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Science

BPHS Science Department Classes


The Bethel Park School District requires all students to complete four credits that meet the standards for Science and Technology.  Biology is a required science.  The four credit science requirement can be satisfied through the following options:  complete four science credits or three science credits and one technology-related credit for graduation.  Technology-related courses are listed below. 

 
COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Aeronautical Studies

701

3

10 11 12

2 – 3

1

Introduction to Engineering & Design

722

3

9 10 11 12

2 – 3

1

Foundations of Technology

760

3

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

1

See Technology Education & Engineering section for a course description 

 
COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Digital Photo

507

1 / 2

9 10 11 12

2 – 3

½





 

See Business, Computer, and Information Technology section for a course description

All students must take either Science 9 or Science 9 (Honors) as a requirement for graduation. If a student enrolls in Science 9 (Honors) they may also enroll in Biology (Honors).

The following are only suggested course guidelines:

General Background

Grade  9– Science 9

Grade 10– Biology

Grade 11 or 12– *Chemistry, *Physics, Environmental Science


Environmental Occupations

Grade  9– Science 9

Grade 10– Biology

Grade 11– *Chemistry (Honors) and/or Environmental Science (Honors)

Grade 12   *Physics or *AP Biology

 

Engineering Occupations

Grade  9– Science 9 (Honors)/Biology (Honors)

Grade 10– *Chemistry (Honors)/*Physics (Honors)

Grade 11– **AP Chemistry

Grade 12 – *AP Physics and/or *AP Biology

 

Pre-Med or Health-Related Occupations

Grade  9– Science 9 (Honors)/Biology (Honors)

Grade 10– *Chemistry (Honors)/*Physics (Honors)

Grade 11– **AP Chemistry

Grade 12   *AP Biology and/or *AP Physics


*           Lab Included – 1 Double Period per Week

**         Lab Included – 2 Double Periods per Week


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Science 9

400

3

9

1 – 2

1

Science 9: This is an integrated course that emphasizes basic concepts and methods from physical, biological and earth sciences as well as astronomy. Class material is presented through lab activities, cooperative learning and traditional teaching methods. Concepts and investigations utilize standard laboratory equipment to complete labs in the physical sciences, earth sciences, and astronomy. The course is directed toward providing a broad, basic background in the sciences while utilizing problem-solving skills, emphasizing applications in the natural world.

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Science 9 (Honors)

401*

3

9

3

1

Science 9 (Honors): This is an integrated science course that emphasizes basic concepts and methods from the physical, biological, earth sciences as well as astronomy. These topics are covered in an in-depth manner and at an accelerated pace. The course stresses applications and theoretical problems that promote high order thinking skills. A heavy emphasis is placed upon mathematical applications, data and evidence analysis and open-ended problems. *Denotes 4.5 QP course. Prerequisite: Minimum of B in Science Grade 8 and Math Grade 8

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Biology

410

3

10

1 – 2

1

Biology: This course is a one year, basic overview of the study of living things. The emphasis for the course is on the big ideas and unifying themes in biology, such as cellular structure and function, genetics, biochemistry, evolution and ecology. This course is intended for level 1 or 2 students who may or may not be college-bound. Students will work independently, in small groups and in large groups to understand and apply biological concepts. Application to real world concepts and experiences is emphasized. Course is supplemented with hands-on activities, laboratory exercises and projects that use current technology assets.

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Biology (Honors)

411*

3

9 10

3

1

Biology (Honors): This course is designed to provide a broad, basic overview of biology to prepare students for further studies in science and for successful completion of the Keystone exam at the end of the course. Major units of study include Ecology (ecosystems, populations, communities and limiting factors), Cell Structure & Function (homeostasis, transport, biochemistry, bioenergetics and reproduction), Genetics (molecular genetics, Mendellian principles, human inheritance patterns and biotechnology) and Evolution. Units are supplemented with hands-on lab activities, projects and research activities. *Denotes 4.5 QP course

