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ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, AND ONE PHYSICAL SCIENCE (PHYSICAL SCIENCE OR PHYSICS). STARTING WITH THE CLASS OF 2012, GEORGIA REQUIRES A FOURTH YEAR OF SCIENCE FOR GRADUATION. THIS CAN BE EITHER A LIFE OR PHYSICAL SCIENCE.

LIFE SCIENCES

26.0120714 Biology CPA (Y)
26.0120722 Biology CP

Required for graduation
This is an introductory biology course in which students examine aspects of human activity, evolutionary history, structure, function, and behavior relationships to the environment and the molecular structure on which life is based. The focus of the course is designed to foster scientific thinking skills, reasoned approaches to problem solving, and an appreciation of the role science plays in the students' daily lives. Students keep a biology notebook, write lab reports based on laboratory
experiences, read science articles and are expected to work independently. In addition, students use classroom computers to search the Internet on biological topics and to enhance laboratory experiments.

26.0120733 Biology Honors (Y)                                                                                                                                           Honors Biology is an advanced level introductory biology course. The course of instruction will progress from a foundation of molecular and cellular biology concepts in the fall semester and transition into organismal and ecological biology in the spring semester. Students will be engaged in the scientific method of systematic problem solving throughout the course with a focus on lab skills development, research and technology applications, data collection and analysis, and scientific writing.

 

26.0140741 Advanced Placement Biology (Y)
Department approval required Prerequisite - Biology and Chemistry
This course is an introductory biology course that covers molecular and cellular biology, heredity, evolution, organisms, and populations. Students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and gain an appreciation of biological science as a process. Themes of energy transfer, structure and function, regulation and interdependence are emphasized through reading and laboratory work. Students are expected to be able to read and study a college text independently. Keeping up with independent reading and study should take at least one hour a night. The course is scheduled for 1½ periods a day to provide time for course and laboratory work. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement examination in May.

26.0730713 Anatomy and Physiology CPA (Y)
Offered to 11th and 12th grade students with Department approval
This is an introductory course in human anatomy and physiology, which presents a comprehensive study of the human body and lays a solid foundation for the pursuit of careers in the health industry. This course introduces students to anatomical language, a brief historical overview of anatomy and physiology as a discipline, a general overview of the structure and functions of the major organ systems and aspects of clinical implications relating to dysfunctions of the human body. Practical assignments are an important aspect of this course. Working in small groups, students use dissection and multimedia software to study the organ systems of a vertebrate, as well as the anatomical features of cells, tissues, bones, muscles, and the brain. Simple experiments on the physiology of cells also aid the understanding of this topic. A research paper and presentation is part of the second semester activities. Students also continue to develop scientific skills and techniques including note taking, collecting and analyzing data, and writing lab reports and essays. Computer skills are utilized in the areas of research, composition of papers and review of concepts.

26.0000714 Marine Biology CPA (Y)
Offered to 12 th grade students with Department approval
Marine Biology is designed to provide a stimulating, up-to-date survey of marine biology while integrating the basic science background required for an introductory course. The approach demonstrates the relevance of physical science to marine biology and thus integrates the two branches of science. This course provides a global, non-regional view of the world's oceans that is integrated throughout the material. Using current research, students will report on the influence of human intervention on the marine environment and the effect on communities and the non-living elements of the ecosystem. Content and skill are evaluated on the basis of written tests, quizzes, homework assignments, and laboratory reports. In addition, students regularly research a topic of interest from the current literature and report to the class on the journal articles. In the field, they are evaluated on their observation and data gathering.

26.0710719 Zoology CPA (Y)
Offered to 11th grade students with Department approval
Zoology is organized into three parts. Part One covers common life processes, including cell and tissue structure and function, genetics aspects of evolution, and the ecological principles that unify all living organisms. Part Two includes a survey of protists and all major animal phyla, including a discussion of evolutionary and ecological relationships. It will also discuss the newest animal adaptations. Part Three highlights animal form and function that depicts evolutionary changes in structure and function of selected organ systems. The class will include science process skill and laboratory safety and investigations. Biology and Chemistry are prerequisites to the class on Zoology.


