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The Science Department is dedicated to providing every student with an education in the fundamentals of the physical and life sciences.  The department strives to not only prepare students for entrance level college science courses but also develop the student’s interest in science and promote the scientific method as a tool for problem-solving. Through a sound foundation of science, the student has the opportunity to have a better understanding of the world, an appreciation of nature, and to make informed decisions for the betterment of man and his environment. 
 
Life Science 7:  This course provides a knowledge base upon which students can make well informed and wise decisions about their health and behavior. The purpose of the course is to encourage young adolescents to continue to build their knowledge of the natural sciences. Students will investigate cells, heredity, and changes in biological populations over time; investigate diversity among organisms, human biology, and ecology, and increase knowledge of the history and nature of science through scientific inquiry and experimental design.
 
Earth Science 8: This course covers Earth history, earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, weather, astronomy, and oceanography. Students will explore astronomy, geology, and meteorology; investigate the basic structure of matter, and increase the knowledge of the history and nature of science through scientific inquiry and experimental design.
 
Physical Science: This course will provide students with a course of study that includes the principles of basic chemistry, physics, and mathematics. This subject provides students with the basic foundation to continue further study in earth and space science, biology, chemistry, and physics.
 
Biology:  This course covers ecology, cell biology, genetics, human biology, and evolution with emphasis on the unity of life. The diversity of life is emphasized by a study of taxonomy with extra attention to the classification of plants and animals. The concepts of structure and function and the interactions of species and their environment are stressed throughout the course.
 
Chemistry:  This course is designed to prepare students for the AP Chemistry course. Its content includes measurement, atomic structure, periodicity of elements, bonding, formulas, the mole, stoichiometry, phases of matter, gas laws, solutions, acid-base titration, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, equilibrium, organic compounds, and nuclear chemistry. Laboratory experiments provide experience in the manipulation of apparatus, the handling of various reagents, collecting data, and relating practice to the course lectures. The accelerated course will increase student interest in continuing chemistry studies through the subsequent AP Chemistry course.

Prerequisites:  Approval of the Department and the Academic Dean
 
Environmental Science and Ecology: This course is designed to introduce students to common practices and concepts associated with the field of environmental science and ecology. Topics covered include interactions between organisms and their habitats, fish, reptiles, birds, mammals, and plants of Arkansas. Part of the class will deal with the classification/identification of these organisms as well as anatomy and some physiology. This class will be geared more towards organismal biology. In addition, students will learn common field procedures crucial to ecological studies.

Advanced Placement Physics:  This course is designed to provide students with a curriculum comparable to a first-semester, non-calculus, college course in physics, and to provide a good survey of second-semester topics in college physics. Willingness is expected to practice the mathematical principles presented in the course and to perform the laboratory experiments selected to complement the lectures. Its content includes Newtonian mechanics, rotational motion, work, energy, thermodynamics, states of matter, electricity and magnetism, optics, simple circuits, sound, and nuclear physics.  Laboratory investigations familiarize students with equipment, measurements, errors, and data interpretation. The course will increase student interest in college-level physics and engineering, as the theory from lectures and demonstrations from laboratories combine in practical and accurate ways to represent modern technologies.

Prerequisites:  Approval of the Department and Academic Dean
 
Advanced Placement Chemistry:  This course is designed to provide students with a curriculum comparable to a first-year college course in chemistry. A background is assumed to include biology, algebra, and the first course in chemistry. Willingness is expected to accept the rigors of an emphasized course place with a college-level textbook, to practice mathematical principles and chemical calculations presented in the course, and to perform the laboratory experiments selected to complement the lectures. The course will increase student interest in college-level chemistry as deeper skills are mastered and provide possible college-level credit. Student preparation for the AP exam, to foster success such as for example exams and brush-up work, will comprise several weeks.

Prerequisites:  Chemistry; Approval of the Department and Academic Dean

Concurrent Credit Biology (Introduction to Biological Sciences): This course is a two-semester credit course in partnership with Arkansas Tech University. The course is an introduction to the major concepts of biological science, with an emphasis on the development of this scientific perspective and how it applies to humans.

Prerequisites: A minimum score of 19 on ACT math, reading, and science or equivalent SAT; admission to Arkansas Tech University; Approval of the Department and Academic Dean