Science

Biology

Biology is a branch of science dedicated to the study of life. This course will explore the complex requirements for life, and the interactions of living organisms with their environment and other organisms through Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), laboratory experiments, and research. Upon successful completion of this course, students will confidently possess the foundational knowledge of the living world, and will be proficient at the use of basic scientific methodology to proceed in their educational careers.


Biology Honors    

The Biology Honors course is a full year in-depth study of the living world. The course covers the general principles of biology, including biomolecules, cell structure and function, cellular divisions, environmental explorations, introductions to viruses and bacteria, genetics, an overview of fungi, and the classification of the living organisms in our environment. The biological topics are explored using guided educational techniques supported by graphics, animations, videos, and laboratory investigations. The students will also be expected to explore various scientific topics through independent research.


Chemistry 

Chemistry is a branch of knowledge that involves the study of matter and the changes which matter undergoes.  One experiences chemistry every day when cooking, eating or washing your hands.  This class is designed to introduce the basic ideas and concepts that make up chemistry as students develop a deeper understanding of the physical world around them.  The objective is not only providing information but to help the student develop the science skills necessary to explore personal interests and learn how to take information, process the knowledge, and solve problems.


Chemistry Honors

Chemistry is a branch of knowledge that involves the study of matter and the changes which matter undergoes. One experiences chemistry every day when cooking, eating or washing your hands. This class is designed to introduce the ideas and concepts that make up chemistry as students develop a deeper understanding of the physical world around them.  Honors Chemistry uses math skills to solve chemistry problems. Students learn higher-level applications of the basic concepts, how to process and apply this information to solve problems. Honors Chemistry requires good math skills and comprehension.


Physics Honors

Physics is the study of the interactions between matter and energy.  The curriculum is designed to serve the college-preparatory student who may wish to pursue a career in a science or analytical field. It is designed to introduce many basic concepts of physics and to help develop a deeper understanding of the physical world.  Students will investigate physics concepts through experience in laboratories and fieldwork using the inquiry processes. Students will strengthen their abilities to gather lab data and analyze their results.


Environmental Science

Environmental Science is the study of the environment that surrounds us, as well as other environments around the world. It also studies such critical concepts as food webs, biomes, resource utilization, and the many implications of environmental change in an ever-changing world. The curriculum encourages observation and identification of plants and animals in their native habitats, as well as an understanding of their role in their ecological niches. The objective of the course is to teach students the diversity, frailty, and importance of the environment so that students can make responsible, environmentally-informed decisions.


Honors Forensic Science

Forensics is the application of scientific knowledge in legal matters. The objective of this course is to not only learn what the processes involved in evidence collection are, but also how they are used within the legal system. This course will involve the use of scientific techniques and mathematical processes applied to process information, develop the observational science skills necessary to process the evidence in a peer reviewed and certifiable manner.


Human Anatomy & Physiology

Human Anatomy & Physiology is a branch of knowledge that involves the study of the human body systems and their functions. This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic operations of the human body and its complexities. The study of the body’s anatomy and physiology at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, organ systems, and organism levels of organization are a primary focus. The objective is not only to provide information but also to help the student develop the science skills necessary to explore their personal interests on their own.


College Biology 114 & 124

Introductory course for science majors covering basic cellular biochemistry, bioenergetics, cell structure and function, mitosis and meiosis, genetics, gene expression, biotechnology, and evolutionary theory. Three lecture hours and one two-hour lab are held each week. This is a dual enrollment course that meets at Tallulah Falls School.


College Chemistry 214 & 224         

An introduction to the transformation of matter that includes atomic theories; chemical nomenclature using the Stock system; understanding mass relationships in chemicals reactions; balancing chemical equations; determining the limiting reagent in a reaction; understanding the nature of oxidation-reduction reactions, precipitation reactions, and acid-base reactions; the properties of gases and the Ideal Gas Law and the Kinetic Molecular Theory; the use of the Periodic Table to understand and predict the chemical and physical properties of the elements; thermodynamics; and the nature of chemical bonding in ionic and molecular compounds.  


College Environmental Science 253

The goal of this course, and that of the field of environmental science, is to examine how humans can best live within Earth’s environment. We will study a number of complex and interconnected problems involving human numbers, Earth’s natural resources, and environmental pollution. The subject matter is interdisciplinary because it uses information from many fields such as biology, chemistry, geology, economics, sociology, and politics.