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The Monacan High School Science Department, including the Specialty Centers for the Humanities and Health and Physical Therapy, provides science classes to students that emphasize hands-on experiences and critical thinking. Using an inquiry-based approach in a digital-age learning environment, our goal is to develop self-directed learners able to apply knowledge, skills, and abilities from science concepts across the curriculum and into the future



Courses Offered



AP offerings
Earth Science II
Biology I
Biology II
Anatomy and Physiology
Chemistry
Ecology
Physics
Biology
Chemistry
Physics B
* For more information, see the course descriptions below
* Some classes are offered at both C and Honors Level

Department Members
NameClasses Taught
NameClasses Taught 
Lorna Anzelone
(Dept. Chair)

 Emily Smith
Julie Coleman


    
Kate Doctor
 Matthew Verner
Melanie Haimes-Bartolf

 

Tammy Miller
 

Bill Roberson
 

Daniel Scott
 
 

Teacher Webpages

SC421 EARTH SCIENCE 2 One Credit
This laboratory course provides an advanced survey of earth science topics chosen from oceanography, geology, astronomy and meteorology. The content is organized around thematic units and human activities and influences are explored. Pre-requisites: SC420 Earth/Space Science 1
 
SC430 BIOLOGY 1 One Credit
Biology, the study of living things, is a laboratory course which includes the following major areas of study: experimental design, chemistry, cells, genetics, viruses, monerans, protists, fungi, plants, animals, the human body, classification, evolution, and ecology. These areas are developed within the framework of the principal biological theories with an emphasis on critical thinking and science process skills. If dissections are conducted in class, alternatives will be provided for students that request them.
 
SC430 BIOLOGY 1 HONORS One Credit
Honors biology is a laboratory-based course which encompasses research design concepts introduced in the middle school. Core content will include interrelationships in ecosystems, taxonomy, cellular chemistry, genetics, microbiology, and physiology. These areas are developed within a framework of the principal biological theories with an emphasis on critical thinking and science process skills. Class team research projects will be developed using descriptive statistics techniques. If dissections are conducted in class, alternatives will be provided for students that request them.
 
SC431 BIOLOGY 2 One Credit
This laboratory course provides an advanced survey of life science topics chosen from molecular and cellular biology, the biology of organisms and ecology. Science, technology and societal issues are incorporated throughout. If dissections are conducted in class, alternatives will be provided for students that request them. Pre-requisites: SC420 Earth/Space Science 1, SC430 Biology 1
 
SC434 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY One Credit
In this laboratory course students will examine the anatomy and physiology of vertebrate systems. The laboratory portion of the course provides students with the opportunity to study, through dissection, a variety of vertebrate specimens. Alternatives to dissection will be provided for students that request them. Pre-requisites: SC430 Biology 1, SC440 Chemistry 1
 
SC439 AP BIOLOGY One Credit
This course is designed to be equivalent of a college freshman general biology course. Students will explore the fundamental characteristics of living matter from the molecular level to the ecosystem level. The diversity of living organisms, their structure, function and evolution is emphasized. A college-level text is used as the basal text. Weekly time equivalent to three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory is required. If dissections are conducted in class, alternatives will be provided for students that request them. Pre-requisites: SC430 Biology 1, SC440 Chemistry 1
 
SC440 CHEMISTRY 1 One Credit
This inquiry-based laboratory course surveys the major topics in inorganic chemistry. It is designed to provide a thorough foundation for the college-bound student, emphasizing the quantitative treatment of data, the development of critical thinking skills, abstract reasoning, and application of concepts. Co-requisites: MA340 Algebra 2 co-requisite
 
SC440 CHEMISTRY 1 HONORS One Credit
This inquiry-based laboratory course is a comprehensive survey of inorganic and physical chemistry. The course will emphasize problem solving and provide a thorough foundation for the college-bound student, emphasizing a quantitative approach. In addition to learning the concepts of chemistry, students will spend the majority of their time on applying their knowledge to new situations and analyzing and evaluating chemistry data. Students in this course will continue to learn and practice the skills of experimental design. Research projects will be completed by small teams of students involving the use of inferential statistics as part of data analysis. Co-requisites: MA340 Algebra 2
 
SC444 ECOLOGY One Credit
This is a laboratory course focusing on how organisms interact with each other and their environment. Major topics in this course are population biology, ecosystems, and the effects of science and technology on physical and complex adaptive systems. Pre-requisites: SC430 Biology 1, SC440 Chemistry 1
 
SC449 AP CHEMISTRY One Credit
This course is designed to be the equivalent of a first year college chemistry course. It differs qualitatively and quantitatively from the usual high school chemistry course with respect to the kind of textbook used; the scope, sequence, and detail of topics covered; the mathematical formulation of principles; the emphasis on calculations; and the nature and variety of laboratory work done by student. A college textbook is used and the laboratory component is rather sophisticated. Weekly time equivalent to three hours lecture, four hours laboratory, and five hours independent study are expected. Pre-requisites: SC430 Biology 1, SC440 Chemistry 1
 
SC450 PHYSICS 1 One Credit
This is a college preparatory course with emphasis on physical science concepts. Concepts involved include mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, electromagnetism, modern physics, and scientific investigation. Student experiences center around active inquiry and experimentation. Pre-requisites: MA340 Algebra 2 co-requisite
 
SC450 PHYSICS 1 HONORS One Credit
This is a college preparatory course with emphasis on the analytical treatment of content, which will include kinematics, dynamics, Newtonian mechanics, conservation laws, kinetic molecular theory, waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum. Students are required to complete an individual research paper using appropriate techniques of statistical analysis introduced in the student's prior science experiences. This course is primarily recommended for students planning to major in math or science at the college level. Pre-requisites: MA340 Algebra 2 Honors
 
SC453 PHYSICS-GENERAL One Credit
Students blend real world physics application with concepts reviewed through technology and related issues in this college preparatory course. Student experiences center around active inquiry and experimentation. Mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, electro- magnetism, modern physics, and scientific investigation are emphasized topics. Pre-requisites: MA320 Algebra 1
 
SC457 AP PHYSICS B One Credit
This course is the equivalent of a college physics course. AP Physics B prepares students for the AP Physics B exam. AP Physics emphasizes both physics knowledge and problem solving. The emphasis is on basic principles of physics and their applications through careful and selective treatment of well-chosen areas. It is assumed that students are familiar with algebra and trigonometry; some theoretical developments may use basic concepts of calculus. This course provides an excellent foundation in physics for students interested in life sciences or pre-medicine. Pre-requisites: MA340 Algebra 2 Honors
 
SC490 LABORATORY ASSISTANT One Credit
With permission of the science department chairman and the principal, a student may serve as a laboratory assistant. Only students with an interest and background in science, a strong sense of responsibility, dependability, and willingness to work will be selected. Students may use only one credit in this course to fulfill graduation requirements. This course will not satisfy a science graduation credit.
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