Course Descriptions - High School Science (2022)

Students must complete at least 6 science credits, including 2 credits of physical science and 2 credits of biological science.

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PHYSICAL SCIENCE (3430)

2 credits; 2 semesters

Physical Science is an introduction to the major concepts of Physics and Chemistry. This course is intended to be an “inquiry” course; students will be asked to “act and think like scientists” as they investigate the physical world around them.

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HONORS PHYSICAL SCIENCE (3435)

2 credits; 2 semesters

Honors physical science is an advanced first year course for high school freshmen. Emphasizes advanced application and science skills needed to understand the physical worlds we live in. Students will utilize technology, laboratory activities, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to enhance understanding and application of scientific reasoning. This course is one semester of physics and one semester of chemistry. Students will learn the basic concepts of Newton's laws, energy, light, structure of matter, chemical equations, etc.

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As you peruse our course offerings, keep in mind that they all lead toward graduation. A Coeur d'Alene Public Schools' diploma provides you entrance to the next steps of your education.

Using your established 4-year academic plan and potential careers, you'll be able to choose courses in each content area that match your goals and adjust them each year until you graduate.

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CHEMISTRY (3530)

2 credits; 2 semesters

Students explore the fundamental principles of chemistry which characterize the properties of matter and how it reacts. Computer-based and traditional laboratory techniques are used to obtain, organize and analyze data. Conclusions are developed using both qualitative and quantitative procedures. Topics include, but are not limited to: measurement, atomic structure, electron configuration, the periodic table bonding, gas laws, properties of liquids and solids, solutions, stoichiometry, reactions, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry. This course will prepare students for general chemistry in college.

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HONORS CHEMISTRY (3540)

2 credits; 2 semesters

Honors Chemistry is a rigorous, fast-paced survey of the basic components of inorganic and organic chemistry that includes an emphasis on the application of chemical principles, mathematical problem solving, critical thinking and laboratory work. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be well-prepared to succeed in AP Chemistry and collegiate general chemistry courses.

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AP CHEMISTRY (3553)

2 credits; 2 semesters

AP Chemistry is a course that is designed to be the equiva-lent of a first year, General Chemistry collegiate course. As such, this course is suitable only for high school students who maintain high levels of commitment, motivation and academic maturity. AP Chemistry students will build a greater understanding of the concepts and processes of chemistry through meaningful laboratory experiences. Additionally, students will improve their analytical skills through a variety of problem-solving experiences.

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GEOSCIENCE (3705)

2 credits; 2 semesters

This is a third year science course for those students interested in Natural Science. The four main fields of Earth Science (Geology, and Astronomy) will be studied over the course of both semesters with emphasis being placed on Geology and Astronomy. Students are able to go on a few field trips (depending on availability and finance) and peer into the night sky to see planets, moon and stars. This class involves numerous hands-on activities. Geoscience students will also use telescopes, build models, and spend class time researching topics related to our planet. Knowledge of our place in the universe and how we are taking care of the earth is the main idea of this class. Students will leave with a working knowledge and appreciation for our planet’s past, present and future.

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PHYSICS (3615)

2 credits; 2 semesters

This is an introductory course designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of physics. The emphasis of the course will be on the application of physical principles, mathematical problem solving, critical thinking, and laboratory work. The topics covered will include motion, forces, energy and work, waves, sound, light, optics, and electricity.

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HONORS PHYSICS (3620)

2 credits; 2 semesters

Honors Physics is a rigorous, fast-paced introduction to the major concepts of kinematics, dynamics, waves, circuits, and optics. The emphasis of the course will be on the application of physical principles, mathematical problem solving, critical thinking, and laboratory work. Upon successful com-completion of this course, students will be well-prepared to succeed in AP Physics 1 and collegiate general physics courses.

PREREQUISITE: B or higher in Geometry and concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 or more advanced mathematics course. Sophomores must receive instructor approval. Students should possess a strong work ethic for this course.

