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The goal of the Science Department’s curriculum is to encourage our students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) from freshman through senior year. Students at St. Joseph’s Academy consistently use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, probe ware with data collection, and graphing analysis software in conjunction with their laptops to investigate principles and develop their knowledge and mastery of science. Inquiry-based labs and direct manipulation of biological specimens are also used as STEM learning endeavors. Project-based design and engineering investigations are part of several classes from freshman through senior year. Courses for students that are particularly oriented toward current STEM initiatives include ACC Forensics, AP/ACP Physics, ACP Anatomy and Physiology, AP/ACP Biology, Zoology, Marine Sciences, Independent Science Research, AP/ACP Chemistry, and Genetics.

Objectives:
  1. Students will observe and study the physical and biological aspects of the environment.
  2. Students will search for relationships among the observations.
  3. Students will develop curiosity about why these relationships exist.
  4. Students will apply acquired facts and concepts to new situations.
  5. Students will communicate new knowledge clearly and precisely.
  6. Students will develop an appreciation and respect for the surrounding world.
  7. Students will accept responsibility for acting on new knowledge.
Requirements:
Three credits of lab science are required for graduation. These required credits will be met by taking Biology in the freshman year, Chemistry in the sophomore year and Physics in the junior year.

Note: Any junior or senior choosing to take more than 1.0 science credit during any given school year must obtain departmental approval.

Courses Available for 2022-23

List of 18 items.

  • SC Biology

    Grade 9
    Year-long Course, 1 credit

    This year-long lab-based course includes preparation for college, the study of cell structures and their functions, transport through membranes, energy and metabolism of cells, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, cellular reproduction, heredity DNA, gene expression, technology, bacteria and viruses, plants, ecology, and the theory of evolution. Instructional methods include laboratory experiments, lectures, projects and research, discussion, and an emphasis on problem-solving skills.

    Prerequisite: none
  • SC Honors Biology

    Grade 9
    Year-long course, 1 credit

    This course is designed as an intensive first year biology course in preparation for college. It will include a more comprehensive study of the concepts of biological principles than the general biology course as well as additional topics. Instructional methods include laboratory experiments, lectures, discussion, and an emphasis on problem-solving skills. Projects and research will be included.

    Prerequisite: department approval
  • SC Chemistry

    Grade 10, 11
    Year-long course, 1 credit

    This course is designed as a first year chemistry course in preparation for college. It is an introduction to the science of chemistry, its concepts and methods of theory, states and properties of matter, chemical periodicity, equation writing, the mole concept, chemical bonding, and other selected topics. The cycling of materials and the impact of human chemical activities on the environment will also be addressed. The subject matter is developed through lecture, class discussion, demonstrations, laboratory, and problem-solving experiences.

    Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology
  • SC Honors Chemistry

    Grade 10, 11
    Year-long course, 1 credit

    This course is designed as an intensive first year chemistry course in preparation for college. It will include a more comprehensive study of the concepts of chemistry principles and properties than the general chemistry course. Instructional methods include laboratory experiments, lectures, discussion and an emphasis on mathematical formulation, and problem-solving skills. The course work will include an independent project.

    Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology and departmental approval which includes a test on math skills
  • SC Physics

    Grade 11
    Year-long course, 1 credit

    This is a laboratory-based course which will cover the topics of motion, acceleration, vectors, forces, Newton’s laws, the laws of conservation of energy and momentum, and circular/rotational mechanics. Energy topics in electricity, electrical circuits, and light optics will be included. Students will investigate the properties of liquids, gases, static electricity, magnetism, sound, light, and optics. The use of LabPro interface with Logger Pro software for lab data acquisition and analysis will be emphasized. The course will also study wave properties as they apply to the phenomena of sound, light, and optics.

    Prerequisite: Chemistry or Honors Chemistry
  • SC Honors Physics

    Grade 11
    Year-long course, 1 credit

    This is a laboratory-based course which will cover the topics of motion and kinematics, vectors, forces, Newton’s laws, as well as the laws of conservation of energy and momentum, and circular/rotational mechanics. Topics in electricity, such as static electricity, current electricity, circuit analysis, and electromagnetic induction will be investigated. Wave mechanics, sound, light, and light optics will also be investigated through a lab-based, investigative approach. An independent project or research investigation will be completed. The use of LabPro interface with Logger Pro software for lab data acquisition and analysis will be emphasized.

