AP Biology (5 periods, 5 credits)
AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics like evolution, energetics, information storage and transfer, and system interactions.
AP Chemistry (5 periods, 5 credits)
The AP Chemistry course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced coursework in chemistry. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations, as they explore content such as: atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics,and equilibrium.
AP Physics 1 (5 periods, 5 credits)
AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through classroom study, in-class activity, and hands-on, inquiry-based laboratory work as they explore concepts like systems, fields, force interactions, change, conservation, and waves.
AP Physics C (5 periods, 5 credits)
Prerequisites: AP Physics 1, AP Calculus BC
This comprehensive, Calculus-based physics course is designed to prepare students for both Calculus-based College Board physics exams: 1) Mechanics, and 2) Electricity and Magnetism (E&M). Mechanics topics are reviewed with an emphasis on analysis using differential and integral Calculus, including differential equations. E&M includes electrostatics, Gauss’s Law, electric potential energy and voltage, DC circuits, magnetic forces and fields, magnetic induction, inductors and Maxwell's Laws. Deep conceptual understanding, problem solving skills, analytical laboratory methods, and use of standards in physical science research and communications are emphasized.
AP Environmental Science (5 periods, 5 credits)
This course follows the guidelines of the College Board to provide students with an understanding of the scientific principles and methods used to understand the natural world, to identify and analyze natural and man-made environmental problems, and to evaluate both the risks of and the potential solutions to environmental problems. This interdisciplinary course will build and expand upon existing student knowledge in the physical and biological sciences, incorporating engineering practices. Among the topics to be explored are earth and space science, energy flow in ecosystems, population dynamics, land and water resources, energy resources, and pollution. These topics will be studied and discussed through a multidisciplinary prism to incorporate all areas of relevant scientific knowledge as well as an understanding of the cultural and social contexts of environmental problems. Topical news reports and recent scientific publications will be studied to add context and relevance to this multidisciplinary course. Engineering design will be incorporated by defining problems, discussing and developing possible solutions, and seeking ways to improve designs to develop sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.