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The Servite Science Department provides students with a sound foundation in the principles of science. Our curriculum strives to develop critical thinking skills, foster curiosity, and instill an appreciation for the sciences. We incorporate the principles of the Servite formation program (primacy of faith, mastery of self, necessity of the other, and centrality of Christ) to develop student’s ability to apply these foundations to real-world scientific inquiry. 

Courses

Academic

4201   CP Biology
Year Course - Required for graduation
This introductory laboratory science course covers the basic concepts of biology. Topics included in class study are cell structure, chemistry of the cell, genetics, and classification and in-depth comparisons of living organisms.

4302   CP Chemistry
Year Course - Junior/Senior Elective
Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra 1 with a C- or better
4352   HP Chemistry
Year Course – Sophomore/Junior/Senior Elective for approved students
Prerequisites: grade of B- or better in HP Biology and Algebra I and completion or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II
Chemistry is a laboratory science course to familiarize the student with the study of elements, compounds, mixtures, and reactions. The course is structured to combine lecture, demonstration, and student laboratory exercises.

4405   CP Physics
Year Course – Senior Elective
PrerequisitesA minimum of B- in Algebra 2 and a C or above in any level of Chemistry or teacher approval.
4455   HP Physics
Year Course – Junior/Senior Elective
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus or higher in math and GPA 3.0 +. This course is open to juniors at the HP level only.
Physics is a laboratory science course, which explores mechanics, wave motion, electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and modern physics. Course work includes lectures, demonstrations, video programs and computer/ laboratory exercises.

 

Honors

4151   HP Biology
Year Course – Freshmen
Prerequisites: Selection for Honors track
This introductory laboratory science course covers the basic concepts of biology. Topics included in class study are cell structure, chemistry of the cell, genetics, and classification and in-depth comparisons of living organisms.

 

AP

4384   AP Biology
Year Course
PrerequisitesHonors (HP) Biology and Honors (HP) Chemistry with a B- or better, or department approval.
A second year biology course for honors level science students. Students should have previously taken honors biology and honors chemistry. This course provides students with the framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. Topics include molecules and cells, heredity and evolution including molecular genetics, the diversity of organisms, structure, and function of plants, animals, and ecology. The class will facilitate the student’s preparation for the AP exam.

4485   AP Chemistry
Year Course –Junior/ Senior Elective
Prerequisites: Minimum of "B" grades in HP Chemistry and Algebra 2 and department approval.
Advanced Placement Chemistry is a second year course in chemistry for honors level science students. Students should have previously taken honors biology and honors chemistry. Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry is an intensive laboratory course requiring mastery of the material of a college-level chemistry course. The class will facilitate the student’s preparation for the AP exam in May.

4487   AP Environmental Science
Year Course –Junior/ Senior Elective
Prerequisites: Minimum of "B" grades in HP Chemistry and Algebra 2 and department approval.
The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them.

4486   AP Physics C: Mechanics
Year Course - Senior Elective
Prerequisites: HP Physics with a grade of C or higher. Concurrent enrollment in a Calculus course plus approval of the Calculus and AP Physics instructors.
Physics is a laboratory science course, which explores mechanics, wave motion, electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and modern physics. Course work includes lectures, demonstrations, video programs and computer/ laboratory exercises. AP Physics is a more intensive course. The class will facilitate the student’s preparation for the AP exam in May.

Electives

4301   CP Anatomy & Physiology
Year Course – Sophomore/Junior/Senior Elective
Prerequisite: One year of laboratory science
This is an in-depth laboratory science course specializing in the structure and functions of the human life systems.

4303   CP Physical Science
Year Course – Sophomore/Junior/Senior Elective
Physical Science is an in-depth laboratory course designed to help the student survey the realm of physics, chemistry, earth science, and astronomy. The fundamental components of the physical world are studied. The course is structured to combine lecture, discussion, demonstration, and student laboratory exercises. ##A student with a grade of C or better in chemistry or physics is not permitted to enroll in this course. This course is not a UC approved lab science.       

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