This course is designed to teach biological concepts and laboratory skills that will equip students for further study in the scientific disciplines. Students will learn biological technology, terminology, and the scientific method. Course topics include biochemistry, cell biology, reproductive biology, genetics, microbiology, taxonomy, evolution, and the structure and function of both plants and animals. These topics are taught within a developmental framework, stressing the relationship between structure and function in living things. Freshman selecting this course and Engineering Design can choose whether to take the Technology/Engineering or Biology MCAS test.


    Topics in this course include matter, energy, scientific measurements, solutions, atomic structure, periodic law, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, nuclear chemistry, and gasses. This course is fast-paced; math application is advanced; lab techniques will be developed, and digital technology is used extensively. Students electing the Accelerated version of this course should possess very strong math skills.


    This course combines the study of local ecosystems with that of current issues. Human use and misuse of the environment are emphasized. Topics include energy production and consumption, soil properties, water use and water ecology, water quality, natural disasters, habitat destruction, human population growth, global climate change, and solid waste issues. The course involves a variety of hands-on labs and projects, as well as long-range research assignments relating to environmental issues. Frequent trips outdoors should be expected, even in cold weather.


    Relying on their math skills, diligent lab work, and the scientific method, students will complete lab and project work to recognize and solve problems in these classic topic areas: light, sound, wave theory, linear and circular motion, projectile and 2-dimensional motion, freefall, forces, universal gravitation, work, power, energy, impulse and momentum, magnetism, and electricity.