Sciences

RECOMMENDED TRANSFER POINTS FOR SCIENCE

Developed programs have been designed to accommodate transfer between course sequences at particular points.  In the following charts normal prerequisites are indicated by a solid line and recommended transfer points are indicated by a broken line.

SCIENCE 14 (5 Credits)

Science 14 makes the study of science and technology meaningful and relevant to students now and in the future.  The curriculum goals are aimed at developing and informed group of citizens, who will be asked to vote, make political decisions, and become involved in debates related to how science and technology affects their daily lives.  They will develop an understanding of basic scientific principles encountered in everyday life.

  • Required units are each designed for 20 to 25 hours of instruction.
    • Unit I               Investigating Properties of Matter
    • Unit II              Understanding Energy Transfer Technologies
    • Unit III Investigating Energy and Matter in Living Systems
    • Unit IV Investigating Energy and Matter in the Environment

SCIENCE 10 (5 Credits)

All students entering Grade 10 except those who have registered in the Science 14 program, the Science 16 program or the Science 10 Honours Program will take this course.

  • Science 10 consists of four units of study:
    • Unit I               Energy & Matter in Chemical Change – Chemistry
    • Unit II              Energy Flow in Technological Systems – Physics
    • Unit III Cycling of Matter in Living Systems – Biology
    • Unit IV Energy Flow in Global Systems – Environment

Students will be required to demonstrate logical reasoning and proper laboratory techniques and behavior.  A solid work ethic and mathematical base are critical for success.

SCIENCE 10 AP (5 Credits)

Science 10 AP is a course specially designed to complete the Alberta curriculum for grade 10 and to prepare students for success in the physics and biology courses of the AP program. 

Enrollment is limited, therefore the course is restricted to students who have attained an 85% average in Science 9 AND have their teacher’s recommendation.

Topics to be studied include the same four units as Science 10 but with some topics at a more advanced level and with more emphasis on lab work.

SCIENCE 24 (5 Credits)

Science 24 makes the study of science and technology meaningful and relevant to students now and in the future.  The curriculum goals are aimed at developing and informed group of citizens, who will be asked to vote, make political decisions, and become involved in debates related to how science and technology affects their daily lives.  They will develop an understanding of basic scientific principles encountered in everyday life.

  • Required units are each designed for 20 to 25 hours of instruction.
    • Unit I               Application of Matter and Chemical Change
    • Unit II              Understanding Common Energy Conversions Systems
    • Unit III Disease Defense and Human Health
    • Unit IV Motion, Change and Transportation Safety

BIOLOGY 20 (5 Credits)

The major science concepts developed in this course are Human Body systems, equilibrium, energy, matter, diversity and change.  The focus of the course is to track the flow of energy from the sun through all living things.

  • Biology 20 consists of four units of study:
    • Unit I               The Biosphere - Includes:  Cycles of Matter, Human Impact on Biosphere
    • Unit II              Ecosystems and Population Change - Includes: Ecosystems, Natural Selection & Diversity, Evolution
    • Unit III              Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
    • Unit IV             Human Systems - Includes:  Digestive, Circulatory, Respiratory, Excretory, and muscular systems.

A strong background in the Biology portion of Science 10 as well as the ability to read and memorize anatomy and physiology and apply these concepts in a problem-solving context is essential prior to registering for Biology 20.

BIOLOGY 20 AP (5 Credits)

Topics to be studied include the same four units as Biology 20 but with some topics at a more advanced level and with more emphasis on lab work.

BIOLOGY 30 (5 Credits)

The major science concepts developed in this course are vertebrate change, diversity, equilibrium systems, matter and energy, all with a focus on the human body.

  • Biology 30 consists of four units of study:
    • Unit I               Nervous and Endocrine Systems
    • Unit II              Reproduction and Development
    • Unit III             Cells Division, Genetics and Molecular Biology
    • Unit IV             Population and Communities Dynamics

A strong background in the Biology 20 as well as the ability to read and memorize anatomy and physiology and apply these concepts in a problem-solving context is essential prior to registering for Biology 30.

BIOLOGY 30 LEARNING STRATEGIES (3 Credits)

Biology 30 Learning Strategies is a three-credit course.  Students who want additional time, extra-help to master course objectives and learning strategies are encouraged to enroll in this class.  Students will take this class in the same semester as they take the applicable diploma course.  It is offered three times a week, and is always offered against a Religion 35 class.

BIOLOGY 30AP (5 Credits)

Topics to be studies include the same four units as Biology 30 but with some topics at a more advanced level and with more emphasis on lab work.

BIOLOGY 35AP (3 Credits)

This course is the final requirement for the AP Biology program.

  • Course Objectives:
    • To complete objectives from the AP program of studies not covered in Science 10, Biology 20, or Biology 30.
    • To complete required Labs.
    • To review AP objectives from Science 10, Biology 20 and Biology 30 in preparation for AP exam.

