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SC400 Biology
9
Standard
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. Students of Biology will gain a fundamental understanding of the life processes and how the wide range of living things perform these processes. This course will fulfill the biological science credit for graduation. Nature and scope of science/biology; chemical make-up of living things; cells as units of structure and function; the processes of inheritance; structure and function of viruses, micro-organisms, plant and animals; and ecology will be studied.

Outcomes:

  • Identify questions, concepts, and testable hypothesis that guide scientific investigations
  • Describe and recognize the eight life processes
  • Explain how organisms interact with the abiotic and biotic parts of their environment
  • Explain the function of cell parts, the types of cells (prokaryotic/eukaryotic), and the dynamics of cell energy
  • Describe the processes of mitosis and meiosis and explain why these processes are important
  • Describe the relationship between DNA protein molecules and amino acids in carrying out the work of cells and how this is similar among all organisms
  • Identify the characteristics of each of the six kingdoms and relate this to the theory of evolution
  • Demonstrate their understanding of how organisms have mechanisms and processes for passing traits and variations of traits from one generation to the next.
  • Identify the morphology and life cycles of viruses and bacteria
  • Compare the structure and function of animal body systems to human body systems

If you take this course, you must also take SC400-S2 Biology

This course will fulfill the biological science credit for graduation
SC455 Computer Science Engineering
10, 11, 12
Standard
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. Project Lead The Way course Students work in teams to develop computational thinking and solve problems. This course covers the College Board’s new CS Principles framework. The course does not aim to teach mastery of a single programming language but aims instead to develop computational thinking, to generate excitement about the field of computing, and to introduce computational tools that foster creativity. The course also aims to build students’ awareness of the tremendous demand for computer specialists and for professionals in all fields who have computational skills. Each unit focuses on one or more computationally intensive career paths. The course aims to engage students to consider issues raised by the present and future societal impact on computing. Accelerated credit is available to students upon successful completion of a PLTW portfolio at the end of either or both semesters. An end of the assessment, which when passed and accompanied with the portfolio, serves as an AP credit at most accredited universities within the United States.

Outcomes:

  • Students will create original code, read, and modify code provided from other sources
  • Students will use programs to demonstrate a working knowledge of popular computer fields such as cybersecurity, web development, and information technology
  • Students will examine very large data sets tied to themselves as well as to areas of work and society. By learning a variety of data visualization techniques and working to recognize opportunities to apply algorithmic thinking and automation when considering questions that have answers embedded in data
  • Students are challenged to explore the assumptions and parameters built into several simulations and to attach meaning to the results. Having explored a few applications of intelligent behavior emerging from algorithmic components, students reflect on the current and future state of artificial intelligence

MA200-S1 – Geometry S1 AND MA200-S2 – Geometry S2

If you take this course, you must also take SC455-S1 – Computer Software Eng. S1

This course will fulfill the physical science OR the CTE credit for graduation.
SC490 Core Chemistry
10
Standard
1

Core Chemistry will study matter and how it changes – emphasizing science skill and science literacy development. Science skills will focus on interpreting data, scientific investigations, and evaluating models – skills assessed on the ACT. Scientific literacy will focus on evidence based thinking. Students will improve their writing using the CER format (Claim – Evidence – Reasoning) and reading skills focusing on identifying evidence that supports an author’s claim.

SC400-S1 – Biology S1 AND SC400-S2 – Biology S2

If you take this course, you must also take Core Chemistry S2

SC500 Chemistry
10, 11, 12
Standard
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. Chemistry provides the background and skills necessary for the student to interpret and predict physical and chemical behavior at both the atomic and macroscopic level. This course will fulfill the physical science credit for graduation. Chemistry is a lab-oriented course designed to introduce the student to the systematic study of matter and energy and its changes. The course emphasizes the measurement of matter and energy, the tools used and the units of expressing such measurements.

Outcomes:

  • Perform laboratory experiments demonstrating safe and proper use of appropriate equipment, gather data, perform the appropriate calculations and draw appropriate conclusions from their results
  • Solve problems in an efficient and accurate manner
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic structure of atoms, ions and compounds by correctly predicting behavior of substances during physical and chemical changes
  • Demonstrate an understanding of chemical nomenclature through the naming and the writing of chemical formulas for elements, ions and compounds
  • Apply the laws of conservation of mass and energy as they apply to physical and chemical change

SC400-S1 – Biology S1 AND SC400-S2 – Biology S2
AND
MA110-S1 – Algebra S1 AND MA110-S2 – Algebra S2

If you take this course, you must also take SC500-S2 – Chemistry S2

This course will fulfill the physical science credit for graduation
SC535 Environmental Studies
10, 11, 12
Standard
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. Environmental Studies is a course that studies the physical, chemical, and biological conditions of the environment, focusing on how humans alter the environment and developing solutions to environmental problems. The course places major emphasis on lab experiences and case studies. Topics will include the atmosphere, climate change, air pollution, water pollution, water use, aquatic biomes, water quality, populations, invasive species, energy, soils, geology, terrestrial biomes, wildlife management, and forestry. Practical experiences dealing with conservation, management, and use of our natural resources are provided. Wisconsin environmental issues and current global issues will be emphasized.

