Academics



Natural Science:

 

Biology:

Biology is devoted to the study of living things and their processes. Throughout the year this course provides an opportunity for students to develop scientific process skills, laboratory techniques, and an understanding of the fundamental principles of living organisms. Students will explore biological science as a process, cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, evolution and classification, diversity of living organisms and their ecological roles, and matter and energy in ecosystems.


Chemistry:

Chemistry is a course that explores the foundations of the chemical world.  This course focuses on basics of the atomic model, chemical bonding, nomenclature, the mole concept, and chemical and physical aspects of substances in literature and laboratory work.  Students should have a solid background in mathematics and be able to manipulate formulas prior to this course. 

 

Physics:

 A course designed to introduce the student to four major topics in modern physics: mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and quantum mechanics. Areas that receive special attention are Newton's laws of motion, vectors, energy and momentum, properties of matter, optics and wave motion, heat, electricity and magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics. Integrated laboratory experiments make physical theories and concepts concrete. 

 

Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy and physiology is a discussion and laboratory based study of the human body. This course is designed for college preparation, especially for biology and health-career majors. The areas to be covered include: body organization,  cells and tissues, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, endocrine system, reproductive system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, and urinary system.

 

Forensic Science

This class is a senior level course that will investigate the fundamentals of forensic science.  This will focus on basics of observation, mathematical manipulation, and hands on activities to develop skills in fingerprinting, hair and fiber analysis, blood evaluation, and various other techniques used by forensic scientists.  This is a lab based class that will uncover the mysteries of crime scene analysis.

 

A.P. Biology:

This is a two-semester sequence that introduces students to all major concepts within the scope of modern biology. These courses are intended for students majoring in the biological sciences or related pre-professional programs (pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, etc.). Topics covered include cell structure and function, metabolism, the biology of plants and animals, genetics, ecology, diversity and evolution. Laboratory exercises provide hands-on experiences that reinforce the lecture material. 

 

A. P. Chemistry

Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry is a second year chemistry course that is designed to serve as the equivalent of an introductory freshman college chemistry course. This course will cover more material than a first year chemistry course and will expand on information previously introduced. Students will spend the year mastering the fundamentals of theoretical and computational chemistry.  Students will be responsible for maintaining a lab notebook, safely use lab equipment and chemicals, write scientifically, and properly communicate topics to teachers and peers.   Students are expected to take the AP exam offered in the spring. 

 

Honors Organic Chemistry

Honors Organic Chemistry is a second year chemistry course that is designed to serve as the equivalent of Organic I and parts of Organic II, as seen at the collegiate level.  This course is designed to introduce students intending on majoring in the natural sciences or related pre-professional programs (i.e. pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, etc.) or students interested in learning about structure and function of organic molecules.  Students will develop skills on nomenclature, spectroscopy, characterization, and synthesis and mechanisms of various organic reactions.

 

Honors Physics:

 Honors physics is a second year physics course offered to seniors. It is the equivalent of a first year college physics course with calculus. Students taking this course are required to take calculus concurrently. Students who choose to pay a registration fee may earn 8 hours of college credit from Creighton University provided that they successfully manage the course. Topics covered are classical mechanics, special relativity, optics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics and nuclear physics. Class meets five days per week. Classes consist of lectures, problem solving, laboratory exercises, demonstrations, computer based exercises and video materials. In the classroom, the students are always the focus of the learning. In addition to being asked to respond to questions in class, students are expected to demonstrate proficiency with material by making presentations to their classmates. Problems which require small groups solution occur each week. Demonstrations and laboratory exercises always have the students as the primary actors.