CBC High School
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Physics
Honors Physics
Chemistry
Honors Chemistry
Biology
A.P. Biology
Chemistry 2 - Semester 1
Chemistry 2 - Semester 2
A.P. Chemistry
A.P. Physics 1
A.P. Physics 2
Earth Science
Environmental Science
Forensics
Honors Human Anatomy
Space Science
Zoology
Science at CBC High School works toward the development of the whole man through investigation of the natural world via the scientific method. This is accomplished by developing science from the foundation of physics, to the applications of chemistry and biology and the enabling of further study into more specific fields of scientific inquiry. To engage and challenge our students, courses necessarily incorporate significant hands-on time in the laboratory. 

CBC science will acquaint our students with the major tools and concepts of science and the major problems confronting not only the scientific community but the world community at large, and in so doing will inspire our students to become active problem-solvers.

Course Sequence Diagram
BUSINESS
ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY
FINE & PERFORMING ARTS
GENERAL STUDIES
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
LANGUAGE ARTS
MATHEMATICS
RELIGION
SCIENCE
SOCIAL STUDIES
WORLD LANGUAGES
 
PHYSICS
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Freshmen
Course Description: This course introduces the basic concepts of physics as the science of matter and energy and the interactions of the two. As such, physics forms the foundation of all sciences. This laboratory-intensive course will use the modeling approach to science education and will focus on the study of motion, forces, waves, electricity, and magnetism.
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HONORS PHYSICS
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Freshmen; Department approval
Course Description: This course introduces the basic concepts of physics as the science of matter and energy and the interactions of the two. As such, physics forms the foundation of all sciences. This laboratory-intensive course will use the modeling approach to science education and will focus on the study of motion, forces, waves, electricity, and magnetism. The course includes mathematical computations of increasing difficulty and complexity relative to the Physics course.
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CHEMISTRY
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores; Department approval; Algebra 1; Freshman Physics grade above 80%
Course Description: This course introduces the basic concepts of chemistry, which includes the description and properties of matter, interactions of different types of matter (chemical reactions), and the role of energy in these interactions. This laboratory-intensive course will use the modeling approach to science education and will focus on the particle model of matter, leading into the mole concept, qualitative and quantitative behavior of matter, chemical reactions, and chemical analysis. The course emphasizes problem-solving and descriptive chemistry.
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HONORS CHEMISTRY
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores; Department approval; Algebra 1; Honors Freshman Physics grade above 80% or Freshman Physics grade above 90%
Course Description: This course introduces the basic concepts of chemistry, which includes the description and properties of matter, interactions of different types of matter (chemical reactions), and the role of energy in these interactions. This laboratory-intensive course will use the modeling approach to science education and will focus on the particle model of matter, leading into the mole concept, qualitative and quantitative behavior of matter, chemical reactions, and chemical analysis. The course emphasizes problem-solving and descriptive chemistry.  The course includes an increased pace and mathematical computations of increasing difficulty and complexity relative to the Chemistry course.
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BIOLOGY
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors; Department approval
Course Description: This course will introduce students to the molecules of life, cytology, DNA technology, genetics, evolution, classification, and the kingdoms of living things. This laboratory-intensive course will use the modeling approach to science education.
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A.P. BIOLOGY
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors and Seniors; Teacher recommendation; Department approval; A.P. Chemistry grade above 80% or Honors Chemistry grade above 85% or Chemistry grade above 90%
Course Description: This course involves independent study, class discussion, and laboratory work in the areas of cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology, evolution, genetics, and plant and animal physiology and behavior.

The focus of this course will be on preparing students for the A.P. Exam. Students are eligible for college credit through the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
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CHEMISTRY 2 - SEMESTER 1
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors and Seniors; Department approval; Two years of previous Science courses; Chemistry grade above 80% or Conceptual Chemistry grade above 90%
Course Description: An elective science course that is a continuation of the required Sophomore Chemistry course using the familiar lab-intensive, modeling-based approach. After a brief review of previously learned chemistry concepts, this course continues in-depth with models of the atom, periodic table trends, bonding, intermolecular attractions, and biological molecules. This course is intended for students who seek a deeper understanding of chemistry without the broad scope and intensive pace of A.P. Chemistry.
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CHEMISTRY 2 - SEMESTER 2
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors and Seniors; Department approval; Two years of previous Science courses; Chemistry 2 - Semester 1; Chemistry grade above 80% or Conceptual Chemistry grade above 90%
Course Description: The second semester of an elective science course that is a continuation of the required Sophomore Chemistry course using the familiar lab-intensive, modeling-based approach. After a brief review of previously learned chemistry concepts, this course continues in-depth with temperature and thermal equilibrium, reaction equilibrium, kinetics, and acid-base equilibrium. This course is intended for students who seek a deeper understanding of chemistry without the broad scope and intensive pace of A.P. Chemistry.
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A.P. CHEMISTRY
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors and Seniors; Teacher recommendation; Department approval; Algebra 2 grade above 80%; Honors Chemistry grade above 80% or Chemistry grade above 90%
Course Description: This is an in-depth course intended to enhance higher-order critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities. Topics covered include electrochemistry, qualitative analysis, thermochemistry, organic chemistry, reaction rates, and colligative properties. Topics will be developed through intensive laboratory experiences.

