Cardinal Ritter High School

Science

AP Physics

2 Semesters / 2 Credit(s)

This physics course will provide the student the opportunity to develop an understanding of the nature of matter and its interactions and interdependencies.  The student will be able to observe and understand the fundamental concepts and principles concerning Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics.  The course is designed to help the students: (1) read, understand, and interpret physical information through words, graphs, and equations, (2) use mathematical reasoning to solve physical problems, and (3) perform experiments and interpret the results of observations.  Lectures, projects, presentations, technology, lab work, demonstrations, and/or investigations will be utilized in this course.  Students taking this course are required to take the AP Exam.  A GRAPHING CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE.

Honors Physics

2 Semesters / 2 Credit(s)

Honors Physics is a course in which students synthesize the fundamental concepts and principles related to matter and energy, including mechanics, wave motion, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, atomic and subatomic physics.  Through regular laboratory study using such quantities as velocity, acceleration, force, energy, momentum, and charge, students (1) examine the nature and scope of physics, including its relationship to other sciences and its ability to describe phenomena using physical laws, (2) describe the history of physics and its role in the birth of technology, (3) explore the uses of its models, theories, and laws in various careers, and (4) investigate physics questions and problems related to personal needs and societal issues. It is recommended that students take this course prior to enrolling in Physics, Advanced Placement. A GRAPHING CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE.

AP Chemistry

2 Semesters / 2 Credit(s)

This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year.  Students will increase the depth of knowledge gained during Chemistry I and build on their laboratory skills through an intensive lab schedule.  Emphasis at this level will include properties and forces in solids, liquids, gases, and solutions, thermochemistry, chemical kinetics and equilibrium, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.  Lectures, research projects, technology, laboratory experiments, and field trips will be utilized in this course.  All students enrolled in this course are required to take the AP Exam.  A GRAPHING CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE.  Summer reading is required for this course.

Advanced Science: Organic Chemistry

2 Semesters / 2 Credit(s)

Organic Chemistry will offer an extensive look at the special nature of carbon chemistry.  Emphasis will be placed on structure, functional groups, nomenclature conformational analysis and stereochemistry, as well as some important classes of organic reactions.  An introduction to spectroscopy will also be presented.  Students enrolled in this course engage in an in-depth study of the application of science concepts, principles, and unifying themes that are unique to organic chemistry.  Lectures, technology, problem sets, laboratory experiments, research projects, and field trips will all be utilized in this course.

Honors Chemistry I

2 Semesters / 2 Credit(s)

This first year chemistry course provides an in-depth study of chemistry at an accelerated rate.  It provides the student with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the nature and composition of matter and its chemical interactions through a variety of resources.  The student will engage in scientific inquiry, understand societal roles of science and technology and appreciate the unifying principles of chemistry.  The course will emphasize the history of chemistry, chemical bonding, nomenclature, classification of reactions, the behavior of gases, the nature of solutions and laboratory safety.  This class will also include topics not covered in Chemistry I such as an introduction to nuclear chemistry, biochemistry, thermochemistry, and organic chemistry.  Lectures, projects, presentations, technology, lab work, demonstrations and/or investigations will be utilized in this honors course. A GRAPHING CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED.

Chemistry I

2 Semesters / 2 Credit(s)

This first year chemistry course will provide the student with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the nature and composition of matter and its chemical interactions.  The student will be able to engage in scientific inquiry, understand societal roles of science and technology and appreciate the unifying principles of chemistry and organic chemistry.  The course will emphasize the history of chemistry, chemical bonding, nomenclature, classification of reactions, the behavior of gases, the nature of solutions and laboratory safety.  Lectures, projects, presentations, technology, lab work, demonstrations and/or investigations will be utilized in this course. A SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED.

Integrated Chemistry-Physics

2 Semesters / 2 Credit(s)

This introductory course will help the student understand the fundamental concepts of matter and energy, mechanics, heat, magnetism, electricity, sound and light.  The course will also focus on the structures of matter, energy reactions, and society and energy use.  This course may be taken to prepare students for general chemistry.  Lectures, projects, presentations, technology and lab work will be utilized in this course.  A SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED.

Earth & Space Science I

2 Semesters / 2 Credit(s)

This course will reflect the spectrum of Earth science including geology, astronomy, and meteorology.  This course is an entry level science course with no prerequisites.  Semesters are independent of each other.  The fall semester focuses on geology and climate change while the spring semester focuses on astronomy and meteorology.  Lectures, projects, presentations, technology, laboratory and scientific writing will be utilized in this course.  Topics addressed include: plate tectonics, the rock cycle, energy sources, history of the Earth, galaxies, our solar system, and weather.

Advanced Science: Ecology

2 Semesters / 2 Credit(s)

This is a science class involving an in-depth study of the relationship between organisms and their environment.  The class may make many field trips to the creek near Marian University.  Biotic and abiotic factors affecting life in and surrounding the creek will be studied.  The carbon, water, and nitrogen cycles will be studied along with energy flow through trophic levels.  A comprehensive lab report of the student’s data collection and conclusions will be presented at the end of the course.  Students will write three to four papers during the class as part of their in-depth studies.

AP Biology

2 Semesters / 2 Credit(s)

This course is an advanced study of the characteristics of life designed to be equivalent to a full year of biology taken during the first year of college by biology majors.  Emphasis will be placed on biological concerns, cytology, organic chemistry, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, cellular division, molecular genetics, genetic inheritance patterns, evolution, ecology, and the diversity of organisms.  Lectures, research, laboratories, projects, technology, field trips and/or investigations will be utilized in this course.  Students taking this course are required to take the AP Exam. Summer reading is required for this course. For every 1 hour of class time, students should expect to spend 2 hours outside of class on course work.

Advanced Science: Human Anatomy and Physiology

2 Semesters / 2 Credit(s)

This course provides for an in-depth investigation of comparative anatomy and physiology.  The first semester focuses on lecture while the second semester involves lengthy and detailed dissections.  All of the major organ systems will be studied.  Lectures, research, laboratories, dissection, projects, technology, and/or investigations will be utilized in this course.

Honors Biology I

2 Semesters / 2 Credit(s)

This course is an accelerated and more in-depth study of biology.  A more advanced text is used in this class.  The material studied will come from a variety of sources.  The student will be able to engage in scientific inquiry, understand societal roles of science and technology and appreciate the unifying principles of biology.  Emphasis will be on biological cell structures and functions, biochemistry, cellular metabolisms, cell divisions, Mendelian and molecular genetics, evolution, protein synthesis, ecology, anatomy and physiology of plants and biological systems.  Lectures, laboratories, projects, field trips, technology and/or investigations will be utilized in this course.  Reading a scientific novel may be required during the year.

Biology I

2 Semesters / 2 Credit(s)

This first year general biology course will reflect the entire spectrum of living things.  The student will be able to engage in scientific inquiry, understand societal roles of science and technology and appreciate the unifying principles of biology.  Emphasis will be on biological characteristics, methods and tools, chemical and physical organizations of life, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structures and functions, biochemistry, cellular metabolisms, cell divisions, genetics, protein synthesis, evolution, ecology, the biosphere and living biological tissues and organs.  Lectures, laboratories, projects, field trips, technology and/or investigations will be utilized in this course.