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Science

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

 

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“The most incomprehensible thing about our universe is that it can be comprehended.” – Albert Einstein. 

 

Your understanding of science begins here at DMCI.  Our science programs will help you explore the world around you and provide you with a solid foundation for your future careers in science.  Advanced Placement (AP) classes, enriched classes, hands on labs, special projects and competitions, and partnerships with Universities and the community provide students with a wide range of opportunity to challenge themselves and make their science learning at DMCI the best experience possible. 

 

COURSES

 

SCIENCE 10F | SCIR1F – 1 CREDIT

 

To develop scientifically literate students, this course is built upon five foundations for scientific literacy. This course consists of five clusters: skills and attitudes, reproduction, atoms and elements, nature of electricity, and exploring the universe. This course is important for students who may wish to consider future courses leading to a career in science or technology.

 

SCIENCE 20F | SCIR2F – 1 CREDIT

 

Science 20F is a course that is built upon five foundations for scientific literacy. The course consists of five clusters: skills and attitudes, dynamics of ecosystems, chemistry in action, in motion, and weather dynamics. This course is important for students who may wish to consider future courses leading to a career in science or technology. 

 

MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS PROGRAM I 20S – 1 CREDIT

The first level of the course will introduce students to basic anatomy and physiology involving the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and integumentary systems.  Students will receive training in CPR/First Aid and be eligible for certification.   Exposure to various medical professionals and off-site visits will be an important component of the course. Lectures, lab activities, group work, and portfolios will provide students with the necessary skills to be successful in the program.

BIOLOGY 30S | BIOR3S – 1 CREDIT                                        

 

This is a biology program with a focus on the following clusters: biology skills and attitudes, wellness and homeostasis, digestion and nutrition, transportation and respiration, excretion and waste management, protection and control, and wellness and homeostatic changes. Studies will be based on the human species. Prerequisite: Science 20F

 
 

CHEMISTRY 30S | CHER3S – 1 CREDIT                                 

 

Chemistry 30S is recommended for students who wish to pursue careers in the biological sciences, engineering, agriculture, aerospace and medical sciences including pharmacy. Topics include: physical properties of matter, gases and the atmosphere, chemical reactions, solutions, and organic chemistry. Prerequisite: Science 20F and Intro. to Applied & Pre-Cal Math 20S

CURRENT TOPICS IN THE SCIENCES 30S | CTSR3S – 1 CREDIT

 

This course will enable students to study particular themes in science and technology. Space, weather, climate change and forensic techniques will be used as we study the creation of the universe 15 billion years ago leading to the subsequent development of life on this planet. The course will use the application of science and technology to study the dinosaurs, the giant mammals that took over after their demise, and the various humanoid species that eventually gave rise to the dominance of our own species on planet earth. We will also examine the question: What would happen if life started over once more as it did when the dinosaurs died out?

 

MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS PROGRAM II 30S – 1 CREDIT

The second level of the MPP will begin with CPR recertification.  The study of the human body will continue with topics including the nervous system, immunology, and dental medicine.  Specialized research projects will have students explore specific topics related to human health, disease prevention, and treatment options.  Participation in internships with medical professionals will be an important component of this course as will off site visits.

PHYSICS 30S | PHYR3S – 1 CREDIT

 

Physics 30S introduces students to the basic concepts of physics. Unit topics include: waves and sound, kinematics, nature of light, and fields. Emphasis is on linear relationships at this level. This course is recommended for students considering careers in science and technology. Prerequisite: Science 20F and Intro. to Applied & Pre-Cal Math 20S

BIOLOGY 40S | BIOR4S – 1 CREDIT                                       

 

In this continuation of Biology 30S, greater emphasis is placed on broad topics such as: classification of living things, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, protein synthesis, animal and plant diversity, and genetics. Prerequisite: Biology 30S

CHEMISTRY 40S | CHER4S – 1 CREDIT

 

Chemistry 40S provides the students with a more challenging aspect of chemistry topics. These include chemistry skills and attitudes, aqueous reactions, atomic structure, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, and electrochemistry. A strong foundation in math PCMR 3S is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: Chemistry 30S and Pre-Calculus Math 30S

 

MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS PROGRAM III 40S– 1 CREDIT

The final level of the MPP begins with CPR recertification.  Students will be encouraged to explore an area of medical professions of their choice and will be further integrated into internships or mentorships in those areas.  A community outreach project will be pursued so that students can present to their peers, and will facilitate labs/presentations to earlier levels of the MPP.

