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ELA Graphic organizer 2018
  • 9th Grade / 10th Grade / 11th Grade / 12th Grade

    Biology I
    Course #: HS0416
    Grade: 9
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Science

    This course provides the foundation for students to make good decisions related to health, occupation, and future education. Topics covered range from cell study to complex interactions with a focus on genetics, biodiversity, ecology, biochemistry, energy interactions, and small mammal dissection. Assessments will be in the form of lab reports, interpretation and development of graphs, oral presentations, written tests, problem-solving, and written responses. Students will complete the state-required End-of-Course exam at the end of this course.


    Pre-AP Biology
    Course #: HS0425
    Grade: 9
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Science
    Recommendation: Successful completion or concurrent enrollment in Algebra I

    This course is for students who plan to take an AP Biology course.  This rapidly paced class will provide exposure to all topics covered in Biology I, with increased depth and breadth of coverage, including participation in advanced inquiry labs.  Topics will include introductory organic chemistry, cell biology, energetics, genetics, ecology, and some anatomy through dissection of a small mammal.  One honor point may be earned for the successful completion of this full-year course at the end of the year. Students will complete the state-required End-of-Course exam at the end of this course.


    Chemistry I
    Course #: HS0434
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Science
    Prerequisite: Geometry or concurrent enrollment

    This course deals with the substances making up our environment and the changes these substances undergo.  The principles of Chemistry are studied in a logical way with laboratory work helping to reveal these principles.  The content of the course includes the following:  atomic structure, solids, liquids, gases, the periodic table, chemical reactions, molecular structure, equilibrium, and acids and bases.


    Physics


    Course #: HS0450
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Science
    Prerequisite: Geometry or concurrent enrollment

    This course presents the topics of physics and how they will explain the nature of the world that we live in. The main areas of study include motion, energy, electricity and magnetism, sound, light, and optics.


    Foundations of Physics & Chemistry
    Course #: HS0428
    Grade: 9-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Prerequisite: Administrative Placement

    This course provides a survey of chemistry and physics while providing the student a solid science foundation. Students will perform experiments, make predictions, collect data, perform analysis, and formulate conclusions.
    In the Physics section, topics include force and motion, work, power and energy, electricity and magnetism.The Chemistry component includes such topics as atomic structure, chemical reactions, types of matter, compounds, elements, periodic table, and acids.
    This course is recommended as a prerequisite for students taking Chemistry and Physics later in their academic career.


    Astronomy & Meteorology
    Course #: HS0439
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Science
    Prerequisite: Biology I or Pre-AP Biology

    Astronomy / Meteorology is a semester course designed to help students better understand the forces of the atmosphere and universe. The goal of this course is to provide students with scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand structure, composition, and the physical basis of the atmosphere and the universe. Topics covered during the semester will include:  forecasting weather, understanding climate, properties of the Earth-Moon-Sun system, principles of the solar system, stellar evolution, galaxy structures, and the cosmological model for the universe.


    Earth Science
    Course #: HS0440
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Science
    Prerequisite: Biology I or Pre-AP Biology

    Earth Science is a semester course detailing the forces that shape the Earth system. The goal of this course is to provide students with scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the past, present, and future behavior of the Earth system. During the semester, phenomena such as plate tectonics, mountain formation, volcanoes, and earthquakes will be explored. Earth Science will also provide a window to the past through geologic time.


    Pre-AP Chemistry
    Course #: HS01436
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: English
    Prerequisite: Geometry or concurrent enrollment
    Recommendation: Grade of B or above in prerequisite course

    This course is for students who plan to take AP Chemistry for their second year of high school chemistry. This rapidly paced class will provide exposure to all topics covered in AP Chemistry. Examples of topics covered include chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gasses, solutions, bonding, thermo chemistry, equilibrium, kinetics, and electrochemistry. One honor point may be earned for the successful completion of this full-year course at the end of the year.


    Anatomy & Physiology**
    Course #: HS0455H
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Science
    Prerequisite: Biology I or Pre-AP Biology
    Recommendation: Completed Pre-AP Chemistry, Chemistry I, or concurrently enrolled in Pre-AP Chemistry.

    Dual Credit: 4 hours of college credit (BIO 250) may be earned by students who successfully complete the Cleveland University course requirements outlined in the instructor’s syllabus and the university catalog.   

