CBHS scientists learn scientific knowledge and processes which enable them to understand how our world does work and could work. All of our science courses have a significant lab component. Our science sequence meets college expectations and creates possibilities for rich and deep curricular integration, especially with math.
9th Grade – Biology 10th Grade – Physics 11th Grade – Chemistry 12th Grade – Env. Science
Freshmen focus on understanding the interconnected nature of living and nonliving systems on earth. We will explore the impact that advancing scientific knowledge has had on society and the factors that lead to those advances. We will also discuss ethical implications of science and technology. Topics will include cells, microbiology, genetics, ecology and evolution. Students will develop problem-solving skills, participate in scientific fieldwork, learn to complete labs, and communicate as scientists. Biology is a two-credit course.
This course is designed to have students learn how to describe and explain the events that occur in the physical world. Students will routinely be asked to problem-solve, complete labs and communicate as scientists and engineers. The first half of the class has a strong emphasis on describing and explaining motion using a variety of representations including mathematical representations. The second half of the course emphasizes using physics to design innovative solutions to problems using an engineering approach. When ever possible physics is integrated with instruction happening within math courses. Topics we will study include position, velocity, acceleration, Newton's Laws, torque, kinetic and potential energy as well as heat transfer and theoretical physics. Each year there is one physics/math expedition. Expeditions past and present have included Play IS Work and Engineering Community.
Junior science will focus on how chemistry impacts our daily lives and the world as a whole. Juniors will investigate the many facets of chemistry, which can be defined as the study of matter and the changes that matter undergoes. The study of science includes both processes and bodies of knowledge. Processes are the ways scientists investigate and communicate about the natural world. The scientific body of knowledge includes concepts, principles, facts, laws, and theories about the way the world around us works. When studying chemistry, students will be immersed in scientific processes and scientific knowledge. Students will perform lab work, analyze data, and communicate as scientists. Topics will include: atomic structure, structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions, conservation of energy, and the interactions between matter and energy. Chemistry will integrate with Math 3, Pre-Calculus and Humanities 3 – and junior expeditions - whenever appropriate. Chemistry is a two-credit course.
Environmental Issues is a course wherein students are challenged to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. This course is interdisciplinary by nature, engaging a variety of sciences, including biology, chemistry, geology, and geography. This course includes a lab component that will be coordinated with AP Environmental Science fieldwork to maximize teaching and learning possibilities. Environmental Science is a two-credit course.
Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science
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 and/or preventing them. AP Environmental Science is a full-year course designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science. This course is interdisciplinary covering a variety of sciences, including geology, biology, environmental science, chemistry, and geography. AP Environmental Science is a rigorous science course that stresses scientific principles and analysis. This course includes a laboratory component taught concurrently with the lecture occurring the equivalent of once per week. AP Environmental Science is a two-credit course and culminates with the May AP exam.