Outcomes:

  • Students will use scientific text and data to analyze global and local current environmental issues and develop potential sustainable solutions to those issues

SC400-S1 – Biology S1 AND SC400-S2 – Biology S2

If you take this course, you must also take SC535-S2 – Environmental Studies

It is advised that students take Algebra 2 either before you take this course or at the same time. This course will fulfill the physical science credit for graduation.
SC621 Biology 2
11, 12
Accelerated
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. This course is designed to give in-depth coverage of the molecular and cellular basis of life, the underlying mechanisms of biological inheritance, how biological change takes place, and the nature of micro-organisms and ecology. This course serves as a foundation for AP Biology. This course will fulfill the biological science credit for graduation. Examination of ecological systems include: communities, biomes, and population ecology .

Outcomes:

  • Describe and apply laws of Mendelian inheritance to probability, complex genetics principles, disorders, and human inherited traits
  • Describe and apply chromosomal patterns of inheritance, gene linkage, sex-linkage patterns, and chromosomal disorders
  • Perform and create a lab report based on the inheritance patterns of Drosophila Melanogaster, examining Mendel’s Laws, Morgan’s theories, and gene frequency
  • Identify practical applications of DNA technology and types/uses of DNA analysis
  • Identify the structure, life cycle, and infectious evolution of viruses and make connections to real life infection scenarios
  • Identify the morphology, metabolics, and life cycle of different types of prokaryotes and make connections to their roles in the biosphere and impacts on humans
  • Identify and describe the interactions of ecological systems in terms of biotic and abiotic factors, biomes, biodiversity, and disturbances
  • Describe the dynamic biological processes of population ecology, population growth models, and age structures as related to human populations

SC500-S1 – Chemistry S1 AND SC500-S2 – Chemistry S2

If you take this course, you must also take SC621-S2 – Biology 2 S2

This course will fulfill the biological science credit for graduation.
SC630 Anatomy and Physiology
11, 12
Accelerated
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. This course is designed to give in-depth coverage of the structure and function of human beings with an examination of the major biological structures and functions of body systems. This course will fulfill the biological science credit for graduation. This class involves a comparative anatomy (dissection) of the domestic cat to further enhance student understanding between form and function.

Outcomes:

  • Develop a vocabulary of appropriate terminology to effectively communicate information related to anatomy and physiology
  • Recognize the anatomical structures and explain the physiological functions of body systems
  • Recognize and explain the principle of homeostasis and the use of feedback loops to control physiological systems in the human body
  • Use anatomical knowledge to predict physiological consequences, and use knowledge of function to predict the features of anatomical structures
  • Recognize and explain the interrelationships within and between anatomical and physiological systems of the human body
  • Synthesize ideas to make a connection between knowledge of anatomy and physiology and real-world situations, including healthy lifestyles decisions and homeostatic imbalances
  • Demonstrate laboratory procedures used to examine anatomical structures on the cat along with a variety of Vernier Lab Pro equipment and evaluate physiological functions of each organ system

SC500-S1 – Chemistry S1 AND SC500-S2 – Chemistry S2

If you take this course, you must also take SC630-S2 – Anatomy & Physiology S2

This course will fulfill the biological science credit for graduation
SC650 Physics
10, 11, 12
Standard
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. Physics provides a thorough examination of basic physical concepts that will give the student an insight into the relevance of physics in our modern, technological world. This is an algebra based physics course that provides the prerequisite knowledge of the subject recommended for university admission. This course is broken into two parts. First semester includes the study of classical mechanics. Second semester focuses on the study of mechanical waves & acoustics (sound), electricity and magnetism, as well as optics (light). Students pursuing a post-secondary education are encouraged to take Physics. This course will fulfill the physical science credit for graduation.

