Course Descriptions

 The goal of the science department at Stroudsburg Senior High School is to give every student the opportunity to gain background knowledge in both the biological and physical sciences. This will allow them to achieve at the collegiate level or chosen career path, gain a broad understanding of the world around them, and become citizens; able to make well informed decisions about societal and technological issues.

To achieve these goals, every student will successfully complete a minimum of coursework in Biology and Chemistry. In addition, students must choose an elective course in reference to their suggested course sequence.

Note: All students taking Advanced Placement or Honors courses may be expected to complete required summer work. See course instructor for details.

N110 INTRO. TO PHYSICAL SCIENCE 9-H 9 6/6 1.00

This course explores the physical world. The interaction of matter and energy is the foundation for this hands-on, discovery based course. Extensive lab work, student centered activities, real life applications, utilizing the scientific method and the process of science will be the focus throughout the course. The student will gain the invaluable skills needed to be successful in Chemistry and Physics. Recommendation: Math placement - Algebra 1-CP or better (may be taken concurrently).

N120 INTRO. TO PHYSICAL SCIENCE 9-CP 9 6/6 1.00

This course explores the physical world around us. The interaction of matter and energy in the physical world is the foundation for this hands on, discovery based course. Extensive lab work, student centered activities, and real life applications will be the focus throughout this course. This course is designed to prepare students with fundamental skills such as measuring, data collection and manipulation, observing, and application of the scientific method. Students will explore the how and why of general science with the emphasis that science is a process, not just learned facts. Recommendation: Math placement - Algebra 1-CP or better (may be taken concurrently).

N140 INTRO. TO PHYSICAL SCIENCE 9-W 9 6/6 1.00

This course will explore matter in the physical world and is intended to be hands-on, discovery based, and student centered. Real life applications are utilized as much as possible. The student taking this course will continue in specified career pathways as outlined in the Tech Prep program. Chemistry is the focus for the first half of the year with an emphasis on Physics during the second half of the year. This course will prepare the students with fundamental skills such as: measuring, manipulating data, observing, and application of the scientific method. Students will explore the how and why of general science with the emphasis that science is a process, not just learned facts. Recommendation: Math placement - Algebra 1A Recovery or Math LS.

N210 BIOLOGY (H) 9-10 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: Physical Science (if not taken concurrently) and honors application process)
Students study the cell, genetics, natural selection, microbiology (viruses and bacteria), sponges, coelenterates, flatworms, roundworms, annelids, mollusks, arthropods, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Practical applications are presented in laboratory work. Numerous outside readings are required along with a major research paper during the second semester.

BIOLOGY 10 6/6 1.00

N220 BIOLOGY (CP) 10 6/6 1.00
N230 BIOLOGY 10 6/6 1.00
N240 BIOLOGY (REM) 10 6/6 1.00
(Prerequisite: Physical Science 9)
The 10 th grade biology curriculum meets or exceeds state-mandated standards, and can be broken down into two components: microbiology and zoology. Students will learn about biochemistry, a comprehensive unit on cell structure, function, homeostasis, and cell division. Current cutting edge topics and bioethical issues such as stem cells, cloning, and cancer will be touched upon. Studies will continue with a detailed understanding of DNA, basic genetics, human genetics, and biotechnology and its impact on society. These units lead into a study of viruses and bacteria. Natural science and the theory of evolution are introduced. The course concludes with a survey of the animal kingdom incorporating aspects of all other units covered. Lab work is presented to reinforce concepts taught in class.

N310 CHEMISTRY 1 (H) (L) 10-12 7/6 1.67

(Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology or taking Biology concurrently. Algebra 2 CP with a minimum 88%. In place of Algebra 2 CP, students may take Algebra 2 H concurrently with this course.)
The Chemistry I Honors course is designed to provide an excellent background for college chemistry and is designed for those students who plan on majoring in science or a related area. This course is a prerequisite for AP Chemistry. This course will include in-depth study of the following topics: Matter: Classification and Description, Measurement, Mathematical concepts applicable to chemistry, Atomic Theory and Structure, Chemical Formulas and Nomenclature, Mass and Energy Relationships in Reactions, Reactions in Aqueous Media, Gases, Thermochemistry, Quantum Theory, and Periodic Relationships of the Elements. This course places extra emphasis on rigorous applications (mathematical and chemical) and students are strongly encouraged to follow this course with Advanced Placement Chemistry in either their junior or senior year. Laboratory sections are of critical importance and will meet once per cycle for two consecutive periods.

