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Full Science Course List & Descriptions

Schools have the authority to offer College Prep courses where Honors weighted courses are currently listed in this online catalog. Course offerings may vary per school. Please check with your school counselor regarding availability of course offerings and prerequisites.

Title: Earth Science

Course Code: 326500CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Earth Science, designed to explore the earth and its place in the universe, emphasizes developing laboratory and process skills. Topics are drawn from the fields of geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. From these areas of study, students gain both an appreciation for the basic processes of science and an acquaintance with the current problems and ideas in the earth sciences. By the end of this course, students will gain a better understanding of the planet on which they live. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: None

Title: Earth Science H

Course Code: 326500HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: The honors level Earth Science course will extend the same topics as CP in greater depth and students will also conduct more field research. Students should have a strong science background including the prerequisites preferably at the honors level. Field trips, guest speakers, and independent research are integral parts of the curriculum.  Students are required to complete a science fair project, a science enrichment competition, or a 20-hour science internship as a part of the honors program. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: See your school counselor for honors criteria

Title: Earth Science H

Course Code: 326500HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: The honors level Earth Science course will extend the same topics as CP in greater depth and students will also conduct more field research. Students should have a strong science background including the prerequisites preferably at the honors level. Field trips, guest speakers, and independent research are integral parts of the curriculum.  Students are required to complete a science fair project, a science enrichment competition, or a 20-hour science internship as a part of the honors program. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: See your school counselor for honors criteria

Title: Biology 1

Course Code: 322100CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course covers the major concept areas of biological science including: the cell, molecular basis of heredity, biological change, diversity in living systems, and environmental relationships. The student will gain insight into the fundamental unity in the diversity of life forms and the concept that all organisms, including themselves, carry out the same life functions. Note:  Students enrolled in this course must take a comprehensive End of Course exam which counts 20% of their final grade. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: none

Title: Biology 1 H

Course Code: 322100HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This is a comprehensive, college-preparatory course that explores advanced concepts such as molecular biology.   The course includes a detailed study of cytology, genetics, and diversity of organisms. Emphasis will be placed on research, independent study, and the development of science projects. Note:  Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive End of Course exam which counts 20% of their final grade. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites:  See your school counselor for honors criteria                                                                                             

Title: Biology 2

Course Code: 322200CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This is a course that acquaints students with their environment. Emphasis is placed on organisms, biodiversity, plant and animal systems, ecology and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able demonstrate comprehension of life at the organismal and ecological levels. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: Biology I                                      

Title: IB Biology HL

Course Code: HL-1 Course Code: 322B00IW  

HL-2 Course Code: 322C00IW   

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course meets for two years, every other day and is designed to complete a Group IV requirement for IB students in an experimental Science, and to prepare these students for the three IB papers or examinations. The curriculum requires students to complete an extensive subject specific core of topics including chemistry of life, cell biology, genetics, ecology, human health and physiology.  HL students must also include additional topics in molecular genetics, cell energetics, applied genetics, human reproduction and development, immunology, taxonomy, neurology and other systems, taxonomy and independent research. Students must maintain a portfolio of internal assessments of numerous laboratories, and they must complete part of their school Group IV project, which is an interdisciplinary project with all other IB students.  Note: Students enrolled in this course will be expected to complete all internal and external assessments that are required by the International Baccalaureate Organization. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry, Algebra II

Fulfillment: Two year course 1 unit per year                                                  

Title: Physical Science H

Course Code: 3221100HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is designed for students performing at an advanced level in mathematics and science and involves intensive study of physical science principles in preparation for further study in Honors and Advanced Placement high school science courses and college science majors. Units of study include a semester of basic chemistry with topics in properties of matter, atomic structure, and chemical reactions and a semester of basic physics with topics in energy, force, motion, machines, light, sound, electricity, and magnetism.  Emphasis will be placed on research, independent study, and the development of science projects.

