Course Descriptions

Science

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Even though certain science courses at SC Whitmore School are considered “lab sciences” by South Carolina state standards, they may not be accepted at some colleges and universities. Please contact your school counselors, in order to ensure whichever science courses you have completed will be accepted as a “lab science” by the college or university you plan to attend upon graduation.

Anatomy and Physiology (Lab Science)

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

This course takes the student on a journey through the human body. Each system, and its relationship to other system is discussed. Labs allow students to explore the functions of several systems.

Biology 1A (Lab Science)

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Algebra 1A or Foundations of Algebra A/B

Biology is the study of life – the basic characteristics and functions of living organisms and their place in our environment. Laboratory and field investigations are the primary means for developing problem-solving skills and for developing knowledge and understanding of biological concepts. Topics include the history of biology; the cell and cell processes; genetics and heredity; cycles in nature; photosynthesis and respiration; ecology; plants, animals, and microorganisms; continuity of life; and the interaction of science, technology, and society.

Part A is followed by Part B, then the End of Course Exam (EOC). Content from both parts will be covered on the EOC.

Biology 1B (Lab Science)

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Biology IA, Algebra 1A or Foundations of Algebra A/B

This course is the continuation of Biology I and culminates with the End of Course Examination. Biology is the study of life – the basic characteristics and functions of living organisms and their place in our environment. Laboratory and field investigations are the primary means for developing problem-solving skills and for developing knowledge and understanding of biological concepts. Topics include the history of biology; the cell and cell processes; genetics and heredity; cycles in nature; photosynthesis and respiration; ecology; plants, animals, and microorganisms; continuity of life; and the interaction of science, technology, and society.

Biology Honors A (Lab Science)

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Algebra 1A or Foundations of Algebra A/B and Recommendation of the School Counselor

Biology Honors requires students to complete lessons that meet all SC Biology standards plus additional lessons, projects and labs beyond the state requirements. Students completing this challenging course will earn honors credit and the affiliated elevated grade point average.

Biology is the study of life – the characteristics and functions of living organisms and their place in our environment. Laboratory, field investigations, and projects are the primary means for developing problem-solving skills and for developing knowledge and understanding of biological concepts. Topics include the history of biology; the cell and cell processes; genetics and heredity; cycles in nature; photosynthesis and respiration; ecology; plants, animals, and microorganisms; continuity of life; and the interaction of science, technology, and society.

Part A is followed by Part B, then the End of Course Exam (EOC). Content from both parts will be covered on the EOC.

Biology Honors B (Lab Science)

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Biology Honors A, Algebra 1A or Foundations of Algebra A/B and Recommendation of the School Counselor

Biology Honors requires students to complete lessons that meet all SC Biology standards plus additional lessons, projects and labs beyond the state requirements. Students completing this challenging course will earn honors credit and the affiliated elevated grade point average.

This is the continuation of Biology Honors and culminates with the End of Course Exam (EOC), which will count 20% of the grade in the course.

Biology is the study of life – the characteristics and functions of living organisms and their place in our environment. Laboratory, field investigations, and projects are the primary means for developing problem-solving skills and for developing knowledge and understanding of biological concepts. Topics include the history of biology; the cell and cell processes; genetics and heredity; cycles in nature; photosynthesis and respiration; ecology; plants, animals, and microorganisms; continuity of life; and the interaction of science, technology, and society.

Chemistry A (Lab Science)

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Algebra 1,Geometry, Algebra 2A

Chemistry uses an atoms-first approach and coverage includes: the parts of the atom and the basics of nuclear chemistry; electronic configurations of atoms including orbitals, covalent and ionic bonding, Lewis structures, and VSEPR theory; intermolecular forces; periodic properties, nomenclature, and descriptive chemistry; chemical reactions, including balancing, the mole concept, stoichiometry (including limiting reagents), equilibrium; thermodynamics, solutions and electrolytes, concentration; gas laws, including static and non-static conditions; acids, bases, pH, and equilibrium; and organic functional groups. Students must show proficiency in dimensional analysis, provide cogent short answers to various concept questions, demonstrate the ability to research information not directly provided in the lessons and cite sources correctly, and complete safe, home-based experiments that include full laboratory reports.

