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Science & Engineering

Dom Boyle boyled@northcantonschools.org
Scott Colles colless@northcantonschools.org
Sarah Covington sdc1nc@northcantonschools.org
Melissa Csak csakm@northcantonschools.org
Marc Gramley gramleym@northcantonschools.org
Jessica Haines jkg1nc@northcantonschools.org
Sarah Jackson slj1nc@northcantonschools.org
Ben Janchar baj1nc@northcantonschools.org
Carrie Keith clk3nc@northcantonschools.org
Lindsay McCorcle mccorclel@northcantonschools.org
David Neitzelt neitzeltd@northcantonschools.org
Jeff Pickle jtp1nc@northcantonschools.org
Nick Plazak ngp1nc@northcantonschools.org
Steve Wood sjw1nc@northcantonschools.org
Darrell Woods dsw1nc@northcantonschools.org

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT:  Three credits including Physical Science and Biology.

COLLEGE ADMISSION REQUIREMENT:  Three credits (courses) required. 

The Science Department at Hoover High school has developed courses with a student-directed and inquiry-based hands-on learning approach.  Students are encouraged at all levels to use problem-solving and critical thinking skills.  Real world application is emphasized.  All science classes include significant laboratory experiences and are considered lab sciences.

Students must earn three core science credits in order to graduate.  All freshmen are required to take a Physical Science class and all sophomores are required to take a Biology class.  Juniors and seniors should choose a third and/or fourth year class that is appropriate to their future plans.  Chemistry, Physics, and Anatomy and Physiology are core courses designed for all college-bound students.  Environmental Science and Conceptual Physics are core courses that fulfill the science requirement in a single period, and are appropriate for the student who may be college-bound but is not interested in pursuing a science-related career. Students who have not reached certain benchmarks on state assessments or maintained certain grade averages may be recommended to take Environmental Science.   Marine Biology is an elective science course that may be taken as an addition to the core curriculum, but is not a core science class that will count towards graduation requirements.

The following courses require a separate laboratory class, which meets every other day with a study hall on the alternate days.  Students are assigned either an “O” lab schedule or a “B” lab schedule.  For example: In an “O” schedule, students attend class for two periods on “O” lab days, and attend class for a single period and go to study hall on alternate “B” days.  The opposite is true for “B” lab schedules.  These courses fill two periods per day in the student’s schedule.  0315        Honors Biology 0316         AP Biology 0325         Honors Chemistry 0326         AP Chemistry 0335         AP Physics Students who wish to go from a regular to accelerated science course may do so only on the recommendation of their teacher.

Marine Biology is an elective courses and requires a selection process.  Please see the course description for eligibility requirements.

Additional science-related medical and engineering courses may be found listed under Career Technical Pathways.  Courses such as:

 Biochemistry of Health (PBS)  Human Anatomy and Physiology (HBS)  Genetics of Disease (Medical Interventions)  Biomedical Engineering (Biomedical Innovations)  Engineering Design (Introduction to Engineering)  Engineering Principles (Principles of Engineering)   Digital Electronics  Engineering Capstone (Engineering Design and Development)  Computer Integrated Manufacturing         
(Please note, the above courses from Career Tech Pathways do not count as science credit.)

Requirements

0306 Physical Science - Required                                                              1 credit Prerequisite:  None                                                                                Grade 9 Fee: Lab fee $10.00  This integrated course is a study of physics and chemistry.  It is the first year science course in the core curriculum.   The course uses an inquiry-based lab approach and is aligned to Ohio’s Revised Science Standards. The major areas of study are properties of matter, atoms and compounds, chemical reactions, motion, forces and Newton’s laws of motion, work and energy, electricity, waves and stars. This class meets one period daily.

 0307 Honors Physical Science - Elective                                                          1 credit Prerequisite:  None                                                                                Grade 9 Fee: Lab fee $10.00  This course is designed for the science-oriented student.  The course uses an inquiry-based lab approach to understand chemistry and physics.  Since this is an honors course, there are high expectations for work outside of the classroom.  The quantity and quality of student work is well above that of a regular level course.  It is strongly recommended that the student be taking an honors level math class.  The major areas of study are properties of matter, atoms and compounds, chemical reactions, motion, forces and Newton’s laws of motion, work and energy, electricity, waves and stars. This class meets one period daily. Formal lab reports and enrichment projects are required.

0314 Biology - Required                                                                                      1 credit Prerequisite: Physical Science                                                              Grade 10 Fee: Lab fee $15.00 This course provides the basic understanding of the living world and is intended for those students who have completed freshman science.  It is the second year science course in the core curriculum.  The major areas of study are homeostasis, natural selection, energy matter and organization, heredity, growth and development, and ecology.  This class is inquiry based and puts emphasis on the connection between biology and everyday activities.  Expectations include projects and laboratory reports. This course has an End of Course Exam for Ohio Graduation Requirements. 