    Prerequisite: Chemistry or Honors Chemistry (preferred), as well as concurrent enrollment in Honors Algebra II, and departmental approval, which includes a test on math skills
  • SC Environmental Science

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester course, .5 credit

    Environmental science is the study of patterns and processes in the natural world and their modification by human activity. This course examines skills necessary to address the environmental issues we are facing today by examining the scientific principles and the application of those principles to natural systems. This course will survey some of the many environmental science topics at an introductory level, ultimately considering the sustainability of human activities on the planet.

    Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology and departmental approval
  • SC Genetics

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester course, .5 credit

    This course will include an in-depth study of heredity, DNA, and gene expressions. Topics such as the Human Genome Project, genetically engineered organisms, and biotechnology will be an integral part of this course. Genetic counseling and the ethics concerning these issues will also be explored. Lab work will be included in this course. Priority will be given to seniors who register for this course.

    Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology and department approval
  • SC Human Anatomy

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester course, .5 credit

    May take Human Anatomy or ACP Human Anatomy and Physiology, but not both.

    This course is designed to increase knowledge of the human body. The students will explore the structure and function of the human body by examining different human body systems. Dissection of an animal, typically a cat, is an integral part of this course.

    Prerequisite: department approval
  • SC Independent Science Research

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester course, .5 credit

    This course is intended for students who are carrying out scientific research for an entry into the regional Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, for presentation at a research conference, or for another science program or competition. Students will be supervised by their mentor and be required to maintain a logbook of their research work. The student, with the advice of their mentor, will develop a schedule of deadlines. All projects require students to design an experiment or device that meets certain requirements; included in this is the gathering of background research to better focus the project. This course is scheduled as a zero hour; however, students generally meet once a week at a mutually agreed upon time, not necessarily during zero hour, with their mentor to discuss their process and progress.

    Prerequisite: department approval
  • SC Marine Science

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course (2023-24), .5 credit

    This course is designed to increase the student’s knowledge of the oceans and ocean life. Students will investigate topics related to the ocean such as properties of water, waves and currents, plants, animals, and ecosystems, as well as the interaction between humans and the ocean. Laboratory work and research skills will be included in this course. Priority will be given to seniors who register for this course.

    Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology and department approval
  • SC Zoology

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester course (2022-23), .5 credit

    This is a one-semester course in which students will study the various biological aspects of animal life class by class. Evolution, body systems, physiology, ecology, behavior, and reproduction will be addressed. Laboratory work will include identification and dissection of preserved specimens. Field study and research will also be an integral part of the curriculum. Priority will be given to seniors who register for this course.

    Prerequisite: department approval
  • SC ACC Forensic Science

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long course, 1 credit

    Forensic Science is a year-long course designed to enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills of solving crimes through the use of scientific techniques and inquiry. The lab-based course will include laboratory investigations in the study of physical evidence, examination of the crime scene, fiber and hair analysis, drugs, forensic toxicology, types of microscopes, forensic serology, DNA, trace evidence, fingerprints, blood splatter, entomology, anthropology, and document examination.

    Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA and departmental approval

    Registering for college credit is optional for this course.

    Students have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits for this year-long course through SLU:
    FRSC 2600 Survey of Forensic Science
  • SC ACP Human Anatomy and Physiology

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long course, 1 credit

    May take ACP Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Anatomy, but not both.

    This course is designed to present an in-depth coverage of the structures and functions of the human body. Lab dissections of a cat is an integral part of this course. Students anticipating careers in biological sciences or medical fields, as well as students interested in increasing their understanding of the human body, should find this course beneficial.

    Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA, Biology or Honors Biology, and departmental approval

    Registering for college credit is optional for this course.

    Students have the opportunity to earn 4 college credits for this year-long course through UMSL:
    BIOL 1131 Human Physiology and Anatomy
  • SC Astronomy

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long course, 1 credit

    This college credit astronomy course will utilize algebra and trigonometry to explore the fundamental concepts of astronomy. Topics will include: the celestial motions, planets and the formation of the solar system, stars and stellar evolution, galaxies, and cosmology. Advanced laboratory techniques, data analysis, and use of technology will play a critical role throughout the course.

    Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA, Chemistry or Honors Chemistry, prior or current enrollment in Algebra II, Advanced Algebra II, or Honors Algebra II, and departmental approval which includes a test on math skills

    Registering for college credit is optional for this course.

    Students have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits for this year-long course through UMSL:
    ASTRONOMY 1001 Cosmic Evolution Introduction to Astronomy
  • SC AP/ACP Biology

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long course, 1 credit

    This year-long biology course will engage the learner in the topics of molecules and cells, heredity and evolution, organisms, and populations. These three areas have been subdivided into major categories with percentage goals specified for each. The two main goals of AP/ACP Biology are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and an appreciation of science as a process. The ongoing knowledge explosion in biology makes these goals even more challenging. The course will aim to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. Laboratory work is an integral part of this course.

    Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA, Biology or Honors Biology (preferred), and departmental approval

    Taking the AP exam, Biology, is optional for this course.

    Registering for college credit is optional for this course.

    Students have the opportunity to earn 4 college credits for this year-long course through UMSL:
    BIOL 1012 General Biology (3 credits) and
    BIOL 1013 General Biology Laboratory (1 credit)
  • SC AP/ACP Chemistry

    Grade 11, 12
    Year-long course, 1 credit

    AP Chemistry is a year-long course designed for students who are interested in pursuing a STEM-related degree program, including pre-health fields and engineering. The course will review and add depth to concepts covered in chemistry, and then add new topics that are typical of two semesters of a college general chemistry course. Advanced laboratory techniques, data analysis, and use of technology will play a critical role throughout the course. Topics covered will include advanced chemical reactions, thermochemistry, electronic structure, bonding theory, intermolecular forces, equilibrium, and kinetics. This is a rigorous class that will require 5-8 hours a week of outside work, including a summer packet that will review 3 chapters of material learned in Honors Chemistry. Both the recommended Advanced Placement chemistry curriculum and UMSL’s Introduction to Chemistry curriculum are followed throughout the year. Up to five hours of college credit may be earned through UMSL’s Chem 1111 Introduction to Chemistry I. Up to ten hours of college credit may be earned on the AP test for Chemistry I and Chemistry II, depending on the student’s score.

    Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA, Honors Chemistry, current or prior enrollment in Honors Physics or AP/ACP Physics, Honors Algebra II or AP/ACC Calculus, and departmental approval which includes a test on math skills.

    Taking the AP exam, Chemistry, is optional for this course.

    Registering for college credit is optional for this course.

    Students have the opportunity to earn 5 college credits for this year-long course through UMSL:
    CHEM 111 Introduction to Chemistry I
  • SC AP/ACP Physics

    Grade 12
    Year-long course, 1 credit

    This second full year of physics is an introductory college-level course. It will utilize advanced algebra and trigonometry to deeply explore the essential concepts of physics: mechanics, force interactions, change and conservation, harmonic motion, wave phenomena, sound, and light. Advanced laboratory techniques, data analysis, and use of technology will play a critical role throughout the course.

    Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA, Honors Chemistry, Honors Physics, Honors Algebra II or AP/ACC Calculus, and departmental approval which includes a test on math skills.

    Taking the AP exam, Physics I: Algebra Based, is optional for this course.

    Registering for college credit is optional for this course.

    Students have the opportunity to earn 4 college credits for this year-long course through UMSL:
    PHYSICS 1101 Basic Physics I (3 credits)
    PHYSICS 1101L Basic Physics I Laboratory (1 credit)

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

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Departments

Science Department

List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Jen Bisch

    Mrs. Jen (Carpio) Bisch 92

    Science - Department Chair
    (314) 394-4009
  • Photo of Stephanie Carpenter

    Ms. Stephanie Carpenter 

    Science
    (314) 394-4219
  • Photo of John Gundy

    Mr. John Gundy 

    Computer Science & Engineering, Science
    (314) 394-4143
  • Photo of Rachel Kupper

    Mrs. Rachel Kupper 

    Science
    (314) 394-4047
  • Photo of Katie Lodes

    Mrs. Katie Lodes 

    Science
    (314) 394-4083
  • Photo of Rachel Steward

    Ms. Rachel Steward 

    Science
    (314) 394-4233
  • Photo of Robert Vittoe

    Mr. Robert Vittoe 

    Science
    (314) 394-4198
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