Science

Standards and Assessments 
Integrated STEM education intentionally links the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Science (2009) and the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Mathematics (2007),as well as standards for Literacy in Science and Technical subjects included in the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in English Language Arts (2010). 

 

High School Science Standards and Benchmarks

 

 

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Physical Science with Earth science is a lab-based course that investigates the concepts of matter, motion, energy and human interactions with physical and Earth systems. Topics include: atoms and the periodic table, chemical reactions, material chemistry, forces of the Earth, energy, waves, magnetism, electricity, energy use and human impact on the environment.

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The topics addressed in Honors and General Physical Science with Earth Science are similar, however, the approach to and the depth in which the content is addressed varies. In honors, students will take a more quantitative approach to the standards, applying mathematical analysis to the understanding of quantum mechanics and electromagnetism. Additionally, students are expected to have a strong understanding of scientific methodology and will be expected to successfully conduct full inquiry investigations that are multidisciplinary in nature.

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The International Baccalaureate Biology course is a two-year class taken in the junior and senior year as a Standard Level (SL) or as a Higher Level (HL) course. IB Biology 1 is the first of the two years. It is designed to expand on the basic knowledge of biology and prepare the student for further study of pure and applied sciences in higher education. The IB course is designed to help the student develop the ability to critically analyze scientific literature and to develop manipulative and experimental skills necessary to perform college level scientific investigations. Topics include cellular biology, ecology, biochemistry, genetics and genetic engineering, evolution, and human health and physiology. An IB exam is taken at the end of IB biology 2. Students designate which exam they plan to take, SL or HL. Students will be prepared for both. The IB International Assessment for this course includes formal lab reports and participation in the IB Group 4 Project. Plan for extensive outside class reading and study. Summer assignments may be required.

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The International Baccalaureate Biology course is a two-year class taken in the junior and senior year as a Standard Level (SL) or as a Higher Level (HL) course. IB Biology 2 is the second of the two years. It is designed to expand on the topics studied in IB Biology 1 and continue to prepare the student for further study of pure and applied sciences in higher education. The IB course is designed to help the student to develop the ability to critically analyze scientific literature and to develop manipulative and experimental skills necessary to perform college level scientific investigations. Topics include cellular biology, ecology, biochemistry, genetics and genetic engineering, evolution, and human health and physiology. An IB exam is taken at the end of IB Biology 2. Students designate which exam they plan to take, SL or HL. Students will be prepared for both. The IB Internal Assessment for this course includes formal lab reports and participation in the IB Group 4 Project.

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Biology is the study of living things. This is a lab-based course that investigates the structure and function of living systems, interdependence among living systems, evolution in living systems and human interactions with living systems. Topics include: biochemistry, cell processes, organ systems, molecular genetics, evolution by natural selection, ecology, bioengineering, disease and pollution. Students will take the MCA Science exam the year they enroll in this course.

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Plan for extensive outside class reading and study time in this course, which is an intensive examination of the underlying principles of biology. We emphasize laboratory design and proper reporting of data. Major topics include molecular and cellular biology, biological organism and population biology. Take this course to prepare for the AP Biology exam and possibly earn college credit.

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Chemistry is the study of matter and its properties. Students will investigate and quantitatively analyze the chemical and physical behavior of matter while learning how to make careful observations, seek out regularities and attempt to provide explanations for observed behavior. Topics include: physical and mathematical modeling, atomic structure and periodicity, chemical bonding and nomenclature, quantitative analysis of chemical reactions, kinetic molecular theory, solution chemistry, equilibrium, acid base chemistry, organic chemistry and nuclear chemistry.

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Cover the same topics as the standard Chemistry class but in greater depth. Discover solution and thermo chemistry, with emphasis on scientific process and problem solving. This course provides a challenge for the highly motivated student who possesses a well above average mathematical background and is considering a mathematics or science related college major.
*Appropriate for 10th graders with well above average mathematical and problem solving ability.

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This course will complete the preparation for the Advanced Placement exam. The physical and chemical properties of common chemical compounds are investigated in the laboratory. Special emphasis is placed on thermochemistry, acids, and bases, redox reactions, chemical equilibrium, precipitation equilibrium, reaction spontaneity, electrochemistry and the nomenclature and structure of compounds and reactions. Laboratory experiences are provided to meet the guidelines set by the College Board.

