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The Gilbert High School science Department is very proud to serve the community and to provide a high quality science experience for all students. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive program of science studies through an effective system of activities that enable students to gain knowledge and skills. We believe that the acquisition of knowledge and skills enhances the students world-view and provides the fundamentals to be a successful citizen. Our department is dedicated to hands on learning including lab activities and other critical experiences. We are proud to be a member of the Gilbert High School team.

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Science Courses Offered

SC115 EARTH SCIENCE
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Year   1 Credit
This course will satisfy one earth science credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This course will be a study of the earth and its environment and the earth as an object in space. Major topics include astronomy, geology, weather, and map reading. Students will be expected to write term papers and perform applied mathematical problems related to earth science.

SC120 LAB BIOLOGY
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Year   1 Credit
This course will satisfy one biological lab science credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.
 

This course will be an inquiry and laboratory-based study of living organisms and their interactions with their environment. Topics will include cells, molecular basis of heredity, interdependence of organisms, biological evolution, matter, energy and organization of living systems and comparative anatomy/biodiversity.

SC121W HONORS LAB BIOLOGY
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Year   1 Credit-Weighted Grade
Prerequisite:
Placement may be based on recommendation and review.
This course will satisfy one biological lab science credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This course will expose students to an accelerated introductory biology program and provide a high degree of enrichment. Critical reading, writing, and problem-solving skills will be applied to inquiry-based studies. Major topics will include cells, molecular basis of heredity, interdependence of organisms, biological evolution, matter, energy and organizations in living systems, and comparative anatomy.

SC122W AP BIOLOGY
Grades:10, 11, 12           1 Year   1 Credit-Weighted Grade
Prerequisite:
Concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or higher; Lab Biology, Chemistry, or application and approval.
This course will satisfy one biological lab science credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.
 

This course will cover topics typically found in a first-year college biology course and advance the student’s understanding of concepts normally covered in high school biology. It provides a solid preparation for the AP Biology Exam. This course is designed to help students develop advanced inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collecting data, analyzing data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts in and across domains. This course is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Advanced Placement Exam in May.

 

SC130 ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Grades:10, 11, 12           1 Year   1 Credit
This course will satisfy one earth science credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.
 

This course will examine ecology and the environment. Issues such as Arizona wildlife, endangered species, populations, environmental health, pollution, alternative energy sources, and new technologies will be discussed.

SC131W AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

This course will address the fundamentals of ecology and the environment and the impact of humans on the Earth. Topics will include ecosystems, endangered species, geology, population dynamics, environmental law, energy resources, global warming, environmental toxins, human health, water conservation, and pollution. This course is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Advanced Placement Exam in May.

SC132 MARINE BIOLOGY (OCEANOGRAPHY)

This course will address the history and physical characteristics of the ocean. Topics will include bathymetry, sea floor spreading, life cycle of an island, winds and the Coriolis effect, water chemistry and salinity. Other areas of focus will include the ecology of ocean zones and communities. Organisms will be explored through microscopy, dissection, and modeling.

SC135 CHEMISTRY
Grades:10, 11, 12           1 Year   1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Algebra I
This course will satisfy one chemistry science credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This course will examine general inorganic chemistry for the university-bound student. Experimental method and critical thinking will be emphasized.

SC136W HONORS CHEMISTRY
Grades:10, 11, 12           1 Year   1 Credit-Weighted Grade
Prerequisite:
Geometry
This course will satisfy one chemistry science credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This course will provide a challenging study of inorganic chemistry. Major emphasis will be on the experimental method, critical thinking, and enrichment research activities.


SC137W AP CHEMISTRY
Grade:11, 12     1 Year   1 Credit-Weighted Grade
Prerequisite:
Concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or higher, Chemistry
Can be taken for dual credit
This course will satisfy one chemistry science credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This course will provide the equivalent to the first year of college chemistry. Major emphasis will include structure of matter, kinetic theory of gases, chemical equilibria, chemical kinetics, and an in-depth study of basic thermodynamics concepts, reaction writing, and extensive laboratory work. This course is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Advanced Placement Exam in May.

SC145 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Grades:11, 12    1 Year   1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Geometry, Lab Biology, and Chemistry
Can be taken for dual credit
This course will satisfy one biological lab science credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This course will focus on the structure and function of the human body. Topics include an in-depth exploration of the organ systems and mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis. Careers in the medical and healthcare fields are also investigated.

SC146W HONORS ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Grades:11, 12    1 Year   1 Credit-Weighted Grade
Prerequisite:
Geometry, Lab Biology, and Chemistry
Can be taken for dual credit
This course will satisfy one biological lab science credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.
 

This course will focus on the structure and function of the human body. Topics include an in-depth exploration of the organ systems and mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis. Careers in the medical and healthcare fields are also investigated.

SC150 PHYSICS
Grades:11, 12    1 Year   1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Two years of Lab Science and concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or higher
This course will satisfy one physical science credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This course will explore physics, problem solving, experimentation, and design. Topics will include kinematics, forces, energy, momentum, electricity and waves.

SC151W AP PHYSICS 1
Grades:11, 12    1 Year   1 Credit Weighted Grade
Prerequisite:
Two years of Lab Science and concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or higher
Can be taken for dual credit
This course will satisfy one physical science credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This course will provide the equivalent to the first semester of algebra based college physics. Major emphasis will include kinematics, forces, momentum, energy, rotation, sound, light, the fundamentals of electricity, and extensive laboratory work. This course is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Advanced Placement Exam in May.

SC152W AP PHYSICS 2
Grades:11, 12    1 Year   1 Credit Weighted Grade
Prerequisite:
Physics or AP Physics 1, and Algebra II or higher
Can be taken for dual credit
This course will satisfy one physical science credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This course will provide the equivalent to the second semester of algebra based college physics. Major emphasis will include electricity and magnetism, conservation laws, modern physics, light, thermodynamics, fluids, and extensive laboratory work. This course is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Advanced Placement Exam in May.



 

Ecology Club

The Ecology Club was formed to render service that will better the community and world.
Meeting : 5th Hour Lunch on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.
Prereq : There are no prerequisites but if you're taking Environmental Science as a class you are automatically a club member



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