    Students interested in health related careers should consider taking Anatomy and Physiology, which focuses on the structure and function of the human body. The course will include the study of human tissues and progress to the study of organ systems. Students will have the opportunity for many hands-on experiences including laboratory experimentation, microscopy, and observations. The course will include dissection of a small mammal.  One honor point may be earned for the successful completion of this full-year course at the end of the year.  This course is a dual credit option through Cleveland University as BIO 250.


    Dual Credit Biology**
    For non-biology/health major students only
    Course #: HS0429H
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Science
    Prerequisite: Biology I or Pre-AP Biology

    Dual Credit: 4 hours of college credit (BIO 102 nad BIO 102L) may be earned by students who successfully complete the UMKC course requirements outlined in the instructor’s syllabus and the university catalog.  Grades are recorded on the student’s UM system transcript.  UMKC will direct bill at reduced rates
    Recommendation: Completed Pre-AP Chemistry, Chemistry I, or concurrently enrolled in Pre-AP Chemistry.

    Introduction to structural organization and functional processes of living systems. The following topics will be studied:  scientific methods, fundamental biochemical principles, cell theory, gene and inheritance theory, evolution and ecology. Students may earn 4 hours of college credit for the year if they meet UMKC prerequisites (3 credits for Bio102 and 1 credit for Bio102L).  A UMKC fee is required if this course is taken for college credit. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. Students enrolling in AP Biology are not eligible to enroll in Dual Credit Biology for additional high school credit.


     AP BIOLOGY**

    COURSE #:  HS0426
    GRADES: 10-12
    CREDITS: 1 Unit
    CREDIT TYPE:  Science
    Prerequisite:  Biology I or Pre-AP Biology
    Recommendation:  Completed Pre-AP Chemistry, Chemistry I, or concurrently enrolled in Pre-AP Chemistry.

     This is a college level course that will focus on four big ideas: evolution, energy and homeostasis, information exchange, and interaction of biological systems.  Students who take AP Biology will use advanced inquiry and reasoning skills. Students will be expected to devote time outside of the normal class period to work on this course.  An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. College credit can be earned by achieving an acceptable score on the AP exam. All students are expected to take the AP exam and pay the examination fee. Students enrolling in AP Biology are not eligible to enroll in Dual Credit Biology for additional high school credit.


    AP Chemistry**
    Course #: HS0438
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Science
    Prerequisite: Chemistry I or Pre-AP Chemistry
    Recommendation: Grade A in prerequisite course and B or above in Algebra II

    This is a college level course in general chemistry for students who desire a second year of chemistry. Examples of topical areas discussed and experimented with are chemical reactions, redox equations, stoichiometry, thermo chemistry, equilibriums, kinetics, and electrochemistry. This course is designed to prepare a student for the AP exam in chemistry in May. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. All students are expected to take the AP exam and pay the examination fee.


    Dual Credit Chemistry**
    For non-science major students only
    Course #: HS0451
    (UMKC CHEM 211 & 211L)**
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Science
    Prerequisite: UMKC dual credit requirements
    Dual Credit: 5 hours of college credit may be earned by students who successfully complete the UMKC course requirements outlined in the instructor’s syllabus and the university catalog.  Grades are recorded on the student’s UM system transcript.  UMKC will direct bill at reduced rates

    This is a college-level entry chemistry course that goes over the basics of chemistry, as well as organic and biochemistry.  Topics include: structure of the atom, periodic trends, inter and intramolecular bonding, the mole, acids, bases, organic functional groups, chirality, proteins, DNA, and cellular cycles from a chemical perspective.  It is intended for students pursing non-chemistry related majors as well as health science majors.  Student may earn 5 hours of college credit through UMKC if they meet UMKC prerequisites (4 credits for CHEM 211 and 1 credit for CHEM 211L).  The UMKC fee is required to earn the dual credit. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.  Students enrolling in AP Chemistry are not eligible to enroll in Dual Credit Chemistry for additional high school credit.


    AP Environmental Science**
    Course #: HS0447
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Science
    Prerequisite: Biology I or Pre-AP Biology
    Recommendation: Grade of B or above in prerequisite course, and a B in Algebra I

    This is a college-level course in Environmental Science.  Topics covered will include the flow of materials and energy in the biosphere, renewability of resources, environmental quality and the impact of human beings on the environment.  This course is designed to prepare the student to take the AP Environmental Science Exam in May.  An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. All students are expected to take the AP exam and pay the examination fee.


