||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
||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.
||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 (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 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 (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.
||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 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
||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 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.