Prerequisites:  None

Title: IB Biology SL Seminar

Course Code: 322D00HW  

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course meets for one year, every other day and focuses on the role of biological science in the student’s life and is designed to help students develop inquiry skills based on biological methodology.  Students will gain an international awareness of the biological science through an in-depth study of the multicultural scientist who have shaped the field of biology through research in international disease, global environmental issues and the impact of biological sciences on many cultures.  Students will be assessed using tests, quizzes, essays, student presentations, lab experiments/reports and research. Students will also take the internal and external IB assessments. This course does not have the depth of IB Biology HL. Students considering a higher degree of Biology content should consider taking IB Biology HL. SL Biology students must also work on the Group IV project. Note: Students enrolled in this course will be expected to complete all internal and external assessments that are required by the International Baccalaureate Organization. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry, Algebra II

    

Title: IB Environmental Systems SL

Course Code: 326A00IW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is designed to analyze and interpret environmental principles and methodologies from an interdisciplinary approach. Students will design and perform creative experiments, evaluate results, and examine alternative solutions.   Students will qualitatively and quantitatively examine natural and man-made phenomenon and evaluate associate risks. There are seven main topics: Systems and Models, The Ecosystem, Human population, carrying capacity and resource use, Conservation and Biodiversity, Pollution Management, The issue of Global Warming, Environmental Value System.  Quantitative analysis requires math skills. Participation in the IB Group IV Project is expected. This course may also be used by IBDP students to satisfy a Group 3 course. Note: Students enrolled in this course will be expected to complete all internal and external assessments that are required by the International Baccalaureate Organization. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: SL Seminar, Biology and Chemistry, Algebra 2

 

Title: Advanced Placement Biology

Course Code: 327200AW

Unit: 1 Unit AP

Description: The AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college biology course taken by biology majors. AP Biology includes those topics regularly covered in a college biology course for majors and centers around four Big Ideas: 1. The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life. 2. Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis. 3. Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes. 4. And lastly biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties. The college course in biology differs significantly from the usual first high school course in biology with respect to the kind of textbook used, the range and depth of topics covered, the type of laboratory work done by students, and the time and effort required of students. The kinds of labs done by AP students must be the equivalent of those done by college students with special emphasis on experimental design and inquiry and the newly designed curriculum focuses on seven science practices. The AP Biology course is designed to be taken by students after the successful completion of both a course in high school biology and high school chemistry course. 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. This course is taught every day for one year. Students earn one AP credit for the course and one Honors credit for the lab.   Note: Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive College Board exam in May. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry, Algebra 2                                                                        

 

Title: Advanced Placement Science Preparation Lab (Biology)

Course Code:  328901HW   

Unit: 1 Unit H

Description: The AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college biology course taken by biology majors. AP Biology includes those topics regularly covered in a college biology course for majors and centers around four Big Ideas: 1. The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life. 2. Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis. 3. Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes. 4. And lastly biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties. The college course in biology differs significantly from the usual first high school course in biology with respect to the kind of textbook used, the range and depth of topics covered, the type of laboratory work done by students, and the time and effort required of students. The kinds of labs done by AP students must be the equivalent of those done by college students with special emphasis on experimental design and inquiry and the newly designed curriculum focuses on seven science practices. The AP Biology course is designed to be taken by students after the successful completion of both a course in high school biology and high school chemistry course. 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. This course is taught every day for one year. Students earn one AP credit for the course and one Honors credit for the lab.   Note: Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive College Board exam in May. This course counts as a lab science

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry, Algebra 2

 

Title: Chemistry 1   

Course Code: 323100CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This is a comprehensive, college-preparatory laboratory science course designed to explore six core areas including atomic structure and nuclear processes; bonding and chemical formulas; states of matter, solutions, acids, and bases; chemical reactions; and thermochemistry and chemical kinetics. Students will engage in problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, and applied learning. This is a laboratory science course requiring a minimum of 30% hands-on investigation

Prerequisites: Biology and Algebra 1

                                                                                                

Title: Chemistry 1 H

Course Code: 323100HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This is a comprehensive, college-preparatory laboratory science course designed to explore six core areas including atomic structure and nuclear processes; bonding and chemical formulas; states of matter, solutions, acids, and bases; chemical reactions; and thermochemistry and chemical kinetics. Students will engage in problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, and applied learning. Honors level students will explore advanced concepts above and beyond what is required by the state standards including but not limited to: calculating excess reactants, colligative properties, using hydronium and hydroxide concentrations to determine pH and pOH, alkenes and alkynes, additional laboratory techniques, net ionic equations, redox reactions. This is a laboratory science course requiring a minimum of 30% hands-on investigation. One half of a quality point (0.5) is added to the CP weighting for honors courses.

