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Science

SCIENCE

 

The following science courses are graduation requirements: 

 

Earth & Space Science

 Biology 1

Introduction to Chemistry & Physics (ICP) or Chemistry 1 & Physics 1

 

 

EARTH & SPACE SCIENCE                                                                1 CREDIT   

Pre-requisite:  None

 

Students develop a conceptual understanding of Earth/space science, as outlined in Kentucky's Program of Studies, through the use of scientific inquiry. Topics covered in the course include: energy in the Earth system, geochemical cycles, formation and ongoing changes of the Earth system, formation and ongoing changes of the universe, weather/climate and applications in environmental science.

 

 

BIOLOGY I                                                                                        1 CREDIT

Pre-requisite:  10th grader

         

Students develop a conceptual understanding of life science, as outlined in Kentucky's Program of Studies, through the use of scientific inquiry. They experience life science concepts such as the cellular organization; molecular basis of heredity; biological change; interdependence of organisms; matter, energy and organization in living systems; and behavior of organisms. A scientific inquiry approach uses concrete, hands-on experiences that require students to apply critical-thinking skills.

 

 

HONORS BIOLOGY I                                                                         1 CREDIT     

Pre-requisite:  PLAN Score of 19 or higher or instructor approval

 

Honors Biology 1 provides a more challenging Biology 1 curriculum.  Students develop a conceptual understanding of life science, as outlined in Kentucky's Program of Studies, through the use of scientific inquiry. They experience life science concepts such as the cellular organization; molecular basis of heredity; biological change; interdependence of organisms; matter, energy and organization in living systems; and behavior of organisms. A scientific inquiry approach uses concrete, hands-on experiences that require students to apply critical-thinking skills.

 

 

MICROBIOLOGY                                                                               1 CREDIT   

Pre-requisite:  Biology I

 

This course involves the study of major microorganisms as they relate to medicine and environment with emphasis on taxonomy of Kingdoms Archaebacteria, Eubacteria, Protista and Fungi.

 

 

CHEMISTRY I                                                                                   1 CREDIT   

Pre-requisite:  None

 

Students develop a conceptual understanding of chemistry content through the use of scientific inquiry via general laboratory experiences and activities in the concepts of chemistry through the study of the composition of substances and of their effects upon one another.  Topics addressed in the course include laboratory techniques and measurement, structure/composition of matter, periodic law, bonding and nomenclature of compounds, stoichiometry, solution chemistry.

 

 

ADVANCED CHEMISTRY II                                                               1 CREDIT           

Pre-requisite:      Chemistry I

 

This course offers students advanced level and enrichment experiences in concepts involving chemical changes of matter.  Laboratory activities and investigations are presented in the spirit of inquiry and research.  Advanced level laboratory techniques are developed to further the student’s ability to pursue a chemical science related career.  Topics addressed in the course include gas laws, phase changes, advanced solution chemistry, quantum mechanics and thermodynamics.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY & PHYSICS (ICP)                        1 CREDIT                   

Pre-requisite:  None

 

This course integrates the basic concepts of chemistry and physics. Students learn how the physical and chemical properties of matter can be explained and predicted in terms of atomic and molecular structures and forces. Other topics addressed include energy, waves, electricity and magnetism.

 

 

PHYSICS I                                                                               1 CREDIT   

Pre-requisite:  Algebra I

 

Students develop a conceptual understanding of physics content through the use of scientific inquiry. They experience concepts such as motions and forces, conservation of energy and the increase in disorder, interactions of energy and matter. A scientific inquiry approach uses concrete hands-on experiences that require students to apply critical thinking skills.

 

 

SPORTS PHYSIOLOGY                                                                      1 CREDIT   

Pre-requisite:  Instructor approval (John LaFevers)

 

This class will study the effects of rigorous physical activity, proper nutrition, and proper rest across age, gender and ethnic groups.  Students will also evaluate how various systems of the human body respond to physical activity.  This class will illustrate the relationship between physical activity and health concerns such as obesity, stress, diabetes, cancer, mental health and the abuse of drugs.  Students will design a plan for a healthy lifestyle that will involve personal health goals that will be worked towards individually.  Students will also review literature and research different exercise and nutrition plans. 

 

 

AP BIOLOGY                                                                  1 CREDIT (Weighted)  

Pre-requisites: Honors Biology 1 & Chemistry 1

 

This course is designed to be taken by students after the successful completion of a first course in high school biology and one in high school chemistry.  It aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology.  General areas that will be covered are molecules and cells, heredity and evolution, and organisms and populations.  This course is the equivalent of a college class for science majors. 

 

 

 

ADVANCED TOPICS BIOLOGY (Dual Credit)               1 CREDIT

 

This course incorporates concepts from the following SCC courses:  Biology 112, Biology 113, Biology 120 and Biology 121.

 

 

BIOLOGY 112 (Somerset Community College)                      3 COLLEGE CREDIT HOURS FROM SCC

Pre-requisite:  ACT Reading score of 20 or COMPASS Reading score of 85 or higher

 

This course is an introductory biology course that covers topics relevant to both plants and animals; cell structure and function, molecules important to living things, metabolism, heredity, and environment.

 

Students are responsible for college registration, books and tuition for this course.  Tuition is due within the first week the class is offered

 

 

 

BIOLOGY 113 LAB (Somerset Community College)               1 COLLEGE CREDIT HOUR FROM SCC

Pre-requisite:  ACT Reading score of 20 or COMPASS Reading score of 85 or higher

 

Course is intended to challenge the student’s ability to understand problems, develop and implement strategies for solving problems, manipulate data, draw conclusions, think analytically, develop hypotheses, work cooperatively, and effectively communicate the outcome of each laboratory experiment. 

 

          Students are responsible for college registration, books and tuition for this course.  Tuition is due within the first week the class is offered

 

 

 

BIOLOGY 120 (Somerset Community College)                      3 COLLEGE CREDIT HOURS FROM SCC

Pre-requisite:  ACT Reading score of 20 or COMPASS Reading score of 85 or higher

 

This course is a survey of human impacts on the environment. 

 

Students are responsible for college registration, books and tuition for this course.  Tuition is due within the first week the class is offered

 

 

 

BIOLOGY 121 LAB (Somerset Community College)               1 COLLEGE CREDIT HOUR FROM SCC

Pre-requisite:  ACT Reading score of 20 or COMPASS Reading score of 85 or higher

 

Course is intended to challenge the student’s ability to understand problems, develop and implement strategies for solving problems, manipulate data, draw conclusions, think analytically, develop hypotheses, work cooperatively, and effectively communicate the outcome of each laboratory experiment. 

 

          Students are responsible for college registration, books and tuition for this course.  Tuition is due within the first week the class is offered