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Science CoursesGrades 8-12 2019-20208th Grade ScienceBiology HChemistry HPhysics HELECTIVES8th Grade ScienceBiology AChemistry APhysics AEnvironmental Science AChemistryPhysicsGRADE 10GRADE 11GRADE 8GRADE 9SEMESTER ELECTIVESFULL YEAR ELECTIVESAstronomyMeteorologyAP PhysicsAP Environmental ScienceMarine BiologyMolecular Biology LabTechniquesAP ChemistryAnatomy & Physiology HScience, Engineering andPublic PolicyExperimental Design &AnalysisAP BiologyResearch & Sem in BioScience HGRADE 12QUARTERELECTIVESForensic ScienceHuman Biology104

Science Course GuideThe recommended science course sequence is: Biology (9th Grade)Chemistry (10th Grade)Physics (11th Grade)Electives (12th Grade)All students are required to successfully complete a minimum of three years of a lab science course to meetNJ graduation requirements. All student must take a biology course. Students will continue their scienceeducation with courses in chemistry, physics, environmental science, or Earth and space science. Coursesmeeting these graduation requirements are denoted in the course listings (with NJ). Students will take acomprehensive state assessment in the spring of their junior year. More than ninety percent of EastBrunswick students take a fourth year of science.The Science Department offers a sequence of courses at the Academic and Honors levels, as well asenrichment electives and AP courses. The courses are designed to provide meaningful, viable choices at eachgrade level for all interest and skill levels. Student career goals play a major part in the development ofthe science curriculum. The goal of academic courses is to provide a strong foundation for students so theycan be successful in any of the entry-level science courses chosen in college. The Honors sequence enablesstudents to take achievement tests, such as the SAT subject tests. The enrichment electives make studentsaware of the applications of science. Several courses, as noted in the course listings, can be taken for collegecredit from Middlesex County College.*A waiver form, signed by the Science Supervisor or Science Department Chairperson must be used for anyvariations from the prerequisites stated in this guide for grade 9-12 courses, including taking courses insummer school for advancement and taking two full-year science courses concurrently. Serious considerationshould be made when submitting waiver requests due to the commitment that is necessary when taking anacademically demanding schedule. Waiver forms are provided by your School Counselor and are due onor before April 12, 2019 in order to be accepted for the following school year.Science courses are offered in the following formats:a.8th grade science courses meet for five (5) single periods during a five (5) day cyclefor a full year for 5 credits.b.Honors & AP: Grade 9-12 full-year courses meet for seven (7) periods during a five (5)day cycle (three (3) single periods and two (2) double lab periods) for 7 credits.c.Academic: Grade 9-12 full-year courses meet for six (6) periods during a five (5)day cycle (four (4) single periods and one (1) double lab period) for 6 credits.d.Semester Electives: Grade 10-12 semester courses meet for five (5) single periodsduring a five (5) day cycle for 2.5 credits.e.Quarter Electives: Grade 10-12 quarter courses meet for five (5) single periodsduring a five (5) day cycle for 1.25 credits.105