CHEMISTRY 20  (5 Credits)

The major goals of the Chemistry program are for students to:

  • explore matter and its changes
  • recognize the chemical principles behind natural events
  • develop an awareness of the profound influence of chemistry in their lives

Chemistry 20 consists of four units of study:

  • The Diversity of Matter and Chemical Bonding
  • Forms of Matter:  Gases
  • Matter as Solutions, Acids and Bases
  • Quantitative Relationships in Chemical Changes
  • A strong background in the Chemistry portion of Science 10 as well as the ability to apply mathematical concepts in a problem-solving context is essential prior to registering for Chemistry 20.

CHEMISTRY 20 AP  (5 Credits)

The AP Chemistry course (in its entirety) is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first university year.  For some students, this course enables them to undertake, in their first year, second-year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register in courses in other fields where general chemistry is a prerequisite.  For other students, the AP Chemistry course fulfills the laboratory science requirement and frees time for other courses.

  • Chemistry 20 AP is the first part of the AP Chemistry course and consists of five units of study:
    • Structure of Matter
    • Chemical Bonding
    • Stoichiometry
    • Solutions
    • Gases

These units of study are similar to those found in Chemistry 20 but with some additional topics at a more advanced level and with more emphasis on lab work.

CHEMISTRY 30  (5 Credits)

The major goals of the Chemistry program are for students to:

  • explore matter and its changes
  • recognize the chemical principles behind natural events
  • develop an awareness of the profound influence of chemistry in their lives

Chemistry 30 consists of three units of study:

  • Thermochemical Changes
  • Electrochemical Changes
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Equilibrium, Acids and Bases in Chemical Changes

A strong background from Chemistry 20 as well as the ability to apply mathematical concepts in a problem-solving context is essential prior to registering for Chemistry 30.

CHEMISTRY 30 LEARNING STRATEGIES (3 Credits)

Chemistry 30 Learning Strategies is a three-credit course.  Students who want additional time, extra-help to master course objectives and learning strategies are encouraged to enroll in this class.  Students will take this class in the same semester as they take the applicable diploma course.  It is offered three times a week, and is always offered against a Religion 35 class.

CHEMISTRY 35AP (3 Credits)

The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first university year.  For some students, this course enables them to undertake, in their first year, second-year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register in courses in other fields where general chemistry is a prerequisite.  For other students, the AP Chemistry course fulfills the laboratory science requirement and frees time for other courses.

Chemistry 35AP continues the AP Chemistry program started in Chemistry 20 AP and Chemistry 30 and culminates in the writing of the AP Chemistry examination.  

  • Chem 35AP consists of the following units of study:
    • Thermodynamics (additional AP topics above those already covered in Chem 30)
    • Electrochemistry and Equilibrium (additional AP topics above those already covered in Chem 30)
    • Kinetics
    • States of Matter:  Gases  (additional AP topics above those already covered in Chem 20AP)
    • States of Matter:  Liquids and Solids  (additional AP topics above those already covered in Chem 20AP)
    • States of Matter:  Solutions  (additional AP topics above those already covered in Chem 20AP)

The main objectives of this course:

  • To complete AP topics not previously covered in Science 10 AP, Chemistry 20 AP, or Chemistry 30.
  • To complete required laboratory work not previously covered in Science 10 AP, Chemistry 20 AP, or Chemistry 30.
  • To review AP objectives from Science 10 AP, Chemistry 20 AP, and Chemistry 30 AP in preparation for the AP exam.

PHYSICS 20 (5 Credits)

This course consists of four units of study:

  • Unit I     Kinematics
  • Unit II    Dynamics
  • Unit III   Periodic Motion
  • Unit IV  Conservation of Energy and Waves

Physics 20 begins with a study of basic motion, followed by a study of the forces that cause that motion.  In Unit III, we apply what we learn in Units I and II to practical problems involving circular motion and the motion of planets, as well as other periodic motion.  We end with a unit on energy as an extension of Science 10 and a bridge to Physics 30.  The course culminates in a field trip to an amusement park to apply many of the concepts that have been learned throughout the year.

PHYSICS 30 (5 Credits)

This course consists of four units of study:

  • Unit I        Momentum & Impulse
  • Unit II       Forces and Fields
  • Unit III      Electromagnetic Radiation
  • Unit IV     Atomic Physics

Physics 30 begins a study of momentum and how it relates to the everyday world.  Unit II focuses on electricity and magnetism and their interactions.  Technological applications of electromagnetism will also be studied. Unit III extends the wave unit from physics 20, focusing on light and electromagnetic radiation.  Unit IV is more theoretical in nature, focusing on the structure of the atom itself and the interpretation of observed atomic phenomena.