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The science program at Grandview High School is designed to develop scientifically literate students. Students are taught to gather and use scientific information to understand the world, expand thinking, and solve problems. They will learn to use the basic tools of scientific inquiry including scientific instruments, mathematics, technology, references, and reasoning. Our science program helps students apply the process of scientific inquiry to understand and study the natural world.
 
The science program at Grandview is divided into three sequences, each differing in the level of rigor. All sequences address the State Standards within the first two years. Students interested in science as a career option should consider taking courses in the Advanced Placement sequence that allows them to take 2-3 AP science classes. Due to the importance of mathematics in describing and measuring scientific events, placement in mathematics courses is important when deciding appropriate science placement. The flow chart above is only an overview, movement to a more rigorous sequence in future years is possible once the appropriate science and mathematical knowledge and skills have been obtained. Please refer to the ‘science course descriptions’ to obtain more details regarding math requirements, specific timing of courses offered, and other pertinent guidelines. 
 
Grandview students are required to successfully complete three years of science. However, we encourage all of our students to take four years of science to broaden their scientific knowledge and help them prepare for higher education experiences.
 
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PHYSICAL SCIENCE - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Instructor Approval or concurrent enrollment in Pre-Algebra
Course Length: Year​
​Grade: 9-10
​Fees: None
The laboratory experience is the foundation for this introductory physical science course. Students will explore physical science topics while devel­oping the skills necessary to become proficient in science. This course will emphasize math and reading skills. The scientific method will be empha­sized along with data analysis and critical thinking skills.
CP PHYSICAL SCIENCE - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Algebra I Foundations or Algebra I
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-10
​Fees: None
CP Physical science is an inquiry-oriented course involving principals and concepts concerning the physical world. Content areas explored include nature and behavior of matter, atomic theory, chemical and physical changes including bonding and reactions, mechanics, electricity and mag­netism, light and sound, and energy. The course emphasizes the study and proper use of fundamental science tools including the metric system, peri­odic table, graphing techniques, and applied technologies.
HONORS CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: 8th Grade Science Teacher recommendation,
successful completion of Algebra 1, and concurrent enrollment in Honors Geometry
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9
​Fees: None
This course is designed for 9th grade students with high mathematical abil­ity intending to pursue honors and Advanced Placement biology, chemistry and physics classes in high school. Chemistry and physics concepts will be covered at an accelerated pace with heavy emphasis on laboratory work, mathematical applications, and problem solving. In addition, students’ skills in communicating information clearly through the written word, mathematical equations and graphs will be stressed. Students will develop skills in using both computers and calculators to aid in collecting and organizing data. Daily preparation is required outside of class.
BIOLOGY - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Instructor approval​
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 10-11
​Fees: None
The laboratory experience is the foundation for this introductory life sci­ence course. Students will explore topics such as ecology, chemistry of life, cellular structure and function, genetics, evolution, classification, and human systems. The scientific method will be emphasized along with data analysis and critical thinking skills.
CP BIOLOGY - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physical Science
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 10-12
​Fees: None
In this class, students will explore relationships between structure and func­tion in organisms and the interaction of cells and organisms with each other and their environments. Units of study will include: ecology, chemistry of life, cellular structure and function, genetics, evolution, classification, and human systems. Laboratory activities reinforce concepts and principals presented.
BIOLOGY - ONLINE - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Counselor Signature
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 9-12
​Fees:
Biology is an ecological approach to the study of life science. Students will discover the interrelationships between organisms and the environ­ment, how organisms are classified, and mechanisms for adaptations that lead to biodiversity. Students will perform simulations and labs at home with equipment provided.
HONORS BIOLOGY - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Successful completion of CP Physical Science or Honors Chemistry and Physics; and/or Instructor approval
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 10
​Fees: None
In this class, students will explore relationships between structure and func­tion in organisms and the interaction of cells and organisms with each other and their environments. Units of study will include: ecology, chemistry of life, cellular structure and function, genetics, evolution, classification, and human systems. Laboratory activities reinforce concepts and principals presented. This course covers the same topics as the Biology and CP Biology programs, but in a greater depth and at accelerated rate.
