking this course should have a strong interest in life sciences. There may be opportunities for outdoor activities and local field trips depending on funding or capabilities and interests of the class. and student interest.
Expectation: Civic Expectations
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology with a “B” or better or permission of the instructor
 
 
The Human Body  0079 
1 Credit  Grades: 11-12
This hands - on, investigative course is geared towards the student taking a third year of a science. This course builds upon skills and knowledge gained in the Wellness and Biology courses, providing the student with a greater understanding of personal health and well –being, anatomy and physiology, and diseases affecting the human species. Emphasis is placed on current issues and topics of the human body, including physical activities, laboratory investigations and anatomical dissections.
Expectation: Complex Thinker, Self Directed Learner
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology
 
 
Marine Biology  0093 
1 Credit  Grades: 11-12
This project-based course offers an introduction to marine biology. This course examines the basic interrelationships among marine organisms, oceanography, local and global environmental issues affecting marine life, and current research efforts towards conservation and preservation. Topics are approached through reading and/or note taking, hands-on activities, projects, and laboratory investigations. Independent and group work completed in a timely manner is critical to success. Many of the projects will be completed in groups and collaboration on projects outside of class is expected. Field trips are possible depending on funding and the capability and/or interest of the class. This course is recommended for those students interested in oceanography and marine life science.
Expectation: Social Expectations