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Physical Science

Physical Science is a two semester course that will introduce basic concepts in chemistry and physics. This course will focus on how and why scientists study the physical world. Topics will include discussions of the chemical building blocks of matter and how they interact; the periodic table; chemical bonding; chemical reactions; motion, forces, and energy, including sound and light, electricity and magnetism.

Biology

Biology is a two semester course that will focus on how and why Biology is studied. The course will include the chemistry of living things, cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, and the history and diversity of life. The course will also give an introduction to the Kingdoms of living things from single celled organisms through complex multi-cellular organisms and study population biology and ecology.

Chemistry

Chemistry is the science dealing with the structure, composition, properties, and reactive characteristics of matter. Topics include lab safety, physical & chemical properties of matter, energy, chemical nomenclature, mole relationships, chemical equations, stoichiometry, gas laws, atomic theory, periodicity, bonding, solutions, and acid-base theory. Laboratory experiments and demonstrations will consistently reinforce and aid in the understanding of each of the basic concepts of chemistry. The ultimate goal of this course is to get students acquainted with the basics of chemistry and the world’s chemical makeup.

Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy & Physiology is a project- and laboratory-based course where students will obtain knowledge about the structure and functions within the human body. This course is considered an advanced biology course, and students are expected to acquire knowledge about the human body actively, allowing the teacher to simply guide their discoveries. Topics include anatomy vocabulary and terminology, skeletal system, cells and tissues, skin and membranes, muscular system, nervous system, endocrine system, blood and pathogens, cardiovascular system, lymph, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system and reproductive system. Memorization of terminology and functions is crucial when it comes to student success in this course. The ultimate goal of this course is to get students acquainted with human biology.

Physics

This course introduces the essential physics principles that explain how objects interact with each other. Topics include 1-dimensional and projectile motion, Newton’s Laws, momentum and conservation of energy, circular motion, waves, sound, light, color, reflection & refraction, lenses, electric currents and magnetism. Laboratory experiments and demonstrations consistently reinforce and aid in the understanding of each of the basic concepts of physics. The goal of this course is to increase student awareness of how physics can affect their surrounding environment, improve problem solving as well as generate further appreciation of the sciences.

If enrollment restrictions prevent Physics from running at the Academy, we will offer COLLEGE PHYSICS I (PHYS-1180), through dual enrollment at Macomb Community College.

Advanced Biology

Advanced Biology is an advanced science course, consisting of two independent semester-length classes, to be taken after successful completion of the Biology and Chemistry. The course of study for Advanced Biology will contain both new material and some content area previously studied in the Biology course. Advanced Biology will study topics and ideas including molecules and the cell, genetics and evolution as well as an introduction to topics including (but not limited to) zoology, botany and ecology/field ecology.

Students enrolling in this class will need to be motivated and committed to working and learning at an accelerated pace. Students will be expected to complete assignments working independently outside of the classroom as well as in class. Knowledge of laboratory skills and procedures will also be required.

Goals of this course include the further study and greater understanding of biological topics, ideas and concepts in our world, providing for a stronger foundation in preparation for college level biology coursework, and promoting student motivation, self-drive and willingness to achieve in the classroom.