Chemistry B (Lab Science)

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Chemistry A, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2A

Chemistry uses an atoms-first approach and coverage includes: the parts of the atom and the basics of nuclear chemistry; electronic configurations of atoms including orbitals, covalent and ionic bonding, Lewis structures, and VSEPR theory; intermolecular forces; periodic properties, nomenclature, and descriptive chemistry; chemical reactions, including balancing, the mole concept, stoichiometry (including limiting reagents), equilibrium; thermodynamics, solutions and electrolytes, concentration; gas laws, including static and non-static conditions; acids, bases, pH, and equilibrium; and organic functional groups. Students must show proficiency in dimensional analysis, provide cogent short answers to various concept questions, demonstrate the ability to research information not directly provided in the lessons and cite sources correctly, and complete safe, home-based experiments that include full laboratory reports.

Chemistry Honors A (Lab Science)

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Algebra 1,Geometry, Algebra 2 A and Recommendation of School Counselor

Chemistry Honors requires students to complete lessons that meet all SC Chemistry standards plus additional lessons, projects and labs beyond the state requirements. Students completing this challenging course will earn honors credit and the affiliated elevated grade point average.

Chemistry uses an atoms-first approach and coverage includes: the parts of the atom and the basics of nuclear chemistry; electronic configurations of atoms including orbitals, covalent and ionic bonding, Lewis structures, and VSEPR theory; intermolecular forces; periodic properties, nomenclature, and descriptive chemistry; chemical reactions, including balancing, the mole concept, stoichiometry (including limiting reagents), equilibrium; thermodynamics, solutions and electrolytes, concentration; gas laws, including static and non-static conditions; acids, bases, pH, and equilibrium; and organic functional groups. Students must show proficiency in dimensional analysis, provide cogent short answers to various concept questions, demonstrate the ability to research information not directly provided in the lessons and cite sources correctly, and complete safe, home-based experiments that include full laboratory reports.

Chemistry Honors B (Lab Science)

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Chemistry A, Algebra 1,Geometry, Algebra 2 A and Recommendation of School Counselor

Chemistry Honors requires students to complete lessons that meet all SC Chemistry standards plus additional lessons, projects and labs beyond the state requirements. Students completing this challenging course will earn honors credit and the affiliated elevated grade point average.

Chemistry uses an atoms-first approach and coverage includes: the parts of the atom and the basics of nuclear chemistry; electronic configurations of atoms including orbitals, covalent and ionic bonding, Lewis structures, and VSEPR theory; intermolecular forces; periodic properties, nomenclature, and descriptive chemistry; chemical reactions, including balancing, the mole concept, stoichiometry (including limiting reagents), equilibrium; thermodynamics, solutions and electrolytes, concentration; gas laws, including static and non-static conditions; acids, bases, pH, and equilibrium; and organic functional groups. Students must show proficiency in dimensional analysis, provide cogent short answers to various concept questions, demonstrate the ability to research information not directly provided in the lessons and cite sources correctly, and complete safe, home-based experiments that include full laboratory reports.

Environmental Science A (Lab Science)

Grade Level: 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Biology or Physical Science

Environmental Science provides an overview of basic environmental issues, including climate change, sustainability, pollution, depletion of natural resources, renewable energy, loss of biodiversity, deforestation, soil fertility and erosion, and waste disposal. It also explores the history of the environmental movement, the politics and ethics involved in environmental issues, and the regulations that help limit environmental damage. Students are expected to explore their own impact on the environment and ways to mitigate that impact. The labs are designed to give students hands on experience in observing and assessing natural systems and how they function. The topics include the recycling of wastes, soil erosion, stream health, invasive species, backyard ecology, energy audits, and acid rain.

