Elective Courses

ENGINEERING DESIGN 7 per cycle – 5 credits

4641, 4642 Senior Year 

Prerequisite: C+ or better in Algebra II and Physics or taking Physics concurrently, or department recommendation, successful prior completion of Introduction to Computer Science (4741/4742) recommended

 

This course introduces students to the process of engineering design and problem solving. It is based around a series of design and development projects undertaken by small teams of students. Typical projects include model bridges and similar structures, mechanical devices, Computer Aided Design (CAD), and programmable robots with touch, light, and infrared sensors. Readings from professional and popular literature provide a base for students to examine team dynamics, engineering ethics, human factors and ergonomics, and the social and political consequences of technological changes. Field trips and guest speakers provide additional perspectives.

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE 7 per cycle – 5 credits

4741, 4742 Junior or Senior Year

Prerequisite: C+ in Algebra II or department head recommendation

 

This course is a hands-on introduction to how computer hardware and software actually works "under the hood": data representation (text, images, audio, video), digital logic, computer architecture, algorithms, operating systems and networks. Students will learn how to create computer programs for a variety of different purposes including data processing, simulation and modeling, games, and web and smartphone apps. At the Honors level, this course provides a solid foundation for further study in AP Computer Science or equivalent courses in college; for others, it provides the basic tools and knowledge to be a much more effective user of computer technology.

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING _ 7 per cycle - 5 credits

4052, 4053 Junior or Senior Year

Prerequisite: C- in Algebra I and Geometry or department head recommendation

 

This course is intended for students with an interest in computer science specific to programming. It is a hands-on introduction to the skills and concepts required to write computer code. Students will be exposed to drag-and- drop software development, data and information, smartphone app development, and writing and analyzing simple programs in Python. This course provides foundational skills in coding, and could be followed by a broader computer science course in college.

 

 

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A 7 per cycle - 5 credits

2841 Senior Year

Prerequisite: A or A- in Honors Introduction to Computer Science

 

This course is a challenging, college-level introductory course in Computer Science, based on the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Computer Society (IEEE-CS) curricula, and meeting the learning goals of the College Board’s AP Computer Science A course. It includes reading, modifying, designing and implementing computer programs in the Java 

 

language, studying of commonly used algorithms and data structures, and examination of the social and ethical implications of computer usage.

It is expected that students enrolled in this course will take the AP exam.

 

 

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 4 per cycle plus online work - 5 credits

4541HB, 4542HB Junior – Senior Year

4541 Prerequisites: B+ or better in Biology 4021, and successful completion of a year of chemistry

4542 Prerequisites: One year of Biology and Chemistry, each with a minimum grade of C-.

 

Students will explore major human body systems with a focus on normal structure and function. While examining the structure and function of the human body and the mechanism for maintaining homeostasis within it, students will consider each of the body systems, including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Physiology will be embedded throughout the study of the systems.

This is a hybrid learning course. This means that while half of the course schedule will be in-class sessions, there are also online exercises, and other independent activities.

 

 

ASTRONOMY  7 per cycle - 5 credits

4841, 4842, 4843 Senior Year

Prerequisite: Algebra II – may be taken concurrently.

 

 

This introduction to astronomy will be descriptive in nature and focus on conceptual understanding, although basic math skills will be utilized. Topics will include: motion of the Earth, Moon, and Sun, radiation and spectroscopy, telescopes, the formation and composition of the solar system, classification, formation, and life cycle of stars, galaxies, and Cosmology. Students taking the course for level 1 credit will be required to study supplemental topics independently and complete additional projects within and outside of class.

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & ECOLOGY   7 per cycle – 5 credits

4942, 4943 Junior or Senior Year

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology, may be taking Chemistry concurrently.

 

With a focus on ecology and the environment, students will learn the basic principles of scientific research. They will explore methods of field data collection with the goal of contributing to a larger ongoing study.  Issues of global concern, such as water resource management and population estimation and control, will be explored. 

Although classroom instruction will be a major component of this course, students will be required to work outside of the classroom collecting field data on a regular basis.

 

 

MARINE BIOLOGY 7 per cycle - 5 credit

#4321, 4322, 4323 Junior or Senior Year

4321 Prerequisite: B or better in Biology 4021 and Chemistry 4031, or taking 4031 concurrently.

4322/4323 Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology and Chemistry, or taking Chemistry concurrently.

 

Students in this course will learn about evolution through the perspective of marine organisms from the simplest sponges through sharks and marine mammals. The course will heavily utilize dissections and model organisms to investigate evolutionary adaptations. The course will connect evolutionary biology to chemistry, physics, climate sciences, and conservation. Topics will include investigation into adaptations in sharks that allow them to move between fresh and saltwater, how body shape impacts the speed of swimming, the natural selection of coral species that can survive ocean acidification and warming, and how marine refugees impact the evolution of organisms.