f.Research Seminar (Waksman): Grade 11-12 full-year course that meets for three (3)single periods in a five (5) day cycle for 3 credits.g.Hybrid Elective: Grade 10-12 quarter course combines face-to-face meetings withindependent online work for 1.25 credits.Refer to the East Brunswick Public Schools Science Curriculum website for more information.Science Honors Placement MatrixScience 7 to Science 8HonorsStudents must meet allcriteria of the matrix. Thisincludes:1.2.3.92 or higher in 7thgrade science93 average of 2ndsemester commonassessmentsLevel 5 PARCC Mathor one of thefollowing:a. Level 4 PARCCmath with an 88or higher inAlgebra Ib. Level 4 PARCCMath with a 95 orhigher inPreAlgebraScience 8 to BiologyHonorsStudents must score a 5 orhigher to be placed intoBiology HonorsBiology Academic toChemistry HonorsStudents in Academic Biologymust score a 4 or higher toplaced into Chemistry Honors1. Final grade in 8th gradescience:Final grade Sci 8th H83 - 85 1 pt86 - 91 2 pts92 - 100 3 pts1. Final grade in Biology A92 - 93 1 pt94 - 96 2 pts97 - 100 3 ptsFinal grade Sci 8thA92 - 93 1 pt94 - 96 2 pts97 - 100 3 pts2. Average of 8th GradeScience quarterly exams:85 - 89 1 pt90 - 95 2 pts96 - 100 3 pts3. 8th grade math level:Algebra 1 0 ptsAlgebra 1 Honors 1 ptGeo with Trig Honors 2 pts4. 8th grade math final grade:Algebra 196 - 100 1 ptsAlgebra 1 Honors:83-91 1 pt92 - 100 2 pts2. Average of midterm andfinal exam in Biology A85 - 89 1 pt90 - 95 2 pts96 - 100 3 pts3. 9th grade math levelGeo with Trig 0 ptsGeo with Trig Honors 0 ptsAlgebra 2 Honors 1 pt4. 9th grade math final gradeGeo with Trig96-100 1 ptGeo with Trig Honors83 - 91 1 pt92 - 100 2 2ptsAlgebra 2 Honors83 - 89 1 pt90 - 100 2 ptsChemistry Academic toPhysics HonorsStudents in AcademicChemistry must score a 5 orhigher to placed into PhysicsHonors1. Final grade in Chemistry A92 - 93 1 pt94 - 96 2 pts97 - 100 3 pts2. Average of midterm andfinal exam in Chemistry A85 - 89 1 pt90 - 95 2 pts96 - 100 3 pts3. Previous grade math levelAlgebra 2 0 ptsAlgebra 2 Honors 1Pre-Calculus Honors 2pts4. Previous grade math finalgradeAlgebra 296-100 1 ptAlgebra 2 Honors83 - 91 1 pt92 - 100 2 2ptsPre-Calculus Honors83 - 89 1 pt90 - 100 2 ptsGeo with Trig Honors:83 - 89 1 pt90 - 100 2 ptsBiology H to Chemistry HB or higher in Biology HANDB or better in honors-level math courses OR A or better inAcademic-level math courses from Algebra I to presentChemistry H to Physics HB or higher in Chemistry HANDB or better in honors-level math courses OR A or better inAcademic-level math courses from Algebra I to present106

Science AP PrerequisiteAP ChemistryAP BiologyAP Environmental ScienceAP PhysicsB or higher Chemistry HORA or higher in Chemistry AANDB or better in Honor-levelsmath courses OR A or betterin Academic-level mathcourses from Precalculus topresentB- or higher Biology HORA- or higher in Biology AANDC or higher Chemistry HORB or higher Chemistry AC or higher Biology HORB or higher in Biology AANDC or higher Chemistry HORB or higher Chemistry AB or higher Physics HORA or higher in Physics ACO-REQUISITE: AP Calculus orhigherCO-REQUISITE: Physics H orPhysics AScience Academic Course PrerequisiteChemistry A (1114)Physics A (1127)C - or higher Bio H or Bio AANDC or higher Algebra 1 and all succeeding math coursesC or higher Chem H or Chem AANDC or higher Algebra 2 and all succeeding math coursesScience Elective PrerequisiteCourseAnatomy and Physiology HonorsHuman BiologyResearch & Seminars in Biological ScienceHonorsEnvironmental ScienceForensic ScienceAstronomyPrerequisiteC or higher Bio H OR B or higher Bio A ANDC or higher Chem H OR B or higher in Chem ABio H or Bio A AND Chem H or Chem ABio H or Bio A AND Molecular Biology Lab TechniquesBio H or Bio ABio H or Bio A AND Chem H or Chem ANONEMarine BiologyBio H or Bio AMolecular Biology Lab TechniquesBio H or Bio AContemporary IssuesNONE107