Environmental Science B (Lab Science)

Grade Level: 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Biology or Physical Science

This is the continuation of Environmental Science A and provides an overview of basic environmental issues, including climate change, sustainability, pollution, depletion of natural resources, renewable energy, loss of biodiversity, deforestation, soil fertility and erosion, and waste disposal. It also explores the history of the environmental movement, the politics and ethics involved in environmental issues, and the regulations that help limit environmental damage. Students are expected to explore their own impact on the environment and ways to mitigate that impact. The labs are designed to give students hands on experience in observing and assessing natural systems and how they function. The topics include the recycling of wastes, soil erosion, stream health, invasive species, backyard ecology, energy audits, and acid rain.

Environmental Science A Honors (Lab Science)

Grade Level: 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Biology or Physical Science and Recommendation of School Counselor

Environmental Science provides an overview of environmental issues, including climate change, sustainability, pollution, depletion of natural resources, renewable energy, loss of biodiversity, deforestation, soil fertility and erosion, and waste disposal. It also explores the history of the environmental movement, the politics and ethics involved in environmental issues, and the regulations that help limit environmental damage. Students are expected to explore their own impact on the environment and ways to mitigate that impact. The four projects are designed to help students assess the environmental damage in their own ecosystems and determine their own environmental footprint. The five labs are designed to give students hands on experience in observing and assessing natural systems and how they function. The topics include the recycling of wastes, soil erosion, stream health, invasive species, backyard ecology, energy audits, and acid rain. Students are required to show evidence of research and understanding of each topic.

Environmental Science B Honors (Lab Science)

Grade Level: 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Biology or Physical Science and Recommendation of School Counselor

This is the continuation of Environmental Science A Honors and provides an overview of environmental issues, including climate change, sustainability, pollution, depletion of natural resources, renewable energy, loss of biodiversity, deforestation, soil fertility and erosion, and waste disposal. It also explores the history of the environmental movement, the politics and ethics involved in environmental issues, and the regulations that help limit environmental damage. Students are expected to explore their own impact on the environment and ways to mitigate that impact. The four projects are designed to help students assess the environmental damage in their own ecosystems and determine their own environmental footprint. The five labs are designed to give students hands on experience in observing and assessing natural systems and how they function. The topics include the recycling of wastes, soil erosion, stream health, invasive species, backyard ecology, energy audits, and acid rain. Students are required to show evidence of research and understanding of each topic.

Integrated Physics and Chemistry A

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

In this course, the kitchen is used to study introductory chemistry concepts. Topics include atoms, molecules, the periodic table, chemical reactions, balancing simple chemical equations, acids and bases, types of mixtures, and freezing points. The concepts are also applied in a final research project. Online research is a regular part of this course.

Integrated Physics and Chemistry B

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

This course uses science fiction and current research to study introductory physics concepts. Topics include the electromagnetic spectrum, Doppler effect, star evolution, the solar system and universe, distance and time relationships, theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, and the many worlds theory. The concepts are applied in a final research project. Online research is a regular part of this course.

Physical Science A

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

This course is the foundation course for all high school science courses. Students will study basic chemistry with topics in properties of matter, atomic structure, and chemical reactions and basic physics with topics in energy, force, motion, machines, light, sound, electricity, and magnetism.

Physical Science B

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

This course is the continuation of Physical Science A and is foundation course for all high school science courses. Students will study basic chemistry with topics in properties of matter, atomic structure, and chemical reactions and basic physics with topics in energy, force, motion, machines, light, sound, electricity, and magnetism.

Physics A (Lab Science)

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and Algebra II

The course focuses on the core concepts of Algebra-based Physics preparing the student for future college level Physics courses. The key concepts of the course have a main focus on mechanical physics with introductory level electro-magnetics and wave mechanics.

Physics B (Lab Science)

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Physics A, Algebra 1, Algebra 2

The course is the continuation of Physics A and focuses on the core concepts of Algebra-based Physics preparing the student for future college level Physics courses. The key concepts of the course have a main focus on mechanical physics with introductory level electro-magnetics and wave mechanics.