Science Courses

EHS Academic Course Offerings

Three science credits are required for graduation, and this must include one credit of life science and one credit of physical science/earth science. Starting with the 2014-15 freshmen, the student must take Physical Science I and II OR Honors Physical Science I and II, AND Biology I and II. Students also will need a third credit of science to fulfill graduation requirements. Please refer to the Qualified Admission and NCAA requirements pages for specific course requirements in the natural sciences.

Science Department Pathways

Non-College Pathway Kansas Board of Regents Recommended Curriculum Pathway
Physical Science I & II OR

Honors Physical Science I & II

Can be concurrent with:

Introduction to Agriculture, Health Science 1,

STEM-Pre-engineering

Physical Science I & IIOR

Honors Physical Science I & II

Can be concurrent with:

Introduction to Agriculture, Health Science 1,

STEM-Pre-engineering

Non-College Pathway Kansas Board of Regents Recommended Curriculum Pathway

Biology I & II

Can be concurrent with:

Plant and Soil Science,

Health Science II,

STEM Robotics, Animal Science,

Food Science

Biology I & II Earth Science I & II

Chemistry I, Physical Science

and/or

Zoology or Botany or Cell Biology/Microbiology

Can be concurrent with:

Chemistry I, Plant and Soil Science, Health Science II, 

STEM Robotics, Animal Science, Food Science, Anatomy and Physiology

Non-College Pathway Kansas Board of Regents Recommended Curriculum Pathway
Choose from among the following:Physical Science I & II, Zoology, Botany, Cell Biology, Chemistry I, Food Science I & II, STEM Pre-Engineering

Chemistry, Physics, or Physical Science

Choose from the following:
Zoology, Botany, Cell Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry I, AP Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics, Genetics.

 

 

PHYSICAL / EARTH SCIENCES

 

AP CHEMISTRY

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Honors Chemistry or Chemistry I with instructor approval and two years of math
Recommended: Physics (previously or concurrently)

This course is for students with a high interest in chemistry and a future related to science. The course focuses on refining understanding of equation writing and problem-solving, structure of matter and its properties, solution chemistry, thermo chemistry and developing multiple laboratory experiences.

CHEMISTRY I

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Algebra I, Physical Science I & II or Honors Physical Science I & II
Recommended: Geometry (previously or concurrently)

This course studies matter and time and changes it may undergo. Students master the basics of chemistry: structure and properties of matter, formulas, equations, problem-solving, and basic reactions. The study of matter continues second trimester with an emphasis on problem-solving, nuclear chemistry and solution chemistry. The course is recommended for juniors and seniors or sophomores with strong academic backgrounds.

EARTH AND SPACE SYSTEMS I

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Physical Science I & II OR Honors Physical Science I & II

This course will examine the processes that shape the Universe. nuclear fusion, the formation of the elements, chemistry, energy and radiation are included. Formation of the solid Earth, Earth’s history, and Earth’s geospatial features will be explored

EARTH AND SPACE SYSTEMS II

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Physical Science I & II

This course will examine Earth’s processes, including structural geology, the carbon cycle and other feedback systems, the oceans, the atmosphere, and extreme weather. A heavy emphasis will be placed on climate, including historical and future models, environmental impact, and the results of a changing climate to Earth systems.

ELL CHEMISTRY I

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Algebra I, Physical Science I & II or Honors Physical Science I & II
Recommended: Geometry (previously or concurrently)

This course studies matter and time and changes it may undergo. Students master the basics of chemistry: structure and properties of matter, formulas, equations, problem-solving, and basic reactions. The study of matter continues second trimester with an emphasis on problem-solving, nuclear chemistry and solution chemistry. The course is recommended for juniors and seniors or sophomores with strong academic backgrounds. The course is for students with limited English proficiency. Approval of instructor required.

**ELL PHYSICAL SCIENCE I

(Gr 9) (One Trimester, 1⁄2 credit physical science)

This required course is designed to provide foundational studies in the physical sciences. Students will be prepared through this course to proceed through the high school science curriculum. Topics studied include motion, energy, forces, physical properties of matter. Science process skills such as measurement, experimental design, and laboratory practices will be emphasized. Teacher approval required.

**ELL PHYSICAL SCIENCE II

(Gr 9) (One Trimester, 1⁄2 credit physical science)

This required course is designed to provide foundational studies in the physical sciences. Students will be prepared through this course to proceed through the high school science curriculum. Topics studied include waves, electricity and magnetism, climate, orbital motion and plate tectonics. Science process skills such as measurement, experimental design, and laboratory practices will be emphasized. Teacher approval required.

