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John LaRosa, Department Head
larosj@danbury.k12.ct.us
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BIOLOGY  (COLLEGE PREP) 9

In this course, students will learn broad biological concepts with an emphasis on scientific literacy. Scientific literacy includes observation, problem solving, collecting data and making inferences. Students will study topics on cell chemistry, biotechnology, genetics, evolution and biodiversity. Inquiry-based learning and required hands-on lab activities are integrated into the student's coursework. Labs are embedded in the curriculum.


BIOLOGY  (HONORS) 9

This course is recommended for 9th graders with strong ability and/or interest in the sciences. The course will take a comprehensive look into biological concepts with an emphasis on scientific literacy. Scientific literacy includes observation, problem solving, collecting data, and making inferences. Students will study in-depth topics on cell chemistry and biotechnology, genetics, evolution, and biodiversity. Inquiry-based learning and required hands-on lab activities will be integrated into the student's coursework. Labs are embedded into the curriculum.


BIOLOGY (COLLEGE PREP) 10

In this course, students will learn broad biological concepts with an emphasis on scientific literacy. Scientific literacy includes observation, problem solving, collecting data, and making inferences. Students will study topics on cell chemistry, biotechnology, genetics, evolution, and biodiversity. Inquiry-based learning and required hands-on lab activities are integrated into the student's coursework. This class has a lab that meets once per week.


BIOLOGY (A.P.) 11-12
(WCSU – BIOLOGY 103 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I)
(WCSU – BIOLOGY 104 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II)

This course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course, usually taken by biology majors during their first year. Some AP students, as college freshmen, may be permitted to enroll in upper-level biology courses or to register for courses that list biology as a prerequisite. Students seeking college credit from Western Connecticut State University must register with the University and pay a registration fee for each semester course, which is payable directly to the University. Inquiry-based learning and required hands-on lab activities are integrated into the student's coursework. Lab meets twice per week. Students are required to take the A.P. test.
PREREQUISITE: Biology and Chemistry

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (A.P.)  11-12          

The goal of the A.P. 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 and/or preventing them. Topics that will be studied will include: (1) Interdependence of Earth’s Systems; (2) Human Population Dynamics; (3) Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources; (4) Environmental Quality; (5) Global Changes and Their Consequences; (6) Environment and Society. Assessment will be both traditional and performance-based. In addition to the usual classroom labs, exams, and essays on environmental issues, students will be performing some outdoor labs on local environmental issues, and completing long-term environmental projects. Students seeking college credit from Western Connecticut State University must register with the University and pay a registration fee, which is payable directly to the University. Lab meets twice per week. Students are required to take the A.P. test.
PREREQUISITE: Biology and Chemistry



THE HUMAN BODY IN HEALTH & DISEASE (HONORS) 11-12

Learn how major body systems work and what problems they might have, as well as the high-tech and common sense methods of disease prevention and treatment.  Students will learn how health issues affect many other aspects of life and work; analyze their familial history to determine which disease(s) they are more predisposed to acquiring; gain an understanding of how their decisions today impact their future health; perform independent research, small group research, and participate in cooperative teaching.  Topics of study include:  family pedigrees, health issues, mechanisms of disease, homeostasis, major body systems, and nutrition and metabolism. 
PREREQUISITE: Biology



HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (HONORS) 11-12

Students will study the structure of the human body, how the human body functions, and changes that occur in the body over the lifespan and as a result of disease and illness. This course is classroom and lab based. The course will explore traditional medical diagnostics and treatments as well as challenges posed by new technologies and alternative medicine. The course will prepare the student with knowledge of normal form and function of human organ systems, with anatomical and physiological laboratory techniques, which may be applied outside the course; and with a working vocabulary of anatomical and physiological terms, which will allow further independent learning and application. This course is taken concurrently with Nursing Assistant Internship Honors andAdvanced Healthcare & BioSciences Honors.



SPORTS MEDICINE (COLLEGE PREP) 11-12

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of basic structural and functional human anatomy and physiology. Instruction will focus on recognizing athletic injuries and identifying potential treatments. This course will be helpful for students interested in possible career choices in the area of allied health professions, including Athletic Training. 

PREREQUISITE:  Biology



AQUATIC SCIENCES (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

Students will explore life forms from microscopic to whale-sized that live in the aquatic ecosystems of the world. Designed for students who want additional studies in the life sciences, this course will investigate the physical aspects of the water bodies around the world, plant and animal physiology, ocean ecology, and maritime industries such as fishing, whaling, and seafood production. Hands-on experience and career options will be presented and emphasized.
PREREQUISITE: Biology or concurrent enrollment



ASTRONOMY (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

This course is designed to provide students an opportunity to discover their place in our rapidly expanding universe by investigating the principles and concepts of astronomy. Students will begin their astronomical journey by studying the cosmos from the perspective astronomers on Earth. Students will examine the theories and tools of astronomers, observe objects in the night-sky and research our recent accomplishments in space. The focus of the course will shift outward from our own solar system, to stars, galaxies and the deepest regions of space. Students will also explore the possibility of extraterrestrial life and what the future holds for space travel and exploration. A mathematics background is not required.



