The study of Science should make students informed critical thinkers who approach the solution of problems in a logical manner, employing the scientific method. An informed, analytical consumer understands that everything in his/her life is related to science and is better equipped to deal with the problems encountered on a daily basis.
- 501 Integrated Science – Freshman – 1 credit/full year
This course gives freshmen an introduction to scientific study. The class will go into detail about the nature of science with an emphasis on hands-on application of the scientific method. It will also introduce students to keystone concepts of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. This course is structured to prepare students for the science requirement at La Salle College High School.
- 504 Biology 9 Honors – Freshman – 1 credit/full year
See Course # 505 for course description
- 505 Biology 10 Honors – Sophomore – 1 credit/full year
This course provides an opportunity for students to study life with a detailed emphasis on the biochemical processes. (An introduction to Biochemistry is used to help explain the processes of life.) Using the scientific method, the students investigate evolution, animal and plant morphology and systemics. Student assessment is determined by tests, lab work and reports, homework,
independent and group projects. The student is expected to express himself in detailed essay answers in order to show a higher level of concept recognition. Satisfactory performance demands a daily allotment of 30 minutes study time.
Prerequisite: Minimum B in Math; minimum A in Integrated Science; department approval – limited enrollment.
- 506 Biology 10 – Sophomore – 1 credit/full year
This course provides the opportunity for students to study the biochemical basis of life, evolution, animal and plant morphology and systemics, using the scientific method as a mode of investigation. This course is designed to follow Integrated Science and uses an introduction to biochemistry to help explain the process of life.
- 509 Chemistry 10 Honors – Sophomore – 1 credit/full year
See Course # 511 for course description
- 510 Chemistry – Junior – 1 credit/full year
This course is an introductory presentation of the fundamental concepts and experimental techniques of modern Chemistry. Using a hands-on application of the scientific method, the course material provides support for the principles on which Chemistry is based and substantiates the important interrelationship between experimentation and fact. When successfully mastered,
the student will be able to validate, apply, and interpret the conceptual theory.
- 511 Chemistry 11 Honors – Junior – 1 credit/full year
Courses 509 and 511 follow the outline of topics for Chemistry 510. These are HONORS courses that emphasize, at an accelerated pace, the mathematics of Chemistry, as well as the theory. In order to prepare the students for the Advanced Placement course, a more in-depth understanding
of the topics are stressed. Student assessment is determined by tests, lab work and reports, homework and outside reading assignments. The student is expected to express himself in
detailed essay answers, as well as traditional short answer responses. Satisfactory performance in the course demands a daily allotment of 30 minutes study time.
Prerequisites: Minimum Math requirements: C+ in Honors Math, B in Algebra; minimum B in Integrated Science and Biology Honors; departmental approval; limited enrollment.
- 512 Advanced Placement Chemistry – Senior (elective) – 1 credit/full year
The course is designed for students who, having mastered two semesters of Chemistry, desire to expand their knowledge of modern Chemistry. The Advanced Placement student is exposed to an in-depth study of chemical principles and their applications. The following topics will be integrated to allow the student to critically evaluate the chemistry of particular substances: atomic theory, bonding, thermodynamics, equilibrium, kinetics, electrochemistry, acid-base theory, organic and nuclear chemistry.
This course is equivalent to a first year college Chemistry course and is strongly recommended for prospective science majors and engineering and pre-medical students. Class will meet for the equivalent of four lecture periods and two double lab periods per cycle. The student is expected to sit for the Advance Placement examination.
Prerequisite: Minimum B- in Chemistry Honors (511 or 509) and B in Honors Math or B+ in Chemistry 510 and B+ in Math; department approval – limited enrollment.
- 513 General Chemistry – Junior/Senior – 1 credit/full year
This course follows the outline of Chemistry 510 with less emphasis on the mathematics of chemistry and more on practical application.
Prerequisite: Department approval; limited enrollment
- 514 Physics – Junior/Senior – 1 credit/full year
This course is a non-calculus based Physics course that examines a variety of concepts in preparation for advanced Physics classes. This course is especially appropriate for students considering a college major in science or engineering, but is available to qualified students who wish to obtain a thorough understanding of basic Physics principles. It includes not only concept knowledge, but also stresses problem-solving using algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Students are evaluated by means of testing, laboratory reports, and homework assignments.
Prerequisite: Minimum 2.0 average in Math courses; department approval.
- 515 Physics Honors – Junior/Senior – 1 credit/full year
This is an intensive pre-college Physics course. It is appropriate for students planning to major in science/engineering as well as those who want a more thorough understanding of basic Physics principles. The topics covered are basically the same as those in Physics 514. However, they are covered in more depth, including more complicated examples. Both understanding of the concepts
and problem solving are stressed. However, the level of difficulty of the problems is much higher than in Physics 514.
