Thorsby Junior/Senior High School

Sciences

Science 10 (5 credits)

This academic course helps students better understand and apply the fundamental concepts and skills common to biology, chemistry, and physics. It consists of units of study focusing on solar energy, exchange of matter and energy between living systems and the environment, chemical change, and energy and its transformation. This course is the prerequisite for Biology 20, Chemistry 20, and Physics 20.

Science 20 (5 credits)

This academic course helps students better understand and apply the fundamental concepts and skills common to biology, chemistry, and physics. Students investigate chemical change, changes in motion as well as changes in ecosystems and geology over time.

Science 30 (5 credits)

This academic course helps students better understand and apply the fundamental concepts and skills that are common to biology, chemistry, and physics. Students study how living things respond to their environment, environmental chemistry, electromagnetic energy, and sustainable energy development.

Science 14 (5 credits)

Science 14 is a general introductory course to biology, chemistry, and the applications of science to everyday life.

Science 24 (5 credits)

This course is a continuation of the Science 14 program. It is designed to fulfill the basic science requirements of a high school diploma.


BIOLOGY

Biology is the study of living things. Genetics, ecology, evolution, and human anatomy are some of the topics studied in high school biology.

Biology 20 (5 credits)

This course focuses on the study of matter and energy in the biosphere, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and matter and energy changes in the ecosystem and in the human organism.

Biology 30 (5 credits)

This course includes systems regulating change in human organism, reproduction and development, cells, chromosomes and DNA, and changes in population and communities.


 

CHEMISTRY

Chemistry concerns itself with the very essence of our existence – matter. For some students, high school chemistry courses provide an introduction to a subject that will become a lifetime career; for others, it offers a brief insight to an area that will continue to affect students’ lives in countless ways.

Chemistry 20 (5 credits)

This course investigates solutions and gases, quantitative relationships in reactions, and chemical bonding.

Chemistry 30 (5 credits)

A study of energy as related to thermo-chemical changes, electrochemical changes, acid-base chemistry, equilibrium and organic chemistry.


 

PHYSICS

Physics is the study of the principles of mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity, and various energy forms. It is recommended for students considering careers in medicine, medical services, engineering, most technologies, electronics, physical education, mathematics, architecture, and computer sciences. A strong physics background is an asset to many rewarding careers.

Physics 20 (5 credits)

This course will investigate kinematics, dynamics, circular motion, gravitation, mechanical waves, and light and conclude with a study of the structure and radioactive nature of matter.

Physics 30 (5 credits)

This course is the study of conservation laws, electric and magnetic forces and fields, nature of the atom, waves and particles.