Science

PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING 9  Grade 9 (Full Year)

The ninth grade general science course is an introduction to the field of physics. Its design provides students with an opportunity to understand many basic scientific principles. Through a variety of activities, students will use scientific procedures to collect and analyze laboratory data.  The course emphasizes fundamental physics principles through a lab based approach. The main topics are motion, forces, energy, work, power, electricity, magnetism, sound, and light.  Students will learn basic programming skills, and will construct some of their lab equipment from small robotics systems.

BIOLOGY and HONORS BIOLOGY  Grades 10, 11, 12 (Full Year)
Prerequisite:  Physics and Engineering 9

Biology is the study of living things.  The first semester of the course includes units on environmental science, cell biology, genetics, and DNA/biotechnology. Laboratory work will include an examination of ecological concepts, various life processes emphasizing cell biology, principles of genetics, and the structure and function of DNA. The second semester of the course includes units on natural selection, the diversity of life, and human biology. Laboratory work will include investigations of evolution, adaptation, classification, and various organ systems. Dissection will be a significant and required component of the lab.  A concurrent honors biology option will be offered and discussed on the first day of class.  The honors track will involve a separate set of requirements in addition to the general biology expectations. If interested, sign up for 6100 and discuss if this is an appropriate track for you with your current science teacher.

CHEMISTRY  Grades 10, 11, 12 (Full Year)
Prerequisite:  Biology AND completion of, or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II.

Chemistry is the science dealing with the composition of substances and the changes they undergo.  Laboratory work is an important part of the course and an average of one period per week is spent in the laboratory.  The first semester covers the classification of matter, atomic structure, electron configuration, the Periodic Table, bonding, chemical formulas, and chemical equations.  The second semester covers stoichiometry, heat in chemical reactions, solids, liquids, gases, solutions, acids, bases, and oxidation-reduction reactions.

CHEMISTRY HONORS  Grades 10, 11, 12  (Full Year)
Prerequisite:  Biology with B+ or better AND completion of, or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II.

This is an accelerated course for students who have a high interest and ability in science and math and are planning a career in chemistry, physics, engineering, or a related field.  Students taking this course must be very motivated and independent learners who want to cover several more units beyond those listed in the chemistry course description above.  Laboratory work is an important part of the course and students will be required to write formal laboratory reports.

AP PHYSICS 1  Grade 10-12 (Full Year)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 2

AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (motion along a line, projectile motion, or objects rotating through a circle, the forces for those motions, momentum for those motions) work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves (like pulses sent on a rope) and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits.  The College Board modified the previous algebra-based physics course by splitting it into two separate year-long courses (AP Physics 1 & AP Physics 2), and making some modifications in testing procedures.  AP Physics 1 is the first of the two courses. It is designed to be a first course in physics.  This course qualifies as a lab based science class and can be used by students in any non-science college major to earn their college science lab credit.  This course also prepares students for a future in life sciences, pre-medicine, and physics or engineering fields.  If a student meets the math requirement and plans to major in physics or engineering, AP Physics C - Mechanics is encouraged.  Students that earn a passing score on this exam can (depending on college policy) earn 4 college credits in a lab based science course, and bypass their college science course.

AP PHYSICS 2  Grade 10-12 (Full Year)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 2 and either AP Physics 1 or Engineering and Physics Projects.

AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based is the equivalent to a second-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics; and atomic and nuclear physics.  The College Board modified the previous algebra-based physics course, split it into two separate year-long courses, and made some modifications in testing procedures.  AP Physics 2 is the second of the two courses. Students earning passing scores on the AP Physics 2 test can (depending on college policy) earn up to 4 lab-based science credits for college and bypass their college science course..  Students going in to physics or engineering fields are encouraged to take AP Physics C - Mechanics. 

AP PHYSICS C – MECHANICS  Grades 11, 12 (Full Year)
Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in AP Calculus

AP Physics C-Mechanics is designed for students that will major in science, engineering or math. This year-long course corresponds to the first semester of a calculus based college physics course.  Simple systems including objects in free fall, oscillations, & planetary motion will be investigated using Newton’s laws, vector analysis, the conservation of linear momentum, angular momentum, and energy.  Students will develop their use of introductory differential and integral calculus as a way to analyze these systems. This course will go deeper into material than AP Physics B, and will use calculus in place of algebra, but will move at a slower pace than the old AP Physics B course.
Students that earn a passing score on the Advanced Placement exam can choose to accept four (4) college physics credits and bypass the first required physics course for physics and engineer majors at many colleges and universities throughout the United States.

ENGINEERING AND PHYSICS PROJECTS  Grades 11, 12  (Full Year)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 2. 