Churchill Junior High School CoursesGrade 82106 - Science 8 AGrade 85-5Science 8 Academic is a full-year course designed to provide students with a basic understanding of chemistry, geology,astronomy and meteorology. Students participate in small-group, cooperative learning activities, as well as large-groupdiscussions. This course frequently uses an inquiry approach where students generate questions and revise their thinkingas their understandings of scientific concepts are refined. Laboratory skills, data analysis, practical application, and criticalthinking using the scientific process are emphasized throughout the course, as well as writing scientific arguments usingthe claims, evidence, reasoning paradigm.2108 - Science 8 HGrade 8Prerequisites: Prerequisites will determine placement into the correct course.5-5Science 8 Honors is a full-year course designed to initiate the serious science student's explorations into chemistry, geology,astronomy and meteorology. The course frequently uses an inquiry approach where students are constructing theirknowledge of basic scientific concepts through small-group, cooperative learning activities and laboratory experiences.Laboratory skills, data analysis, practical application, and critical thinking using the scientific process are emphasizedthroughout the course, as well as writing scientific arguments using the claims, evidence, reasoning paradigm. Thiscourse differs from Academic8th Grade Science by an accelerated pace and increased depth and breadth of content.Grade 92110 - Biology ANJGrade 96-6Academic Biology introduces students to broad aspects of the biological sciences including the structure and function ofmatter and organisms, inheritance and variation of traits in living things, organisms and their interdependentrelationships including the effects of humans on the environment, natural selection and e v o l u t i o n . Studentsexperience a variety of learning strategies, including cooperative group interaction, discussion, demonstration andlaboratory experimentation. In all of these activities students incorporate content into their critical thinking.Meets NCAA Core Course Requirements*2111 - Biology H NJPrerequisites: Prerequisites will determine placement into the correct course.7-7Honors Biology, which provides a rigorous, intensive study of Biology, is designed for students who have done exemplarywork in the previous year’s science class. This course is geared to those students who have strong science skills, highmotivation, and who have exhibited the ability to analyze data critically and arrive at meaningful conclusions. Topics ofstudy include the structure and function of matter and organisms, inheritance and variation of traits in living things,organisms and their interdependent relationships including the effects of humans on the environment, natural selectionand evolution. The students continuously engage in critical-thinking activities, analysis of data, and the writtenpresentation of logical conclusions during the extensive laboratory activities.Meets NCAA Core Course Requirements*East Brunswick High School CoursesCollege-Preparatory Sequence1107 - Biology ANJ6-6Academic Biology introduces students to broad aspects of the biological sciences including the structure and function ofmatter and organisms, inheritance and variation of traits in living things, organisms and their interdependentrelationships including the effects of humans on the environment, natural selection and evolution. Students experiencea variety of learning strategies, including cooperative group interaction, discussion, demonstration and laboratory108

experimentation. In all of these activities students incorporate content into their critical thinking. Students are requiredto take the NJ Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) that is administered in the May of the year they take the course.Meets NCAA Core Course Requirements*1113 - Chemistry NJPrerequisite: Prerequisites will determine placement into the correct course.6-6Chemistry focuses on a qualitative understanding of introductory chemistry concepts. This conceptual chemistry courseis designed for students who are still developing their mathematical skills and applying those skills to science content.Topics include atomic theory, radiation, periodic table, bonding, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, acids and bases,and nuclear chemistry. This course emphasizes the application of chemistry to authentic scenarios, so students appreciatethe important role that chemistry plays in their lives. Critical thinking, data analysis, group projects and cooperativelearning activities are included in this course, along with laboratory activities that enhance the understanding ofchemistry concepts.Meets NCAA Core Course Requirements*1114 - Chemistry A NJPrerequisites: Prerequisites will determine placement into the correct course.6-6Academic Chemistry is designed for students who have exhibited past success in mathematics and science and maycontinue their study of science in college. This course provides a comprehensive study of the basic concepts ofchemistry, which will enhance the student's success in a college chemistry course. Topics include both qualitativeand quantitative concepts, such as atomic theory, periodic table trends, bonding, chemical reactions, thermochemistry,kinetic theory of gases, mole theory and stoichiometry, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry. Numerous laboratorysessions are provided to enhance understanding of chemistry concepts and theory. Critical analysis of data and problemsolving are the major thrusts of this course.Meets NCAA Core Course Requirements*1128 - Physics NJPrerequisites: Prerequisites will determine placement into the correct course.6-6This course centers on the conceptual study of physics. Topics include motion, forces, work and energy, momentum,electricity, magnetism, sound, waves, and light. Students will collect data and analyze it qualitatively and graphically toarrive at scientific conclusions. This program includes presentations, projects, small-group work, laboratoryinvestigations, and problem-based and inquiry approaches. Many different learning strategies are employed to assiststudents of all abilities in developing group skills and scientific knowledge that will prepare them for continued study inthe sciences. Students taking Pre-Calculus or Pre-Calculus H should schedule Physics A.Meets NCAA Core Course Requirements*1127 - Physics A NJPrerequisites: Prerequisites will determine placement into the correct course.6-6Academic Physics provides a comprehensive study of the basic concepts of Physics. Topics include kinematics, dynamics,momentum, work and energy, electrostatics, circuits, magnetism, wave behavior, s o u n d , a n d light. Numerouslaboratory experiences enhance student understanding of the basic physical concepts which govern the physicaluniverse. All topics involve applying math skills to critical-thinking and problem-solving activities in science, such as thegraphical analysis of motion and vector analysis in force problems.Meets NCAA Core Course Requirements*109

