This lab course provides insights into the world of living things through investigative and inquiry methods of study. Emphasis is placed on the study of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, evolution, microbiology, plants, and animals.
This honors lab course includes an intensive study of fundamental, theoretical and experimental principles, stressing inductive reasoning in the investigation of chemical systems. Mathematical applications of chemical concepts and laboratory experience are an essential part of this course.
Prerequisites: An “A” in Biology, an “A” in Algebra I, or “B+” or better in Algebra I Accelerated, Geometry, or Honors Geometry
This course offers the opportunity to explore genetics in great detail. Emphasis will placed on human genetics. Topics will include development, transmission genetics, DNA and chromosomes, population genetics, and genomics. These topics will be explored through laboratory investigations and group work.
This course explores both ecology and environmental science and helps students become aware of the interactions between people and their environment. Topics include ecosystems, environmental sustainability, energy derived from fossil fuels, nuclear energy, renewable energy sources, and conservation. Other topics include non-energy resources such as water, plants/ animals, and food. In addition, environmental concerns such as air pollution, water pollution, hazardous waste, and global climate change are discussed. There will be considerable class discussion on current environmental issues, their effect on us, and what can be done to address them.
This lab-based course will explore the fundamental physics concepts of kinematics, mechanics and energy. Kinematics is the study of motion and mechanics is the study of forces. The study of energy includes its different forms (mechanical, potential, and kinetic) as well as conservation of energy. Numerical analysis of data collected during laboratory experiments is an important component of this course.
This lab-based course involves applying mathematics to physical phenomena. The wave portion of the course addresses the wave properties of reflection, refraction, and interference for both mechanical and electromagnetic waves. The circuit portion of the course addresses the transient and non-transient behavior of capacitors and resistors in both AC and DC circuits. Numerical analysis of data collected during laboratory experiments is an important component of this course.
Prerequisite: Physics - Mechanics or Honors Physics - Mechanics
Honors Physics Mechanics will explore the major principles of physics through reading, discussion, experimentations, and demonstrations. Emphasis will be on theories and principles as well as mathematical applications of formulae. Math concepts will be used extensively in this course.
Prerequisite: “B” or higher in Chemistry or “B” or higher in Honors Chemistry and a “B” or higher in both Algebra and Geometry
This honors course provides an in-depth examination of the structures, functions and location of human body systems. Special emphasis is placed on interrelationships among systems and gross dissection. Writing, discussion and lab work are integral to this course.
This rigorous course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by science majors during their first year. The AP Biology course is designed to be taken after the successful completion of one year of high school biology and one in high school chemistry. It aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. Students enrolled in an AP course have the option to take the AP exam in May. Students cannot be added to the course less than two months before the first day of school due to the amount of summer work and preparation for this course.
Prerequisite: “B” or better in Biology and Chemistry or “C+” in Honors Chemistry
SLU COURSE: CHEM1110 General Chemistry I Lecture (1st sem. - 3 credits); CHEM1115 General Chemistry I Laboratory (1st sem. - 1 credit) and CHEM1120 General Chemistry II Lecture (2nd sem. - 3 credits); CHEM1125 General Chemistry II Laboratory (2nd sem. - 1 credit) The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course taken at the university level. Students should be able to attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. Eight hours of advanced college credit may be earned through Saint Louis University in addition to high school credit. Students enrolled in an AP course have the option to take the AP exam in May. Students cannot be added to the course less than one month before the first day of school due to the amount of summer work and preparation for this course.
Prerequisite: “A” in Chemistry or “B+” or higher in Honors Chemistry. “A” in all previous math courses or “B+” or higher in all Honors math courses.
Students will delve deep into the engineering design process; applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects through the Project Lead the Way curriculum. They will work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using AutoDesk Inventor 3-D CAD software and document their work in an engineering notebook. A special focus on the capabilities of Inventor software will be provided. Inventor offers professional-grade 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation tools and is used by universities and professional engineers. At the end of the year, students will take the national exam for the course.
This course is specifically intended for students with a strong interest in science and medicine as a career. The students will write an original research proposal, perform research, and process their own data under the guidance of a science instructor. This course generates an original research project to be presented at local science fairs. Due to the standards of these organizations, this course will be offered to seniors in the fall semester and juniors in the spring semester.
Prerequisites: “B+” in Biology and Chemistry or “B” in Honors Chemistry. Department chair and instructor signatures required.
SLU Courses: PHYX1220 Physics I (1st sem. - 4 credits) and PHYX1240 Physics II (2nd sem. - 4 credits) This course is an interdisciplinary honors physics course that students must take concurrently with MT551 Calculus BC/ACC Analytic Geometry/Calculus I & II. A rigorous approach to differentiation and integration will allow students to make applications in the traditional topics of mechanics, waves, electricity, and thermodynamics. Physics labs and experiments will be done to illustrate many of the topics of calculus. This course will cover two semesters of calculus and two semesters of engineering physics. Eight hours of advanced college credit may be earned in both calculus and physics through Saint Louis University in addition to high school credit.
Prerequisites: “B” or better in Algebra II/Trig or Advanced Precalculus or an “A” in Pre-Calculus AND an “A” in Physics-Mechanics or a “B+” or better in Honors Physics-Mechanics