Outcomes:

  • Identify and apply the relationships among time, displacement, speed, velocity and acceleration
  • Describe what a force is, draw free body diagrams, and be able to set up and solve force problems
  • Apply characteristics of graphs of linear equations to make predictions for real-world problems
  • Explore applications of conservation of energy and momentum
  • Explore practical applications of magnetism, acoustics, optics and electricity
  • Approach fundamental Physics concepts through labs and computer simulation equipment

MA200-S1 – Geometry S1 AND MA200-S2 – Geometry S2

If you take this course, you must also take SC650-S2 – Physics S2

It is advised that students complete Geometry prior to taking this course. Students should also take Algebra 2 either before you take this course or at the same time. This course will fulfill the physical science credit for graduation.
SC700 AP Biology
11, 12
Advanced Placement
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. College Advanced Program AP Biology provides students the opportunity to earn college credit for their work in high school biology. The class will build on material from Biology 1, Biology 2, Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology. Students are highly encouraged to take Biology 2 and Anatomy and Physiology to prepare for the comprehensive nature of the AP Biology exam. This course will fulfill the biological science credit for graduation. The four big ideas included in AP Biology deal with evolution, homeostasis, life processes, and system interactions. In this course you will complete the required AP Biology labs and course work in preparation for the AP Biology exam. Students enrolling for this advanced placement course are encouraged to take the AP exam in May.

Outcomes:

  • Explain how the process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life
  • Describe how biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis
  • Describe how living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes
  • Explain how biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties

SC500-S1 – Chemistry S1 AND SC500-S2 – Chemistry S2

RECOMMENDED:
SC 621-S1 – Biology 2 S1 AND SC 621-S2 – Biology 2 S2

If you take this course, you must also take SC700-S2 – AP Biology S2

This course will fulfill the biological science credit for graduation
SC710 AP Chemistry
11, 12
Advanced Placement
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2 Advanced Program Accelerated Course AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. AP Chemistry contributes to the development of students’ abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas with clarity and logic. This course will fulfill the physical science credit for graduation. Students enrolling in AP Chemistry are expected to take the AP exam in May.  Offered alternate years, 2019-2020, 2021-2022, 2023-2024.

Outcomes:

  • Use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems
  • Use mathematics appropriately
  • Engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or to guide investigations within the context of the AP course
  • Plan and implement data collection strategies in relation to a particular scientific question
  • Perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence
  • Work with scientific explanations and theories
  • Connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts and representations in and across domains

SC500-S1 – Chemistry S1 AND SC500-S2 – Chemistry S2

If you take this course, you must also take SC710-S2 – AP Chemistry S2

SC720 AP Physics
11, 12
Advanced Placement
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2 Advanced Program AP Physics 1 is the equivalent to a first-semester college course. This course will fulfill the physical science credit for graduation. This course includes the study of Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum), electrostatics, and current electricity. This is a math intensive course; therefore it is highly advised that students have successfully completed Algebra 2 in order to handle the rigor of this course. Due to the rigor of this class, only students who have successfully completed Physics are encouraged to enroll. Students enrolling for this advanced placement course are encouraged to take the AP exam in May.

Outcomes:

  • Use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems
  • Use mathematics appropriately
  • Engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or guide investigations within the context of the AP course
  • Plan and implement data collection strategies in relation to a particular scientific question
  • Perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence
  • Work with scientific explanations
  • Connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts, and representations in and across domains

MA300-S1 – Algebra II S1 AND MA300-S2 – Algebra II S2
AND
SC650-S1 – Physics S1 AND SC650-S2 – Physics S2
OR
Consent of instructor

If you take this course, you must also take SC720-S2 – AP Physics S2

It is advised that students complete Pre-Calculus prior to taking this course or at the same time. This course will fulfill the physical science credit for graduation.
SC730 AP Environmental Science
11, 12
Advanced Placement
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. College Advanced Program The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. This course will fulfill the biological science credit for graduation. Students will be encouraged to take the AP exam in May.  Offered alternate years 2020-2021, 2022-2023, 2024-2025.

Outcomes:

  • Use scientific literature, empirical data, and the scientific method to analyze and address environmental issues in regards to Earth’s interconnected systems as required by the AP exam
  • Explore and evaluate both the negative and positive impacts human populations and new scientific and technological advancements have on ecosystems including the impact on energy and mass
  • Distinguish between sound and “”junk”” science

SC400-S1 – Biology S1 AND SC400-S2 – Biology S2

If you take this course, you must also take SC730-S2 – AP Environmental Science S2

Chemistry or Physics are prerequisites to this course, but may taken concurrently. This course will fulfill the biological science credit for graduation.
TE161 Intro to Engineering Design TC
9, 10, 11, 12
College Credit, Standard
1

Introduction to Engineering Dersign (IED) is a transcripted yearlong course that Project Lead The Way designed for 9th through 12th grade students. The major focus of IED is the design process and its application. Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards and document their course work. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. Students may receive transcripted credit for this course from Gateway Technical College.

Concurrent Algebra 1 or Geometry

If you take this course, you must also take TE160-S2 – Intro Engineering Design S2

Students may receive transcripted credit for this course from Gateway Technical College.