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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. Each course is year-long and worth two UPs (except Anatomy and Advanced Engineering). Our science sequence meets college expectations and creates possibilities for rich and deep curricular integration, especially with math. The typical sequence is as follows though students may choose to take on two science courses a year as juniors and seniors.

         9 th – Biology 10th – Physics 11th – Chemistry 12th – Engineering, Anatomy or AP Env.    


Biology 
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.

Physics
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. There will be a strong emphasis on describing and explaining motion using a variety of representations including mathematical representations. Throughout this course, students will use physics concepts to design innovative solutions to problems using an engineering approach. Whenever possible, physics is integrated with instruction happening within sophomore math courses. Topics we will study include position, velocity, acceleration, Newton's Laws, kinetic and potential energy as well as heat transfer and theoretical physics. Each year there is one physics/math-centered sophomore expedition.

Chemistry 
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 junior courses and junior expeditions whenever appropriate.

Introduction to Engineering
In this course for juniors and seniors, students will learn about the processes of engineering through the exploration of design, electronics and some basic robotics. Students in this class will learn how to use computer aided design, basic electronics (such as Little Bits and Arduino), as well as use tools in our Digital Fabrication lab (with LASER Cutter/Engraver, 3-D printers, Milling Machine and Vinyl Cutter) to evolve ideas to prototypes. Physics is a pre-requisite.

Advanced Engineering
This course is designed for students who have completed CBHS's Introduction to Engineering. This course uses digital fabrication skills and equipment to design solutions to more complex problems. The course will address topics not addressed in the Introductory course including but not limited to electronics and robotics. The third trimester will involve an in-depth independent project with a strong emphasis on demonstrating all of the steps in the Engineering Design Process with near independence. This course meets during Academic Support (total of 2 hours per week) and earns one full Science UP.

Introduction to Anatomy

This course for juniors and seniors provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include body organization; homeostasis and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, respiratory, circulatory, nervous systems and special senses. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships. Laboratory work includes dissection of preserved specimens, microscopic study, physiologic experiments, computer simulations, and multimedia presentations. Along with the study of anatomy and physiology, students will learn medical terminology. Upon completion of this course students will earn college credits for Medical Terminology through CMCC. This course meets the equivalent of ¾’s of a typical year-long science courses and is worth 1.5 UPs in Science.

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 culminates with the May AP exam.