The science department at Coatesville Area Intermediate High School recognizes the need to help students become informed citizens who understand scientific issues that impact our society and the global environment. We also believe that our students need to acquire scientific reasoning and thinking skills in order to become life-long learners able to apply reasoning skills to solving problems. We believe in the use of technology and hands on activities to accomplish these goals.
Science Department Information
The science department offers a variety of courses in the areas of Earth and Space Science, Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, and Physics.
Advanced courses are available in Biology II(dual credit option through Lincoln University), Anatomy and Physiology, AP Biology, AP Chemistry and AP Physics.
Our state of the art lab facilities and equipment allow the science department to offer our students a special learning experience through lab activities and technology. See course listings below.
Science Fair Information:
Science Fair is a required part of the curriculum for all Honors Earth and Space Science Students. All science students are encouraged to enter a science fair project in the District Science Fair. Links to the science fair workbook and research plan forms can be found below. Any student doing a project involving animals, biological, or dangerous materials must submit their forms prior to November 12th for SRC approval.
Science Education Course Selections
NOTE: Student placement in Science courses will be based upon the high school leveling rubric!
8490 ALS Science Research 1.5 Credits Grade 9-10
Intermediate High School students will work with their teacher to partner with University of Pittsburgh’s Live Like Lou ALS Research Team to help work towards the cure for ALS. This opportunity will involve a laboratory driven curriculum and the chance to be a part of cutting edge scientific research. (AP weighted course).
8442 Honors Biology 1 Credit Grade 9
This course is designed to have students explore an in-depth study of life, from the molecular level to that of the biosphere. Major topics include: characteristics of living organisms, bioenergetics, genetics, evolution and ecology. This course engages students with higher critical thinking skills and seeks greater conceptual understanding. At this level, students are expected to study and read beyond what is done in the classroom.
8444 Biology 1 Credit Grade 9
Biology is the science of living things; their structure, function, and interactions in the biosphere. The three levels of biology exist to address the life science needs of students of varying ability.
8440 AP Biology 1.5 Credits Grades 9-10
This course emphasizes the biological concepts in three overarching topics: molecules and cells, heredity and evolution, and organisms and populations. AP Biology provides students with an opportunity to develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and stresses an understanding of science as a process rather than an accumulation of a set of facts.
8482 Honors Chemistry 1 Credit Grade 10
Honors chemistry is an elective course designed for the above average college bound student who has an interest in pursuing a scientific or mathematical related career. The course provides an in- depth overview of many basic chemical principles from both a theoretical and mathematical perspective. Major topics include: the composition, structure, and changes of matter, the periodic table, and energy. A strong emphasis is placed on laboratory work, problem solving, and reasoning. The successful student will have strong study skills and must have completed or be taking Algebra II concurrently. Students who perform well in this class may be eligible to take AP Chemistry next year. Students are required to provide their own scientific calculator.
8484 Chemistry 1 Credit Grade 10
Chemistry is an elective course designed for the average college bound student who may or may not have an interest in pursuing a scientific or mathematical related career. The course provides an overview of many basic chemical principles from both a theoretical and mathematical perspective. Major topics include: the composition, structure, and changes of matter, the periodic table, and energy. A strong emphasis is placed on laboratory work, mathematical problem solving, and reasoning. The successful student will have good study skills and is suggested that students be enrolled in Algebra II concurrently. Students are required to provide their own scientific calculator.
8462 [DC] Forensic Science (H) 1 Credit Grades 9-10
This course explores the science and art of forensic investigations and the identification, proper collection and recognition of evidence. The student looks at a variety of specialty areas such as firearms, tool marks, fiber tracing, hair paint, toxicology and photography. Crime scenes are explored using critical thinking skills to produce alternative strategies by thinking creatively. Experts in forensics are guest presenters. Fundamentals of the science behind the crime are explored. Case studies are presented as group projects and the student is expected to provide several scenarios and evidence for alternative conclusions.