FOOD SCIENCE I

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course covers the physical and chemical characteristics of food and food preparation using scientific methods and equipment. Students learn the biological and chemical basis for food preparation, processing, fermentation and preservation. Students develop laboratory, writing, and reasoning skills through measuring, recording and graphing data; predicting and evaluating laboratory results; and writing laboratory reports. This course can be used to fulfill one-half of the science elective credits needed for graduation if the student has also completed the course, The Physical World.

FOOD SCIENCE II

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Food Science I

This course continues the study of the physical and chemical characteristics of food and food preparation. Food Science II expands on the content presented in Food Science I with more in-depth study in the biological and chemical basis for food preparation, processing, fermentation and preservation. Students conduct a short research project related to developing a new food product. This course can be used to fulfill one half of the physical science elective credits needed for graduation.

HONORS CHEMISTRY

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Algebra I
Recommended: Geometry (previously or concurrently)

It is for students with a high interest in chemistry and a future related to science. The content parallels Chemistry I but at an accelerated rate with more depth to prepare for a college chemistry course. 

HONORS PHYSICAL SCIENCE

(Gr 9) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This required course is designed to provide foundational studies in the physical sciences. Students will be prepared through this course to proceed through the high school science curriculum. Topics studied include motion, energy, forces, physical properties of matter. Science process skills such as measurement, experimental design, and laboratory practices will be emphasized. It is for students with a high interest in physical science and a future related to science. The content parallels physical science at an accelerated rate with more depth.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE I

(Gr 9) (One Trimester, ½ credit physical science)

This required course is designed to provide foundational studies in the physical sciences. Students will be prepared through this course to proceed through the high school science curriculum. Topics studied include motion, energy, forces, physical properties of matter. Science process skills such as measurement, experimental design, and laboratory practices will be emphasized.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE II

(Gr 9) (One Trimester, ½ credit physical science)

This required course is designed to provide foundational studies in the physical sciences.  Students will be prepared through this course to proceed through the high school science curriculum.  Topics studied include waves, electricity and magnetism, climate, orbital motion and plate tectonics.  Science process skills such as measurement, experimental design, and laboratory practices will be emphasized.

PHYSICS

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester physical science; weighted)

Prerequisite: Algebra I & II and Geometry

This elective course introduces students to the field of physics. Students will develop skills in problem-solving and proper use of a variety of scientific equipment. Major topics include motion, force, energy and waves.

STEM PRE-ENGINEERING

(Gr 9-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course focuses on areas of physical science that apply directly to technology application and development. Topics include force, work, energy and power as well as mechanical advantage, efficiency, pressure and force transfer. This is a laboratory based class and students are expected to apply basic mathematical principles to solve problems. This is the first course in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sequence and is designed to give students background information needed for future STEM courses such as Robotics and Emerging Technologies. Successful completion of this class will count as a science credit if the student has also completed the course, The Physical World.

**THE PHYSICAL WORLD I & II

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Prerequisite: Physical Science I and II

The course is designed as a trimester option to Chemistry or Earth and Space Systems. Topics included are matter and processes, Earth/Space processes, chemistry of water and climate.

 

LIFE SCIENCES

 

 **ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters dual-credit, ½ high school life science credit each Trimester, 5 college credits at end of the course)

Prerequisite: Biology

Anatomy and Physiology offers information concerning normal human structures and functions and the developmental changes that occur during an individual’s life span.  The student will learn specific information about factors associated with expected and abnormal anatomical and physiological changes associated  with the body’s major organ systems. This course can be taken for dual credit through the Flint Hills Technical College for an additional cost. This course fulfills EHS graduation requirements and provides five hours of college credit. The entire year must be completed to get the college credit. In this course student will use models and cat dissection to gain understanding of the human body.  Students will also relate advances in the biological sciences to applications in industry, medicine and environmental issues. 

ANIMAL HEALTH AND VET TECH

(Gr 11-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Physical Science or Honors Physical Science, Introduction to Agriculture, and Animal Science

This course will help students to learn about various aspects of animal health care, including feeding, sheltering and medical issues. The focus is on digestive, reproductive, and mammary systems. Within these areas an emphasis on proper veterinary practices as well to set students up for success in a clinic situation.

ANIMAL SCIENCE

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Physical Science or Honors Physical Science, Introduction to Agriculture

This course will have experiences in various animal science concepts with exciting “hands-on” activities, projects, and problems. Students’ experiences will involve the study of animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, health, selection, and marketing. Students will acquire skills in meeting the nutritional needs of animals while developing balanced, economical rations.