Prerequisite: Minimum 3.3 average in math and science courses; department approval; limited enrollment.
- 517 Advanced Placement Physics – B (non-calculus based) – Junior/Senior (elective) – 1 credit/full year
This course is for qualifying students who have not taken physics at La Salle. This course is a college-level physics course that is to prepare students for college work in engineering and the sciences. Topics covered are similar to those in Honors Physics but also include Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Nuclear Physics. The course is structured to prepare students to take the
Advanced Placement Physics – B test. Junior students completing this course and taking Calculus could then continue on their study of physics by taking A.P. Physics – C (#518).
Prerequisite: Minimum 3.5 average in math and science courses; department approval; limited enrollment.
- 518 Advanced Placement Physics – C (mechanics, electricity and magnetism) – Senior (elective) – 1 credit/full year
This is a second year Physics course designed for students planning to take the Advanced Placement Physics C exam. It is particularly useful for future science/engineering/pre-med majors.
Most of the first semester is devoted to Mechanics, including several topics at a Calculus level. The second semester is devoted to Electricity and Magnetism, which relies heavily on Calculus.
Problem solving is intensely stressed.
Prerequisite: A- in Physics or B+ in Honors Physics; student must have taken or be taking Calculus. Generally good math grades are expected, since the course is heavily math dependent; approval of instructor.
- 527 Anatomy and Physiology Honors – Junior/Senior (elective) – 1 credit/full year
This course includes the study of the structure and functions of the human body, with special emphasis on the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems. Using a problem based approach, students investigate the regions of the body in a holistic rather than in a systemic manner. The dissection model is the cat. Tests, class participation and presentations are used to evaluate the
Prerequisite: B in Integrated Science, Biology and Chemistry; department approval; limited enrollment.
- 530 Advanced Placement Biology – Junior/Senior (elective) – 1 credit/full year
This course is patterned after the suggested curriculum for Advanced Placement Biology. The course is an introductory college level biology course with an emphasis on the following topic areas: biochemical basis of life, genetics and gene control, homeostasis, anatomy and physiology of plants and animals. Student evaluation is based on tests, independent readings, and lab performance.
Prerequisite: B in Biology 503, 506, or 507; B in Chemistry 509, 510, or 511; department approval; limited enrollment.
- 540 Environmental Science – Junior/Senior (elective) – 1 credit/full year
This course is designed for students who desire an elective that explores scientific principles in depth and applies course concepts to field investigations and lab activities. The focus of the course is on ecology and it will investigate the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships that exist in the natural world. By studying scientific
foundations of geology, hydrology, meteorology, and ecology, students will understand the many facets of environmental science, including the dangers of air and water pollution, nuclear energy, and the fragile nature of the biosphere.
Note: Students expecting to have a successful experience in this course are recommended to have a C average in science; department approval may be necessary.
- 545 Advanced Placement Environmental Science – Senior (elective) – 1 credit/full year
This course is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college course in Environmental Science. The class gives qualified and interested students an introduction to the ecological principles of Environmental Science through the use of a lab program, field trips, and independent research, in addition to traditional teaching and learning techniques. By taking an interdisciplinary
approach, studying scientific foundations of geology, hydrology, meteorology, and ecology, as well as concepts from economics, politics, and sociology, students will understand the many facets of Environmental Science. The course also focuses on the benefits and rewards of our technology as well as the dangers of air, water, and soil pollution, nuclear energy, and the fragile nature of the biosphere.
Prerequisite: Minimum B in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math; department approval; limited enrollment.
- 555 Astronomy – Senior (elective) – .5 credit
This course is structured to familiarize the students with the science of Astronomy through a distance learning approach. Topics to be covered include the science within and outside our own solar system. Areas of study will include an examination of the history and development of modern Astronomy, telescopes, celestial bodies (sun, moon, asteroids, comets, and
constellations), the origin of the solar system, and the search for extraterrestrial life. Other themes will include the structure and evolution of the stars, pulsars, black holes, nebulae, galaxies,
quasars, and the structure and evolution of the universe. Occasional evening laboratories will include visual observations and electronic imaging of astronomical objects.
Prerequisite: Department approval.
- 560 Health – Freshman – .5 credit/semester
This course is an overview of the broad field of health. It is designed to help the student identify the physical, psychological, social, hereditary, and environmental factors that affect his health.
With this knowledge, the student should be able to develop a plan for maintaining good overall health. Specific topics to be covered include: physical and mental health, nutrition, drug and alcohol abuse, and sexually transmitted diseases.