Catholic High School provides full laboratory facilities. All
courses (excluding AP courses) require a science fair project, and
a related research paper. A school-wide science fair is held
Biology I is a laboratory course that
presents a basic but thorough introduction to biological science.
Topics include biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, evolution,
and the diversity of life. Major activities include raising
plants through a complete life cycle, fetal pig dissection, and
microscopy explorations. All ninth grade students take this
This course is a lab-oriented course
that offers students a basic but thorough introduction to
chemistry. Topics include scientific measurement, problem
solving, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical reactions,
stoichiometry, and the behavior of gases.
Prerequisites: Biology I, Algebra
II (or current enrollment in Algebra II)
This laboratory-based course is designed
to investigate the fundamental concepts that explain physical
phenomena with more of an emphasis on the qualitative, rather than
the quantitative aspects of the study of physics. In
addition, a variety of laboratory investigations enhance the
learning of key concepts. Topics include kinematics,
mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and
waves and sound.
Prerequisites: Algebra I
This lab-based course focuses on animal
behavior, ecology, botany, and microbiology. Major
activities include insect behavior labs, botanical experiments, a
plant collection project, and microbiology experiments.
Prerequisites: Biology I, Chemistry I
This course is designed to enable
students to learn problem-solving skills in both word problems and
in laboratory sessions. Topics include kinematics,
mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics,
waves and sound, and modern physics. This course should
prepare them for AP or college-level physics.
Prerequisites: Chemistry I, Algebra II
Human Anatomy & Physiology
course gives students with an interest in health-related topics
and careers an opportunity to study in-depth the structure and
functions of the major human body systems. Students enrolled
in this course are expected to participate in a variety of
vertebrate dissection labs and microscopy investigations.
The major body systems explored include the integumentary,
skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory,
digestive, urinary, endocrine, and immune systems. The main
vertebrate sensory organs are also covered.
I, Chemistry I
This course is a college-level biology
course, with a comprehensive emphasis on biochemical processes and
the study of all living things in preparation for the AP exam. AP
Biology includes an advanced laboratory program in which most of
the College Board-designated AP labs are completed. Topics
include biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, evolution, the
diversity of life, botany, ecology, and animal form and function.
Prerequisites: Biology I, Chemistry I, AP
Biology instructor approval
This course is a college-level chemistry
course designed to enable students to attain a depth of
understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry. AP Chemistry
includes a comprehensive set of laboratory experiences.
Topics include the structure of matter, states of matter, nuclear
chemistry, reaction types, stoichiometry, chemical equilibrium,
kinetics, and thermodynamics.
Prerequisites: Chemistry I, AP
Chemistry instructor approval
This course is a college-level physics
course with the following instructional goals: (1) physics
knowledge – basic knowledge of the discipline of physics,
including phenomenology, theories and techniques, and generalizing
principles; (2) problem solving – ability to ask physical
questions and to obtain solutions to physical questions by use of
qualitative and quantitative reasoning; (3) student attributes –
fostering of important student attributes, including curiosity,
creativity, reasoned skepticism, and appreciation of the physical
world and the discipline of physics; and (4) connections –
understanding connections of physics to other disciplines and to
Chemistry I, Physics I, Algebra II, AP Physics instructor approval