HMA:Academics:Science

Science

Many exciting experiments are performed in our science labs.  According to our graduation requirements, students must complete at least two years or 20 semester periods/credits for the general academic diploma or at least three years or 30 semester periods/credits for the college preparatory diploma. The three science classes required for the college preparatory diploma must be laboratory science classes.
 

Science classes include:
Anatomy & Physiology
Biology
Chemistry
Marine Biology
Physical Science
Physics
 
 
Course descriptions below.
 
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
Science (R|E)
1 semester (5 semester periods|lab course) Grades 10-12

Anatomy & Physiology is an elective honors course that studies the structure and function of the human body.  Emphasis is placed on homeostatic mechanisms, the role of chemistry, levels of organization, cytology, histology, organ systems, disease and dysfunction.  It is a laboratory course designed for students interested in health careers.  Participation in field studies and trips is required.  Laboratory sessions are required.  This course is considered an Honors class.

BIOLOGY
Science (R)
2 semesters (10 semester periods|lab course) Grades 10-12

This is a general study of plant and animal life from a biblical creationist perspective. Major topics include cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, classification, the history of life on earth, and ecology. Daily emphasis is on building vocabulary, critical thinking skills, and personal responsibility. Biology requires laboratory participation.
 
CHEMISTRY
Science (R|E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods|lab course) Grades 10-12

PREREQUISITE: C or above in Algebra I

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who plan to continue studies in the sciences in college. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and familiarizing students with the periodic table. This is accomplised by studying the language of chemistry, chemical reactions, organic chemistry, nuclear chemistry and other topics. Safety is always stressed in weekly laboratories and is discussed in classroom demonstrations. An understanding of mathematics and willingness to study diligently are essential. Laboratory sessions are required.

MARINE BIOLOGY
Science (R|E)
1 semester (5 semester periods) Grades 10-12

A generalized study of marine life from a creationist perspective.  Some major topics are phytoplankton, marine plants, and diversit of marine animals including protozoan, invertebrates, chordates, benthic communities, and the pelagic realm.  Emphasis is given to building vocabulary, critical thinking skills, and cooperative learning.  Participation in field studies and trips is required.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Science (R|E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods|lab course) Grades 9-12

This course provides an introduction to physics and chemistry. Students will cover topics of energy, motion, nature of matter, and chemical equations. The course will be enriched with teacher demonstrations and lab activities.

PHYSICS
Science (R|E)
2 semesters (10 semester periods|lab course) Grades 11-12

PREREQUISITE: C+ or above in Algebra I

A conceptual approach is studied into the laws of matter, energy, and natural science on the college preparatory level. Special emphasis on problem solving, demonstrations and student experiments in a laboratory setting will be utilized. Topics include force, motion, radioactivity, heat, light, sound, electric current, and machines that apply these phenomena. A good understanding of mathematics and willingness to study diligently are essential. Laboratory sessions are required. Honors credit is available, based upon completion of additional requirements.