  • Co-Requisite for Freshmen: Science 9 (Honors)
  • Prerequisite: Minimum of B in Science Grade 8 and Math Grade 8
  • Prerequisite for Sophomores: Minimum of B in Science 9 (Honors) and Math Grade 9
  
COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Environmental Science

420

3

11 12

1 – 2

1

Environmental Science: This course is a study of basic environmental concepts with a focus on current environmental problems and possible solutions to those problems. Students will gain an understanding of the many physical, chemical, and biological interrelationships in land and water environments. Major concepts are illustrated by laboratory activities, group interaction, problem solving, and a variety of other activities. Prerequisite: Minimum of C in Biology

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Environmental Science (Honors)

421*

3

11 12

3

1

Environmental Science (Honors):This course is a study of major environmental concepts with a focus on current environmental problems/solutions. Major concepts are illustrated by lab activities, projects, group interaction and problem solving. Discussion of environmental careers will be integrated into many topics. Some units, such as air and water pollution, require knowledge of basic chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on data analysis involving environmental and ecological studies. *Denotes 4.5 QP course

  • Prerequisite: Minimum of B in Biology
  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Chemistry (Honors)

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Chemistry#

430

3

11 12

2

1 

Chemistry: This is a basic chemistry course for college bound students interested in non-science careers. Topics that are covered include the following: Science of chemistry, Matter, Energy, Atoms, Periodic Table, Ionic compounds, Covalent compounds, the mole, Chemical composition, Chemical equation, Chemical reactions, Stoichiometry, Gases, and Solutions. Additional topics: (time permitting) Acids and bases, Chemical equilibrium, Causes of change, Intermolecular forces, Reaction rates, Oxidation, Reduction, Electrochemistry, Nuclear Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry. Prerequisite: Minimum of C grade in Algebra I & Minimum of C grade in Biology. #Course includes one double period lab per week. Select Course #430BLOCK during online scheduling.

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Chemistry (Honors)#

431*

3

10 11 12

2 – 3

1 

Chemistry (Honors): This course is an in-depth and mathematical study of chemistry serving as an introduction to college-level science. Topics to be studied include matter, change and energy, scientific measurement, problem solving, atomic structure, nomenclature, chemical equations, stoichiometry, gas laws, states of matter, periodic table, bonding, solution chemistry, and acid bases and salts. This course is strongly recommended, and needed by, students interested in pursuing a science or science-related career.*Denotes 4.5 QP course. Prerequisite: Minimum of B in Algebra I and Prerequisite/co-requisite Biology (Honors). #Course includes one double period lab per week. Select Course #431BLOCK during online scheduling.

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Physics#

440

3

11 12

2

1 

Physics: This course is designed for all students who are interested in how and why the world around us works.  It applies the central concepts of physics to explain phenomena that students observe or experience in the everyday world.  Students will do physics with hands-on experiments and projects that demonstrate the concepts of physics as they apply to their everyday lives.  Physics is an applied course that places emphasis on comprehension rather than being a mathematically based class.  Topics covered may include mechanics, electricity and magnetism, light, color, sound, optics, nuclear physics, and astronomy. Prerequisite: Algebra I. #Course includes one double period lab per week. Select Course #440BLOCK during online scheduling.

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Physics (Honors)#

441*

3

10 11 12

2 – 3

1 

Physics (Honors): This course is primarily designed for students who are thinking about a career in science, engineering, math, or computer science. Topics covered may include classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, light, color, sound, optics, as well as laboratory and problem-solving skills. One double period a week is used to experience the ideas presented during the classroom sessions in an experimental setting.*Denotes 4.5 QP course. Co-requisite: Trigonometry. #Course includes one double period lab per week. Select Course #441BLOCK during online scheduling.

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

AP Biology#

450**

3

11 12

3

1

AP Biology: This course is designed to be the equivalent of a college general biology course. It is a laboratory-oriented course that follows the general outline of the CEEB curriculum which includes Cell Biology, Organismal Biology, and Population study areas that are included on the Advanced Placement college-level examination. For some students this course enables them to begin second year biology courses as freshmen in college. It also serves to facilitate the transition into the college-level Biology I course. Prerequisite: Minimum of B in Biology (Honors) and Chemistry (Honors).**Denotes 5.0 QP course. #Course includes one double period lab per week. Select Course #450BLOCK during online scheduling.