HONORS CHEMISTRY 2 - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: C or better in first semester of Honors Chemistry and Physics, concurrent enrollment/completion of Algebra 2.
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 10-12
​Fees: None
This course will provide advanced students the opportunity to continue building a strong foundation in chemistry necessary to pursue AP level sci­ence courses. This course is not a prerequisite for AP courses, but it is for advanced students who feel they need a stronger foundation in chemistry before taking an AP course. Students will learn about molecular structure, thermodynamics, acids and bases, and pH. Students should be proficient in moles and stoichiometry. Students will continue to perform more extensive laboratory work and develop data interpretation and graphical analysis skills. Many homework assignments will utilize a web-based program to provide students with immediate feedback. Due to the advanced nature of this class, grades will be weighted.
HONORS PHYSICS 2 - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: C or better in second semester of Honors Chemistry and Physics, concurrent enrollment/completion of Precalculus or instructor approval.
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 10-12
​Fees: None
This course will provide advanced students the opportunity to continue building a strong foundation in physics necessary to pursue AP level sci­ence courses. This course is not a prerequisite for AP courses, but it is for advanced students who feel they need a stronger foundation in physics before taking an AP course. Students will learn about waves, light, sound, electricity, and magnetism. Students will continue to perform more exten­sive laboratory work and develop data interpretation and graphical analy­sis skills. Many homework assignments will utilize a web-based program to provide students with immediate feedback. Due to the advanced nature of this class, grades will be weighted.
CHEMISTRY - 1 Credit
​Prerequisites: CP Physical Science, CP Biology, concurrent enrollment/completion of Algebra 2.
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: None
This course provides the opportunity to develop knowledge and under­standing about the relationships between the structure and properties of matter and the interaction of mass and energy. Units of study include: matter and its changes, atomic structure, chemical composition, nomencla­ture, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, periodicity, bonding, molar geom­etry, and thermochemistry. Laboratory activities reinforce concepts and principles presented in this course.
PHYSICS - 1 Credit
​Prerequisites: CP Physical Science, concurrent Pre-Calculus or Instructor Approval.
​Course Length: Year
​Grades: 11-12
​Fees: None
This course helps students understand the physical laws of our world. Units of study include: forces, motion, energy, light, waves, electricity, and mag­netism. Laboratory work serves to promote understanding and to illustrate the experimental nature of physics.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY - 1 Credit
​Prerequisites: Honors Chemistry and Physics and Honors Biology, (Chemistry recommended) or CP Biology and Chemistry; instructor approval.
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: See AP Section
AP Biology is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biol­ogy course. The curriculum for this class is the College Board Advanced Placement Biology Curriculum. Units of study will include: Chemistry of life, cells, cellular energetics, heredity, molecular genetics, evolutionary biology, diversity of organisms, structure and function of plants and ani­mals, and ecology. This course differs significantly from a high school course with respect to the laboratory work done and the time and effort of the student outside of class. The expectation is that students take the AP exam at the end of this course.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY- 1 Credit
​Prerequisites: Honors Chemistry and Physics or Chemistry, completion of or concurrent enrollment in Physics recommended or instructor approval.
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 10-12
​Fees: See AP Section
AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory Chemistry course. The curriculum for this class is the College Board Advanced Placement Chemistry Curriculum. Units of study will include: Atomic theory and atomic structure, chemical bonding, nuclear chemistry, gases, liquids and solids, solutions, reaction types, stoichiometry, equilib­rium, kinetics, thermodynamics and descriptive chemistry. This course dif­fers significantly from a high school course with respect to the laboratory work done and the time and effort of the student outside of class. The expectation is that students take the AP exam at the end of this course.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE - 1 Credit
​Prerequisites: Biology/Honors Biology (Chemistry recommended).
