Science

Middle School GA Course Number Description
6th Grade – Earth Science 40.06100 Earth Science provides an overview of common strands in earth science including, among others, meteorology, geology, astronomy, oceanography, resources, and human impact on the earth. For example, students observe and explain how an aspect of weather can affect a weather system & use different models to represent systems such as the solar system. Students write instructions, describe observations, analyze the data they collect, and show information in graphical form.
7th Grade – Marine Life 26.01100 Marine Life Science provides an overview of common strands in life science including diversity of living organisms, structure and function of cells and cellular systems, heredity, ecosystems, and biological evolution. Students will keep records of their observations and use those records to analyze the data they collect. They will make observations inclkuding fossil evience to explain diversity of living marine organisms and their classification.
8th Grade – Physical Science 40.01700 MS physical science course is designed to give students the necessary skills for a smooth transition from elementary physical science standards to high school physical science standards. The course provides an overview of common strands in physical science including, but not limited to, the nature of matter, laws of energy, matter, motion and forces, and energy transformation.
High School GA Course Number Description
Biology 26.01200 The Biology (required) curriculum is designed to continue student investigations of the life sciences that began in grades K-8. This curriculum includes abstract concepts such as the interdependence of organisms, living systems, behavior, and biological evolution. Students will investigate biological concepts through laboratory work.
Anatomy & Physiology 26.07300 The Anatomy & Physiology curriculum continues student investigations that began in grades K-8 and high school biology. This curriculum is extensively performance and laboratory based. It integrates the study of the structures and functions of the human body, focusing on distinct anatomical and physiological systems (respiratory, nervous, etc.), and the essential requirements for life. Areas of study include protection, support and movement; providing internal coordination and regulation; processing and transporting; and reproduction, growth and development.
Chemistry 40.05100 The Chemistry curriculum is designed to continue student investigations of the physical sciences that began in grades K-8. This curriculum includes abstract concepts such as the structure of atoms, structure and properties of matter, characterization of the properties that describe solutions and the nature of acids and bases, and the conservation and interaction of energy and matter. Students investigate chemistry concepts through experience in laboratories and field work using the processes of inquiry.
Environmental Science 26.06110 Environmental Science (subs for Chemistry) is designed to extend student investigations that began in grades K-8. This curriculum is extensively performance, lab and field based. It integrates the study of various components of our environment, including human impact on our planet. Instruction focuses on student data collection and analysis. Interpretation of global data sets and interactive models is perfromed. Chemistry, physics, mathematical, and technological concepts are integrated through the course.
Earth Systems 40.06400 Earth Systems Science (subs for Chemistry) is designed to continue student investigations that began in K-8 Earth Science and Life Science and investigate the connections among Earth’s systems through history. The atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere – interact through time to produce the Earth’s landscapes, ecology, and resources. This course develops the explanations of phenomena fundamental to the sciences of geology and physical geography, including plate tectonics, landforms, weather and climate, and the history of life on Earth.
Physical Science 40.01100 Physical Science (Physics also meets the requirement) is designed to continue student investigations of the physical sciences that began in grades K-8. This course is designed as a survey course of chemistry and physics. This curriculum includes the more abstract concepts such as the structure of atoms, motion and forces, and the conservation of energy and matter, the action/reaction principle, and wave behavior. Students investigate physical science concepts through experience in laboratories and field work using the processes of inquiry.
Physics 40.08100 The Physics (Physcial Science also meets the requirement) curriculum is designed to continue student investigations of the physical sciences that began in grades K-8. The curriculum includes more abstract concepts such as interactions of matter and energy, velocity, acceleration, force, energy, momentum, and charge. This course introduces the students to the study of the correction to Newtonian physics given by quantum mechanics and relativity. Students investigate physics concepts through experience in laboratories and field work using the processes of inquiry.
Geology 40.06300 Geology is designed to give the student a scientific introduction to the structure of the earth, its origin and history.  Students will study the geological timetable, biogeochemical cycles, plate tectonics, paleontology, rock and mineral classification, and the geology of Georgia. Laboratory activities are used to reinforce the major concepts.
Oceanography & Marine Biology 40.07100 Oceanography & Marine Biology includes the study of the ocean composition and structure, the dynamics of energy flow within the ocean system, marine organisms, and human interaction with the oceans. The basic concepts of physical, chemical, geologic and biological oceanography are addressed by discussions on marine mineral resources, marine organisms, ocean energy, and marine pollution. Student will acquire practical laboratory and field experiences through studying tides, seawater chemistry, coastal wave and beach processes, and marine organisms/habitats.
Astronomy 40.02100 Astronomy includes the origin of the Universe and the formation of the Earth and the solar system. Students will compare the Earth with other planets and explore how the sky has influenced human thought and action. The course gives a description of astronomical phenomena using the laws of physics. The course includes standard topics including planets, stars, the Milky Way and other galaxies, black holes, the origin of the universe and its evolution and fate. Laboratory exercises include experiments in light properties, radiation, and observations at local observatories/planetariums.