Charles City High School students are offered a variety of science course that help prepare them to meet the challenges of college and future careers. The members of our science department represent a variety of science backgrounds, experiences, and are highly qualified based on federal and state standards.
Our science department is committed to helping students develop skills that will help them become proficient users of scientific content and be able to apply this knowledge to their daily lives and the world around them.
Prerequisite: Earth Science
Students learn basic concepts of life, including, cell structure and processes, ecology, organic variation and a survey of the kingdoms of organisms with an emphasis on human biology. Students will do some field studies near the school and dissect various invertebrate and vertebrate animals.
Prerequisites: Earth Science & Biology
In this course, students investigate the relationships between organisms and the environment in which they live. They will also investigate environmental problems and how human daily activities affect them. Course work focuses on local ecosystems, and involves lab activities, as well as, field studies near the school.
Prerequisites: Algebra I, Geometry, Earth Science and Biology
Chemistry is the science that deals with the composition of matter including the many physical and chemical changes that matter undergoes. Common class discussions and experiment topics include gas laws, acids, bases, and solutions.
Prerequisites: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Earth Science, Biology, & Chemistry and recommendation from the Chemistry teacher. Advanced Math is strongly recommended as a co-requisite.
Physics is the science that focuses on the physical changes in matter and energy relationships. This honors level course helps students to understand the concepts of force, tension, torque, gravity, work and energy. Algebraic concepts are utilized in order to mathematically investigate and exhibit physical laws and theories.
Prerequisites/Co-requisites: Readiness to enroll in ENG 111 plus completion of developmental math unit 3 required or placement in unit 4 or above
Bio 101 and Bio 102 focus on foundations in cellular structure, metabolism, and genetics in an evolutionary context. Explores the core concepts of evolution; structure and function; information flow, storage and exchange; pathways and transformations of energy and matter; and systems biology. Emphasizes process of science, interdisciplinary approach, and relevance of biology to society.
Earth Science, Biology and Chemistry each include an honors level class. The honors classes will include the same topics of study as the regular courses. However, they will involve a more in-depth investigation of these topics. In order to qualify for the Earth Science honors, a student must have a B average in eighth grade science, pass the Science SOL and be recommended by the Middle School science teacher.
In order to qualify for Biology or Chemistry honors classes, students must receive either a grade of “A” or “B” in a previous honors science class or an “A” in a regular science class and a recommendation from that science teacher.