Science

The Science Department’s mission is to provide students with the necessary tools and skills for success in the 21st century. Students gain a foundation of accurate knowledge in the scientific method and physical processes that drive living systems. Recognizing the exponential growth of scientific knowledge, the department stresses the importance of process over content.

Course Offerings

List of 17 items.

  • Biology

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 9

    This course presents the major concepts in biology.  Development begins with molecular and cellular structure and proceeds to higher organizational patterns. These concepts are reinforced with classroom experiences and laboratory  investigations, including a mammalian dissection.
  • Honors Biology

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 9

    This course presents the major concepts in biology.  Development begins with molecular and cellular structures and proceeds to higher organizational patterns in the life processes. Independent assimilation of course material is expected of students, allowing more class time for labs (including a mammalian dissection), projects and discussion of relevant topics.  There will be outside reading and/or projects, as required.
     
     
  • AP Biology

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This is a college level introductory biology course for majors. Advanced topics in cell biology, genetics, plant and animal physiology, ecology, and evolution are explored. Lab investigations are designed to give students the opportunity to become acquainted with advanced laboratory techniques.  Students are provided with the materials, information, and skill opportunities necessary to prepare for the Biology Advanced Placement Exam. 
     
  • Anatomy and Physiology I

    1 semester, ½ credit
    Open to 10, 11, 12

    This course is designed for students who have an interest in human biology. Students will learn basic medical terminology, cytology and histological organization of the human body and its physiology. Major systems of study will include the integumentary, skeletal, nervous and lymphatic/body defense systems. Basic pathology is also studied, as examples of disruption to normal body homeostasis.
  • Anatomy and Physioogy II

    1 semester, ½ credit
    Open to 10, 11, 12

     
    This course is a continuation of Anatomy & Physiology I.  Students will continue to use basic anatomical terminology, while learning additional body systems, including the muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive systems.  A major component of this course is a required comparative anatomy cat dissection, where specific concepts and skills learned in both Anatomy I and II will be applied in context. 
     
                                                
  • Environmental Science I

    1 semester, ½ credit 
    Open to 10, 11, 12

    Students examine the world around them by studying the interrelationships between living organisms and their physical surroundings and then assess the impact of humans on the environment due to our growing population.  The course will include position papers and field trips.  Waste disposal will be studied first because this class manages Marian’s recycling program during class once a week.
  • Environmental Science II

    1 semester, ½ credit
    Open to 10, 11, 12

    Continuing the philosophy of Environmental Science 1, this course will delve deeper into land use, land management and the effect of humans on energy, air and water resources.  In particular, students will study the Great Lakes and then apply their knowledge by testing the Rouge River on site in cooperation with the Rouge Education Project.  Additional course expectations include position papers and laboratory investigations. Students will operate Marian’s recycling program.
     
  • Forensic Science

    1 semester, ½ credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This course integrates and applies the knowledge learned in the core science classes of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students collect and analyze data that may be generated at a crime scene. Topics may include fingerprinting, DNA analysis, ballistics, blood splatter, and entomology.  Caution: course contents may be graphic.
  • Genetics

    1 semester, ½ credit
    Open to 10, 11, 12

    The impact of current genetic technology in our everyday lives is continually increasing and, now more than ever, it is imperative that all informed citizens understand the basic principles of inheritance.  This course includes discussions of ethical problems, genetic counseling, and the impact of biotechnology on society.
  • Microbiology

    1 semester, ½ credit
    Open to 10, 11, 12

    Microbiology is the study of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, protozoa, algae and fungi.)  The emphasis of this course is on basic microbiological principles, with application to areas of human concern.  Relevant applications include aseptic transfer, isolation, staining, and classification of microbes.  Microbiology is a lab-orientated course.
  • Principles of Chemistry

    2 semesters, 1 credit         
    Open to 10

    This year-long course provides a foundation in chemistry for non-science majors and students interested in taking general chemistry. The purpose of this course is to help students apply chemistry to daily life. Modern concepts are studied using basic mathematics for understanding principles, fundamental laws, atomic and molecular structure, states of matter, elements/compounds, chemical reactions, and elementary inorganic, nuclear, and organic chemistry.
     
  • Chemistry

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 10

    This course develops the major principles of chemistry beginning with matter and the atom.  The progression continues to the energy and shape of atoms and molecules, bonding, chemical reactions, equations and stoichiometry, behavior of gases and aqueous systems.
  • Honors Chemistry

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 10

    This course will develop the chemical principles outlined in Chemistry with greater emphasis on the stoichiometry of chemistry and problem-solving techniques.  Additionally, the mechanics of kinetics, solutions, and oxidation-reduction will be studied.
  • AP Chemistry

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of a first year inorganic Chemistry college course for Chemistry majors.  The course is structured around the six Big Ideas and seven Science Practices put forth by The College Board. Laboratory work will comprise 25% of the course load.  A total of 16 labs encompassing major chemical laboratory techniques will be completed as required by The College Board.  All labs will included thorough qualitative and quantitative analysis with an emphasis on statistical error analysis.
     
    This course is accelerated.  Students should expect a substantial work load to reach a level of mastery in AP Chemistry.  Upon successful completion of the course, students are prepared for the AP Chemistry Exams as well as a college level inorganic chemistry course.
     
     
     
  • Principles of Physics

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 11, 

    This course provides a foundation in Physics for non-science majors. The topics of the course include motion, forces, energy, heat, light, sound, and electricity and magnetism. Teaching techniques will include lecture, labs and activities, demonstrations, computer models and problem-solving using algebra.
  • Physics

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This course will examine the major areas of physics: motion, forces, work, energy, heat, light, sound, electricity and magnetism. The major teaching techniques will be experimentation and problem solving.
    Use of laptops will be required and technology will be used extensively to support instruction in the form of computer-based simulations, on-line homework and an
    e-text, among other methods.
     
  • AP Physics I

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 11,12

    This an algebra-based class equivalent of a first semester college Physics course.  Topics covered include Newtonian mechanics, rotational motion, work, energy, power, mechanical waves and sound, and simple circuits.  Students will design and conduct laboratory investigations to enhance understanding.  25% of instructional time will be spent in the laboratory.
     
    It is expected that, after completing the coursework, students will participate in all review activities and sit for the 3 hour AP exam in May.

List of 7 members.

  • Tim Ellis 

    BS - Central Michigan University
    MA - Educational Technology
  • Mary Ann Findling 

    BS - Michigan Technological University
  • Mary Hursley 78

    BS - Michigan State University
    MAT - Marygrove College
  • Kelly King 

    BS - Madonna University
    MA - University of Phoenix
  • Mary Steinhauer 

    BS - Michigan State University
  • Sharon Allmen Videtich 88

    BA - Bucknell University
    MA - Wayne State University
    MAT - Marygrove College
  • Jeffrey Zajac 

    BS - University of Michigan

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