BIOLOGY

(Gr 10-11) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit life science)

Prerequisite: Physical Science or Honors Physical Science

These laboratory courses introduce students to the fundamental concepts of taxonomy, ecology, biochemistry, cell biology, reproduction and development, genetics and evolution. The course emphasizes basic writing, laboratory and problem-solving skills. These courses fulfill Emporia High School’s life science graduation requirement and count as one of the three units of natural science required for admission into Kansas Regents’ Universities. Biology is recommended at the sophomore level for all students, especially those who intend to go to college. 

 BIOMEDICAL INNOVATIONS

(Grade 11-12) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit)

Prerequisite: Physical Science OR Honors Physical Science, Biology

This course is a lab-based class designed for students interested in going into the medical field. Students will be able to explore various concepts of human medicine, including topics such as physiology, genetics, microbiology and public health. One of the major objectives is to utilize various biotechnologies in order to study the structures and functions of human cells, bacteria, viruses, and DNA. Students will also explore the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, and work collaboratively to investigate and design innovative solutions to modern health challenges. Throughout this course, students will also acquire strong teamwork and communication practices, and develop organizational , critical- thinking. and problem-solving skills and investigate a variety of careers in biomedical sciences. Particular emphasis will be placed on scientific terminology/vocabulary. Students will be engaged in lecture, labs, experimental design, and various interactions with medical professionals. Discussions, current research/articles, problem solving, and lab work will be required as part of this course as well.

CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA)

(Gr 11-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisites: Health Science Career Exploration II, Anatomy and Physiology, and concurrent with Health Science Career Exploration III. Concurrent enrollment requires CNA and Health Science Career Exploration III to be taken during back to back blocks.

This course prepares students to perform routine nursing-related services to patients in hospitals or long-term care facilities, under the training and supervision of an approved teacher, registered nurse or licensed practical nurse. This class results in the opportunity to test for Kansas certification in CNA.

COLLEGE BIOLOGY

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters dual credit, ½ high school life science credit each Trimester, 4 college credits at end of course)

This course introduces students to basic concepts and principles of biology from the structure and function of the cell to the organization of the biosphere. Students gain an understanding and appreciation for how life originated and developed on earth. Students also relate advances in the biological sciences to applications in industry, medicine and environmental issues. This course is taught at EHS during the regular school day. Students pay the current rate for college tuition and the textbook is provided by EHS.

CROP & RANGE MANAGEMENT

(Gr 11-12) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit life science)

Prerequisite: Physical Science  or Honors Physical Science. Introduction to Agriculture, Plant & Soil Science

This course covers principles of range management. Included are topics such as the history of range management, physical conditions, rangeland types, plant physiology, and range ecology. Additionally, stocking and wildlife management will be discussed.

ELL BIOLOGY

(Gr 10-11) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit)

These laboratory courses introduce students to the fundamental concepts of taxonomy, ecology, biochemistry, cell biology, reproduction and development, genetics and evolution. The course emphasizes basic writing, laboratory and problem-solving skills. These courses are for students with limited English proficiency. Instructor approval required.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND WILDLIFE SCIENCE

(Gr 11-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This course is designed to show thematic connections between a variety of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, and physics. It gives students a coherent and realistic picture of the applications of a variety of scientific concepts as they manifest in our environment. During this course, students examine sustainability, ecology, biotechnology, water supply management, wildlife management, energy, and global environmental issues. The aim of this course is to increase student knowledge of the current environmental challenges of today, while continuing to cultivate scientific critical thinking skills.

FLORICULTURE & GREENHOUSE MANAGEMENT

(Gr 11-12) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit life science)

Prerequisite: Physical Science OR Honors Physical Science. Introduction to Agriculture, Plant & Soil Science.

This course covers various topics such as careers opportunities, plant identification and classification, pest management, and greenhouse management. Additionally, plant production and propagation will be discussed.

HEALTH SCIENCE CAREER EXPLORATION I

(Gr 10-12)(One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Biology (completed or concurrently enrolled in)

Provides students with the basic knowledge of health/wellness professionals in private business and industry, community organizations, and health care settings, as well as job opportunities, wages, and duties. This class includes instruction in personal health, community health and welfare, nutrition, epidemiology, disease prevention, fitness and exercise, and health behaviors that are associated with various health careers.