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

AP Chemistry##

451**

3

11 12

3

1 

AP Chemistry:This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. This course may enable students to undertake, as freshmen in college, second-year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register in courses in other fields where general chemistry is a prerequisite.  AP Chemistry differs qualitatively from the usual first secondary school course in chemistry with respect to the calculations, the mathematical formulation of principles and the type of laboratory work performed by the students.  Quantitative differences appear in the number of topics treated, the time spent on the course by the students and the variety of experiments done in the laboratory.  Seven Science Practices are emphasized; which, highlight important aspects of the work scientists do.  Learning Objectives combine content with inquiry and reasoning skills.  Emphasis is placed on depth of understanding of a topic, rather than breadth of topics.  The course follows the national curriculum guide created by a cooperative effort of chemistry professors, high school chemistry teachers and the College Board.  **Denotes 5.0 QP course.  Prerequisite: Minimum of B in Chemistry (Honors) and Algebra II (Honors).  ##Course includes two double period labs per week. Select Course #451BLOCK during online scheduling.

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

AP Physics#

452**

3

12

3

1 

AP Physics: This course is equivalent to a first-year college Physics course and is taken as a second year course in physics. Problem solving emphasizes mathematical and analytical skills as applied to physical laws and concepts. We will cover the major topics of first year college physics: Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Light and Optics. Students will use algebra and trigonometry extensively and be introduced to calculus. Students who plan to major in Pre-Med, Engineering, Mathematics or Computer Science should take AP Physics. **Denotes 5.0 QP course. Prerequisites: Minimum of B in Physics (Honors) and Trigonometry. Prerequisite or co-requisite: Calculus. #Course includes one double period lab per week. Select Course #452BLOCK during online scheduling.

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Forensic Science

460

1 / 2

11 12

2 – 3

½ 

Forensic Science: This is a laboratory-based course intended to provide an introduction to the analysis of crime scenes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence. This course is designed to integrate multiple scientific disciplines, giving students both theory and hands-on experience with the skills and knowledge required for a forensic scientist. Throughout the course, topics that will be highlighted include, but are not limited to, crime scene analysis, skeletal analysis, blood analysis, fingerprinting, chromatography, hair and fiber analysis and DNA. Prerequisite: Science 9 and Biology. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Chemistry

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Anatomy and Physiology

470

1 / 2

11 12

2 – 3

½ 

Anatomy and Physiology: This course is a study of human anatomy and body systems to include skeletal, circulatory, nervous, muscular and endocrine. Normal Physiology and common diseases of each organ system will be discussed. Knowledge of basic chemistry and biology is required.  Prerequisite: Minimum of B in Biology. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Chemistry

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Art and Science

695

3

10 11 12

2 – 3

1 

Art and Science: This is a full year interdisciplinary course that will bridge the worlds of art and chemistry. This course investigates the chemistry of materials that go into the making of art media and materials. The chemistry behind cellulose (paper), soil (ceramics), metal (etchings/jewelry), minerals (pigments) are a few of the items that will be covered in the course. It also develops the student’s artistic knowledge and skills while completing studio art projects that reinforce the chemical properties that they are learning. For example, as the course progresses, students will explore jewelry making, paper making and pigment making, then use the handmade pigments to paint on the homemade paper, mix their own clay bodies and glazes to make a ceramic piece. The students will receive separate grades for Art and Chemistry. These two courses will be scheduled back to back during the day.

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

STEAM Innovation Studios

471

1 / 2

9

2 – 3

½

STEAM Innovation Studios: Our modern high-tech, high-skills economy demands workers who possess critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills. To that end, this course is designed as an introduction to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) literacy skills by using an interdisciplinary approach. While students traditionally study these subjects separately, experiences in this class will develop students’ innovative, collaborative, cooperative, and problem-solving skills based on real-world applications. Students will have the opportunity to become “makers” by using industry-standard equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC routers in a project-based setting.