Prerequisites: Biology and Algebra 1, Geometry (Honors preferred)

                                                                                              

Title: Chemistry 2

Course Code: 323200CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is designed to be the equivalent of a first-year general chemistry college course. Prerequisites include a strong interest in chemistry, good preparation in Chemistry CP and a solid algebra background. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry, Algebra 1

    

Title: Advanced Placement Chemistry

Course Code: 327300AW

Unit: 1 Unit AP

Description: This rigorous college-level course is designed for the accelerated student who plans to be a science, pre-med, or engineering major. Students should attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. This course contributes to the development of the students’ abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas orally and in writing with clarity and logic. Skills for this course are correlated with skills taught in Calculus. Note: Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive College Board Advanced Placement exam in May. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry and Algebra II

 

Title: Advanced Placement Science Preparation Lab (Chemistry)

Course Code: 328902HW

Unit: 1 Unit H

Description: This rigorous college-level course is designed for the accelerated student who plans to be a science, pre-med, or engineering major. Students should attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. This course contributes to the development of the students’ abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas orally and in writing with clarity and logic. Skills for this course are correlated with skills taught in Calculus. Note: Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive College Board Advanced Placement exam in May. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry and Algebra II

                                                                                        

Title: Physics  

Course Code: 324100CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is designed for the college bound non-physical science major. Emphasis is placed on developing a conceptual understanding of physics concepts. Equations are used as a guide to thinking, rather than recipes for algebraic problem solving. This course is designed as an active, hands-on approach to physics, focusing on the applications of physics to daily life. This course may be taken prior or concurrently to chemistry, but chemistry is strongly encouraged for all students who want to attend college in South Carolina.  It meets requirements for college admissions. Topics covered include mechanics, properties of matter, heat, electricity and magnetism, atomic physics, and nuclear physics. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: Biology, Algebra II

                                                                                                               

Title: Physics H

Course Code: 324100HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is designed for the advanced, college-bound science major and is intended to help students with a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities to learn physics. It presents a balance between emphasizing the principles and concepts of physics and the solution of problems. The course specifically is focused on the Mechanics Unit, consisting of Newton’s Laws, motion, acceleration, forces, vectors motion in two dimensions, impulse, work, energy and simple machines. Research paper/project is required. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites:  Biology, Algebra II

 

Title: Advanced Placement Physics 1

Course Code: 328200AW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits. The course includes hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices. Note: Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive College Board Advanced Placement exam in May. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: Biology, Geometry

 

Title: Advanced Placement Physics 2

Course Code: 328300AW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Prerequisites: This course is the equivalent to a second-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics, atomic and nuclear physics. The course includes hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices. Note: Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive College Board Advanced Placement exam in May . This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: AP Physics I. Students should have taken or be concurrently taking pre-calculus.

 

Title: Advanced Placement Physics C: Mechanics

Course Code: 327500AW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is equivalent to a one-semester, calculus based, college-level physics course, especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in physical science or engineering. The course explores topics such as kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation. Introductory differential and integral calculus is used throughout the course. This course counts as a laboratory science course with 20 percent of the instructional time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices.  Note: Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive College Board Advanced Placement exam in May. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: AP Physics 1 with AP Physics 2 recommended. Students should have taken or be concurrently taking calculus.

 

Title: Advanced Placement Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

Course Code: 327600AW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This physics course is especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in physical science or engineering. The course explores topics such as electrostatics; conductors, capacitors, and dielectrics; electric circuits; magnetic fields; and electromagnetism. Introductory differential and integral calculus is used throughout the course.
Prerequisites: AP Physics 1 with AP Physics 2 recommended. Students should have taken or be concurrently taking calculus.