HEALTH SCIENCE CAREER EXPLORATION II

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Health Science Career Exploration I & Anatomy & Physiology (completed or concurrently enrolled)

Provides students with the extensive knowledge of health/wellness professionals in private/public industry, community organizations, and health care settings, as well as job opportunities, wage, and duties. Students will gain extensive knowledge of the various systems of the human body, how they interact, and common medical terminology associated. This class includes instruction in personal health, nutrition, dietary needs, anatomy, fitness, biology, body systems, and diseases. A variety of health-related skill sets may be covered, such as first aid, CPR, EMR, patient vitals, anatomy identification, using medical equipment/tools, and electronic record keeping.

HEALTH SCIENCE CAREER EXPLORATION III

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Health Science Career Exploration II

This course provides students with the extensive knowledge of health/wellness professionals in private/public industry, community organizations, and health care settings, as well as job opportunities, wage, and duties. Students will gain extensive knowledge in selected areas of health care, specific occupations, skills sets, educational requirements, credentials/licensure, and daily routines. This class includes instruction in specific skill sets related to health occupations, research on emerging trends, exploration of daily routines, understanding code of ethics, patient rights, standards and regulations, safety, and legal requirements.

HONORS BIOLOGY

(Gr 10-11) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Physical Science or Honors Physical Science

This course is recommended for those students with a strong interest in science. The content will parallel Biology but will be offered at an accelerated pace. These laboratory courses introduce students to the fundamental concepts of taxonomy, ecology, biochemistry, cell biology, reproduction and development, genetics and evolution. This course emphasizes basic writing, laboratory and problem-solving skills. These courses fulfill life science graduation requirement and count as one of the three units of natural science required for admission into Kansas Regents’ Universities.

**INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimesters, 1 credit life science)

This course serves as a survey of the various aspects of agriculture. A number of basic topics, such as the role of agriscience in our world, opportunities in agriculture education, food production, and basic agribusiness will be covered. Additionally, skills such as public speaking and leadership will be emphasized.

PLANT & SOIL SCIENCE

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit life science) (Replaces Botany)

Prerequisite: Physical Science  OR Honors Physical Science

Courses expose students to the art and science of growing plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, fruits, agriculture crops and vegetables. In doing so, they cover a wide variety of topics, including greenhouse and nursery operations, soils & media mixtures, soil chemistry, fertility, mineralogy, hydrology, soil conservation, irrigation, fruit and vegetable production, turf/golf course management, interior and exterior plantscaping, irrigation systems, and weed & pest control.

SMALL ANIMAL CARE

(Gr 11-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Physical Science or Honors Physical Science, Introduction to Agriculture, and Animal Science

This course helps you to prepare for careers in the field of animal science. Students will learn, reinforce, apply, and transfer knowledge and skills in a variety of areas. The focus is on animal rights and welfare, nutrition and digestion, safety, pet care and careers. Suggested small animals which may be included in this course of study include, but are not limited to, small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, avian, dogs, and cats.

ZOOLOGY

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit life science)

Prerequisite: Biology

In this course students study the taxonomy (classification) of the animal kingdom and the general conservation of our ecosystems through anatomy studies (dissection) of representative phyla. The course emphasizes knowledge of anatomy, proper vocabulary, the how and why of classification, and dissection techniques. Multiple texts are used.

 

SCIENCE RESOURCE / LIFESKILLS CLASSES

 

FOUNDATIONS OF BIOLOGY

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This course is a general study of individual and/or group relationships that exist between plants and animals and their environments. Content areas include ecology, energy, and human growth and development.

FOUNDATIONS OF EARTH SCIENCE

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This course is a general study of the five basic areas as they relate to the scientific study of the earth: climate and weather, space, oceanography and geology.

FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICAL SCIENCE I

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This course focuses on matter, especially its properties, structure, composition, behavior, reactions, interactions and the changes it undergoes. The class starts with the study of elementary particles, atoms, molecules, substances, metals, crystals, and the states of matter as solids, liquids and gases.

FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICAL SCIENCE II

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course studies the human physical environment and how things work. The main areas of study are: motion, energy, fluids, waves, sound, heat, electricity, magnetism and light. Students develop science inquiry skills through hands-on activities. Students learn to think critically and solve problems individually or in a group setting by integrating science with technology and other curriculum areas. Students learn how science impacts everyday life and the world around them.

LIFESKILLS SCIENCE I

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This laboratory course is designed to familiarize students with living things and their effect on us. Areas studied in this course include plants and animals and their care and growth.

LIFESKILLS SCIENCE II

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This course covers basic first aid procedures and health education.

LIFESKILLS SCIENCE III

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This course covers weather, seasons and their effect on us.

LIFESKILLS SCIENCE IV

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This course is designed to study the environment, natural resources and pollution.