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Prerequisite: None

This course utilizes the inquiry approach to learning about living things.  During the year, Ecology, diversity among living things, Cellular Morphology and Physiology, Organismic Morphology and Physiology, and student's place in the world will be covered.


This course is designed to encourage students to learn problem-solving techniques, to learn and use the chemistry vocabulary, and to accumulate a body of chemistry knowledge.  Laboratory work will be used in achieving these aims.

Prerequisite: Must have passed Geometry/Trig with a “C” average or above

This course is designed to challenge students in problem solving techniques, and emphasizes particularly on the applications of mathematics to physical situations.  The course will include a body of physics vocabulary and physics knowledge, and will include laboratory investigations.

Advanced Biology
Prerequisite: Biology or Applied Biology and Chemistry

This course offers an in-depth review of the five kingdoms in which all living things are presently classified.  The students will be introduced to laboratory techniques in microbiology, comparative anatomy, morphology, and abiotic factors which influence life.  Senior enrollment is preferred for this course.

Advanced Earth Science
Prerequisite: Junior Status
Rend Lake Dual Credit: PHSC 1102

Principles of Earth Science will introduce the student to the make-up and processes of the planet Earth.  The course will include history of the Earth, plate tectonics, physical properties and materials, natural phenomena such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and landslides, weathering and erosion, natural resources, oceans, waste and pollution, and human impact.

Advanced Chemistry
Prerequisite: Chemistry, Algebra I with a “B” average, or Algebra II concurrently 

This course builds on the concepts of the first year Chemistry, with additional laboratory investigation, computer simulations, and more in-depth study and problem solving in the various areas of Chemistry.

Anatomy and Physiology
Prerequisite: *Junior or above status, Grade of C or above in Biology and Chemistry

In this course, students will build on information learned in biology and focus specifically on human anatomy and physiology. Emphasis will be placed on the interactions of organs as they work together to maintain balance, and on gathering information on a variety of health related topics (including healthcare careers). Through lecture, labs (including dissections), microscopy and human performance, students will review human anatomy and increase their knowledge of how the human body works.

*Lab Fee: ($35.00, to cover cost of specimens for several dissections)

Physical Science
Prerequisite: None

This course involves the study of the structures and states of matter. Typically (but not always) offered as introductory survey courses, they may include such topics as forms of energy, wave phenomenon, electromagnetism, and physical and chemical interactions.

Life Scienceerequisite: None

These courses provide students with a basic understanding of living things. Topics covered may include ecology and environmental problems such as overpopulation and pollution as well as cells, types of organisms, evolutionary behavior, and inheritance.