This is a survey course that exposes students to major concepts they’ll encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics. Students will design, build, and program automated devices to They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions.  The physics content is covered in less depth than either of the AP Physics courses.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA  CI 1563 PHYSCIS BY INQUIRY  Grade 11-12 (Full Year)
Prerequisite: Biology and Successful completion or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II

Physics By Inquiry is a College In the School offering. Students will receive credit for a science course completed at St. Anthony Village Senior High and transcript showing 4 credits of a lab-based physics course that meets the University of Minnesota CLE Physical Science course with lab.  CI 1563 Physics By Inquiry includes topics in electrical circuits, light & color, and properties of matter. This course is designed for students that are in the top 50% of their class. The requirements and the subject matter of the course are determined by the U of M.

AP BIOLOGY  Grades 11, 12  (Full Year)   
Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry (or concurrent) with “B” or better

Are you fascinated by how living organisms “work?”  Were you intrigued by your first biology course?  If so, Advanced Placement biology is a course for you.  This course takes the basic concepts of biology and explores them to a greater extent.  This course is designed for students who are planning a career in biology or a related science, chemistry, physics, engineering, medicine, or for students that just enjoy learning about life.  Students will be expected to engage in rigorous individual and group study and preparation as material is covered in great depth and at a quick pace.  This two-semester, college level course will lead to all students taking the Advanced Placement Exam, from which you may earn college credit. While it is difficult to take this course without having taken chemistry, if you are interested in taking them concurrently, please talk to your biology teacher for their recommendation.

Please consider the time commitment of all AP courses when signing up. Often time 2+ hours a night may be required per AP class.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE  Grades 11,12  (1 semester)   
Prerequisite:  Completion of Biology

Is global warming real?  Are we really running out of energy?  Is our supply of clean water in danger?  This course will investigate these timely questions—and many more.  By studying various environmental topics, you will gain a better understanding of the interconnectedness within earth’s ecosystems and how human actions have altered these systems.  Activities in the course may include field trip experiences at a local nature center, a tour of a water treatment plant, computer simulations, and case studies.  You will also learn to conduct basic water and air quality tests, map interpretation skills, and techniques to model large-scale events such as the greenhouse effect or acid rain on a small scale.  Environmental Science will focus on current issues and is appropriate for any student interested in learning the science behind the headlines.

HUMAN ANATOMY AND MEDICINE I (HAMI)  Grades 10, 11, 12 (1 semester) 
Prerequisite:  Completion of Biology

Human Anatomy and Medicine I (HAM I) is the first semester of a two semester course that examines the anatomy, physiology, and medical applications of the human body.  This class is designed for students who are interested in the following types of careers:  human medicine, pediatrics, physical therapy, medical research, veterinary medicine, athletic training, coaching, dentistry, surgery, or any other career that focuses on the human body.  Human Anatomy and Medicine I (HAM I) and Human Anatomy and Medicine II (HAM II) are two separate courses that can be taken consecutively, but also can act as stand-alone courses.  HAM I will focus on the basics of homeostasis and responsiveness while examining the skin, muscular, skeletal, endocrine, blood, lymphatic, and immune systems.  The laboratory component of the class will include anatomical studies using microscopes, palpation, and dissection.  Physiological concepts will be studied via experimentation.  Medical concepts will be studied using medical case studies, guest speakers, and active learning.

HUMAN ANATOMY AND MEDICINE II (HAMII)  Grades 10, 11, 12 (1 semester) 
Prerequisite:  Completion of Biology

Human Anatomy and Medicine II (HAM II) is the second semester of a two semester course that examines the anatomy, physiology, and medical applications of the human body.  This class is designed for students who are interested in the following types of careers:  human medicine, pediatrics, physical therapy, medical research, veterinary medicine, athletic training, coaching, dentistry, surgery, or any other career that focuses on the human body.  Human Anatomy and Medicine I (HAM I) and Human Anatomy and Medicine II (HAM II) are two separate courses that can be taken consecutively, but also can act as stand-alone courses.  HAM II will focus on the basics of homeostasis and responsiveness while examining the nervous, special senses, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.  The laboratory component of the class will include anatomical studies using microscopes, palpation, and dissection.  Physiological concepts will be studied via experimentation.  Medical concepts will be studied using medical case studies, guest speakers, and active learning.

BIOMEDICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY (BMET)  Grades 10, 11, 12 (1 semester)    
Prerequisite:  Completion of Biology

BMET is a semester long science course where students will have the opportunity to explore current areas of research in the intersection of technology and our living world.   This course is research, group work, projects, presentation and lab based.  Students will work in small groups using state-of-the-art equipment and research to learn about the current advances in a variety of fields.  Cutting edge techniques learned in the class will include DNA fingerprinting, genetically modifying organisms (GMOs) and making bio-fuels and bio-products.  Students will also research topics including current biomedical advances, bioethics as well as cloning and stem cells. The science, as well as the course changes year to year.