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Science at CMHS...

The courses described below may be used to fulfill the higher education admission requirement for 3 units of Science; at least 2 of the 3 required units (6 semesters) must have laboratory work. Courses completed beyond the 3 required units may be used to fulfill the requirement for 2 units (4 semesters) of academic electives.

Course Descriptions

301 PRE-PHYSICS/CHEM & INTRO TO SCIENCE OLYMPIAD
Prerequisite: Participation in elementary, junior high science
Olympiad, or teacher interview and Approval; concurrent
enrollment in Biology
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9
This full year course introduces students to the concepts and applications
of physical science from motion and forces to electricity and magnetism.
The student will develop an understanding of the nature of the physical
world and the relationship between matter and energy. Normal laboratory
work will be expanded to apply physical science concepts to events in the
annual Science Olympiad competition. This course is a laboratory oriented
program and is an advanced alternative to the required Pre Physics/Pre
Chemistry sequence.

321 PRE-PHYSICS
Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra concurrent or completed
Credit: 1
Course Length: Semester
Grade: 9, 10
In this course the student will study everything from simple machines to
simple circuits. The student will develop an understanding of the nature of
the physical world and the relationship between matter and energy. This
course is a laboratory oriented program and is required, if not completed in
Junior High.

322 PRE-CHEMISTRY
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1
Course Length: Semester
Grade: 9, 10
This course works to develop an atomic model of matter. Through experi-
mentation, large quantities of matter are studied, progressing down to the
smallest of units, the atom. This course is a laboratory oriented program
and is required, if not completed in Junior High.


BIOLOGY COURSES
Students must choose one of the following Biology courses:

323 BIOLOGY  - ANIMAL
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10
Emphasis in this course is on animal physiology, including body/organ
systems, adaptations, and the resulting diversity in animal types.

324 BIOLOGY - ECOLOGY
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10
Emphasis in this course is on ecological issues including biomes and the
life forms of those biomes, man’s effects on ecological systems, and how
adaptations allow organisms to survive in their particular niche.

 

330 CHEMISTRY
Prerequisite: C or better in Algebra II
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
Chemistry deals with basic atomic theory, chemical laws, structure of mat-
ter, and energy. Students perform experiments, solve problems to illustrate
their topics, and perfect laboratory techniques.

332 GENERAL PHYSICS
Prerequisite: C or better in Algebra II
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
This course is designed for students who desire to learn more about the
physical world in which they live. Topics include the study of motion (one
and two dimensions), circular motion, collisions, conservation of energy,
waves (sounds and light), electricity and magnetism, and a brief introduc-
tion to modern physics (relativity, nuclear physics and particle physics).
NOTE:  Calculus students should see AP Physics option.

326 FIELD GEOLOGY
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1
Course Length: Fall
Grade: 11, 12
This course involves a thorough study of the scientific concepts of physical
geology. Students will learn the basic rock forming minerals, rock types,
and environments in which they formed. The course emphasis is on the
application of the theory of plate tectonics to explain both physical geology
and the formation of the geology of the Colorado Springs area. The student
is expected to participate in numerous local field trips.

328 ASTRONOMY
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1
Course Length: Spring
Grade: 11, 12
This course emphasizes the history of astronomical discoveries, the earth-
moon system, the planetary geology of our solar system, and the life cycles
of stars. Other topics will involve planetary exploration, theories on origins
of the universe, and the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. The student
is expected to participate in numerous night sessions or astronomical
viewing.

343 PRE-MED HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
Prerequisite: B or better in Biology
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
For those students who wish to pursue an advanced medical career this
course provides an in-depth analysis of the systems which comprise
the human body. First semester will include the skin and integumentary
system, medical terminology, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems and
nutrition. Second semester will include digestive, respiratory, endocrine,
special senses, and lymphatic systems. Labs will be conducted and include
dissection and analysis of various animals.

303 SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAM
Prerequisite: Must apply (in spring) and complete interview process
with Science Olympiad coach, David Williams
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
This full year course is centered around preparations for the Science
Olympiad competition at the Regional, State, and National levels. Students
will be engaged in group design and construction, and individual study
and research. Enrollment in the class implies participation in the Science
Olympiad programs and competitions.
NOTE:  This course is an elective only.  It shall not count as an academic
elective or as a science unit.

344 SPORTS MEDICINE
Prerequisite: Biology concurrent or completed with a C or better
Credit: 1
Course Length: Fall
Grade: 10, 11, 12
The Sports Medicine course provides an analysis of many injuries which
occur to the human body during athletic participation. For each body
part, knowledge will include prevention, treatment, and evaluation of
each injury occurring at that particular body part. In addition, nutrition,
concussion, wound care and disease, and many other injuries and illnesses
which occur during athletic participation will also be taught. This course is
a great initial course for many students who may have a desire to become a
Physical Therapist, Nurse, Physician, EMT, or Athletic Trainer. This course
is a prerequisite for students taking the Advanced Sports Medicine/Athletic
Training class and will also be required for students wanting to work with
CMHS athletic teams.

346 ADVANCED SPORTS MEDICINE/ATHLETIC TRAINING
Prerequisite: Sports Medicine concurrent or completed with a C or
better; complete application process (in March); involve-
ment in no more than one CMHS athletic team
Credit: 1
Course Length: Spring
Grade: 10, 11, 12
This course is designed for those students who know they wish to pursue
a career in a medical field. Particular areas of knowledge include: surgical
techniques, evaluation and recognition of athletic injuries, rehabilita-
tion therapeutic modalities, advanced wound care, splinting and taping
application, and conditioning and cardiovascular program design and
implementation. Once accepted, students will apply the medical knowledge
gained while treating CMHS athletes. Each student will be assigned to a
sport and will prevent, treat, and evaluate injuries occurring during that
sport. Essentially, this is a work-study type course and does require a
time commitment outside of the school day. Acceptance is by application
process only, each March. Once accepted, students are highly encouraged
to continue in the sports medicine program until graduation. For an ap-
plication or more information see the instructor.                     
NOTE:  This course is an elective only.  It shall not count as a science unit.

AP SCIENCE
These courses are all developed from the guidelines of the College Board Advanced Placement Curriculum. They are rigorous college courses involving extensive work both in and outside the classroom. Preparation for successful completion of the AP exams is emphasized.

338 AP BIOLOGY
Prerequisite: B or better in Chemistry and recommendation of
Chemistry faculty
Credit: 2 AP
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12

340 AP CHEMISTRY
Prerequisite: B or better in Chemistry and recommendation of
Chemistry faculty
Credit: 2 AP
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
Students will be required to do extensive lab work, including some night
lab sessions.

339 AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Prerequisite: B or better in Chemistry
Credit: 2 AP
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
This course will provide students with the scientific principles, concepts,
and methodologies required to understand the inter relationships of the
natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural
and human made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these
problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing
them. This course will involve field work and field trips.

342 AP PHYSICS
Prerequisite: Currently enrolled in or completion of Calculus A/B,
Calculus B/C, or Applied Calculus
Credit: 2 AP
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
This course will cover all of the concepts of the general physics course.  
However, it is calculus based. The first semester will focus on mechanics,
while the second semester is devoted to electricity and magnetism.                         
NOTE:  This course may be taken in lieu of General Physics, or as a
second year of physics.