 

PHYSICS 40S | PHYR4S – 1 CREDIT

 

Physics 40S deals with the following topics: kinematics, dynamics, momentum, projectile motion, circular motion, work and energy, exploration of space, low earth orbit, electric and magnetic fields, electric circuits, electromagnetic induction, and medical physics. A strong foundation in math Pre-Calculus 30S is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: Physics 30S & Pre-Calculus Math 30S

 
 

INTERDISCIPLINARY TOPICS IN SCIENCE 12 | INSR4S – 1 CREDIT

 

There are 4 general learning outcomes that will be covered in this course: Nature of Science and Technology, Science, Technology, Society and the Environment, Scientific and Technological Skills and Attitudes, and Essential Science Concepts.

 

ENRICHED & ADVANCED PLACEMENT SCIENCE COURSES

 

SCIENCE ENRICHED 20S | SCIE2F – 1 CREDIT

 

science2.jpgThe grade 10 Advanced Science course is intended for students who have enjoyed their previous science courses and have also achieved academic success in those courses. The course is designed to provide a more in-depth study of the units outlined in the regular grade 10 program with a greater emphasis in applying quantitative analysis to the subject areas. Students wishing to pursue studies at the advanced placement level should consider this course.

 

CHEMISTRY ENRICHED 30S & 40S | CHEE3S & CHEE4S – 1 CREDIT EACH

 

The grade 11 and 12 Chemistry courses are designed to provide motivated students with a greater challenge and to prepare them for enrollment in an Advanced Placement Chemistry course. Students who successfully complete both courses will have a good understanding of the fundamentals of atomic and molecular structure, the nature of chemical and physical change, as well as becoming well prepared for studies at the college level. A strong foundation in math is necessary, Intro. to Applied and Pre-Calculus Math 20S and Pre-Calculus Math 30S is strongly recommended.

 

BIOLOGY ENRICHED 30S | BIOE3S – 1 CREDIT

 

This course is for students who love science, have had academic success in Grade 10 science, or enriched Grade 10 science, and are ultimately considering taking Advanced Placement Biology in Grade 12.  This course deals mainly with human biology by taking an in-depth look at wellness and homeostasis, animal form and basic histology, digestion and nutrition, transportation and respiration, protection and control, and excretion and waste management. Human adaptations across the units are related to the adaptations found in other species. This course is all about YOU!

 

BIOLOGY ENRICHED 40S | BIOE4S – 1 CREDIT

 

This course is the second level of preparation for those students who are considering post-secondary education or who wish to take Advanced Placement Biology in Grade 12.  This course deals with a diverse selection of topics, including molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, classification, and bioenergetics. Students will leave this course with a solid understanding of these concepts, making the transition to University or to AP Biology much easier.

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) BIOLOGY | BIOP4S – 1 CREDIT

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This course is an excellent opportunity for students to experience university-level biology in the more relaxed setting of high school. The course covers all of the topics seen in 30S and 40S biology, but in much greater depth. It also covers topics such as animal and plant diversity, ecology, and cutting edge biotechnology.  Completing the AP Biology course greatly enhances the chance of success in first year biology for most students.

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CHEMISTRY | CHEP4S – 1 CREDIT

 

AP.jpgThis course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. For some students, (who receive a 4 out of 5 on the AP exam) this course enables them to undertake, as first year students, second-year work in the chemistry sequence at the university level, or to register for courses in other fields where general chemistry is a pre-requisite. The course will take place over one and a half semesters (September to May).

 

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