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 SJA consistently use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, probe ware, and data 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 investigation is part of several classes from freshman through senior year.  Courses for juniors and seniors that are particularly oriented toward current STEM initiatives include the following:  Engineering Design Applications, ACC Forensics, ACC/AP Physics, Honors Anatomy and Physiology, AP Biology, Zoology, Marine Sciences, Geology, Genetics, and Chemistry.

Objectives:
  1. To observe and study the physical and biological aspects of the environment.
  2. To search for relationships among the observations.
  3. To develop curiosity about why these relationships exist.
  4. To apply acquired facts and concepts to new situations.
  5. To communicate new knowledge clearly and precisely.
  6. To develop an appreciation and respect for the surrounding world.
  7. To accept responsibility for acting on new knowledge.
Requirements:
Three units of lab science are required for graduation. These required units 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 2018-19

List of 18 items.

  • SC 505 Biology

    (1 credit, freshmen, sophomores)
    This year-long lab-based course includes 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 and technology, bacteria and viruses, plants, ecology and the theory of evolution. Laboratory investigation, projects and research will be included.
  • SC 510 Honors Biology

    (1 credit, freshmen, sophomores)
    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 520 Chemistry

    (1 credit, sophomores, juniors)
    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.
  • SC 530 Honors Chemistry

    (1 credit, sophomores, juniors)
    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.
    (Prerequisites: SC 505 or SC 510 and department approval)
  • SC 534 Physics **NEW** (offered 2019-20)

    (1 credit, juniors or seniors, elective)
    This is a laboratory-based course which will cover the topics of motion, acceleration, vectors, forces, and Newton’s laws. The conservation laws of energy and momentum, and circular/rotational mechanics. Energy topics in electricity, electrical circuits, and light optics will be included. And will investigate the properties of liquids, and 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.
    (Prerequisites: department approval)
  • SC 535 Honors Physics **NEW** (offered 2019-20)

  • SC 540 AP/ACC Physics

    (1 credit, seniors, elective)
    This college credit physics course will utilize algebra and trigonometry to explore the fundamental concepts of physics. Topics will include: mechanics, static and dynamic fluid properties, sound, light, electricity, magnetism and thermodynamics. Laboratory investigations will provide students with additional opportunities to explore these topics through the use of Lab Pro interfaces with Logger Pro software.
    (Prerequisites: department approval)
  • SC 545 Human Anatomy

    (.5 credit, juniors or seniors, elective)
    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, possibly a cat, is an integral part of this course. Students cannot take both SC545 and SC550.
    (Prerequisite: successful completion of SC 505 or SC 510 and department approval)
  • SC 546 Zoology

    (.5 credit, juniors or seniors, elective)
    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.
    (Prerequisites: department approval as a junior)
  • SC 547 Genetics

    (.5 credit, juniors or seniors, elective)
    This course will include an in-depth study of heredity, DNA and gene expressions. Topics such as the Human Genome Project, genetically engineered crops 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.
    (Prerequisites: department approval as a junior)
  • SC 549 Geology

    (.5 credit, juniors or seniors, elective)
    Geology is one of the core disciplines in science. This is a one semester course in which students will study the history, materials, structure, and surface features of the Earth. These topics will be explored under the framework of the processes that constantly transform the Earth and influence management of Earth’s resources and the exposure to geologic hazards. Laboratory work will include the identification of rocks, minerals, and geologic structures. Priority will be given to seniors who register for this course.
    (Prerequisite: departmental approval)
  • SC 550 ACP Human Anatomy and Physiology

    (1 credit, seniors, elective)
    This course is designed to present an in-depth coverage of the structures and functions of the human body. Lab dissections of a cat are 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. Students cannot take both SC545 and SC550.
    (Prerequisite: department approval)
  • SC 563 Marine Sciences (offered 2019-2020)

    (.5 credit, juniors or seniors, elective)
    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, 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.
    (Prerequisites: department approval as a junior)
  • SC 565 ACC Forensic Science

    (1 credit, juniors or seniors, elective)
    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, the microscope, forensic serology, DNA, trace evidence, fingerprints, blood splatter, entomology, anthropology and document examination.
    (Prerequisites: departmental approval for juniors)
  • SC 566/MT 366 Engineering and Design Applications

    (.5 credit in math, .5 credit in science, seniors, elective)
    This course is a project-based laboratory course. An understanding of math and science as applied to real systems will be developed. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills will be emphasized in a STEM approach using an engineering design model through individual and group projects. Projects will include the application of algebra trigonometry, and numerical analysis as related to topics in biology, chemistry, and physics. Engineering graphics and design software will be used when applicable.
    (Prerequisites: successful completion of SC 520, or 530 AND MT 311, or 320, or 330) May be taken for MT/SC credit or CSE elective credit but not both.)
  • SC 567 AP/ACP Biology

    (1 credit, seniors, elective)
    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 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: departmental approval)
  • SC 568 Engineering Methods

    (.5 credit, sophomores, juniors, seniors, elective)
    In this course students will investigate engineering design and analysis software, 3D modeling, and robotics to prepare them for potential future study in engineering. Programs that will be introduced can include SketchUp Make, AutoCAD, Solidworks, SciLab (or MatLab), and programming languages such as Android Studio or App Inventor. Students will use these programs to plan, model, and enact solutions to engineering design problems. These problems and projects can be both hypothetical and /or in a service-based format. (Prerequisites: successful completion of MT 310 or 315) May satisfy a SC elective or CSE elective credit but not both.)
  • SC 570/571/572 Independent Science Research

    (.5 credit, sophomores, juniors or seniors, elective)
    This course is designed for students who wish to participate in St. Louis Science Fair and other area science programs to have time to work on their projects. Students will be supervised by a science faculty sponsor and be required to maintain a logbook. Also, students must comply with 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 will be taken during the first semester.
    (Prerequisite: departmental approval)

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