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About the Science Department

Science at TSA is like no where else. With our focus on arts integration students not only learn the key skill of logical reasoning, but also blend specific scientific knowledge with their artistic backgrounds to create projects that are out of this world!

Course Descriptions

Science 6SCIENCE INQUIRY AND APPLICATION: Scientific Investigations, Lab Tools & Safety, Organizing, Analyzing & Communicating Data

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE: Minerals, Rocks, Soils

LIFE SCIENCE: Cell Theory & Structure, Cell Processes, Reproduction in Cells & Organisms, Organization in Organisms

PHYSICAL SCIENCE: Classification & Properties of Matter, States of Matter: Energy & Properties, Energy, Object Motion

Science 7Integrated Science I – Integrating life, earth, and physical science. Topics include use of the scientific method and metric system; human and plant cell structure and function; Periodic Table, energy transformation and transfer, atmospheric and oceanic currents, Earth’s interior, the Sun-Moon-Earth system, and biomes and habitats.

Science 8This course continues Integrated Science I – Integrating life, earth, and physical science. Topics include geology, plate tectonics, Earth’s surface processes, reproduction, genetics and evolution, potential energy, and forces. Real world applications will be explored throughout the course.

Physical SciencePhysical science introduces students to key concepts and theories that provide a foundation for further study in other sciences and advanced science disciplines. Physical science comprises the systematic study of the physical world as it relates to fundamental concepts about matter, energy and motion. A unified understanding of phenomena in physical, living, Earth and space systems is the culmination of all previously learned concepts related to chemistry, physics, and Earth and space science, along with historical perspective and mathematical reasoning.

BiologyBiology presents students with the opportunity to combine new knowledge with previously learned skills and life experiences to form a deeper understanding of the living world around them. Students will engage living things at both the microscopic and macroscopic level, from the biologically important molecules that allow life to exist, to the structure/balance of an entire ecosystem. This biology course will be very hands on, with projects and activities that incorporate the arts into the subject matter. Furthermore, biology will assist students in developing their own scientific literacy , independent work ethic, as well as refine their critical thinking skills. It is the instructor’s sincere hope that throughout their study of biology students will appreciate not only the beauty of art in nature, but the essential artist in every scientist.

Prerequisite:
Successful completion of Physical Science

Honors Biology

Biology presents students with the opportunity to combine new knowledge with previously learned skills and life experiences to form a deeper understanding of the living world around them. Students will engage living things at both the microscopic and macroscopic level, from the biologically important molecules that allow life to exist, to the structure/balance of an entire ecosystem. This biology course will be very hands on, with projects and activities that incorporate the arts into the subject matter. Furthermore, biology will assist students in developing their own scientific literacy , independent work ethic, as well as refine their critical thinking skills. It is the instructor’s sincere hope that throughout their study of biology students will appreciate not only the beauty of art in nature, but the essential artist in every scientist.

Honors students will be conducting active research, have additional readings, and participating in additional projects related to each unit in Biology.

Prerequisite:
Successful completion of Physical Science.

Chemistry and Honors Chemistry

Chemistry addresses both the structure and interactions of matter both conceptually and mathematically. Students will gain hands-on experience through laboratory exploration.

Prerequisite:
Biology with grade of “C” or higher (“B”” recommended), Geometry with grade of “C” or higher (“B”” recommended), Concurrent enrollment in or previous score of “C” or higher in Algebra II.

Anatomy and Honors AnatomyAnatomy & Physiology addresses both the form and function of the human body. Students will gain hands-on experience through laboratory exploration. Dissection is a required part of this course and is NOT optional.

Prerequisite:
Successful Completion of Biology.

Earth and Environmental ScienceEarth & Environmental science will explore the major earth systems as well as the formation and future of earth in the universe. (Topics covered: Geology, Rocks, Minerals, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, River Systems, Glaciers, etc…) Other topics include; Weather & Climate, Paleontology, The environmental movement, Green Technology, Earth’s Resources, Astronomy, and more! Students will discover the interrelated nature of these systems and how each component impacts/controls the environment around us.

Prerequisite:
Successful Completion of Physical Science and Biology

Honors Earth and Environmental ScienceEarth & Environmental science will explore the major earth systems as well as the formation and future of earth in the universe. (Topics covered: Geology, Rocks, Minerals, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, River Systems, Glaciers, etc…) Other topics include; Weather & Climate, Paleontology, The environmental movement, Green Technology, Earth’s Resources, Astronomy, and more! Students will discover the interrelated nature of these systems and how each component impacts/controls the environment around us.

Students will have additional readings and projects throughout the year, each relating specifically to the material being covered at the time.

Prerequisite:
Successful Completion of Physical Science and Biology

PhysicsPhysics elaborates on the study of the key concepts of motion, forces and energy as they relate to increasingly complex systems and applications that will provide a foundation for further study in science and scientific literacy. Students engage in investigations to understand and explain motion, forces and energy in a variety of inquiry and design scenarios that incorporate scientific reasoning, analysis, communication skills and real-world applications.

Prerequisite:
Successful Completion of Physical Science and Biology

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