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Saint Joseph Hill AcademyUnder the Direction of the Daughters of Divine Charity

Science & Engineering

Department Courses:
 

9th Grade

Honors Biology & Lab

This course is designed to meet New York State Science standards and to prepare each student for the New York State Living Environment Regents Examination in June. The course will cover the main areas of biology including the chemistry of life, cell structure and function, human systems, organization and classification of life, DNA and Genetics, Evolution, Botany, and Ecology.  The course is designed to be advanced in that topics will be examined more deeply than what is required for the Living Environment curriculum.  Current controversial issues such as stem cell research, gene therapy, GMO’s, and human impact on the environment are included in detail, and peer-reviewed articles are researched.  Class discussions will be accompanied by weekly laboratory investigations. Emphasis on science inquiry allows students to act as scientists by using the skills necessary to build on previous knowledge, propose hypotheses, carry out procedures, record, analyze, and interpret data in a clear and informative manner.

Pre-requisites: Placement is based on TACHS scores and student record

Regents Biology/Living Environment & Lab

This course is designed to meet New York State Science standards and to prepare each student for the New York State Living Environment Regents Examination in June. The course will cover the main areas of biology including the compounds of life, cell structure and function, human systems, organization of life, DNA and Genetics, Evolution, Botany, and Ecology.   The course is designed to be advanced in that topics will be examined more deeply than what is required for the Living Environment curriculum.  Current controversial issues such as stem cell research, gene therapy, and global warming are included in detail, and topics in the news are examined.  Class discussions will be accompanied by weekly laboratory investigations.  Emphasis on science inquiry allows students to act as scientists by using the skills necessary to build on previous knowledge, propose hypotheses, carry out procedures, record, analyze, and interpret data in a clear and informative manner. 

Pre-requisites: Open to all freshmen.

Introduction to Engineering & Design

Students learn about the engineering design process, applying math, science and engineering standards to hands-on-projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling software and document all their work in an engineering notebook.

Pre-requisites: No pre-requisites. Required course for STEM students.

Robotics

Students design, build, and program robots using the VEX Robotics platform.

Pre-requisites: No pre-requisites. Required course for STEM students.

 

10th Grade

Honors Chemistry & Lab

This course is designed to meet New York State Science standards and to prepare each student for the New York State Chemistry Regents Examination in June.  The course is designed to be advanced in that topics will be examined more deeply than what is required for the Chemistry curriculum. Students are introduced to the study of the physical world by examining: Matter and Energy, Atoms and Moles, The Periodic Table, Chemical Bonds, and Chemical Equations and Reactions. Other topics include: States of Matter and Intermolecular Forces, Gases, Solutions, Chemical Equilibrium, Acids and Bases, Oxidation, Reduction, and Electrochemistry, Nuclear Chemistry, and Organic Compounds. Students will explore these concepts through textbook readings, online assignments, and hands-on laboratory activities.

Prerequisites:  Student must meet criteria in both Science and Math classes.

Regents Chemistry & Lab

This course is designed to meet New York State Science standards and to prepare each student for the New York State Chemistry Regents Examination in June. Students are introduced to the study of the physical world by examining: Matter and Energy, Atoms and Moles, The Periodic Table, Chemical Bonds, and Chemical Equations and Reactions. Other topics include: States of Matter and Intermolecular Forces, Gases, Solutions, Chemical Equilibrium, Acids and Bases, Oxidation, Reduction, and Electrochemistry, Nuclear Chemistry, and Organic Compounds. Students will explore these concepts through textbook readings, online assignments, and hands-on laboratory activities.

Prerequisites:  Open to all sophomores.

Digital Electronics

This course provides a foundation for students interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students are exposed to circuit design tools used in the industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.

Prerequisites: Open to all STEM sophomores

AP Computer Science Principles

This course uses a multi-disciplinary approach to introduce students to the underlying principles of computation. Students learn the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. This course also gives students the opportunity to use current technologies to create computational artifacts for both self-expression and problem-solving.

Pre-requisites: Students must possess a very strong math background and teacher recommendation. Preference given to students who have taken advanced math courses.

