Nathan Nollen, Department Chair M.A. Saint Xavier University
Jesse Faber M.S University of Illinois
Jill Francis M.S. Illinois State University
Paul Ritter M.S. Eastern Illinois University
Cal Hackler B.S. Illinois State University
Kaleigh Buchanan B.S. Illinois State University

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Course Descriptions

Class Level: 09 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Departmental Placement
This course provides a general introduction to physical science and areas associated with it. Emphasis is given to topics in elementary physics and chemistry, biology and space science. This course is sufficiently general that it will introduce the student to several scientific fields, enabling him to determine areas of interest before taking any further science courses.
Class Level: 10 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: General Science
This course provides a general introduction to environmental science and areas associated with it. Emphasis is given to the areas of ecosystems, water conservation, air pollution, the atmosphere and climate, land usage, food shortage, bio-diversity, energy conservation, waste treatment, and population growth. This course is designed to help students who desire a second credit in science who are not at this time planning on college. Students who have taken Biology or other advanced science courses may not take Intro. To Ecology for credit.
BIOLOGY (600, 601)
Class Level: 09, 10, 11, 12 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Freshman placement or C or better in General Science
This course is designed to survey systematically the many fields of the life sciences. Some specific areas studied are taxonomy, microbiology, genetics, human physiology, life chemistry, and ecology. The physical adaptations and life functions of vertebrate and nonvertebrate animals and flowering and non-flowering plants also form an important part of the course. Students are encouraged to find answers to questions by experimentation and observation. The subject is made relevant to the lives of the students by utilizing the living resources of the community.
BIOLOGY (AP) (606, 607)
Class Level: 11, 12 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: A “C” in Biology and Chemistry is recommended
This course follows a fundamental outline, which includes cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, evolutionary theories, ecology, and taxonomy.  However, the pace is faster and the scope is broader.  One of the goals of the course is that all students taking the course will be prepared to successfully complete the AP Biology exam authorized by the College Board and thus earn credit at many colleges and universities.  AP Biology will be offered every other year: 2016-2017, 2018-2019, etc.
PHYSICS (620, 621)
Class Level: 11, 12 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Biology, a “C” in Algebra, Chemistry is recommended
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic areas of classical and modern physics. The student studies force, motion, vectors, energy, light, electricity, sound, and pressure. Experiments are conducted in order to provide necessary practical experience. The purpose of the course is for the student to discover the basic unity binding all physical phenomena together.
Class Level: 12 Credit: 1/2 Prerequisite: Physics
This course is designed as a continuation of the regular physics course. The purpose is to study other topics which are not covered in regular physics, especially as it applies to the so-called “modern physics.” It consists of three major units: 1) Heat and Molecular motion, 2) General and Special Theories of Relativity, 3) Atomic and Nuclear Physics. Experiments are conducted in order to provide necessary practical experience. With coverage of these units, the student will have a more complete introduction to physics than is otherwise possible in the general course.
CHEMISTRY (630, 631)
Class Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Algebra or Instructor Consent; Biology recommended
This introductory course deals with descriptive and theoretical chemistry involving topics such as matter, atomic structure, solids, liquids, crystals, gases, chemical formulas, acids, bases, salts, equilibrium, chemical kinetics, oxidation-reduction, an introduction to organic chemistry, and problem solving using factor label method and electronic calculators.
CHEMISTRY (AP) (636, 637)
Class Level: 11, 12 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Chemistry
This course covers major topics of chemistry involving structure of matter, states of matter, reaction types, and descriptive chemistry including a heavy emphasis on laboratory exploration.  Students will have studied all topics necessary to take the Advanced Placement Chemistry exam given by the College Board in May which may result in college credit.  AP Chemistry will be offered every other year: 2015-2016, 2017-2018, 2019-2020, etc.
EARTH SCIENCE (640, 641)
Class Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Previous Science course recommended
This course includes the study of geology and geological principles, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, and the earth’s dynamic processes. Some very basic chemical and physical principles are covered. Labs are not technically oriented. Topographic maps, star charts, and weather instruments are utilized in the lab exercises. Some prior science is recommended but not required.
Class Level: 11, 12 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Chemistry
This course will emphasize the anatomy (structures) and physiology (functions) of the human body.  The eleven body systems will be studied with an emphasis on five systems (digestive, cardiovascular, nervous, skeletal, and muscular).  This course will also emphasize histology, metabolism, and overall biological organization.  In addition to developing a basic knowledge of the eleven systems, students will become familiar with the various tissues in the human body and understand how each system is related to the others, in both structure and function.  Students will become acquainted with various diseases and disorders involving each system.  Lab exercises emphasize anatomical aspects of the human, using the cat as a comparative dissection specimen, along with other preserved materials, microscope slides, charts, and models.
Class Level: 11, 12 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Chemistry
This dual credit course (for non-science majors) is intended for students who desire a physical science understanding of environmental concerns. Topics may include: ground water, air quality, land management, nuclear energy, and solid waste disposal.