Science Course Descriptions

Honors Biology (33210H)

Grade Level: 9

Biology is a year-long introductory course in the life sciences. The course will include brief studies in the major facets of living organisms-including an introduction to major ecological concepts, cell structure and function; genetics and an introduction to evolution. The course is designed to challenge student thinking by adding depth to the content material. Biology introduces students to the building blocks that are necessary for more advanced scientific studies. Throughout their study, students are asked to demonstrate their knowledge of scientific inquiry by designing experiments, interpreting and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions. Part of this application to scientific skills is applied in the required participation in the Lake View Science Fair for Honors students.

Regular Biology (33210R)

Grade Level: 9

Biology is the study of life. In this course, students investigate the relationship between structure and function from molecules to organisms and systems and the interdependence and interactions of biotic and abiotic components of the environment. This course provides an opportunity for students to develop scientific process skills, laboratory techniques, and an understanding of the fundamental principles of living organisms. Students will explore biological science as a process, cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, evolution and classification, diversity of living organisms. Students explore biological concepts through an inquiry approach.

Honors Chemistry (33410H)

Grade Level:  10-12
Prerequisite:  Freshmen science course

Chemistry is the study of atoms, molecules, and their interactions with the environment. Honors Chemistry is a college preparatory course that will provide an in depth mathematical description of chemical phenomenon. By undertaking hands-on laboratory activities and thus engaging the material first-hand, students will begin to grasp the fundamental ideas behind the make up of everything at the sub-microscopic level. The mathematical understanding that students will gain will reach beyond regular chemistry in preparation for A.P. Chemistry or an alternative college chemistry course. Additionally to providing a rigorous and challenging curriculum throughout the year, we will actively provide assistance for juniors in preparation for college preparatory exams which focus on the three science College Readiness Standards of Interpretation of Data, Scientific Investigation and Evaluation of Models, Inferences and Experimental Results.

Regular Chemistry (33410R)

Grade Level:  10-12
Prerequisite:  Freshmen science course

Chemistry is the study of atoms, molecules, and their interactions with the environment. Regular Chemistry is a college preparatory course that will provide a description of chemical phenomenon. Hands-on laboratory activities will provide the students a engaging and rigorous academic experience to grasp the fundamental ideas behind matter at a macroscopic and microscopic level. This course is designed to provide the students scientific literacy from chemistry point of view and prepare them for life beyond high school at the collegiate level or otherwise. The rigorous and challenging content of the course will help provide assistance for juniors in preparation for college preparatory exams, which focus on the three science College Readiness Standards of Interpretation of Data, Scientific Investigation and Evaluation of Models, Inferences and Experimental Results. Recognize and apply connections of important information and ideas within and among chemistry content. The ultimate goal is to prepare students for meeting and exceeding statewide learning standards. Students will then be prepared for ongoing scientific study beyond high school and for full participation in a growing, scientifically literate society.

Honors Physics (33310H)

Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: Recommendation from previous teacher.

Honors Physics is a Junior level class which studies kinematics, dynamics, momentum, energy, sound and electromagnetism.  Students study how these concepts are interconnected and experienced in the real world.  Each concept is examined by experiment that rely on computer assisted data collection and analysis.  The students acquire skills that include problem solving, graph analysis, the ability to independently design and carry out experiments, develop group work habits and critical thinking through presentations with defense of position.  The work is rigorous, in honors physics the students have more responsibility for their learning, with open ended labs and challenging problems.  The application of these skills is demonstrated through participation in science fair; where the students complete an independent experiment project.  Use Common Core and the College Readiness Standards prepares the students for college preparatory exams and college level science classes.

Regular Physics (33310R)

Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: None.

Regular Physics is a Junior level class that studies kinematics, dynamics, momentum, energy, sound and electromagnetism.  Students study how these concepts are  interconnected and experienced in the real world.  Each concept is examined by experiment that rely on computer assisted data collection and analysis.  The students acquire skills that include problem solving, graph analysis, the ability to independently design and carry out experiments, develop group work habits and critical thinking through presentations with defense of position.  While the work is rigorous, in regular physics the students are in a more structured and supportive environment with an emphasis on concept development and critical thinking.  Use of Common Core and the College Readiness Standards prepares the students for college preparatory exams and the capability of being scientifically literate in an ever increasing technological world.

