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Science Department

The curriculum of the Science Department has been designed in view of the school’s policy of providing a strong foundation of education suitable to the student’s present needs, interests, and future development.  Holy Savior Menard recognizes the role of science and scientific understanding in our world.  To that end, the science faculty has prepared a program of study and laboratory work that will instill scientific knowledge to prepare the student for today’s world and beyond.  Essential to scientific knowledge is the understanding of the scientific method, problem solving, mathematical analysis, laboratory manipulations, ethical considerations, social considerations, historical perspectives, and current topics.  The Holy Savior Menard Science Department provides an opportunity for your child to develop these skills along with critical thinking skills and practical real life situations through extensive laboratory experiences.  The Science Department also recognizes rapid advancements made in technology and as such we are proud to offer STEM related activities throughout a student’s years at Menard.   

JUNIOR HIGH CURRICULUM

Science 7 The required course for Junior High students is an overview of the biosphere to include varieties of life, conditions for life, and life-sustaining processes of all living things from single-cell organisms to the human body.  Students will work on research for a science-based project in the spring.  Students will participate in hands-on STEM related activities throughout the year.

Science 7 Honors This required course is a combination of both Life and Earth Sciences.  The Life Science portion is an overview of the varieties of life and life-sustaining processes of all living things from single-cell organisms to the human body.  Major topics of the Earth Science portion includes mapping, meteorology, and astronomy.  Students in Science 7 Honors will develop scientific research skills by participating in the Holy Savior Menard Science Fair; winners will participate in the regional and state fairs.  Students will participate in hands-on STEM related activities throughout the year. This course is designed for students who will schedule Physical Science Honors as an eighth grader. Prerequisites:  No grade lower than a B in previous science courses and/or qualifying standardized test scores

Science 8 This course is based upon the geology of the earth including mapping, matter, minerals, fossils and changes that occur in the earth.  It also includes other topics that describe the earth as a planet such as weather, erosion, environment. 

HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Physical Science This course includes a general study of the principles of basic chemistry and physics. Chemistry topics include physical and chemical properties and changes, classification of the elements along with the study of The Periodic Table of the Elements, atoms and chemical bonding, balancing equations, and acids and bases.  Physics topics include speed, velocity, acceleration, work, power, and energy. Challenging laboratory work are integral parts of this course. Prerequisites:  Science 7 and Science 8

Physical Science Honors With more emphasis being placed on mathematics, Physical Science Honors includes a general study of the principles of basic chemistry and physics. Chemistry topics include physical and chemical properties and changes, classification of the elements along with the study of The Periodic Table of the Elements, atoms and chemical bonding, balancing equations, and acids and bases.  Physics topics include speed, velocity, acceleration, work, power, mechanical advantage, efficiency, and energy.  Interactive classroom experiences and challenging laboratory work are integral parts of this course. Prerequisites: No grade lower than a B in previous science or math courses and/or qualifying standardized test scores  Corequisite: Enrollment in Algebra I Honors

Biology I Biology I concentrates on the principles of cell structures, biochemistry, genetics, evolution, vertebrates and invertebrates, and ecology.  Biology students will use digital microscopes to create many of their lab reports.  Students also engage in dissections. Prerequisite: Physical Science

Biology I Honors Biology I Honors is an in-depth study of the topics outlined above for the highly motivated and scientifically oriented student.  Use of the digital microscope is essential to this course.  Students also engage in dissections to aid the learning process. Prerequisite: Physical Science Honors and no grade lower than a B in previous science courses and/or qualifying standardized test scores

Biology II Biology II is designed for students that are interested in the study of living thing but have not taken honors courses in previous science classes.  This course includes a study of molecular biology, classification, and comparative anatomy.  The digital microscope, along with dissections, is essential to this course. Prerequisite: Physical Science, Biology I, and Chemistry

AP Biology II This course is designed to meet the needs of the advanced student.  Along with an in-depth study of cellular biology and chemistry, classification and phylogeny are also studied.  Sophisticated laboratory work is an important part of this course.  Prerequisites: Physical Science Honors, Biology I Honors, and Chemistry I Honors; no grades lower than a B in previous science courses and/or qualifying standardized test scores;  may not be taken concurrently with Human Anatomy and Physiology

Chemistry I Chemistry I is a course emphasizing concepts regarding matter, changes in matter, and calculations based upon those reactions.  It is an in-depth study of The Periodic Table of the Elements, including the study of covalent and ionic bonding, along with the study of valence electrons.  Prerequisite: Physical Science, Biology I, and Algebra I