The focus of this course will be on preparing students for the A.P. Exam.
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A.P. PHYSICS 1
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors and Seniors; Teacher recommendation; Department approval; Two years of previous Honors- or A-level Science courses; Math course that includes trigonometry; Recommended concurrent enrollment in Math Analysis or Calculus
Course Description: This course includes an in-depth study of the basic concepts of physics, which is the study of matter and its interactions. Specific topics that will be covered include: Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion), work, energy and power; mechanical waves and sound, and introductory, simple circuits. Topics will be developed through intensive laboratory experiences.

The focus of this course will be on preparing students for the A.P. Phyiscs 1 Exam.
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A.P. PHYSICS 2
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Seniors; Teacher recommendation; Department approval; A.P. Physics 1; Concurrent enrollment in Calculus
Course Description: This course includes an in-depth study of the basic concepts of physics, which is the study of matter and its interactions.  This course is a follow-on course to Advanced Placement Physics I. Specific topics which will be covered include principles of fluids, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and topics in modern physics. Topics will be developed through intensive laboratory experiences. 

The focus of this course will be on preparing students for the A.P. Phyiscs 2 Exam.
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EARTH SCIENCE
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Seniors; Teacher recommendation; Department approval; Three years of previous Science courses; Physics grade above 80%; Chemistry grade above 80% or Conceptual Chemistry grade above 90%
Course Description: This is a project-based course applying concepts previously learned in the required science sequence to topics in earth science.  The topics covered will be in-part determined by the interests of the students from a set of projects including meteorology, geology, physical oceanography, and earth history. Some projects may require activities outside the classroom or field trips.
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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Seniors; Department approval; Three years of previous Science courses; Biology grade above 80%
Course Description: This course will study the relationships of the living and non-living world and how humans interact with their environment. Environmental Science will incorporate other branches of science including biology, meteorology, chemistry, oceanography, geology, and physics. Topics will include ecosystems, the earth, populations, biodiversity, pollution, climate change, and non- and renewable resources. Topics will be explored through laboratory exercises.
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FORENSICS
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Seniors; Teacher recommendation; Department approval; Three years of previous Science courses; Biology grade above 80%
Course Description: This course will cover the basic science involved in forensics. Problem-solving using deductive reasoning will be emphasized through the study of crime scenes, fingerprinting, firearms identification, forgery, and famous historical crimes.  Topics will be illustrated through hands-on laboratory activities.
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HONORS HUMAN ANATOMY
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites:Open to Seniors; Department approval; Biology (A-level) grade above 90% or A.P. Biology grade above 80%
Course Description: This course will cover the structures and functions of the human body. Emphasis will be placed on the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, and reproductive.  Special emphasis will be placed on how the human body adapts itself to its environment and how changes affect physiological activities. Laboratory work is an essential part of this course.

Students are eligible for college credit through the University of Missouri-St. Louis if the student is concurrently enrolled or has previously earned credit for A.P. Biology through UMSL.

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SPACE SCIENCE
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Seniors; Teacher recommendation; Department approval; Three years of previous Science courses; Physics grade above 80% and Chemistry grade above 80%
Course Description: This is a project-based course applying concepts previously learned in the required science sequence to topics in space science.  The topics covered will be in-part determined by the interests of the students from a set of projects including telescopes, rocketry, the night sky, planetary motion, life of stars, structure of galaxies, the Big Bang, and large scale structure of the universe. Exploration of space will be both via computer simulation and first-hand observation. Some projects may require activities outside the classroom or field trips.
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ZOOLOGY
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites:Open to Seniors; Department approval; Three years of previous Science courses; Biology grade above 80%
Course Description: Topics include the origin of animal life, classification of major phyla of animals and the major classes of vertebrates, anatomy and physiological function of representative organisms, animal reproduction and development, and basic concepts of animal behavior and ecology.  Students should be aware that this course includes a variety of dissections.
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