Regular Astronomy (35010R)

Grade level: 10 - 12
Prerequisite: None

Astronomy class gives seniors, juniors and sophomores one more option in choosing among different science classes at Lake View High School. It is a class designed to acquire knowledge about our Universe and Earth that is an integral part of the Universe. Students will not only learn about the Universe, Earth, forces and phenomena that shape them both but also refine their chemical, physical, mathematical, artistic and linguistic skills and knowledge. Students will learn about alternative theories of evolution (radiation from space), potential existence of alien civilizations and their impact on Human development on Earth, unexplainable phenomena in space, potential life outside planet Earth in the Solar System, discoveries of new planets near other stars, possibilities of transforming Mars into Earth like planet for human colonization, dangers from space like comets, asteroids, or  radiation, possibility of existence of particles traveling faster than light, Dark Energy, Dark Matter, theory of Parallel Universes, bending of Space-Time and many other interesting things. Astronomy class will incorporate a variety of activities including reading advanced scientific articles, designing, building and using astronomical instruments (telescopes, star  finders, etc), exploring physical and chemical phenomena by performing hands on activities (building models of radio telescopes and models of planes of the Solar System), discussions, watching scientific movies, and others. Students will attend observational sessions (Dobsonian and Newtonian/Galilean Telescopes) of the Sun, Moon and possibly planets in the Solar System.

Regular Microbiology (39210R)

Grade level: 10 - 12
Prerequisite: None

Microbiology will study the role of microorganisms in the environment with a special emphasis on human disease. The topics of bacteria, fungus, virus, parasites and their disease effects on the human body and immune system will be a main focus during the first semester.   The second semester will focus mainly on evolutionary and ecological dynamics of disease, along with the treatment of disease and disease organism effects on non-humans.

 

Regular Introduction to Engineering Design (39830R)

Grade Level: 10-11
Prerequisite: None

This is a basic STEM course which introduces the process of design, the importance of engineering graphics, and the applications of electricity and electronics, mechanics, energy, communications, manufacturing process, automation and robotics, and control systems. Students will get a taste of how real world engineers approach design problems and innovate solutions for society. A lot of hands on problem solving activities are involved in this course.

AP Biology (37210)

Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: Grade B or higher in general biology and grade B or higher in general chemistry.

AP Biology is a year- long course designed for students that have a strong interest in, or desire to pursue a career in the sciences. AP is the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory course usually taken by biology majors their first year. Success in this course will depend on study skills, reading and writing abilities, motivation and maturity. AP BIOLOGY differs significantly from the usual first high school course in biology with respect to the kind of textbook used, range and depth of topics covered, laboratory work done by students, and time and effort required of the students especially outside the classroom. Students accepting the challenge of an Advanced Placement course will require a daily commitment in-order to meet the pace of this course class. Laboratory activities suggested by the College Board are conducted to give the student a fair representation of a university-level Biology course. In addition to the College Board laboratories, the instructors add activities when they supplement the unit effectively.

Dual Credit Biology (33621)

Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry

The Dual Credit program is a partnership with the City Colleges of Chicago and Lake View High School that provides high school students with the opportunity to earn both high school science credit toward graduation and college credit at no cost to the student.  Dual Credit Biology is designed to provide a complete first-year college biology experience, both conceptually and in the laboratory.  Students will build on the concepts and applications learned in their introductory biology course and probe deeper into biology topics.  The course covers an in-depth look at living things and system interactions using inquiry via the scientific method.  This will include the metric measurements and correct use of lab equipment.  Students will utilize various lab tools to study ecological systems and interactions, chemistry of biological processes, cellular structures and their functions, energy processes in living things and cellular reproduction.  Throughout their study, students are asked to demonstrate their knowledge of scientific inquiry by designing experiments, interpreting and analyzing data, and drawing.  Biological issues with personal and social implications will be introduced to enable students to make informed decisions.