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AP PHYSICS (3630)

2 credits; 2 semesters

AP Physics is a mathematics-based course designed to be the equivalent of a first year college Physics class. This course is fast-paced and requires critical thinking as well as advanced math and problem-solving skills. It is best suited for highly motivated students with a track record of academic success or those with a desire to know how the physical world works. Especially suitable for students with career goals in engineering, architecture, aeronautics, physics and cosmology. Recommended for any students who plan to major in science or mathematics in college. This course includes a laboratory component, intended to be equivalent to comparable college-level physics labs.

PREREQUISITE: Potential students must have completed Honors Geometry with an A and be concurrently enrolled in Honors Algebra 2 (or higher math class). Sophomores must receive instructor approval. Students should possess a strong work ethic for this course.

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MAKE IT! SCIENCE (3724)

1 credit; 1 semester

Make It! Science is an exciting series of practical mini-projects and larger personalized projects that focus on exploring real world problems using emerging web and computer technologies. Each semester is different and focuses on specific branches of science. Semester one is Ecology and Biology. Semester two is Physics and Astronomy. Get excited to experience the following: Science blogging using Google web tools, easy and fun coding, 3D modeling & simulation, educational board/card game design, interactive presentations, recycled robots, solar system simulator. Learning essential scientific principles will be a beneficial side effect.

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BIOLOGY (3110)

2 credits; 2 semesters

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of life science and illustrate the application of these principles to life. Biology focuses on scientific investigation and technology; organic chemistry, cell structure and processes; cellular growth and division; photosynthesis; cellular respiration; genetics; DNA, RNA and protein synthesis; genetic engineering and the human genome; diversity of life and evolutionary processes; classification; ecology; populations; and humans in the biosphere.

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BIOL 100 (3260)

2 credits; 1 semester

BIOL-100 is dual credit course designed to give non-biology majors a better understanding and appreciation of the living world. This course provides a general overview of evolution, the five kingdoms, DNA, cell structure, genetics, and human systems. It is not intended as a preparation for BIOL-115 or BIOL-175. Lecture: 3 hours per week

Course Note: See additional Dual Credit requirements

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HONORS BIOLOGY (3145)

2 credits; 2 semesters

This is an honors-level course intended to provide student with a rigorous introduction to the essential concepts of life science. Coursework emphasizes the use of scientific inquiry, research, and technology to develop a broad, general understanding of the principles of the subject. Successful students demonstrate a strong interest in science and an excellent work ethic .

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AP BIOLOGY (3230)

2 credits; 2 semesters

AP Biology is a fast paced, exciting survey class designed to be the equivalent of a first year general biology collegiate class. The class emphasizes basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, nucleic acids and proteins, genetic patterns of inheritance, genetic technology, ecology, evolution, and human health and physiology. Students interested in pursuing science degrees at the collegiate level or simply looking to build a complete college resume are encouraged to take this class.

The class includes structured college level labs, research papers and experimental design projects involving laboratory work. Instruction is student-centered with cooperative as well as teacher directed learning, thus providing students a college-level biology experience, opening doors for continued study at the university of your choice.

PREREQUISITE: Recommended completion of Honors Biology. Students should possess a strong work ethic for this course.

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ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (3207)

1 credit; 1 semester

Human Anatomy and Physiology is a laboratory-based course that investigates the structure and function of the human body. Topics covered will include the basic organization of the body; biochemical composition; and major body systems along with the impact of diseases on certain systems. Students will engage in many topics and competencies related to truly understanding the structure and function of the human body. Working from the topics of basic anatomical terminology to the biochemical composition of the human body, all the way into great detail of each of the major systems of the body, students will learn through reading materials, study guides, unit worksheets, group work, projects, and labs. High levels of achievement will be in effect. Students will be responsible for proper use of lab equipment, lab reports, and projects assigned throughout each unit. One of the goals of this course is to prepare students with the skills necessary to be successful in future science classes in college.

