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Biology (BIOL L100)

This is a Dual Credit course offered through IU. You must complete the Indiana University application and have a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA. Students are charged a discounted Indiana University tuition rate.

Pharmacy Practice

Prerequisites: Algebra I and Biology.

A course for juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career as a pharmacy technician. The class is directed towards preparing the student for the licensure exam required to become a pharmacy technician.  Students wishing to pursue a career in a health field might also want to consider this course.  The most frequently prescribed drugs, pharmacy calculations, patient interaction skills, drug dosing, diseases, and basic pharmacology, reading prescriptions, emergency situations, federal and Indiana dispensing laws, and over the counter medications are all part of the curriculum.

AP Physics

Prerequisites:  B- average in Physics I and C average in Honors Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry or B average in Pre-Calculus/ Trigonometry; Students must be enrolled in AP Calculus AB or have previously taken it.

This course is equivalent to a first semester, calculus-based college physics course. Students build upon their knowledge of physics and the interactions of matter that were developed in Honors Physics I. Students will use lab-based instruction in addition to differential and integral calculus to create more accurate models of the physical world. The course is designed to help students: (1) read, understand, and interpret physical information through words, graphs, and equations, (2) use mathematical reasoning to solve physical problems, and (3) perform experiments and interpret the results of observations. Students taking this course are required to take the AP Exam in May.  A GRAPHING CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE.

Honors Physics I

Prerequisites: B- average in Honors Algebra II or A- average in Algebra II; enrollment in Pre-Calculus or have taken it previously.

Honors Physics I is a course in which students synthesize the fundamental concepts and principles related to matter and energy, including mechanics, wave motion, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, atomic and subatomic physics.  Through regular laboratory study using such quantities as velocity, acceleration, force, energy, momentum, and charge, students (1) examine the nature and scope of physics, including its relationship to other sciences and its ability to describe phenomena using physical laws, (2) describe the history of physics and its role in the birth of technology, (3) explore the uses of its models, theories, and laws in various careers, and (4) investigate physics questions and problems related to personal needs and societal issues. A GRAPHING CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE.

Ecology

This is a science class involving an in-depth study of the relationship between organisms and their environment.  The class may take field trips to the creek near Marian University. Biotic and abiotic factors affecting life in and surrounding the creek will be studied.  The carbon, water, and nitrogen cycles will be studied along with energy flow through trophic levels. A comprehensive report of the student’s data collection and conclusions will be presented at the end of the course.  Students will write three to four research papers using APA format during the class as part of their in-depth studies.

Anatomy and Physiology (Honors)

Prerequisites:  B- average in Honors Biology and Honors Chemistry I or A- average in Biology and Chemistry I.

This course provides for an in-depth investigation of comparative anatomy and physiology.  The focus will be both on lecture and lengthy, detailed cat dissections, covering the major organ systems.  Lectures, research, laboratories, dissection, projects, technology, and/or investigations will be utilized in this course.

AP Chemistry

Prerequisites:  B- average in Honors Chemistry I and Honors Algebra II or A- average in Chemistry I and Algebra II; enrollment in Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry or have taken it previously.  

This is a college-level, accelerated chemistry course.  Students in this course must be self-driven and be able to commit a fair amount of time outside of class in self-study.  The emphasis in this course is on problem-solving as students are continually challenged. Topics covered include kinetics, equilibrium, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, buffers, intramolecular and intermolecular bonding, stoichiometry, and solution chemistry.  The laboratory is utilized to reinforce concepts. All students will take the AP Exam in May. This course is ideal for students who wish to enter the STEM or medical fields as a career.

Organic Chemistry (Honors)

Prerequisites: B- average in Honors Chemistry I or A- average in Chemistry I.

An introduction to organic chemistry, focusing primarily on the basic principles of the structure and reactivity of organic molecules.  Emphasis will be on sketching and naming organic molecules as well as the basic chemical reactions associated with these compounds. The biochemistry of synthetic polymers, as well as proteins, lipids, and fats, will also be explored.  Laboratory investigations are also core to the organic curriculum.

Chemistry II (Honors)

Prerequisites: B- average in Honors Chemistry I or A- average in Chemistry I.

Chemistry II is designed as a second-year high school chemistry course, ideal for a student likely to pursue a career in a STEM-related field.  It is a college preparation course to help students understand the basic principles of inorganic chemistry and demonstrate the ability to use that understanding in the solution of mathematically based laboratory and textbook problems as well as everyday situations.  Chemistry II areas of study include principles of thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, nuclear chemistry, electrochemistry, kinetics, atomic structure, periodicity, gases, intermolecular forces, and solution chemistry including acids and bases.

Honors Chemistry I

Prerequisites:  B- average in Honors Biology and Honors Algebra I or A- average in Biology and Algebra I.

This course is an accelerated course in Chemistry, which includes introductory chemistry topics such as nomenclature, chemical composition, chemical bonding, balancing chemical reactions, acid/base reactions, and gas laws.  This course also includes more advanced topics such as thermochemistry, equilibrium, electrochemistry, redox reactions and an introduction to organic. This course is required for students wishing to take AP Chemistry in the future. The course is a very interactive course, which uses laboratory to solidify or introduce concepts.  A SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED.

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