Lab Science

  • 3 credits of lab science are required for graduation.

Biology 
(9) (1 credit) 
Biology is the first science class students study at Seton Catholic. Biology is the study of life. This course examines the characteristics of living things, the cell and its processes, the principles of genetics, the evolution of life on this planet, the classification of earth’s life forms, vertebrate characteristics, mammal characteristics, human history and ecological relationships. Current issues in biology are discussed as they arise. Biology is a required course for all Seton Catholic Preparatory High School graduates. This course will fulfill 1 of the 3 lab science requirements set forth by the Arizona State Board of Regents for entrance to any state university in Arizona.

Honors Biology 
(9) (1 credit) 
Prerequisite: Placement by Seton Catholic Prep Science Department
Biology is the first science class students study at Seton Catholic. Biology is the study of life. Honors Biology examines, in great depth, the characteristics of living things, the cell and its processes, the principles of genetics, the evolution of life on this planet, the classification of earth’s life forms, vertebrate characteristics, mammal characteristics, human history and ecological relationships. A greater opportunity is provided for in – depth problem solving skills. This course will fulfill 1 of the 3 lab science requirements set forth by the Arizona State Board of Regents for entrance to any state university in Arizona .

Physics 
(10) (1 credit)
Prerequisite: Biology and Algebra 1
Physics is the second science course studied at Seton Catholic and is designed to teach basic scientific concepts necessary for more advanced science courses. Algebra 1 skills are needed for success in this course. It will develop thought processes and skills necessary for scientific reasoning and is a highly participatory class with a lot of hands – on activities. Significant emphasis is placed on the understanding of Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion; the 1 st Law of Thermodynamics and its relationship of work and energy changes; and basic electricity and magnetism. The tools of algebra and graphical analysis are used throughout. Physics is a required course for all Seton Catholic Preparatory High School graduates. It also fulfills 1 of the 3 lab science requirements set forth by the Arizona State Board of Regents for entrance to any state university in Arizona.

Honors Physics 
(10) (1 credit)
Prerequisite: Biology; preference given to students who have completed geometry and have teacher recommendation
Physics is the second science course at Seton Catholic. This course is designed to teach basic scientific concepts necessary for more advanced science courses. The Honors Physics course develops thought processes and skills necessary for scientific reasoning and is a highly participatory class with a lot of hands – on activities. Significant emphases are placed on the understanding of Newton’s Three Laws of Motion; the First Law of Thermodynamics and its relationship to work and energy changes; and basic electricity. Math and graphical analysis skills are used throughout the year. This course is designed to prepare the student for a successful transition into honors chemistry and advanced science courses. It provides a higher difficulty level in problem solving while maintaining the same style and content as the regular physics course. This course will fulfill 1 of the 3 lab science requirements set forth by the Arizona State Board of Regents for entrance to any state university in Arizona.

Chemistry 
(11) (1 credit)
Prerequisite: Physics
Chemistry is the third level of science classes studied at Seton Catholic. Chemistry is the study of matter and how it changes. This course is an overview of the nature of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, and the use of the Periodic Table; the gas laws, solutions, acids and bases; types of chemical reactions and the balanced chemical equation for each reaction; stoichiometry and organic and nuclear chemistry. A great opportunity is provided for the student to develop analytical laboratory skills, including analysis of data and preparation of technical laboratory reports. Students who are successful in this chemistry course will be prepared for advanced science classes offered during senior year. Chemistry is a required course for all Seton Catholic Preparatory High School graduates. This course also fulfills 1 of the 3 lab science requirements set forth by the Arizona State Board of Regents for entrance to any state university in Arizona.

Honors Chemistry 
(11) (1 credit)
Prerequisite: Physics and teacher recommendation
Chemistry is the third level of science classes studied at Seton Catholic Chemistry is the study of matter and how it changes. This Honors Chemistry course is an in – depth examination of the nature of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, the gas laws, solutions, acids and bases; types of chemical reaction and the balanced chemical equation for each reaction; stoichiometry and organic and nuclear chemistry. Students are challenged to develop advanced problem solving skills based on observation, data analysis and mathematical computations. It is also an excellent opportunity for the student to develop analytical laboratory skills. Successful Honors Chemistry students will be well prepared for senior year advanced science courses and science courses at the college level. This course will fulfill 1 of the 3 lab science requirements set forth by the Arizona State Board of Regents for entrance to any state university in Arizona.