0315 Honors Biology - Required                                                                 1½ credits Prerequisite: Physical Science (Honors level recommended)                            Grade 10 Fee: Lab fee $25.00                                              Honors Biology provides a challenging Biology alternative.  Inquiry-based teaching methods are used and critical thinking is emphasized over memorization and recall.  Class and homework assignments require good study skills and time management.  An investigative approach is used in constructing an understanding and appreciation of the living world.  The major areas of study are natural selection, homeostasis, energy, matter, and organization, growth and development, heredity, and ecology.  Students are required to complete several projects outside the classroom.  Expectations for the quality and quantity of student work are well above that of the regular level course.  A laboratory period is required and meets every other day.  Requires two periods in schedule. This course has an End of Course Exam for Ohio Graduation Requirements. 

0316 Advanced Placement Biology - Required                                              1½ credits Prerequisite: Honors Physical Science and teacher recommendation                        Grade 10 Fee:  Approximately $93.00 for the required AP Exam, Lab fee $25.00   Summer work is required. AP Biology is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory biology course.  A college-level textbook is used.  It is designed for students who are interested in preparing for the Advanced Placement Biology test and provides the necessary background for students interested in careers in medicine and science.  The range and depth of topics covered, the type of laboratory work done by students, and the time and effort required of students distinguish this course from other Biology offerings.  Topics covered include the chemistry of life, cells, cellular energetics, heredity, molecular genetics, natural selection, biodiversity, structure and function of plants and animals, and ecology.  Students are required to complete a variety of projects and numerous assignments outside of class.  A laboratory period is required and meets every other day.  Requires two periods in schedule.  

Electives

0321 Environmental Science - Elective                                         1 credit Prerequisite: Biology                                                                     Grades 11-12 Fee: Lab fee $10.00 This course is a 3rd year, integrated high school science course with a strong emphasis on handson investigations.  The program is presented in six thematic units and includes topics from chemistry, biology, and earth science.  The course focuses on the use of environmental resources in responsible ways.  The class meets one period daily.  Students who have not reached certain benchmarks on state assessments are recommended to schedule this course. 

0324 Chemistry - Elective                                                                          1 credit Prerequisite:  Algebra I, Geometry, Biology                                    Grades 11-12 Corequisite: Algebra II Recommended Fee: Lab fee $15.00 This traditional college preparatory course in general chemistry is for the student who needs a basic, comprehensive course in chemistry.  It is designed for those students who will need theoretical and practical chemistry for further study in technology, nursing, health careers, and home economics.  A working knowledge of algebra is required.  The course includes atomic theory, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, solution chemistry, chemical analysis, and organic chemistry.  It is also expected that the student will develop an appreciation of the historical development of the scientific theories, scientific attitudes, and the practical aspects of chemistry.  Laboratory experiences will include chemical preparations, chemical analysis, experiments exploring chemical principles, and several demonstrations.  This class meets one period daily.

0325 Honors Chemistry - Elective                                                              1½ credits Prerequisite:  Algebra I, Geometry, Biology (Honors level recommended)   Grades 11-12 Corequisite: Algebra II or Honors Algebra II  Fee: Lab fee $15.00  This rigorous chemistry course is designed for those students with a strong background and interest in science and mathematics.   Emphasis is placed on problem solving, mole concept, modern atomic theory, bonding, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, solution, chemistry and oxidationreduction.  Historical and practical aspects of chemistry are also included.  A laboratory period which meets every other day is required.  Extended group and individual projects will be required throughout the year. Laboratory experiences will include chemical preparations, analysis, principles, and the use of technology and instrumentation.  Requires two periods in schedule. Blended option requires only 1 period.

0326 Advanced Placement Chemistry – Elective                                           1½ credits Prerequisite: AP Biology or Honors Biology with Teacher recommendation     Grades11-12 Corequisite:  Honors Algebra II or Honors Precalculus               Fee:  Approximately $93.00 for the required AP Exam, lab fee $25.00    Summer work is required. AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory chemistry course.  It is designed for students who are interested in preparing for the Advanced Placement Chemistry exam.  It is intended for the serious student who wishes to obtain a strong background in chemistry.  A college-level textbook and laboratory book are used.  Laboratory work is used extensively in the course and is often a cooperative venture.  Topics of study include the following:  chemical nomenclature, quantum mechanics, atomic structure, periodicity, states of matter, thermodynamics, equilibrium, acids-bases, salts, electrochemistry, kinetics, solution chemistry, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry.  The use of mathematics is extensive.  Evaluation is based upon homework, laboratory results and reports, quizzes and tests.  A laboratory period is required and meets every other day.  Requires two periods in schedule.