 

Title: Marine Science  

Course Code: 322500CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This is a laboratory and field study course in which students are introduced to the diversity of marine organisms and environments. Students study geological and physical oceanography, review basic hydrology and chemistry, as well as previewing representative phyla. Extensive lab and field projects are emphasized within small groups. Individual reports required on environmental topics. This course meets requirements for graduation and college admissions. This course counts as a lab science

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry

                                                                       

Title: Marine Science H  

Course Code: 322500HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: The honors level Marine Science course will extend the same topics as CP in greater depth, and students will also conduct more field research including SEPMN phytoplankton study on a biweekly basis. Students should have a strong science background including the prerequisites, preferably at the honors level. Field trips, guest speakers, and independent research are integral parts of the curriculum. Students are required to complete a science fair project, a science enrichment competition, or a 20-hour science internship as part of the honors program. This course counts as a lab science

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry

                                                                                   

Title: Environmental Science

Course Code: 326100CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is designed to promote an understanding of human impact on the environment. The course includes physical and chemical properties, living systems, and interrelationships. Students will investigate key areas including the application of scientific process to environmental analysis: ecology, energy flow, ecological structures, earth systems, atmospheric, land and water science. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: Biology

                                                                         

Title: Advanced Placement Enviromental Science
Course Code: 327700AW

Unit: 1 Unit AP

Description: This course is designed to provide students with interdisciplinary scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand interrelationships of the natural world. Students identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and man - made, evaluate the associated risks, and examine alternative solutions. Quantitative analysis requires math skills. It is the equivalent of a one semester, introductory college course.  Note: Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive College Board Advanced Placement exam in May. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra 2

 

Title: Advanced Placement Science Preparation Lab (Environmental Science)

Course Code: 328903HW  

Unit: 1 Unit H

Description: This course is designed to provide students with interdisciplinary scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand interrelationships of the natural world. Students identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and man - made, evaluate the associated risks, and examine alternative solutions. Quantitative analysis requires math skills. It is the equivalent of a one semester, introductory college course.  Note: Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive College Board Advanced Placement exam in May. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra 2

                                            

Title: Anatomy and Physiology

Course Code: 326300CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: The course is for those students interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field. The concepts of structure and function, homeostasis, and body organization from building blocks of chemicals, cells, tissues, organs, and systems are stressed. Chemistry is needed for the Biochemistry sections. Professionals from the biological arena will be invited in to provide students with up-to- date knowledge and techniques utilized in the field. A minimum of five volunteer hours in an approved biological area will be required. This course is designed for the college bound life-science major. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry

                                                                     

Title: Anatomy and Physiology H   

Course Code: 326300HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is designed to meet the needs of students interested in studying anatomy and physiology in more detail with emphasis on healthcare professions. Students who enroll should have taken the prerequisite science courses and made a B average or better. Honors core prerequisites are highly recommended due to the reading level of the textbooks. The basic topics are taught in more depth with outside readings and case studies in medicine, genetics and related fields. Students are required to complete a science fair project, a science enrichment competition or a 20-hour science internship as part of the honors program. This course counts as a lab science

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry

                                                               

Title: Forensic Science

Course Code: 324500CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course, designed for students who have an interest in forensic science, exposes students to careers that are available in the legal field in addition to police officers and attorneys. The course emphasis is on the nature and analysis of physical evidence with a minimum of scientific terminology and equations. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry

 

 

Title: IB Sports, Exercise and Health

Course Code: 322E00IW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: The course incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition, which are studied in the context of sport, exercise and health. Students will cover a range of core and optional topics. At least 30% of the course will be spent on practical, laboratory experimental investigations and field settings. This will provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific principles and critically analyze human performance. Where relevant, the course will address issues of international dimension and ethics by considering sport, exercise and health relative to the individual and in a global context. In addition to the prerequisites noted above, it is highly recommended that Anatomy and Physiology H is taken prior to the IB Sports, Exercise and health Science curriculum. This course counts as a lab science.

Prerequisites: Biology H and Chemistry H