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HONORS ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (3205)

1 credit; 1 semester

Human Anatomy and Physiology is a laboratory-based course that investigates the structure and function of the human body. Topics covered will include the basic organization of the body; biochemical composition; and major body systems along with the impact of diseases on certain systems. Students will engage in many topics and competencies related to truly understanding the structure and function of the human body. Working from the topics of basic anatomical terminology to the biochemical composition of the human body, all the way into great detail of each of the major systems of the body, students will learn through reading materials, study guides, unit worksheets, group work, projects, and labs. High levels of achievement will be in effect. Students will be responsible for proper use of lab equipment, lab reports, and projects assigned throughout each unit. One of the goals of this course is to prepare students with the skills necessary to be successful in future science classes in college.

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GENERAL SCIENCE (3505)

2 credits; 2 semesters

Introduction to general science provides a wonderful opportunity for students to begin their high school science career with an exciting, hands-on, comprehensive approach. Students will construct a solid foundation of science/lab measurement skills while learning concepts in life science, physical science and earth science.

AQUATIC SCIENCE (3113)

2 credits; 2 semesters

Aquatic science is a year-long upper level science elective. This is a lab and field-based course and students should expect to conduct a variety of investigations outside in various aquatic environments and in the lab. The fall semester will focus on freshwater ecosystems. We will conduct in-depth studies of freshwater aquatic systems in Coeur d'Alene and in our state. The spring semester will focus on marine science including physical oceanography and marine biology.

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PHOTO SCIENCE (3512)

1 credit; 1 semester

Photography Science is a 1 semester course that will explore the nature of science through the camera viewfinder. Fundamental principles of both science and photography will be presented together as a way for students to develop scientifically and artistically. The course will be project and presentation based and students will be required to maintain a portfolio/science notebook as a survey for the class.

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SURVIVAL SCIENCE (3508)

1 credit; 1 semester

This course defines "survival" and gives the student a mental framework and the fundamental skills to prioritize the necessities of life under adverse conditions. Topics covered include: survival psychology, clothing, shelter, fire, water, signaling for rescue, and flood.

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SURVIVAL SCIENCE 2: SKILLS FOR THE SURVIVOR (3509)

1 credit; 1 semester

Survival Science 2 is designed for students seeking careers in public safety, law enforcement, outdoor education, guiding, search and rescue, outdoor product development, environmental science, and more. Not only will students in this program find rewarding careers, but they will also become hope for individuals, families, communities, states, and nations, in times of need or crisis.

Prerequisite - Survival Science 1

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BIOLOGY/CHEMISTRY (3239)

1 credit; 1 semester

Biochemistry is an upper level (grades 11-12) single semester science course elective. Topics covered will include measurement, forensics, crime scene investigation procedures, gathering of physical evidence at a crime scene, chromatography, DNA evidence, forensic serology, fingerprint analysis, and document analysis.

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ZOOLOGY (3741)

1 credit; 1 semester

The Zoology course is a lecture-laboratory science-elective designed to provide a well-rounded and challenging academic experience for students. Zoology is a laboratory-based course that will survey the nine major phyla of the Kingdom Animalia. Morphology, taxonomy, anatomy, and physiology will be investigated. Comparative studies may be addressed during laboratory observations and dissections.This course is designed to educate students in many different areas associated with aquatic animals and habitation, and the processes thereof.

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FORENSIC SCIENCE (3760)

2 credits; 2 semesters

Forensic science is a course rich in exploration and lab investigation which applies many disciplines of scientific study such as biology/anatomy, chemistry, and physics in order to solve crimes.

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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (3731)

2 credits; 2 semesters

This course offers an overview of environmental issues and challenges facing our world today. This course is designed to teach students to critically think through information they read, hear and study. The topics covered will include, but are not limited to: ecosystems, water, waste, air, atmosphere, biodiversity, alternative forms of energy, sustainability, and careers related to environmental science.

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