Science

  • Science Department Vision Statement:  Every South Allegheny student will be members of a scientifically literate society.  To this end they will be prepared to experience the richness and excitement of knowing about and understanding the natural world.  In addition our students will be able to use appropriate scientific processes and principles in making personal decisions and engage intelligently in public discourse and debate about matters of scientific and technological concern.  Also, the South Allegheny student will be able to safely increase their economic productivity through the use of the knowledge, understanding, and skills of the scientifically literate person in higher learning, their lives, and careers.

     


    TITLE: Ecology                                                                      Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0425                                                            Grades: 9 (10, 11, 12)

    Prerequisite: None                                                                   Difficulty Rating: 1

    Description: This general ecology course covers basic ecological and environmental concepts and their relationship to everyday life.  It consists of topics and activities including environmental science, energy flow, environmental changes, world ecosystems, pollution, and populations.  Laboratory experiences will include a range of experiments and activities to reinforce the concepts explored during the class.  As part of the curriculum appropriate laboratory behavior is required to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all students and instructions in the science classroom.

     

    TITLE: Biology                                                                      Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0421                                                             Grade: 10

    Prerequisite: Ecology                                                              Difficulty Rating: 1

    Description: This general biology course covers basic life science concepts and their relationship to everyday life. It consists of topics and activities including the basics of science, basic biological processes, and a review of life on Earth.  Laboratory experiences will include a range of experiments and activities to reinforce the concepts explored during the class.  As part of the curriculum appropriate laboratory behavior is required to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all students and instructors in the science classroom.

     

    TITLE: Honors Biology                                                          Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0415                                                             Grade: 9, 10

    Prerequisite:*                                                                          Difficulty Rating: 2

    *“B” average in the previous year’s science and Algebra I.

    Description: This course is equivalent to Biology but is designed for ninth grade and select tenth grade students who have shown an aptitude in math and science.  This general biology course covers basic life science concepts and their relationship to everyday life. It consists of topics and activities including the basics of science, basic biological processes, and a review of life on Earth.  Laboratory experiences will include a range of experiments and activities to reinforce the concepts explored during the class.   Appropriate lab behavior is required to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all students and instructors in the science classroom.

     

     

    TITLE: Chemistry                                                                   Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0431                                                             Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Biology                                                               Difficulty Rating: 1

    Description: College preparatory course that includes chemistry concepts including but not limited to: properties and changes in matter, atomic theory, compound structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, gas laws, REDOX, and nuclear chemistry.  The laboratory portion of class will include practical applications, inquiry based investigations of classroom topics, and the writing of formal lab reports.  As part of the curriculum appropriate laboratory behavior is required to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all students and instructors in the science classroom.

     

    TITLE: Honors Chemistry                                                      Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0430                                                             Grade: 10, 11

    Prerequisite:*                                                                          Difficulty Rating: 2

    *A or B in Biology, and an A or B in Algebra I

    Description: This is an accelerated course preparing students for advanced work in Chemistry.  It covers: atomic structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solutions chemistry, gas laws, REDOX, and thermodynamics.  Also, this course includes career education. As part of the curriculum appropriate laboratory behavior is required to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all students and instructors in the science classroom.

     

    TITLE: Physics I                                                                     Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0441                                                             Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  “A” or “B” in either Chemistry                        Difficulty Rating: 2

    Description: College preparatory course that includes chemistry concepts including but not limited to:  mechanics, waves, light, sound, and magnetism.  The laboratory portion of class will include practical applications, inquiry based investigations of classroom topics, and the writing of formal lab reports.  As part of the curriculum appropriate laboratory behavior is required to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all students and instructors in the science classroom.

     

    TITLE: Marine and Aquatic Biology                                     Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0435                                                            Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  “A” or “B” in either Chemistry                         Difficulty Rating: 1

    Description: This course is designed for college bound students.  This college preparatory course covers concepts including but not limited to:  general biology, biochemistry, evolutionary biology, microbiology, oceanography, ecology, geology, and an overview of life on Earth.  The laboratory portion of class includes advanced activities, dissections, and experiments as well as animal and aquarium care.  As part of the curriculum, appropriate behavior is required to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all students and instructors in the science classroom.

     

     

     

     

    TITLE: Living Science                                                           Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0434                                                            Grades: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Biology                                                               Difficulty Rating: 1

    Description: This general science course covers basic science concepts and their relationship to everyday life.  It consists of topics and activities including the basics of science and technology, scientific processes, the history of science and technology, and a review of life on Earth.  Laboratory experiences will include a range of experiments and activities to reinforce the concepts explored during the class.  As part of the curriculum appropriate laboratory behavior is required to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all students and instructions in the science classroom.

     

    TITLE: Conceptual Physics                                                    Credit: .5

    Course Number: 0436                                                            Grades: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Biology                                                               Difficulty Rating: 1

    Description: This course provides a conceptually-based exposure to the fundamental principles and processes of the physical world. Topics include basic concepts of motion, forces, energy, heat, sound, light and electricity. Upon completion, students should be able to describe examples and applications of the principles studied.

     

    TITLE: Biology II                                                                  Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0424                                                             Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite:*                                                                          Difficulty Rating: 2

    *A or B in Chemistry I, Chemistry II recommended 

    Description: This course is designed for college bound students seeking a career in a biological science related field such as:  environmental protection, medicine, pharmacology, or forensics.  This is a college preparatory course that includes biological concepts including but not limited to:  biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, evolution, and an overview of life on Earth.  The laboratory portion of class is designed to follow the Advanced Placement laboratory activities.  These will include practical applications based on classroom topics and the writing of formal lab reports.  As part of the curriculum, appropriate behavior is required to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all students and instructors in the science classroom.  Students are encouraged to complete the AP Biology examination in the spring of that year the course is taken.

     

    TITLE: Chemistry II                                                               Credit: 1

    Course Number: 0448                                                             Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: *                                                                         Difficulty Rating: 2

    *Honors Chemistry, Chemistry, with teacher approval.

    Description: This course is designed for the college bound student planning a career in a chemical science related field such as engineering or medicine.  This college preparatory course contains chemistry concepts including, but not limited to: Basics of Chemistry, Chemical Nomenclature, Atomic and Molecular Structure, States of Matter and Solutions, Stoichiometry, Gas Laws, Chemical Reactions and Chemical Equilibrium.  Lab Safety will be emphasized and the student in his/her lab group will devise experimental procedures and analyze collected data. 

     

    TITLE: Scientific Research                                                    Credit: .5

    Course Number: 0452                                                            Grades: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: N/A                                                                    Difficulty Rating: 1

    Description: Students are given the opportunity to apply science concepts in a research atmosphere.  The focus of the course is to produce a science fair project, with the requirement of competing in science fairs.  Areas of study include Geochemistry, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Ecology, Engineering, and Earth and Space Science.  The laboratory portion of the class will include practical applications, inquiry based investigations of classroom topics, and the writing of formal lab reports.  As part of the curriculum appropriate laboratory behavior is required to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all students and instructors in the science classroom.