    AP Physics I**
    Course #: HS0452
    Grade: 12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Science
    Prerequisite: Completion of Geometry and current enrollment of Algebra II or completion
    Recommendation: Grade of B or above in Algebra II and/or Physics

    This is a college level algebra-based first-year physics course. Students should have completed Geometry and be concurrently taking Algebra II, or an equivalent course. Examples of topical areas discussed and experimented with are kinematics, dynamics, gravity, harmonic motion, impulse, energy, rotational motion, waves, and electric charge & circuits. Laboratory experience will account for at least 25% of the course. This course is designed to prepare a student for the AP Physics 1 exam in May. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. College credit can be earned by achieving an acceptable score on the AP exam. All students are expected to take the AP exam and pay the examination fee.


    AP Physics C: Mechanics
    Course #: HS0430
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Science
    Prerequisite: Pre-AP Calculus
    Recommendation: Physics or AP Physics I strongly recommended

    This is a college level calculus-based physics course especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in physical science or engineering. Students should have completed or be concurrently taking calculus, or an equivalent course. Examples of topical areas discussed and experimented with are kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, work, energy and power, systems of particles and linear momentum, circular motion and rotation, and oscillations and gravitation. Laboratory experience will account for at least 20% of the course. This course is designed to prepare a student for the AP Physics C: Mechanics exam in May. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. College credit can be earned by achieving an acceptable score on the AP exam.  All students are expected to take the AP exam and pay the examination fee.


    Chemistry II
    Course #: HS0435
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Science
    Prerequisite: Chemistry I or Pre-AP Chemistry
    Recommendation: Grade of A in prerequisite course and B or above in Algebra II

    This course is for students who want to take a second year of high school Chemistry but who are not interested in the rigorous and fast paced curriculum of the AP Chemistry class. This class is for students who enjoyed Chemistry I and may need a solid Chemistry background for their college major or for their career. Topics to be explored include:  stoichiometry, chemical reactions, gas laws, thermo chemistry, atomic structure, equilibrium, kinetics, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry.


    CSI-Conducting Science Investigations
    Course #: HS0445
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Science
    Prerequisite: Biology I or Pre-AP Biology

    This is a laboratory-based course in which students explore topics in biology, chemistry, and physics as they pertain to the criminal justice system through inquiry and active investigations. Students will be immersed into current, relevant topics through hands-on experiences. Working in a laboratory environment, students will utilize the scientific method, along with modern forensic techniques, to address various legal situations.


    Environmental Science
    Course #: HS0444
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Prerequisite: Biology I or Pre-AP Biology

    This course is designed to emphasize topics including the structure of ecosystems, including food webs, biomes, nature of science, and environment problems facing the world.


    Community Health Worker
    Course #: HS1513
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 2 Units
    Credit Type: Elective

    This year-long high school for-credit certificate program is designed specifically for Metropolitan Community College students looking to work in the field of community healthcare advocacy for the first time, as well as those already established in the field and looking to hone skills.  Instructors insist on the understanding of legal and ethical responsibilities involved with advocacy and how cultural beliefs and social determinants play a role in community health.  Other topics include:  understanding public health systems, practicing personal safety, motivational interviewing, case management, conflict resolution, documentation skills, effective communication and working with the community to promote health.  Additionally, students will complete this program with 17 hours of MCC college credit.


    Pharmacy Technician
    Course #: HS8100
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Science Elective

    In this 2 hour, one semester course students in this program will have an opportunity to earn a Pharmacy Technician certificate, a WorkKeys certificate in one semester and 2 college credit hours through MCC while earning high school credit.  A pharmacy technician assists pharmacists in preparing and dispensing medication in retail and hospital pharmacies and collect patient information for prescriptions and billing.


    Microbiology
    Course #: HS0454
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Science

    The Microbiology course is designed as a laboratory-based course to challenge students with activities, experiments, critical-thinking, and problem solving.  The focus of the course will primarily be on bacterial organisms and viruses with applications for medical microbiology and food handling procedures.  Assessments will be in the form of lab reports, accurate application of laboratory techniques, oral presentations, written tests, problem solving, current literature reviews, and written responses.


     

    ** Students enrolling in dual credit and/or AP classes need to check with the college/university they are planning on attending regarding transferability and acceptable grades.

     

  • ** Students enrolling in dual credit and/or AP classes need to check with the college/university they are planning on attending regarding transferability and acceptable grades.