Honors Biotechnology (39510H)

Grade level: 11 - 12
Prerequisite:  Biology

Biotechnology is a lab based course where students explore the potential and peril or risk associated with the ability of scientists to remove and manipulate DNA (genes) or to transfer DNA (genes) from one organism to another. The lab experiences require use of analysis of data sets and the technologies of DNA Science such as Gel Electrophoresis Boxes, Power Supplies, Micropipettors, Camera’s engineered to photograph DNA Gels, PCR (The Polymerase Chain Reaction) Machines and Internet Research gathered from Bioinformatic Data Bases and the Protein Data Bank and website activities. Scientific modeling, case study analysis, scenarios and problem based learning are an integral part of the course. Student engagements are mainly collaborative and require the use of current, timely resources such as scientific journals, newspaper articles and news journal articles and web sites dedicated to DNA Science such as DNA From the Beginning, the website of Cold Spring Harbor and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute website.

AP Chemistry (37410)

Grade Level:  11 - 12
Prerequisite:  Regular or Honors Chemistry

AP Chemistry is designed to provide a solid first-year college chemistry experience, both conceptually and in the laboratory. Students will build on the concepts and applications learned in their introductory chemistry course and probe deeper into advanced chemistry topics. Students will also learn how to compose formal lab reports that will be completed with your lab partners. Collaboration and group problem-solving skills, both on paper and in the lab, will be emphasized. Goals of this course are: 1) For all students to take and be successful on the AP Chemistry exam in May. 2) For all students to develop advanced problem solving skills. 3) For all students to develop advanced communication skills with an emphasis on using evidence to support arguments. The ultimate goal is to prepare students for meeting and exceeding statewide learning standards. Students will then be prepared for ongoing scientific study beyond high school and for full participation in a growing, scientifically literate society.

Honors Engineering Design (38410H)

Grade Level : 11 - 12
Prerequisite: Physics or Intro to Engineering

Students will develop an understanding of the relationships among technologies and the connection between Technology and other fields of study. Students will develop an understanding of engineering design. They will be able to make computations fluently and make reasonable estimates. They will develop their communication skills (spoken, written and visual).They will use a wide range of writing strategies to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes. Major Concepts include: Overview and History of engineering, Design Tools, The Mechanical Advantage, Mechanisms, Energy, Electrical Systems, Fluid power system, Control system, Materials, Manufacturing Processes and Product life Cycle etc.

AP Physics (37310)

Grade Level: 12
Prerequisite: ‘A’ or ‘ B’ in H. Physics  and ‘C’ or above in Geometry.

AP Physics B is a challenging course which includes both Classical Mechanics and Modern Physics. Knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is required for the course.  Understanding of the basic principles involved and the ability to apply these principles in the solution of problems should be the major goals of the course in addition to preparing for success on the AP exam.  The emphasis in the course is on understanding of the concepts and skills at using the concepts and formulae to solve problems. This is a rigorous, college-level course and will be taught accordingly.  Physics B should provide instruction in each of the following five content areas: Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. The Physics B course should also include a hands-on laboratory component comparable to introductory college-level physics laboratories, with a minimum of 12 student-conducted laboratory investigations representing a variety of topics covered in the course.

Regular Forensic Science (30210R)

Grade Level: 11 - 12
Prerequisite: Biology & Chemistry

Forensic science is a discipline that covers both science and criminal law. Students who take this class will learn how to use scientific lab technique to evaluate collected evidence that is necessary to solve crimes. The course will be focused on students learning about the different areas of forensic science from correct evidence collection to DNA analysis. The class will be designed around student analysis teams that use the basics of biology and chemistry and the process of scientific reasoning to evaluate the collected evidence. Student s that will do well in this class enjoy science lab work, analyzing data, and solving puzzles and mysteries. The course will cover two semesters evaluating blood spatter, fiber analysis, ballistics, toxicology, soil and pollen analysis, decomposition of organic matter and analysis of trace elements.

Honors Anatomy & Physiology (39110H)

Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: Biology & Chemistry, with teacher recommendation

Anatomy and Physiology This course is designed to help students prepare for higher education, to further their studies in an area of biological interest, or to enter a health-related profession. Students will be investigating structural components and location of the human body, the functions of these structures, and the effects of changes to these functions as a result of damage and disease. Furthermore, students will discover how such diseases can be prevented and controlled by introducing medical terminology, diagnostic tools, and current research. Students will engage in lab work, hands-on activities, research projects, presentations and possible fieldwork.