Sciences

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Note: Principals of Math 10 required pre-requisite for Chemistry 11 and Physics 11.

The Science department provides a spectrum of courses to meet the varied interests of all students. It is the focus of the department to provide each science student with the basic science concepts and the skills necessary for scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Each course provides a strong foundation and preparation for further study either at the grade 12 level or at a post secondary institution. Many careers are open to those with knowledge of the sciences. To explore your opportunities, visit the Work Experience Programs pages.

Science 8

SC200

Science 8 is a required BC course. Areas of study may include: cells and human systems, optics, fluids and dynamics.

Science 7
Required

Science 9

SC300

Science 9 is a required BC course. Areas of study may include: reproduction and genetics, atoms and compounds, electricity and space exploration.

Science 8
Required

Science 10

SC400

This is a provincially examinable course. This general science course examines Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Earth Science. Students will continue developing the skills of scientific inquiry and critical thinking. This is also an opportunity for students to investigate the areas of science they may wish to pursue in grades 11 and 12. Students will be evaluated on in-class assignments, projects, lab activities, quizzes, tests, final exam and a provincial exam.

Science 9
Required

Biology 11

SC510

This subject includes Scientific method, microbiology, evolution, plant and animal biology, classification and ecology. This is a survey course of the kingdoms of living things and students are required to learn and apply a great many biological terms and concepts. It is expected that students will have to review notes on a regular basis. This is not a textbook oriented course. Regular attendance is essential as many of the class labs and activities cannot be completed at a later date. Course content: 70% theory and 30% practical, which includes labs and hand on activities. The final exam, which may include a lab component, is worth 30%.

Science 10
Elective

Chemistry 11

SC520

This course involves the study of the classification of matter, chemical formulas, chemical reactions, solution chemistry, atomic theory, and organic chemistry. There will be an emphasis on understanding specific concepts and applying these to solve word problems. Excellent math and problem solving skills are essential. Course content includes 80% calculations and theory to solve word problems and 20% hands-on practical lab work. Assessment: 70-80% for test scores, 20-30% for assignments, quizzes, labs and homework. The final examination will cover the semester work, and counts for 30%.

Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10, and Science 10
Elective

Physics 11

sc530

This course will introduce concepts of motion, forces, momentum energy, waves, optics and nuclear physics. There will be an emphasis on understanding specific concepts and applying these to solve word problems. Excellent math and problem solving skills are essential. Class work include theory and practical applications

Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10, and a minimum of 67% in Science 10
Elective

Science and Technology 11

sc560

This course examines how the scientific method and basic scientific concepts relate to various technologies. Topic areas may vary according to student interests. Science and Technology meets graduation requirements only. It does not meet university/college entrance requirements. Students will be evaluated on in-class projects, activities, labs, quizzes, tests and a final exam. Attendance is essential to succeed in this course.

Science 10
Elective

Biology 12

SC610

This advanced course covers the human biology from the chemical to the systems level. Topics covered are DNA, the cell and cellular processes, digestion, circulation, respiration, reproduction etc. Students are required to learn and apply a considerable amount of course material related to biological terms and concepts. This course also emphasizes the important skills of reading, note taking, understanding diagrams, memorizing, and critical thinking. Students must be prepared to invest time to master the course material. Course content: 70% theory, 30% labs and activities. Dissections are not compulsory. Class mark: 80% unit tests, 20% practical labs and activities.

A minimum of 67% in Biology 11 or Chemistry 11
Elective

Chemistry 12

SC620

In Chemistry 12, students will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills. It is intended to be a more specialized course than the general course presented in Chemistry 11. The problem work will be more advanced than in previous years and a greater proportion of time is spent on theory. The core content, which makes up the course consists of: reaction kinetics, dynamic equilibrium, solubility equilibria, acids, bases and salts and electrochemistry. Course content includes 80% theory which will encompass problem solving and 20% lab skills. 80% for test scores and 20% for assign¬ments, labs and quizzes will form the basis of assessment.

A minimum of 67% in Chemistry 11
Elective

Physics 12

sc630

This course will review topics in motion, forces, momentum and energy, and introduce the concept of vectors to deal with two-dimensional problems. Topics such as electrostatics, electric circuits, magnetic fields and electro-magnetic induction will be introduced. It is intended to be a more specialized course than the general course presented in Physics 11. The problem work will be more advanced than in previous years and a greater proportion of time is spent on theory. Excellent math and problem solving skills are essential. Class work includes theory and practical applications.

Physics 11, Foundations of Mathematics 11 or Pre-Calculus 11
Elective