SCIENCE (3.0 Credits Required)
A total of three years of science is required at Newman.
Students are reminded that all state colleges and many private colleges
now require three years of science for admission.
who will be in math/science related fields in college are highly encouraged to
take the honors version of the following courses. Those students who take honors courses will have an honors
designation added to their transcript. To
receive honors credit, the student will have to meet honors credit requirements
for each semester as required by the instructor.
Those students not meeting the honors criteria will not receive honors
R, Grade 9
introductory course in Biology that covers cellular functions; basic and
advanced genetic concepts including biotechnology and ethics; evolution;
classification of living organisms, and basic ecological principles. Particular emphasis is placed on connections between humans
and the environment.
Grades 10, 11
if student is not in Chemistry as a sophomore
Considerations: Science department
consent and Sophomore Science Placement Test
Physical Science emphasizes the scientific method,
measuring and other skills important for success in upper level science classes.
Topics include basic chemistry and physics (light, sound, motion, forces,
energy), astronomy, weather, and earth science.
and Algebra (B average or higher for sophomores)
Considerations: Science Department
Consent and Sophomore Science Placement Test.
option may be arranged with the teacher.
A laboratory component class designed to provide
students with a basic knowledge of chemistry.
Students will gain an understanding of atomic structure, nomenclature,
chemical bonding, and formulas, balancing reaction equations, dimensional
analysis, the periodic table of elements, phase chemistry, and an introduction
to acids and bases. This course is
designed to lead the student to the ability to do basic chemistry in college.
10, 11, 12
B average or higher in Biology and Consent of Instructor (Chemistry Recommended)
advanced course designed for the student with considerable interest in biology
and possibly a career in natural resources.
The course emphasizes collection and analysis of data, population
studies, freshwater ecology, and study of forests, soils, wildlife, and water at
the Rudolph Environmental Center.
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
II (Limited to 15 students per
B average or higher in Biology and Consent of Instructor (Chemistry
Limited to 15 students It is recommended that the student have a study hall.
Grades 11, 12
B- or higher average in Chemistry I & Consent of Instructor.
Alternates with AP Biology or as needed.
A laboratory-based class designed to investigate
advanced topics in Chemistry. Students
will develop an understanding of Chemical Kinetics and Equilibrium, Oxidation
and Reduction Reactions, Nuclear Chemistry, and Organic/Polymer Chemistry.
Special topics include Advanced Atomic Structure, Chemistry and Energy
Resources, and Environmental Chemistry.
Grade 11, 12
A or B in both Biology and Chemistry and Consent of Instructor.
Limit of 15 students.
recommended that the student have a study hall.
with Chemistry II or as needed.
A rigorous course designed to prepare students for a
college major or minor in biology and the AP examination in spring.
This course requires a high level of self-motivation, emphasizes lab
techniques and concepts, and covers biochemistry, cell science, biotechnology,
genetics, anatomy & physiology, and ecology.
The course is taught at a college level.
Grades 11, 12
Chemistry I, concurrent with, or successful completion of
Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus and Consent of Instructor
A one-year course in introductory physics.
Explore the science of motion, forces, gravity, energy, waves and
electromagnetism. Course emphasis
is on problem-solving and hands-on experiments.
Physics and Consent of Instructor