Prerequisite: None. Major emphasis and laboratory work are in the areas of geology, astronomy, meteorology, oceanography and physical geography.
Earth Science Honors - Grade: 9
Prerequisite: Recommendation from eighth grade science teacher and Algebra I. This course involves the study of the earth and its place in space. It encompasses the areas of astronomy, geology, meteorology, oceanography, and physical geography.
Earth Science II: Advanced Topics (Oceanography) - Grade: 9-12
Advanced Topics will be taught as an environmental geology course. This class will teach and use the process of science to study the Earth's composition, structure, processes; its atmosphere, freshwater, and oceans; as well as its local and global environment. Major topics of study include mineral and energy resources, anthropogenic effects on global systems- overpopulation, natural disasters, global warming, freshwater depletion, pollution, and sustainability.
Biology - Grade: 10
Prerequisite: Completion of Earth Science or Earth Science CH. The main objectives are to have the student plan and conduct investigations. The students will investigate the history of biological concepts, the biochemical principles essential for life, the relationship between cell structure and function, the basis of classification systems, and the common mechanism of inheritance.
Biology Honors - Grade: 10
Prerequisite: Recommendation from 9th grade science teacher and successful completion of Earth Science or Earth Science Honors with an A or B. This course is designed for college-bound students and provides the students with a detailed understanding of living systems, classification of organisms, biochemical life processes, cellular organization, and mechanisms of inheritance. Also included are population studies, interactions and relationships among organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems and their environments, as well as changes in organisms through time.
VHCC Biology - Grade: 11 - 12
Prerequisite: A or B in Biology Challenge. Explore fundamental characteristics of living matter from the molecular level to the ecological community with emphasis on general biological principles. Introduction the diversity of living organisms, their structure, function and evolution.
Biology II/ Ecology - Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: Biology or Biology CH. Involves hands-on laboratory activities - learning about issues and interactions between man and his environment.
First year chemistry prerequisite:
1. a "B" or better in biology or teacher recommendation;
2. successful completion of or concurrent enrollment with Algebra II;
3. pass all SOLs in algebra I, geometry, earth science, and biology.
Prerequisite: A or B in Chemistry.
Anatomy and Physiology - Grade: 11–12
Prerequisites: Pre or Co-requisites are Chemistry and Algebra II. A pre-requisite is Biology Challenge with a grade A and/or teacher recommendation. Students will develop an understanding of the anatomical and chemical makeup of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems as they relate to the whole organism. The students will learn the location and function of the various parts of the skeletal system.
Physics/AP Physics - Grade: 12
Prerequisite: Recommendation from previous science teacher; completion of chemistry and trigonometry/ analysis, or concurrent enrollment.
AP Enviromental Science - Grade: 11-12
Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one semester, introductory college course in environmental science. The goal of the A.P. Environmental Science is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them.
Must have taken and passed with a C or better: Algebra 2 and Chemistry (the Instructor has ability override)
A daily commitment to read and good attendance