All freshmen must take a science course. They may choose STEM, Biology or Biology Honors (Honors at Entrance).

STEM

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. We focus on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively. This laboratory course focuses on the skills needed to succeed in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will enhance their laboratory skills through researching current scientific developments. Graphing, mastering microscope procedures, understanding deviations of equations, designing labs and writing formal lab reports will be among the skills covered in this course.

Biology

This laboratory course emphasizes the structure and function of various forms of life. Topics include biological principles, cells, genetics, evolution, environmental relationships and an introduction to human anatomy and physiology.

Biology Honors (must have been accepted as a Honors at Entrance)

This is a laboratory course, geared toward a deeper understanding of life processes from the simplest cell level to the most complex level. Concentrates on: cytology, genetics, invertebrate/vertebrates, environmental relationships and anatomy, and physiology. Research is a vital part of this course.