Pathway to Innovation: Science and Engineering

Engineering I
(9) (1 credit)
Prerequisite: Enrollment in Honors Algebra I or more advanced math class and teacher approval.
In this hands-on, project-driven class, students will learn the basic tenets of engineering design and modeling. Aligning with first year science, student projects will focus on engineering solutions to problems in the realms of biology and medicine. This is the introductory class in the Pathway to Innovation: Science and Engineering fouryear sequence.

Engineering II
(10) (1 credit)
Prerequisite: Engineering I, enrollment in Honors Geometry or more advanced math, and teacher approval.
A continuation of Engineering I, students enrolled in the Pathway to Innovation: Science and Engineering program will continue their academic journey learning about engineering topics such as reverse engineering and product improvement. Students will also learn foundational scientific and mathematic concepts used routinely in engineering such as power, materials, controls and statistics. The course is designed to be physics-aligned with class projects in the mechanical or electrical engineering domains.

Senior Science Electives

Advanced Placement Chemistry 
(12) (1 credit)
Prerequisite: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Algebra 2 and teacher recommendation
The AP chemistry course is the equivalent of the chemistry courses taken during the first two semesters of college chemistry. Students in this class build upon the basic chemistry knowledge they attained during junior year chemistry to understand more complex chemical concepts. The problems that AP Chemistry students work on and solve are the same problems that are completed in the college courses. This AP chemistry course contributes to the development of the students’ abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas orally and in writing, with clarity and logic. Furthermore the students use their first year analytical laboratory skills to perform complex laboratory experiments. These students become accomplished laboratory chemists.

Advanced Placement Physics C Mechanics
(12) (1 credit) 
Prerequisite: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, AP Calculus AB or concurrent enrollment in AP Calculus AB and teacher approval
This AP course will cover college-level physics including: 2D-motion, Newton's Laws, momentum, energy, rotation and torque, gravity and oscillations. The calculus-based class will include a focus on both the mathematical problem solving of physics as well as the corresponding laboratory components. The student should have a very strong math foundation and solid data interpretation and analysis skills. AP Physics has some of the most challenging material on campus. The student should be prepared for a significant academic encounter.

College Chemistry
(12) (1 credit)
Prerequisite: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Algebra 2 and teacher approval.
Dual enrollment class with Seton Hill University (students have the option for dual enrollment with Seton Hill University for 4 college credits each semester for a total of 8 college chemistry credits available.)
The College Chemistry course is the equivalent to the chemistry courses taken during the first two semesters of college. Students in this class build upon the basic chemistry knowledge they attained during junior year chemistry to understand more complex chemical concepts. College Chemistry course contributes to the development of the students' abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas orally and in writing, with clarity and logic. Furthermore, the students use their first year analytical laboratory skills to perform complex laboratory experiments. These students become accomplished laboratory chemists. Dual enrollment means that students in College Chemistry will receive high school credit for this class at Seton Catholic Prep and college credit through Seton Hill University. The student should be prepared for a significant academic encounter.

Environmental Science 
(12) (1 credit)
Prerequisite: Biology, Physics and Chemistry, and teacher approval
The environmental science class will investigate the concepts of sustainable ecosystems, specifically how water, air and energy issues are related to establishing a sustainable society. The Environmental Science class is intended to integrate classroom, instruction, reading of environmental literature, viewing environmental videos, on campus activities and field experiences for sample collection. The Environmental Science class builds upon the students' prior knowledge of lessons learned during the study of biology, physics and chemistry in examining the functioning of ecosystems. This class involves independent work throughout campus and as such, student comportment and behavior may determine acceptance into the class and continued enrollment in the course.

Human Anatomy and Physiology 
(12) (1 credit)
Prerequisite: Biology, Physics and Chemistry, and teacher approval 
Anatomy and physiology are subdivisions of the science of biology, the study of living organisms. Anatomy, derived from the Greek word meaning "a cutting up," refers to the study of the structure of the body. Physiology, from the Greek root meaning "the study of nature," deals with the function of the body and the characteristics of living matter. Anatomy is descriptive while physiology is dynamic. As in other areas of biology, form and function go hand in hand. To attempt to fully understand the human body, one must learn of its various structures as well as the particular functions those structures serve and how they are interrelated. Therefore, anatomy and physiology are both essential to life science study. The student should be prepared for a significant academic encounter.


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