Department of Science

Advanced Placement (presented alphabetically)

AP Biology (1 Credit)

Prerequisites: Completion of Biology, completion or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry, science teacher or counselor recommendation, and signed student contract

Requisite: Concurrent enrollment in AP Biology Laboratory (0.5 credits)

Advanced Placement Biology is designed to present a college-level biology course in scope and sequence. The major biological themes presented include science as a process, evolution, energy transfer, continuity and change, relationship of structure to function, regulation, the interdependency in nature, and science and technology in society. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement Biology Exam in order to receive Advanced Placement credit. Students who successfully complete this assessment and receive a satisfactory score on the Advanced Placement Exam may receive college credit at participating colleges.


AP Biology Laboratory (0.5 Credit)

Requisite: Concurrent enrollment in AP Biology

All students enrolled in AP Biology must take this semester course. This laboratory course complements AP Biology by utilizing extensive laboratory work and inquiry, as outlined by the College Board Curriculum, to further develop and communicate understanding of biological concepts. Students will develop skills and techniques to achieve competency in performing laboratory investigations.


AP Chemistry (1 Credit)

Prerequisites: Completion of Biology and Chemistry, science teacher or counselor recommendation, and signed student contract

Requisite: Concurrent enrollment in AP Chemistry Laboratory (0.5 credits)

Advanced Placement Chemistry is designed to present a college-level chemistry course in scope and sequence. The four major themes of chemistry presented include structure of matter, states of matter, reactions and descriptive chemistry. The course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine, engineering or other scientific fields. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement Chemistry Exam in order to receive Advanced Placement credit. Students who successfully complete this assessment and receive a satisfactory score on the Advanced Placement Exam may receive college credit at participating colleges.


AP Chemistry Laboratory (0.5 Credit)

Requisite: Concurrent enrollment in AP Chemistry

All students enrolled in AP Chemistry must take this semester course. This laboratory course complements AP Chemistry by utilizing extensive laboratory work and inquiry, as outlined by the College Board Curriculum, to further develop and communicate understanding of chemical concepts. Students will develop skills and techniques to achieve competency in performing laboratory investigations.


AP Environmental Science (1 Credit)

Prerequisites: Completion of Biology, completion or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry, science teacher or counselor recommendation, and signed student contract

Requisite: Concurrent enrollment in AP Environmental Science Laboratory (0.5 credits)

Advanced Placement Environmental Science is designed to present a college-level environmental science course in scope and sequence. Environmental science is an interdisciplinary study that draws on science, mathematics, economics, history and law in the context of human interaction with the natural world. The course explores seven areas of study that include Earth systems and resources, the “living world,” population, land and water use, energy resources and consumption, pollution and global change. Identification and analysis are employed with scientific methods as students take on the role of citizen scientists. Problems, risks and policies in developing stewardship and promoting sustainability of the planet Earth are explored. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement Environmental Science Exam in order to receive Advanced Placement credit. Students who successfully complete this assessment and receive a satisfactory score on the Advanced Placement Exam may receive college credit at participating colleges.


AP Environmental Science Laboratory (0.5 Credit)

Requisite: Concurrent enrollment in AP Environmental Science

All students enrolled in AP Environmental Science must take this semester course. This laboratory course complements AP Environmental Science by utilizing extensive laboratory work and inquiry, as outlined by the College Board Curriculum, to further develop and communicate understanding of environmental science concepts. Field trips are an essential part of the course and include explorations in pollution, field studies, population studies, and local natural resources. Students will develop skills and techniques to achieve competency in performing laboratory investigations.


AP Physics B (1 Credit)

Prerequisites: Completion of Geometry, science teacher or counselor recommendation, and signed student contract

Requisite: Concurrent enrollment in AP Physics B Laboratory (0.5 credits)

Advanced Placement Physics B is designed to present a college-level physics course in scope and sequence. The course explores topics in both classical and modern physics, and the major content areas include Newtonian mechanics; fluid mechanics and thermal physics; electricity and magnetism; waves and optics; and atomic and nuclear physics. Competency in algebra and basic trigonometry is required for the course. Students are required to participate in the Advanced Placement Physics B exam in order to receive Advance Placement credit. Students who successfully complete this course and receive a satisfactory score on the Advanced Placement Exam may receive college credit at participating institutions.


AP Physics B Laboratory (0.5 Credit)

Requisite: Concurrent enrollment in AP Physics B

All students enrolled in AP Physics must take this semester course. This laboratory course complements AP Physics by utilizing extensive laboratory work and inquiry, as outlined by the College Board Curriculum, to further develop and communicate understanding of physical concepts. Students will develop skills and techniques to achieve competency in performing laboratory investigations.


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