 

11th Grade

Physics

Physics is the science that seeks to answer the most basic questions about the physical universe.  A broad range of physical phenomena are therefore in its domain, including motion, force, heat, energy, electricity, magnetism, atomic structure, wave behavior, and optics.  This course provides students with an opportunity to apply and develop their skills in mathematical and mechanical problem solving.  For students going on to further work in the sciences, the health professions, or engineering, this course is particularly helpful.  The course is based on and at times goes beyond the New York State Learning Standards.  However, students do not take the New York State Regents Examination in this course.  Labs are typically performed during the class period.  

Prerequisites:  Students must have math and science averages above 80 and teacher recommendation.

Environmental Sustainability

This course examines the relationship between organisms and their environment. If focuses on the inter-relationship between humans and planet Earth. Major themes include ecosystems, human population, renewable resources, energy, pollution and prevention, and sustainability. Students investigate and design solutions in response to real-world challenges related to clean and abundant drinking water, food supply, and renewable energy. To do this, students will apply their knowledge through hands-on activities and simulations.

Prerequisites:  Open to all juniors.

AP Computer Science Principles

This course uses a multi-disciplinary approach to introduce students to the underlying principles of computation. Students learn the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. This course also gives students the opportunity to use current technologies to create computational artifacts for both self-expression and problem-solving.

Pre-requisites: Students must possess a very strong math background and teacher recommendation. Preference is given to students who have taken advanced math courses.

 

12th Grade

AP Biology & Lab

AP Biology is a college-level course structured around the basic principles controlling the activities of living organisms at the molecular and cellular levels. Evolution will be referenced throughout the entire course, and science as a process will be woven throughout both the investigations and the class activities outside of the investigations. Student will be required to purchase the textbook.

Prerequisites:  Student must meet criteria in both Science and Math classes. In addition, student must meet the criteria for St. John’s credit and have the recommendation of the science teacher.

College Anatomy & Physiology

This course will provide an introduction to the structural organization and functioning of the human body.  The course will cover the study of body orientation and hierarchy, biochemistry, and cellular functioning. It covers human body systems including skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and excretory body systems. There is an emphasis on practical applications of each system, as well as integration of normal physiology. Homeostatic imbalances and hormonal control are explored with each system.

Prerequisites:  Student must meet criteria in both Science and Math classes, and teacher recommendation. In addition, student must meet criteria for St. John’s credit.

 AP Computer Science Principles

This course uses a multi-disciplinary approach to introduce students to the underlying principles of computation. Students learn the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. This course also gives students the opportunity to use current technologies to create computational artifacts for both self-expression and problem-solving.

Pre-requisites: Students must possess a very strong math background and teacher recommendation. Preference is given to students who have taken advanced math courses.

Forensic Science

Students will learn the fundamentals of a criminal investigation using scientific means and how it is applied in a court of law. The course focuses on the collection, identification, and analysis of crime scene evidence. It is rich in exploration and lab investigation which applies many disciplines of scientific study such as biology, anatomy, chemistry, and physics to solving crimes. Laboratory exercises typically include finger printing, handwriting analysis, ballistics, blood typing, hair and fiber examination, DNA extraction and analysis, and a virtual autopsy. Case studies and current events will be explored.

Prerequisites:  Open to all seniors. No pre-requisites.

 Introduction to Engineering & Design

Students learn about the engineering design process, applying math, science and engineering standards to hands-on-projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling software and document all their work in an engineering notebook.

Pre-requisites: Open to all seniors. No pre-requisites.

 Environmental Sustainability

This course examines the relationship between organisms and their environment. If focuses on the inter-relationship between humans and planet Earth. Major themes include ecosystems, human population, renewable resources, energy, pollution and prevention, and sustainability. Students investigate and design solutions in response to real-world challenges related to clean and abundant drinking water, food supply, and renewable energy. To do this, students will apply their knowledge through hands-on activities and simulations.

Prerequisites:  Open to all seniors. No pre-requisites.

AP Computer Science A

This course is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in computer science. It introduces students to computer sciences with fundamental topics that include problem-solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data, approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem-solving and design using Java language.

Pre-requisites: Student must meet criteria in both Science and Math classes, and teacher recommendation. Previous AP computing course not required.