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Michele Richards
Department Chair
email: Michele_Richards@ccpsnet.net

Many students find science extremely inspiring and interesting. Science instils a sense of intrigue and enables students to develop understanding and form questions based both on the knowledge they already have and the insight they wish to gain in the future. Students who excel in science lessons are likely to develop a strong ability to think critically. The core laboratory science courses are Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students pursuing a standard diploma require 3 credits of a laboratory science. Students pursuing an advanced diploma require 4 credits of a laboratory science. In addition to these core classes, the science department also offers the following electives:

 Oceanography     The study of living things and their interactions with the environment. Specific topics include historical oceanography, marine ecology, resources, pollution, coral reefs, and the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Field trips may include canoeing, boating, fishing, museums, aquariums and businesses. Prerequisites = Biology and Chemistry.
 AP Environmental Science Provides students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and man-made, and to examine solutions for resolving and preventing these problems. Prerequisites = Biology and Chemistry.
 Anatomy & Physiology     Students who are interested in health-related careers such as physical therapy or sports medicine are excellent candidates. Students will learn the anatomy of various vertebrate specimens and understand advances of modern technology used in the treatment of physiological problems.
 AP Biology     Students design experiments, collect and analyze data, and interpret data to develop explanations, make predictions an draw conclusions. Learn about organisms, biological systems and natural phenomena. Prerequisites = honors biology and honors chemistry.
 AP Chemistry Students delve deeply into topics such as structure and states of matter, intermolecular forces, reactions and how to use chemical calculations to solve problems. This class is equivalent to a two-semester college introductory chemistry course. Prerequisite = honors chemistry and teacher recommendation.
 Forensic Chemistry Students gain an appreciation of how scientific concepts are applied to real-world situations, specifically forensic investigations. Fingerprinting, toxicology, blood spatters, DNA analysis and investigation of mock crime scenes. Prerequisite = biology , chemistry and algebra 2.

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