THE FOLLOWING SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS CAN ALSO BE FOUND IN THE RIVER RIDGE COURSE HANDBOOK.


*All courses aligned with National Science Foundation and Wisconsin Science Academic Standards curriculum guidelines.

*INTEGRATED SCIENCE
Grade Level: 9
Prereq: None
2 Semesters - 1 cr.
Integrated science is an inquiry, concept, and laboratory based study of how earth and space sciences, life sciences, and physical and environmental sciences relate to each other in the everyday world. This course provides a strong foundation in the sciences. Math skills through pre-algebra are used in problem solving. 4 units (Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science.)


*BIOLOGY
Grade Level: 10-12
Prereq: 9th grader Instructor approval
2 Semesters - 1 cr.
The general Biology curriculum aims to increase the student's awareness of the natural world by developing interest in the science of life. Students will study cellular biology, microbiology, plant/animal biology, human biology, and the ecological/environmental relationships between inter/intra Kingdom groups. The program consists of lecture, lab, and class discussion formatting. It has both college prep and non-college prep orientation with flexibility at all ability levels.


*ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
Grade Level: 10-12
Prereq: Biology or Integrated Science
2 semesters - 1 cr.
The curriculum is designed to provide students with an understanding of the structure and function of the human body. Although not limited to such, it is especially useful for students interested in health field careers. Medical terminology is defined and discussed and Internet research is required. Labs include microscopic study of tissues, disability simulations, model and diagram study, comparative anatomy, and computer simulation. A research paper is required during one of the semesters.


*CHEMISTRY
Grade Level: 11-12
Prereq: "C" in Bio & Alg 1 or Instructor approval
2 semesters - 1 cr.
This course discusses the internal make-up of matter and how it changes. Topics include atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical and molecular structure, chemical reactions, and inorganic/organic chemistry. Lab and analysis are vital parts of chemistry. The use of mathematical skills is included often in lectures and labs.


*ADVANCED PHYSICAL SCIENCE (APS)
Grade Level: 11-12
Prereq: None
2 semesters - 1 cr.
This upper level lab science course is a 4 unit course, each using approximately one nine-week grading period. Units covered deal with the following topics: meteorology, astronomy, plate-tectonics/geology, and oceanography. The course is designed to introduce students to science fields not covered in other curriculum core areas and also to give students experience working with new technology in observation, data collection, and analysis. A great deal of video resources are also used in this course.


*PHYSICS
Grade Level: 12
Prereq: Geometry & Alg 2 enrollment
2 semesters - 1 cr.
The Physics curriculum aims to give the student an understanding of the contemporary view of the physical world. It stresses that all physical phenomena are described in terms of two fundamental concepts: matter and energy. The development of these concepts is a major program goal. Special emphasis will be placed on the idea that physics can be found in even the simplest of everyday activities. In-depth lab reports are also developed.


*ADVANCED BIOLOGY
Grade Level: 12
Prereq: Biology
2 semesters - 1 cr.
In this class, we will pursue the advanced study of the many subtopics of Biology. Specific units will target psychology, forensics, evolution, diseases, genetics, and environmental issues. Professional writing skills are enhanced and detailed lab procedures are developed. Many individual and group projects are used to assess students.


*APPLIED SCIENCE

Grade Level: 9

Prereq: Instructor recommendation / permission

2 semesters - 1 cr. (non-college prep)

Applied science is intended to be an entry-level high school lab science course designed to introduce the student to various topics within the life science/physical science fields and to provide a basic knowledge of structure, function, and interaction of organisms with their respective environments. In addition, students will study how and why science and technology apply to real world concepts. Students will use this course as preparation for Integrated Science and focus on developing an understanding of the scientific method as well as an improved scientific vocabulary.