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Science 2019-20

3 Credits Required for Graduation
3 Credits Required for College Admission (2-3 Lab Science Credits)

Physical Science - PHSCI

1 credit - available to grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This is a required two-semester course  recommended for all freshmen.  Fundamental concepts in chemistry and physics will be developed through class discussion and laboratory experiences. Students will be introduced to laboratory procedures and equipment, laboratory report writing, introductory data analysis, and computer aided data collection. This course is intended to prepare students for future science classes.

Prerequisite: None

Required: Yes


Biology - BIO

1 credit - available to grades 10, 11, 12

This class studies selected biological areas to prepare students for life and future study in this field. Topics include the cell, genetics, botany, several animal phyla and the human body.

Prerequisite: None

Required: Yes


Geology - GEOLOG

0.5 credit - available to grades 11, 12

This course studies mapping, minerals and rocks, glaciers, and interactions related to plate techtonics. The global flood and a young earth, as described in Genesis, are primary perspectives in the study of these topics.

Recommendation: This class is less difficult than Chemistry or Physics. It should not be used as an alternative to Chemistry or Physics for the college bound student who is capable of average or above average performance in science. It can be taken in addition to Chemistry or Physics.

Caution: This course may not satisfy the lab science requirements of some colleges.

Required: No

Offered in alternate years


Environmental Issues - ENVIRO

0.5 credit - available to grades 11, 12

This course studies our natural resources, pollution, rivers and ground water, and soil. Christian stewardship is a primary perspective in the study of these topics.

Recommendation: This class is less difficult than Chemistry or Physics. It should not be used as an alternative to Chemistry or Physics for the college bound student who is capable of average or above average performance in science. It can be taken in addition to Chemistry or Physics.

Caution: This course may not satisfy the lab science requirements of some colleges.

Required: No

Offered in alternate years


Astronomy - ASTRON

0.5 credit - available to grades 11, 12

This course studies Earth's orbit and interaction with our moon, our sun, the planets of our solar system, stars, and galaxies. There will be several evening observation sessions. The creation account and a young earth are primary perspectives in the study of these topics.

Recommendation: This class is less difficult than Chemistry or Physics. It should not be used as an alternative to Chemistry or Physics for the college bound student who is capable of average or above average performance in science. It can be taken in addition to Chemistry or Physics.

Caution: This course may not satisfy the lab science requirements of some colleges.

Required: No

Offered in alternate years


Meterology - METEOR

0.5 - available to grades 11, 12

This course studies weather and climate patterns including weather station measurements, fronts, cell development, and severe weather.

Recommendation: This class is less difficult than Chemistry or Physics. It should not be used as an alternative to Chemistry or Physics for the college bound student who is capable of average or above average performance in science. It can be taken in addition to Chemistry or Physics.

Caution: This course may not satisfy the lab science requirements of some colleges.

Required: No

Offered in alternate years


Chemistry - CHEM

1 credit - available to grades 11, 12

Chemistry is the study of the principles that govern the behavior of matter. Critical thinking, scientific reasoning and laboratory investigations are used to understand the common daily applications of chemistry.

Prerequisite: C or better in Physical Science and Biology or teacher approval

Recommendation: College bound

Required: No


Physics - PHYS

1 credit - available to grades 11, 12

This class consists of a study of most physics topics (force, motion, energy, light, electricity, heat, sound, magnetism) with an emphasis on the concept, using laboratory work, activities, and demonstrations.

Prerequisite: C or better in Physical Science and Biology or teacher approval

Recommendation: College bound

Required: No


College Biology

1 Credit- available to grades 9-12

College Biology is an introductory biology course for the highly motivated student that will expose the students to several fields of biology.  These fields are ecology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, evolution, physiology, and oncology.  The course will be taught with a focus on the role of DNA and the central dogma of biology, as well as biological interactions, everyday life application, and will have an emphasis on the characteristics shared by all living organisms.  The class covers the same material as many first semester college biology courses, with additional topics included.  Students are able to take College Biology as their first biology course, or as a second year of biology upon completion of Biology.  This course will be eligible for college credit.

This course could replace taking Biology as a graduation requirement.

Prerequisite: For grades 11-12, B or higher grade in all previous math and science courses, or instructor’s consent.  Additionally, an Application for Course Admission must be submitted to the student’s guidance counselor.

For grades 9 and 10, an Underclassman Application for Course Admission must be submitted and approved by the instructor.

Recommendation: College bound

Required: No

 Fee: There is an additional charge for the college credits.  The college credit is received through the CAPP program at UW Oshkosh.  Please check here to find the fee range (look under Admissions/Tuition under the headline of FVL College Credit Classes, or con

 Grade Levels: Open to 9-12 – see prerequisites for more details on this.


College Chemistry - CCHEM

1 credit - available to grades 11, 12

College Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it undergoes, with a focus on laboratory work and problem solving for the highly motivated student. The class covers the same material as the first two semesters of a traditional college general chemistry course. Students are able to take College Chemistry as their first year of chemistry class, or as a second year of chemistry upon completion of Chemistry. This course will be eligible for college credit.

Prerequisite: Completed Algebra 2/Trig and Application for Course Admission

Recommendation: College bound

Required: No

Fee: There is an additional charge for the college credits. The college credit is received through the CAPP program at UW Oshkosh. Please check here to find the fee range (look under Admissions/Tuition under the headline of FVL College Credit Classes, or contact a Guidance Counselor or the class instructor for the exact cost.


College Physics - CPHYS

1 credit - available to grades 11, 12

A study of traditional topics from force and motion to nuclear energy with an emphasis on laboratory work and problem-solving. May NOT be taken if credit in Physics has been earned. Being a single-section course, students must meet prerequisites for admission provided below (satisfaction of prerequisites does not guarantee admission into the course).

Completion of this course prepares students for the AP Physics exam

Prerequisite: B+ or better grade in all previous math courses which must include Algebra2/Trig, Physical Science, Biology, and an Application for Course Admission must be submitted to the student's counselor

Recommendation: College bound

Required: No

Note: College bound students are required to earn 3 science credits, two of which must be what colleges consider "lab sciences" (Biology/College Biology or Chemistry /College Chemistry or Physics/Honors Physics. See your counselor for more information.


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