• Science Department 
    Please consider the following information. At the bottom of this page, find links to review specific science graduation requirements, which are dependent on the student's graduating year.

    Advanced Placement Course Offerings: Highly motivated students may want to consider Advanced Placement courses in Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Colleges may grant credit, course exemption, or honors standing based on student achievement through the Advanced Placement Testing Program. Advanced Placement courses are offered when student enrollment is 20 or more. It is expected that a student in an AP class will take the Advanced Placement exam for that course. AP national exams are offered in May at the high school.

    College Planning: Students planning on education beyond high school may need extra science courses as prerequisites for admission to college, NCAA, or vocational programs. Students should contact the program of their choice for specific courses necessary for admission. The Applied Science course does not satisfy admission requirements for post-high school programs.

    General College Guidelines: Complete a minimum of three credits of science in grades 9-12, AND
    All College Majors: Biology, and one credit in either Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics.
    Math, Engineering, Chemistry, Physics Majors: one or more credits in Chemistry and one or more credits in Physics.
    Health Sciences, Nursing, Pre-Medicine Majors: Comparative Anatomy, one or more credits in Biology, and one or more credits in Chemistry
    Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Management Majors: Forensic Biology & Field Methods in Biology, or Biology A and B, Environmental Science, and Meteorology.
    Aviation Career: One credit in Physics, and Meteorology.

    Science Graduation Requirements
    • Science 9A (Physics) and Science 9B (Chemistry)
    • Earth and Space Science
    • Chemistry A and B or AP Chemistry A, B, and C, or Topics in Physics A and B, Physics A and B, or AP Physics
    • Biology A and B or Field and Forensic Biology A and B or AP Biology A, B, and C
    Students planning to pursue a career in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Engineering, Health Sciences, or Physics, should take as many Advanced Placement Science courses as can fit into their schedules. Please be aware that Forest Lake High School offers Advanced Placement Biology, Advanced Placement Chemistry, and Advanced Placement Physics. Each of these courses meets or exceeds the Minnesota State Standards in Science as well as the graduation requirements at Forest Lake High School.

    Those planning to attend a four-year post-secondary college or university should challenge themselves by taking at least one Advanced Placement class in Science. Few courses will prepare for the rigors of college better than a focused study in the sciences.

       9th Grade
     Physical Science Life Science   Earth Science
    What is required?

    1.0 Credit 

    1.0 Credit 
    Chemistry or Physics 

    1.0 Credit 
     .5 Credit 
    Earth and Space Science
    When do I
    take it? 
    9th Grade       10th  or 11th Grade      After Chemistry or Physics
     (11th or 12th Grade)

    What are
    my options?
    Science 9A  
    Science 9B  
    Advanced Physics 9
    Chemistry 9
        Chemistry A & B
     AP Chemistry A, B, & C
     Physics A & B
    Topics in Physics A & B
    AP Physics A & B (&C)
    Biology A & B
    Field and Forensic
    Biology A & B
    AP Biology A, B, & C 
    Earth & Space Science
    Suggested Electives 
    (See course descriptions 
    for more information)
    AP Physics Mechanics - Calculus Based 
    Human Anatomy and Physiology
    Environmental Science