N320 CHEMISTRY 1 (CP) 10-12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: Biology or Biology concurrent with Chemistry 1 CP. An 83% minimum in Algebra 1 CP, a 92% is recommended, or taking Algebra 2 CP concurrently.)
Chemistry I is a college preparatory course that introduces college preparatory chemical theories including atomic structure, quantum theory of atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, mass and energy relationships in a chemical reaction, Gases, Liquids, Solids, and Solution Chemistry. As it is a laboratory course, lab techniques (and some report writing skills), mathematical calculations, analysis of data, and discussion or results are emphasized. Students will need a scientific calculator for the mathematics involved in this course. This course is designed and recommended for students planning to attend college at either the community college level or at a four-year college or university.

N330 CHEMISTRY 1 10-12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: Biology)
In this course students will analyze and evaluate chemistry’s impact on society. The course includes four units of study (Liquids, Solids, Gases, and Energy) and an introduction to chemistry, which includes discussion of chemical terminology, chemical and physical properties, elements and compounds, chemical reaction, atomic structure, and solution chemistry. This course is designed for those students who are not planning to attend college.

N420 PHYSICS 1 (CP) (L) 10-12 7/6 1.67

(Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry 1 (if not taken concurrently) and an 80% or better in Algebra 2-CP and be taking or have taken Geometry)
This course deals with the fundamental features of the world such as time, space, motion, matter, light, electricity and radiation. Although physics is not the only science that deals with these features, all other sciences rely upon physics for their own foundation. Through laboratory experiences and classroom discussions, the student is led toward an understanding of the physical world. The classroom setting is informal and students are encouraged to discuss problems and laboratory work in small groups. Laboratory classes meet once per cycle for a double period.

 N400 PHYSICS 1-H (L) 10-12 7/6 1.67

(Prerequisite: Geometry, Biology, Chemistry 1(if not taken concurrently))
This course is similar in scope and sequence to Physics 1 CP but requires a greater proficiency in mathematics. Laboratory classes meet once per cycle for a double period.

N401 AP PHYSICS 2 (L) 12 8/6 1.33

(Prerequisite: Physics 1-H and completion of calculus (may take concurrently))
This course is structured to prepare the student to take the Physics C - Advanced Placement exam. It is a college level course that normally forms the first part of the college sequence and serves as the foundation in physics for students majoring in the physical sciences or engineering. The methods of calculus are used wherever appropriate in formulation physical principles and applying them to physical problems. Strong emphasis is placed on solving a variety of challenging problems, and analysis in the laboratory as well as the classroom. Roughly the first half of the year is devoted to classical mechanics and the second half to electricity and magnetism. Special relativity and quantum topics are interspersed throughout the course.

N350 ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES/BIOETHICS 11-12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: Biology)
This course is designed to allow students to explore and discuss some of the more intensely debated scientific issues in modern society. Units covered include animals, environment and health, land use, natural resources, and biotechnology. Students will obtain information about a topic, determine the sides of the issue, and, using methods including debate, role-play, projects, speakers, videos, and field trips, formulate and express their opinions about each issue.

N352 WILDLIFE CONSERVATION & HABITAT MANAGEMENT 11-12 6/6 1.00

This course is designed to give the student a close look at our wildlife heritage, humankind’s impact upon wildlife and the ecosystem, and how we can use our wild places in a way that will benefit and not harm the wild plants and animals around us. This course also examines basic wildlife biology and habitat ecology and management. Prerequisite: successful completion of the required science courses.

N315 ADVANCED ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY(H) (L) 11-12 8/6 1.33

(Prerequisite: Successful completion of the required science courses with an 83% or better and honors application process)
This course is designed for seniors who are interested in entering the fields of nursing, medicine, and biology. Class work involves the study of topics such as biochemistry, cytology, histology, and anatomy and physiology. Laboratory work includes the use of the microscope in the study of cells and tissues, experiments in biochemistry, and dissection of the cat and of various sheep organs. Seniors will receive priority in scheduling for this course.

N325 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY(CP) 11-12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: Successful completion of the required science courses)
This course is open to students who have an interest in anatomy and physiology. Class work involves the study of biochemistry, cytology (cells), histology (tissues), and anatomy and physiology of the human body. Laboratory work includes the use of the microscope, study of cells and tissues, experiments in biochemistry and the dissection of the cat (optional) and of various sheep organs. Seniors will receive priority in scheduling for the course.