METEOROLOGY (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

Meteorology surveys the principles and concepts related to understanding weather and climate.  Students gain conceptual knowledge through the formal study of the elements of weather and the cause and effect relationships of climate.  Local weather conditions will be emphasized to promote understanding and awareness of basic principles.  Course topics include:  weather forecasting, meteorologic instruments, and atmosphere-geographic interactions.  Science study skills are emphasized throughout the course and research papers on topics of interest are required.



SCIENCE & THE ENVIRONMENT (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

Science and the Environment is designed to increase the students’ awareness of their surroundings.  Emphasis is placed on the important interrelationships among living things and the physical environment.  Course topics include:  investigations in ecology, populations of living things, water and air pollution, and energy relationships.



CHEMISTRY (COLLEGE PREP) 10-12

This course provides an overview of chemical concepts with an emphasis on scientific literacy. Scientific literacy includes: observation, problem solving, collecting data, and making inferences. Reading and research is required, as well as careful analysis in writing and class discussion of complex interactions of science and society. Inquiry-based learning and required hands-on lab activities are integrated into the student coursework. This class has a lab that meets once per week.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra I or concurrent enrollment



CHEMISTRY (HONORS) 10-12

This course provides an in-depth study of the principles and concepts of chemistry with emphasis on the application of mathematics and is recommended for students who have strong ability and/or interest in the sciences. Emphasis is placed on scientific literacy, which includes observation, problem solving, collecting data, and making inferences. Reading and research is required, as well as careful analysis in writing and class discussion of complex interactions of science and society. Inquiry-based learning and required hands-on lab activities are integrated into the student coursework. This course is appropriate for students interested in science or engineering-related college majors. This class has a lab that meets once per week.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra I or concurrent enrollment



CHEMISTRY (A.P.) 11-12 
(WCSU – CHEM 127Q and 128Q GENERAL CHEMISTRY)

This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken by chemistry majors during their first year. Some A.P. students, as college freshmen, may be permitted to enroll in upper-level chemistry courses or to register for courses that list chemistry as a prerequisite. Students are required to take the A.P. test. Additionally, students seeking college credit from Western Connecticut State University must register with the University and pay a registration fee, which is payable directly to the University. Inquiry-based learning and required hands-on lab activities are integrated into the student's course work. Lab meets three times per week.
PREREQUISITE: Chemistry



PHYSICS (COLLEGE PREP) 11-12

This course will introduce students to central concepts of physics including: motion, force, momentum, energy, waves, electricity, magnetism, and modern discoveries and applications of physics. The emphasis will be on relating to the things that are familiar in the everyday environment, and supportive mathematical concepts. Students will learn scientific reasoning and its application to everyday life. Inquiry and hands-on lab activities are integrated into coursework. Lab meets once per week.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra I



PHYSICS (HONORS) 11-12

This is an introductory physics course covering motion, force, momentum, energy, waves, electricity, magnetism, and modern discoveries and applications of physics. The course explains these concepts through the use of math, problem solving, discussion, and computer-assisted programs. Inquiry and hands-on lab activities are integrated into coursework. Lab meets once per week.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra II or concurrent enrollment

 

PHYSICS I (A.P.) 11-12

This course covers a variety of physics topics including motion, force, projectiles, Newton’s Laws, gravity, rotational dynamics, angular momentum, work, energy, power, mechanical waves, sound, and an introduction to electric circuits. AP Physics I can be taken as a first-year physics course. The course allows time for hands-on inquiry activities and laboratories that focus on core science practices. The focus of the course is to develop physics knowledge through application of scientific inquiry and reasoning. This course is algebra-based (no calculus). Lab meets twice per week. Students are required to take the A.P. test.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra II or concurrent enrollment



PHYSICS II (A.P.) 11-12

This course explores topics such as fluid statics and dynamics, thermodynamics with kinetic theory, pressurevolume diagrams and probability, electrostatics, electrical circuits with capacitors, magnetic fields, electromagnetism, physical and geometric optics, and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics. Through inquirybased learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. The ability to develop and use physics knowledge by applying it to the practice of scientific inquiry and reasoning is at the heart of the course. This course is algebra-based (no calculus). Lab meets twice per week. Students are required to take the A.P. test.
PREREQUISITES: Algebra II AND EITHER Honors Physics OR A.P. Physics