Department of Science

Electives (presented alphabetically)

Anatomy & Physiology (1 Credit)

Prerequisites: Completion of Biology

Anatomy & Physiology is a college preparatory course designed as an elective for those students who wish to pursue further study in health fields or who wish to learn more about the human body. This course stresses structural and functional features of the human body, from the molecular level to the whole organism. Laboratory activity is designed to reinforce ideas, develop concepts and stimulate thinking. This course will explore in depth the Anatomy and Physiology Biology standards of the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework.


Botany (0.5 Credit)

Prerequisites: Completion of Biology

Botany is offered as a half-year elective course designed to expose students to the anatomy and physiology of a wide variety of organisms in the plant kingdom. This course will study the structure, function, growth and classification of plants and the role of plants in the living world, the recycling of nutrients and the conversion of energy in the ecosystem. Plant science is explored in the school greenhouse, the lab, and the field, as well as in the classroom. Students will propagate plants, research and classify plants, conduct plant experiments and create projects that support the understanding of the plant world. This course will explore in depth related Biology standards of the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework.


Earth & Space Science (1 Credit)

Prerequisites: Completion of Introductory Physics and Biology

Earth & Space Science is a college preparatory course designed as an elective for students who want to learn more about the world around them. The course includes the Earth & Space Science standards of the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework and explores topics including matter and energy in the Earth system, energy resources in the Earth system, Earth processes and cycles, and the origin and evolution of the universe Hands-on laboratory activities, demonstrations and individual projects are an integral part of this course.


Ecology (0.5 Credit)

Prerequisites: Completion of Biology

Ecology is a college preparatory course designed as an elective that studies the interrelationships between organisms and their physical and biological environment. Topics include nutrient cycling, energy, populations, communities and ecosystems. The course will also examine human impact on ecosystems and evaluate practices that insure the sustainability and biodiversity of the earth. Laboratory exercises and fieldwork are an integral part of this course. This course will explore in depth related Biology standards of the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework.


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