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Physical Science Systems  9th GRADE

This course is a pre-requisite for all of the senior high science classes. Its focus is the study and evaluation of physical systems including introduction to chemistry and physics.  The course includes partial standards of journaling, scientific process and inquiry plus using the research process.  The class also includes problem solving, laboratory experiments, and practical applications along with evaluation of class management skills of resource usage, time usage, perseverance and teamwork.

Biology 10th GRADE

Part of this life science course will require students to design, carry out and write up their own scientific work. This course will cover basic components required by the Minnesota State Standards.

College Biology  (College Credit through Lake Superior College)

Emphasis will be on unifying biological principles.  Topics will include the application of scientific methods to problem solve, life’s chemical basis, cell theory, cell structure & function, cellular metabolism & homeostasis, cellular reproduction, genetics & inheritance, evolution, & ecology. There will be a weekly lab component.  The course requires strong reading & writing skills.  It’s expected that an equal amount of out of class time will be spent preparing for and working on this course.

Chemistry GRADE 11-12

Chemistry is the branch of science dedicated to understanding the interactions of matter and energy that occur around us every day. The goal of this class is to provide a solid foundation of chemistry concepts, skills, and applications that will be of use to you in the future. It will develop your problem solving, communication, teamwork, research, and analytical thinking skills. Organizational skills, motivation, and successful completion of Algebra II strongly recommended prerequisites.

Physics GRADE 12

This course will include the basic concepts of physics presented in a logical sequence to maximize comprehension for the beginning student.  This course will cover basic components required by the Minnesota State Standards.  This course will include the concepts of Mechanics, Waves, Thermodynamics, Electricity, and Light.  Must be taken both first and second semester.

General Science GRADE 11-12 (Teacher Placement Only)

General science will cover a general array of scientific topics. The majority of the topics will include material science and engineering practices.  This course will meet the MN science graduation requirements for students that do not take chemistry or physics. To meet this requirement, you must take it for two semesters. Please register for both part 1 & 2.

Astronomy GRADE 9-12

This one semester course provides an opportunity to develop scientific knowledge and understanding about the solar system, galaxy, and universe in which we live. If stars, planets, space travel, and other out of this world topics interest you, then taking astronomy is the class you need to take.

Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II GRADE 11-12

Focus will be placed on understanding the human body, form and function.  Beyond that, we will look at advancements in science that have led to our current understanding of the human body.  Prerequisites:  Biology and chemistry suggested.

Small Animal Management: Grade 9-12

This one semester course is designed to enhance the understanding of small animal care. This includes the anatomy, care, maintenance, and careers associated with different species of small animals. Suggested small animals that may be included, but are not limited to are  dogs, cats, aquarium fish, birds, and hamsters. 

Fish and Wildlife of Minnesota: Grade 9-12

Have you ever wanted to gain an understanding of the ecological, physical, and environmental concepts pertaining to wildlife management? In this one semester course, you will have the opportunity to study the ecology of wildlife and make decisions on the appropriate means to manage these populations. You will also learn to identify over 100 of the most common fish, mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and birds of Minnesota.

Environmental Science:  Food, Water, & Energy

Explore three of the biggest environmental challenges facing society in the 21st Century. Understand the issues scientifically, beyond our sound byte culture and social media.  Develop an understanding of possible solutions for these challenges at various levels of society, starting with the individual.  Do you want to better understand, and feel empowered to make a positive difference?  Then this might be the class for you.  (Prerequisite:  Biology)  - This is a semester course.