Science DepartmentPlease 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, ANDAll 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 ChemistryNatural 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
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.
Physical Science Life Science Earth ScienceWhat is required?
Chemistry or Physics
Earth and Space ScienceWhen do Itake it?
9th Grade 10th or 11th Grade After Chemistry or Physics
(11th or 12th Grade)
What aremy options?Science 9A(Physics)and
Science 9B(Chemistry)ORAdvanced Physics 9andAdvancedChemistry 9Chemistry A & BORAP Chemistry A, B, & CORPhysics A & BORTopics in Physics A & BORAP Physics A & B (&C)Biology A & BORField and ForensicBiology A & BORAP Biology A, B, & CEarth & Space Science
(See course descriptions
for more information)AP Physics Mechanics - Calculus BasedHuman Anatomy and PhysiologyMeteorology(Weather)