0354 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology-Elective                                1 credit Prerequisite:  Biology, Honors Biology or AP Biology      Grades 11-12 Fee: Lab fee $25.00  This course is designed for students wanting to further their understanding of the human body.  Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology provides an introduction to the structure of each human body system and the role those systems play in the human body.  This course is designed to meet the needs of those students who are interested in science and possibly for those students who are planning a career in a technical field of health care.  This course meets one period daily.  Cat dissection is required and will be done by teams.

0333 Conceptual Physics - Elective                                                           1 credit Prerequisite: Biology                                                                     Grades 11-12 Fee: Lab fee $13.00 The emphasis of this course is to expose students to physics concepts by engaging students in problem solving as it relates to real-world physics.  A minimal amount of mathematics will be used to support these concepts.  Students will study physics phenomena by observing and offering explanations to various demonstrations and laboratory experiences.  Students will also work in teams to solve problems involving physics principles and complete various projects as they relate to these principles.  (Recycle cars, balsawood bridges, etc.)  This course is for those students interested in increasing their understanding of physical science but not planning to pursue a career in science, engineering, or mathematics.  The class meets one period daily.

0334 Physics - Elective                                                                                      1 credit Prerequisite: Biology and Algebra II                                                         Grades 11-12 Fee: Lab fee $13.00 Through various hands-on activities, projects, and open-ended scientific inquiries (experiments), students will be exposed to linear and curvilinear (projectile) motion, cause of these motions, conservation laws relating to momentum and energy, wave motion relating to sound, light, and the electromagnetic spectrum, and electricity.  Emphasis is placed on the development of scientific models, problem solving, and application of concepts to various situations and problems.  Students will be required to complete several projects.  This class meets one period daily.

CCP0336 Honors College Credit Plus Physics – Elective                        1 credit Prerequisite: Precalculus, AP Chemistry, Honors Chemistry,      Grades 11-12 Reg. Chemistry with teacher recommendation  Corequisite: Precalculus, recommended if not yet completed College entrance requirements: ACT of 23+ and college application   College Credit: Kent State University - KSU13001/13021 “General College Physics/Lab” - 5 college credits Lab Fee:  $13.00 This course is designed for College Credit Plus (formerly known as Dual Enrollment) through Kent State University, with successful completion earning 1 science credit for graduation and 5 college credits in introductory College Physics I.  Since this course is considered by Ohio Board of Regents as a Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) course, it may transfer to any public university in Ohio.  This course will emphasize concept development in principles of motion, forces, energy, rotational motion, heat and sound studied in lecture and lab.  In a college sequence, this course is required for students studying in fields of science, engineering, mathematics, and pre-med.  It is a mathematically intensive course, requiring a knowledge base at algebra II level and higher.

0335 Advanced Placement Physics 1 - Elective                                           1½ credits  Prerequisite:  CCP Precalculus, Hon CCP Precalculus, AP Chemistry or    Grades 11-12 Honors Chemistry with teacher recommendation  Fee: Approximately $93.00 for the required AP exam, Lab fee $13.00 Summer work is required. AP Physics 1 (Algebra-based) is the equivalent of a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics, but it is designed to be taught over a full academic year to enable AP students to develop deep understanding of the content and to focus on applying their knowledge through inquirey labs.  The full year also allows time for inclusion of physics content specified by state standards.  The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound.  It also introduces electric circuits.  This course utilizes a college-level text book and is ideal for students interested in careers in engineering, medicine, or fields requiring a science major.  Hands on projects and activities supplement this class as time allows during the preparation for the May AP Physics exam.

0345 Honors Marine Biology - Elective                                                            1 credit Prerequisites:  Biology                                                                  Grades 11-12 Application and Approval of screening committee is required Cost:  Approximately $2200 plus snorkel equipment required. This course is designed to acquaint the student with the marine ecosystem, in general, and with the flora and fauna of a living coral reef, more specifically.  The course will deal with the taxonomy and natural history of all the major groups of plants, invertebrates and vertebrates which inhabit a subtropical reef.  The course will also survey career opportunities in marine biology and oceanography.  Students taking this course will spend one week on Andros Island, Bahamas, doing field observations.  Field observations include snorkeling over the world's third longest barrier reef and observing its diverse flora and fauna through some of the clearest seawater in the world.  Class meets one evening per week December to May on Wednesday night from 6:00-9:00p.m. Snorkeling and free-diving instruction will be given prior to the field experience.