N415AP BIOLOGY (L) 12 8/6 1.33

(Prerequisite: Biology 1 and Chemistry 1, grades of 83% or higher; Anatomy & Physiology recommended before or concurrently)
The AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. This course is to be taken by students after successful completion of a first course in biology and one in chemistry as well. It aims to provide the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. Topics to be covered include: molecules and cells, chemistry of life, cells, cellular energetics, heredity and evolution, and organisms and populations. These topics will be explored within the conceptual framework of science as a process, evolution, energy transfer, continuity and change, relationship of structure to function, regulation, interdependence in nature and science, technology and society. At the completion of this course, students will be prepared to take the Biology AP exam.

N405 AP CHEMISTRY (L) 11-12 8/6 1.33

(Prerequisite: Chemistry 1-H with a minimum of 88% - 92% is recommended)
This course is the equivalent of a freshman college chemistry course. The topics include Chemical Bonding, Molecular Geometry Valence Bond Theory, Hybridization of Atomic Orbitals, Molecular Orbital Theory, Intermolecular Forces, Phase Equilibrium, Solution Chemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Chemical Equilibrium, Acids and Bases including Equilibria and Solubility, Entropy, Free Energy, Electrochemistry, Transition Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry, Nuclear and Organic chemistry. Students will be required to do summer work, which is a review of the Chemistry 1-H topics. This course is presented at an intense pace, with emphasis on laboratory practices and procedures. Students in this advanced course require a high level of mathematical proficiency and should anticipate a challenging workload. Laboratory classes meet twice during each cycle for double periods. Students will be expected to take the AP Chemistry exam in May.

N327 CHEMISTRY 2 (CP) (L) 11-12 8/6 1.33

(Prerequisite: Chemistry 1-CP with an average of 83% and Algebra 2 with a minimum of 83%; 92% is recommended)
Chemistry 2 CP is a continuation of Chemistry 1 CP. It is intended to further the knowledge of the basic chemical concepts as well as introduce more college level material. The course is very laboratory intensive (with double-period lab classes meeting twice during each cycle). The lab experience provides the opportunity to use advanced techniques and tools commonly used in chemical and physical methods of data collection. The main topics of the course are: Chemical Equilibrium, Solubility Equilibrium, Acids and Bases, Oxidation-Reduction Reactions, Eelctrochemistry, Reaction Rates, and Organic Chemistry. This course is better suited for Chemistry 1 CP students since Chemistry 1 Honors uses a different text and covers different material.

N326 PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY & FIELD BIOLOGY (CP) 11-12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: Chemistry)
This course explores the general concepts of ecology. Included are ecosystems, habitats, communities and niches, abiotic and biotic factors, food chains, webs and pyramids, population dynamics, interspecies and intraspecies relationships, animal behavior, animal adaptation and evolution. The course work involves a great deal of field work, field trips and a series of required written reviews of current environmental articles from major magazines in the areas of Ecology and Field Biology.

N316 PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY & FIELD BIOLOGY (H) 11-12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: 83% average in all previous Biology and Chemistry courses.)
This course will take a close look at the dynamic relationships that exist in the ecosystem and students will be required to complete an outside research project in addition to participating in eight field trips taken throughout the year. Several outside readings will be required as part of the coursework. The course is aimed at the student interested in pursuing an environmental degree at a college or university.

N336 PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY 12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: Chemistry)
This course explores the general concepts of ecology. Included are ecosystems, habitats, communities and niches, abiotic and biotic factors, food chains, webs and pyramids, population dynamics, interspecies and intraspecies relationships, animal behavior, animal adaptation and evolution.

N236 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 10-12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: for students only any time following 9th grade Physical Science)
This course is designed for the student who is interested in the Allied Health Science. The course provides a strong background in the structural and functional components of the human body. Presented in an applied format, the course will afford the opportunity to explore the dynamics of the working body through practical laboratory experiences. This course is the foundation course for the Allied Health curriculum.

N250 SURVEY OF ECOLOGICAL ISSUES (cs) 10 3/6 0.25

This course prepares students to make informed decisions about resources and systems in the natural world. Topics include watersheds and wetlands, renewable and nonrenewable resources, environmental health, agriculture and society, ecosystems and their interactions, endangered species, and humans and the environment.