PHYSICAL SCIENCES

40.0110712 Physical Science CP (Y) - not offered in 2013-2014 
9th and 10th grade students with Department approval
Physical Science is an introductory laboratory course in the basic concepts and skills of chemistry and physics. During the first semester, students study states of matter, structure of atoms, the Periodic Table, chemical bonding, formula writing, and chemical reactions. Second semester covers solutions, acids and bases, motion, force, work and energy, waves, and sound and light. In addition, students acquire laboratory computer skills that prepare them for success in future science courses.

40.0510715 Chemistry CPA (Y)
40.0510725 Chemistry CP (Y)

Required for graduation                                                                                                                                                 This traditional course in chemistry uses laboratory activities to reinforce a study of atomic theory, periodicity, bonding, chemical reactions and the primary states of matter. Students use mathematical skills to analyze quantitative data and to solve problems in chemistry. Emphasis is placed on developing problem solving skills, a disciplined approach to study, and skills in writing reports. Students use classroom computers to write laboratory reports.

40.0510733 Chemistry H (Y)
Department approval required
In this course students will learn and apply chemistry principles, concepts, and operations. Students must think logically and abstractly, and use math reasoning to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate laboratory activities. The basic tools of chemistry - mathematics, equations, and the mole concept - are introduced early and used frequently. Students must be proficient in algebra and in analytical problem solving. Computer usage is integrated into this course through writing lab reports. Working independently, students will learn through reading the text, experimentation, observation and problem solving. 

40.0710711 Forensics CPA (Y)
Offered to 11th and 12th grade students Department approval required
This is a very lab intensive course that will focus on the role of chemical reactions and techniques used in analyzing different types of forensic evidence. This course requires strong organizational, problem solving and writing skills. Emphasis will be placed on experimentation, theorization, synthesizing information, forming evidence-based conclusions, and research of forensic methodologies. Students will learn the protocols for analyzing crime scenes by maintaining a working lab notebook, writing reports based on their results, conclusion and analyses of case studies and investigations. Students will use critical thinking to explore scientific principles through forensic investigation of simulated crime scenes.

40.0530743 Advanced Placement Chemistry (Y)
Offered to 11th and 12th grade students with Department approval
Students who have already completed an introductory chemistry course learn and apply the basic principles, concepts, and operations of college chemistry. Topics include atomic theory, bonding, periodicity, acid-base chemistry, oxidation-reduction, equilibrium and thermodynamics. Students use computers to collect data, maintain a lab notebook, and use scientific calculators to solve problems. The course meets for 1 ½ periods each day with class preparation time at least one hour a night. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement examination in May.

40.0810716 Conceptual Physics CPA (Y) Prerequisite - Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra II
40.0810717 Physics CPA (Y) Prerequisite - Biology, Chenistry, Algebra II/Trig or Analysis
Offered to 11 th and 12 th grade students with Department approval
This is an introductory college preparatory course in physics. Emphasis is placed on learning and understanding the principles and concepts of physics as well as the solution of problems. Students apply these concepts in laboratory activities, which include the use of computers in analyzing the collected data. Students are required to write detailed lab reports on these activities. Students are also required to use the concepts learned to construct a physics project each semester. In problem solving, students use their skills in algebra or trigonometry, vector analysis and graphing.

40.0840745 Advanced Placement Physics C (Mechanics) (Y)
Offered to 11 th and 12 th grade students with Department approval
The Physics C course ordinarily forms the first part of the college sequence that serves as the foundation in physics for students majoring in the physical sciences or engineering. The subject matter of the C course is mechanics. The sequence is parallel to or preceded by mathematics courses that include calculus. Methods of calculus are used wherever appropriate in formulating physical principles and in applying them to physical problems. Students will be expected to design experiments, observe and measure real phenomena, organize, display, and critically analyze data, determine uncertainties in measurement, draw inferences from observations and data, and communicate results, including suggested ways to improve experiments and proposed questions for further study. This course is scheduled for 1 1/2 periods to provide time for sufficient laboratory experience. Students should anticipate an average of 1 hour of homework per night and they are required to take the Advanced Placement Physics C examination in May.