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: See AP Section
AP Environmental Science is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory Environmental Science course. The curriculum for this class is the College Board Advanced Placement Environmental Science Curriculum. Units of study will include: Earth science concepts, the atmosphere, global water resources and use, soil and soil dynamics, ecosys­tem structure, energy flow, global water resources and use, soil and soil dynamics, ecosystem structure, energy flow, ecosystem diversity, natural ecosystem change, and natural biogeochemical cycles. This course differs significantly from a high school course with respect to the laboratory work done and the time and effort of the student outside of class. The expecta­tion is that students take the AP exam at the end of this course.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS B - 1 Credit
​Prerequisites: Honors Chemistry and Physics or CP Biology and Chemistry; concurrent enrollment/completion Pre-calculus and trigonometry; instructor approval.
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: See AP Section
AP Physics B is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory physics course. The curriculum for this class is the College Board Advanced Placement Physics Curriculum. Units of study will include: Kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, work, energy, power, systems of particles, linear momentum, circular motion and rotation, oscillations and gravitation, fluid mechanics, temperature and heat, kinetic theory and ther­modynamics electrostatics, conductors, capacitors and dielectrics, electric circuits, magnetic fields, electromagnetism, wave motion, physical optics, geometric optics, atomic physics and quantum effects, and nuclear physics. This course differs significantly from a high school course with respect to the laboratory work done and the time and effort of the student outside of class. The expectation is that students take the AP exam at the end of this course.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS C - 1 Credit
​Prerequisites: Physics or AP Physics B or Honors Physics 2, concurrent enrollment in Calculus, instructor approval.
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 12
​Fees: See AP Section
AP Physics C is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory physics course. The curriculum for this class is the College Board Advanced Placement Physics Curriculum. Units of study will include: Kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, work, energy, power, systems of particles, linear momentum, circular motion and rotation, oscillations, and gravitation, electrostatics, conductors, capacitors and dielectrics, electric circuits, magnetic fields and electromagnetism. This course differs signif­icantly from a high school course with respect to the laboratory work done and the time and effort of the student outside of class. The expectation is that students take the AP exam at the end of this course.
ANATOMY - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: CP Biology, Chemistry, Instructor approval.
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: None
Anatomy is designed for students with an interest in the human body and/or medical sciences. This course starts with a basic overview of cells and their components, as well as a review of the chemistry necessary to prop­erly understand how cells and parts of the human body function. Students will study the organ systems in great depth; including structure, shape, function and relationship to other systems. This course involves a mixture of lecture, lab work, and dissection.
COLORADO WILDLIFE - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: CP Biology or Biology​
​Course Length: Semester
​Grades: 11-12
​Fees: None
This is a project-based course that examines the five vertebrate classes present in Colorado. General characteristics of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals are examined as a class. Students learn about more than 100 local animal species through a series of projects and student pre­sentations. Complementary topics such as ecology, human impact on the environment, and controversial wildlife issues are examined. Emphasis is also placed on learning current technology to present projects to the class.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: CP Biology or Biology
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: None
Environmental Science is a lab-based course designed to provide students with an understanding of ecosystem concepts and the interactions that take place between humans and their environment. Topics include: the ecosystem, populations, soil, water, pollution and renewable/nonrenewable energy.
ASTRONOMY - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: CP Biology or Biology
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: None
This course focuses on the modern science of astronomy and cosmology. The process of scientific study provides the foundation of this course. Students will study the relationship of the Earth with our solar system, our galaxy and the universe. Some topics include planets, stars, black holes, quasars, stellar evolution and other solar phenomena.
GEOLOGY - ONLINE - 1 Credit (science)
​Prerequisite: Counselor Signature
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees:
Geology will examine the earth as a dynamic system. Students will exam­ine processes for and evidence of how the earth renews itself, including weathering, erosion, and plate tectonics. Students will also learn about the costs, benefits and consequences of using every resources. Students will perform labs at home with equipment provided.
EARTH SCIENCE - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Below Algebra II or Chemistry completed or concurrently enrolled in Chemistry.
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: None
This course introduces the major principles of Earth Science. The course will include the study of astronomy, meteorology, geology, and oceanog­raphy. The content, reading, and pacing levels of this course are assessable to all students and encourage the development of science literacy. 
 
 
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