Honors/Advanced Placement Sequence1112 - AP BiologyPrerequisites: Prerequisites will determine placement into the correct course.7-7[Fall] MCC Course: BIO-123 General Biology I [4 credits][Spring] MCC Course: BIO-124 General Biology II [4 credits]This EBHS course provides the opportunity for students to earn up to [8] college creditsAP Biology is a fast-paced course that requires responsible and committed students to spend extensive time andeffort in study. Some topics necessitate independent study. In this college-level course, which is designed to preparestudents for the AP exam, a college textbook is used and the College Board AP Biology syllabus is followed for topics andlaboratories. Areas of study include biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, energetics, genetics and evolution,principles of taxonomy, plant and animal physiology, and ecology. Non-syllabus labs enrich the analytical approach usedin this course. See College Pathways Dual Enrollment Program for information about earning MCC credits.Meets NCAA Core Course Requirements*1143 - Anatomy and Physiology H*Prerequisites: Prerequisites will determine placement into the correct course.7-7[Fall] MCC Course: BIO-111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I [4 credits][Spring] MCC Course: BIO-112 Human Anatomy and Physiology II [4 credits]This EBHS course provides the opportunity for students to earn up to [8] college creditsAnatomy and Physiology is designed to introduce students to the structure and function of the humanbody. The scope of the course includes topics such as animal cell structure and biochemistry, tissue organization andfunction, and mammalian organs and organ systems as they relate to human biology. Extensive laboratory work, includinga major mammalian dissection, is required. The course provides a strong background for students entering careers suchas nursing, medical technology, and sports medicine. See College Pathways Dual Enrollment Program for informationabout earning MCC credits.Meets NCAA Core Course Requirements*Course Guide [.pdf]1121 - Chemistry H NJPrerequisite: Prerequisites will determine placement into the correct course.7-7[Fall] MCC Course: CHM-121/125 – General Chemistry I with Lab [4 credits][Spring] MCC Course: CHM-122/126 General Chemistry II with Lab [4 credits]This EBHS course provides the opportunity for students to earn up to [8] college creditsHonors Chemistry is a quantitative approach to the study of the basic concepts of chemistry. The topics of study includeatomic theory, periodic table trends, bonding, chemical reactions, mole theory, stoichiometry, gases, solutions,thermochemistry, kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, acids and bases, and electrochemistry. The major emphasis ofHonors Chemistry is on critical thinking and reasoning based on data gathered in laboratory experiences. Problem-solvingactivities are an integral part of the course. See College Pathways Dual Enrollment Program for information about earningMCC credits.Meets NCAA Core Course Requirements*1126 - AP ChemistryPrerequisites: Prerequisites will determine placement into the correct course.7-7AP Chemistry is designed for second-year chemistry students who have high motivation and plan to enter a sciencerelated career. The course provides a rigorous quantitative approach to advanced topics of chemistry in preparation forthe Advanced Placement exam in chemistry. The course begins with a review of basic concepts, then progresses tokinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, and radioactivity. Numerous laboratory110

experiences are included in the course. Students who have previously taken Academic Chemistry will have extensivework to complete before starting this course to learn topics not included in their entry-level chemistry course.Meets NCAA Core Course Requirements*1134 - Physics H NJPrerequisites: Prerequisites will determine placement into the correct course.7-7[Fall] MCC Course: PHY-123/125 – General Physics I with Lab [4 credits][Spring] MCC Course: PHY-124/126 General Physics II with Lab [4 credits]This EBHS course provides the opportunity for students to earn up to [8] college creditsHonors Physics provides a rigorous mathematical study of physics, including topics such as translational and curvilinearmotion, mechanics, momentum, simple harmonic motion, torque, energy, gravitation, electrostatics, circuits, magnetism,wave behavior, light and sound. Mathematical and graphical methods of vector analysis are used to describe and analyzethe dynamics of physical phenomena. Students perform mathematical and computer analysis of data during thenumerous laboratory activities. The concepts are studied theoretically and in the laboratory to reinforce studentunderstanding. Students will use critical- analysis and problem-solving skills extensively. See College Pathways DualEnrollment Program for information about earning MCC credits.Meets NCAA Core Course Requirements*1141 - AP PhysicsPrerequisite: Prerequisites will determine placement into the correct course.7-7AP Physics is a course for highly motivated science students who are considering a science-related career. This course is aCalculus-based, mathematically rigorous study of physics designed to prepare the student for the AP Physics Cexaminations in both mechanics and electricity and magnetism. Students gain expertise in the mathematical analysis ofphysical phenomena that is not possible in a first-

Science Course Guide The recommended science course sequence is: • Biology (9th Grade) • Chemistry (10th Grade) • Physics (11th Grade) • Electives (12th Grade) All students are required to successfully complete a minimum of three years of a lab science course to meet NJ graduation requirements. All student must take a biology course.