The science department at Coatesville Area 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!
9440 AP BIOLOGY 1.5 Credits Grades 10-12
(prerequisites: at least 85% in Honors Biology and teacher recommendation)
This courses 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.
8442 HONORS BIOLOGY 1.0 Credit Grades 9-10
8444 ACADEMIC BIOLOGY 1.0 Credit Grade 10
8448 BIOLOGY 1.0 Credit Grade 10
9428 BIOLOGY 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
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.
9442 HONORS BIOLOGY II** 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
(prerequisites: at least 85% in Honors or 90% Academic Biology)
Biology II is an advanced course that takes more in-depth study of the unifying principles which govern the operation of all living things, including: biological chemistry, energy, metabolism, cell biology, genetics, evolution, and scientific process. A strong emphasis is placed on critical thinking, writing, and laboratory work. Project-based surveys of comparative anatomy and organism behavior, as well as ecological relationships, round out the year.
**9442 can be taken for dual credit (pending approval). See page 5.
9443 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
(prerequisites: Honors or Academic Biology and Honors or Academic Precalculus)
Human Anatomy & Physiology is a course presented in a systematic approach for the college- bound student. It is especially designed for the bioscience or health oriented career fields. The course content includes: principles and functions of the major organ systems as advances are made in biotechnology.
9450 AP CHEMISTRY 1.5 Credits Grades 11-12
(prerequisites: at least 85% in both Honors Algebra II and Honors Chemistry)
AP Chemistry is a detailed study of the states and structure of matter, reactions, and descriptive chemistry. A strong emphasis is placed on critical thinking, detailed problem solving, writing, and laboratory work. Students are required to keep a lab notebook and provide their own scientific calculator.
9452 HONORS CHEMISTRY 1.0 Credits Grades 10-12
9454 ACADEMIC CHEMISTRY 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
9458 CHEMISTRY 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
Chemistry is a lab science class for college bound students. This course uses an inquiry approach with emphases on problem solving and lab investigations. Major topics include: the composition, structure, and changes of matter, the periodic table, and energy. Scientific calculators are required for this course.
9444 ACADEMIC EARTH SCIENCE II 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
9448 EARTH SCIENCE II 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
This course will examine the major earth systems and their roles in the natural world. Emphasis will include historical changes to the earth, technological learning and advances, and the role of man in the world. Relationships between society, science, and technology will be integrated into the study of earth systems.
8452 HONORS EARTH SCIENCE I 1.0 Credit Grade 9
8454 ACADEMIC EARTH SCIENCE I 1.0 Credit Grade 9
8458 EARTH SCIENCE I 1.0 Credit Grade 9
This course is designed to give students a comprehensive look at the universe and the environment of planet earth. Students will investigate a variety of topics in geology, astronomy, meteorology, and oceanography. Special emphasis will be placed on the geology of Pennsylvania.
9447 PHYSICAL SCIENCE 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
This course is NOT recommended for college-bound students. For those students looking to explore the world of physical science, this course covers major concepts in chemistry and physics and is mainly project based. Students concurrently enrolled in or who have successfully completed Chemistry may NOT schedule this course!
9401 METEOROLOGY 0.5 Credit Grades 9-12
The course will concentrate on phenomena occurring in the earth’s atmosphere. Topics included are: earth motions, seasons, weather instruments, forecasting, clouds, air masses and winds. Extensive hands-on, cooperative learning activities and the use of satellite tracking station images will be stressed.
8403 OCEANOGRAPHY I 0.5 Credit Grades 9-12
In this course, students will study the interaction of the ocean with other parts of our planet, including: chemical and physical properties of the ocean, marine life, marine weather, ocean motions, marine zones, marine ecology, and methods of exploration. There will be an emphasis on the changing state of the ocean due to human activity.
9403 OCEANOGRAPHY II 0.5 Credit Grades 10-12
Course topics include the physical, chemical and biological compositions of the oceans. Man’s dependence on the ocean will be emphasized through the study of ocean mapping, circulation, wave actions, modification of shorelines, and bottom features. There will be an emphasis on the interaction of human activity, the ocean, and the atmosphere.
9470 AP PHYSICS 1.5 Credits Grades 11-12
(prerequisite: at least 85% in previous Honors level science course and Precalculus or teacher recommendation)
This course is an intense, college level, Calculus-based course designed to prepare the student to take the AP Physics exam. This is a lab-oriented course that places its emphasis on problem solving. Students will be required to provide their own scientific calculator. Any student who chooses this course should also plan to take the AP exam in May.
9472 HONORS PHYSICS 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
9476 ACADEMIC PHYSICS 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
9478 PHYSICS 1.0 Credit Grades 11-12
This course will answer questions like: “How far can I shoot an arrow?” or, “Why is the first hill of a roller coaster ride the highest?” or, “How is a rainbow formed?” Using equations, students will gain insight to the world around them.
9434 ACADEMIC FORENSIC SCIENCE 1.0 Credit Grade 12
9438 FORENSIC SCIENCE 1.0 Credit Grade 12
This course will be a laboratory course which applies knowledge of criminal law, mathematics, and the sciences in solving crimes. Students are expected to maintain an organized portfolio of forensic laboratory investigations and author a research paper.
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