Chemistry I Honors Chemistry I Honors is a course emphasizing concepts regarding matter, changes in matter, and calculations based upon those reactions.  It is an in-depth study of The Periodic Table of the Elements, including the study of covalent and ionic bonding, along with the study of valence electrons.  It is supplemented with a richer and more in-depth look at stoichiometry, limiting reactants, excess reactants, molarity and molality. This course is for the more scientifically oriented and highly motivated student. Students write laboratory reports based upon lab abstracts and follow through in exciting laboratory experimentation. Prerequisites: Physical Science Honors, Biology Honors, and Algebra I Honors; no grades lower than a B in previous science and math courses and/or qualifying standardized test scores

Chemistry II Honors This chemistry course is designed to enrich and enhance the study of basic chemistry.  Building on the topics studied in Chemistry I, it introduces the student to reaction rates, equilibrium, electrochemistry, pH calculations, oxidation-reduction reactions, and the study of carbon compounds.  This course is designed to meet the needs of self-motivated students who will be entering the medical profession or who plans to major in a science related field.  The student must have an exceptional working knowledge of Chemistry I and must be capable of working independently. Prerequisites: Physical Science Honors, Biology I Honors, Chemistry I Honors, Algebra I Honors and Algebra II Honors; no grades lower than a B in previous science and math courses and/or qualifying standardized test scores

Environmental Science This course is designed to introduce students to major ecological concepts and the environmental problems that affect the world in which we live.  The course is an overview of topics and disciplines necessary for understanding environmental issues and challenges of the world today.  Topics include the biological and chemical principles that relate to current environmental issues such as global warming, endangered species, acid rain, invasive plants and animals, and conservation.  Additionally, students will gain knowledge on solutions to these problems.  Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing

Human Anatomy and Physiology This course utilizes a systems approach to examine the structure and function of the human body.  It introduces students to details of each of the organ systems of the human body, along with diseases of these systems.  The course is designed for the student considering a medical related field. Prerequisites: Physical Science, Biology I, and Chemistry I; no grade lower than a B in previous science courses and/or qualifying standardized test scores

Physics This is a course is classical physics.  Students will find both conceptual and mathematical solutions to questions in order to develop a solid foundation in the principles of physics.  Topics covered include kinematics, force, work and power, energy, waves, sound and light, and mirrors and lenses. Prerequisites: Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry I; completion of/or concurrent enrollment in Advanced Math: Precalculus

Physics Honors This is a rigorous course in classical physics.  Students will find both conceptual and mathematical solutions to questions in order to develop a solid foundation in the principles of physics.  Topics covered will include kinematics, force, momentum, work and power, energy, waves, sound and light, mirrors and lenses, and electricity.  Topics will be covered in more depth and using more advanced mathematics than in Physics. Prerequisites: Physical Science Honors, Biology Honors, Chemistry I Honors; completion of/or concurrent enrollment in Advanced Math: Precalculus; no grade lower than a B in previous honors science classes and/or qualifying standardized test scores

AP Physics 1 AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore these topics: kinematics, dynamics, circular motion and gravitation, energy, momentum, simple harmonic motion, torque and rotational motion, electric charge and electric force, DC circuits, and mechanical waves and sound.  Students must be highly motivated, able to move at a fast pace, and work well in groups.  A highly developed conceptual mathematics ability is a must, along with the ability to independently apply knowledge to new situations. Students will be prepared for and are encouraged to take the AP Physics 1 exam for college credit at the conclusion of this course.Prerequisites: Physical Science Honors, Biology Honors, Chemistry I Honors, Algebra I Honors, Algebra II Honors; completion of/or concurrent enrollment in Advanced Math: Precalculus; no grade lower than a B in previous honors science and math classes and/or qualifying standardized test scores. Highly recommended: No grade lower than an A in Chemistry Honors, no grade lower than an A in Algebra II Honors, and recommendation of Chemistry Honors and Algebra II Honors teachers.

Robotics This course introduces the fundamental concepts of programming and robotics.  A robot is an embedded system of software and hardware.  Using robots, we will cover the fundamentals of problem solving, program design, algorithms and programming using a high-level language.  Students will also learn basic physics concepts as they apply to building and programming robots. 
Prerequisites: Students must be a Sophomore or higher