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The International Baccalaureate Chemistry course is a two-year class taken in the junior and senior year as a Standard Level (SL) or as a Higher Level (HL) course. IB Chemistry 1 is the first of the two years. It is designed to expand on basic knowledge of chemistry and prepare the student for further study of pure and applied sciences in higher education. It will also help the student to develop the ability to critically analyze scientific literature and to develop manipulative and experimental skills necessary to perform college level scientific investigations. Topics include Stoichiometry, Atomic Theory, Chemical Bonding, States of Matter, Carbon Chemistry and the Periodic Table. An IB exam is taken at the end of IB Chemistry 2. Students designate which exam they plan to take, SL or HL. Students will be prepared for both exams, as well as the AP Chemistry exam. The IB Internal Assessment for this course includes formal lab reports and participation in the IB Group 4 Project. Summer assignments may be required.

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The International Baccalaureate Chemistry course is a two-year class taken in the junior and senior year as a Standard Level (SL) or as a Higher Level (HL) course. IB Chemistry 2 is the second of the two years. It is designed to expand on topics studied in IB Chemistry 1. It will continue to develop the ability to critically analyze scientific literature and to develop manipulative and experimental skills necessary to perform college level scientific investigations. Topics include Stoichiometry, Atomic Theory, Chemical Bonding, States of Matter, Carbon Chemistry and the Periodic Table. An IB exam is taken at the end of IB Chemistry 2. Students designate which exam they plan to take, SL or HL. Students will be prepared for both exams, as well as the AP Chemistry Exam. The IB Internal Assessment for this course includes formal lab reports and participation in the IB Group 4 Project.

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Learn about the motion, forces, work, power and energy we find around us. We use a quantitative treatment of motion, conservation laws, electricity, wave motion, sound and light.

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This course is designed to be the equivalent of a first-semester college physics course. Students will gain in-depth knowledge about Newtonian mechanics, work, energy, power, momentum, mechanical waves and sound, as well as have an introduction to electrical circuits. Students will be prepared to take the AP Physics 1 exam at the end of the year.

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This course is designed to be the equivalent of a second-semester college physics course. Students will gain in-depth knowledge about fluid and thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, light and optics, as well as atomic, nuclear and quantum physics. Students will be prepared to take the AP Physics 2 exam at the end of the year.

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The basic physics course is a college preparation course structured for the serious science student. Topics covered in part A will include all areas of mechanics including motion, forces, work, power, energy and conservation laws. Topics covered will include static and current electricity, magnetism, and magnetic induction. Students will take the AP Physics B exam.

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This course introduces the structure and function of the human body. If you’re looking towards a career in nursing, medical technology, health service work, medicine or are generally interested in other areas of biological science, this course is for you!

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Human Anatomy and Physiology B deals uses dissection of a fetal pig or cat is (required) to study the structure and function of the human body. Gain a deeper understanding of anatomy and physiology to prepare for careers in medical technology, health service work, medicine or if you’re interested in biological science.

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This course covers structures and functions of the human body that are not covered in Anatomy and Physiology B. If you’re anticipating a career in medical technology, health service work, medicine or have a general interest in other areas of biological science, this course will round out your knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

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Examine the implications of natural and human-influenced changes on local, regional and global environments and economics. We’ll explore the environmental and economic impact of personal and societal lifestyle choices and decision-making processes affecting these choices. Study local concerns and development evaluate societal, economic, and environmental problems and decision-making processes.

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This standard level course, spanning two years, is a research based course where students will apply the scientific method and research skills to produce an inquiry into environmental issues. The focus of this course is on integrating concepts and perceptions from a variety of academic disciplines. This course requires and relies on scientific principles, hands-on practical lab, field studies and the intention that students develop an informed and responsible position on local and global environmental issues. Enrolling in this course is a commitment to four trimesters, one junior year and three senior year.

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Plant Science is designed for the student who is interested in pursuing a career in Plant Science and needs a background in the study of plants. It includes a variety of lab work, field work, and study of the anatomy and physiology of plants.

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One of the rich natural resources in the State of Minnesota is an abundance of wildlife species. The preservation and management of this precious resource requires a set of values and a balance perspective by the citizens of the state. Habitat management and an understanding of the characteristics of the various species can prevent their starvation, disease and death. Education is a key component to bring all perspectives together in providing an informed citizenry on the ways and means of wildlife/natural resource management. The course content ranges from an historical perspective on various species, their characteristics and life cycles, habitat needs, habitat management, benefits wildlife provides communities and the use and preparation of harvested game species. Students are expected to be active learners throughout each instructional unit. They will be expected to debate the issues surrounding the management of various species. This course is expected to contribute to the reality of learning through the
management of wildlife/natural resources.

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IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science SL involves the study of the science that underpins physical performance and provides the opportunity to apply these principles. It incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition, which are studied in the context of sport, exercise and health. Students will cover a range of core and option topics and carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings. This will provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific principles and critically analyze human performance. Where relevant, the course will address issues of international dimension and ethics by considering sport, exercise and health relative to the individual and in a global context. It is the expectation that students take the IB exam.