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Biology 20/30 (10 credits)
This double-block full semester course covers the curriculum for both Biology 20 & Biology 30. 5-credits will be awarded for successful completion of Biology 20 while an additional 5 credits will be awarded for the successful completion of Biology 30. Students who complete the 30-level will write their diploma exam at the same time as other full semester Biology 30 students. Students who are not successful in completing the Biology 20 portion of the course will be transferred to a full semester Biology 20 in an effort to obtain credit.

Prerequisite: Science 10: (recommended for committed students with stronger academic backgrounds)

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Chemistry 20/30 (10 credits)
This double-block full semester course covers the curriculum for both Chemistry 20 & Chemistry 30. 5-credits will be awarded for successful completion of Chemistry 20 while an additional 5 credits will be awarded for the successful completion of Chemistry 30. Students who complete the 30-level will write their diploma exam at the same time as other full semester Chemistry 30 students. Students who are not successful in completing the Chemistry 20 portion of the course will be transferred to a full semester Chemistry 20 in an effort to obtain credit.

Prerequisite: Science 10: (recommended for committed students with stronger academic backgrounds)

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Physics 20/30 (10 credits)
This double-block full semester course covers curriculum for both Physics 20 & Physics 30. 5-credits will be awarded for successful completion of Physics 20 while an additional 5 credits will be awarded for the successful completion of Physics 30. Students who complete the 30-level will write their diploma exam at the same time as other full semester Physics 30 students. Students who are not successful in completing the Physics 20 portion of the course will be transferred to a full semester Physics 20 in an effort to obtain credit.

Prerequisite: Science 10: (recommended for committed students with stronger academic backgrounds)

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Science 20/30
This double-block full semester course covers the curriculum for both Science 20 & Science 30. 5-credits will be awarded for successful completion of Science 20 while an additional 5 credits will be awarded for the successful completion of Science 30. Students who complete the 30-level will write their diploma exam at the same time as other full semester Science 30 students. Students who are not successful in completing the Science 20 portion of the course will be transferred to a full semester Science 20 in an effort to obtain credit.

Prerequisite: Science 10: (recommended for committed students with stronger academic backgrounds)

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Science 14/24 Module Based Course
This course is designed for students looking to obtain Science credits necessary for high school diploma requirements. Students would work at their own pace with the assistance of a teacher available during a specified block. Based on module completion, students would work through four units of study in Science 14 and a further four units in Science 24. The course will require check-in points and attendance in order to keep students on track with their learning. Labs will be part of the learning experience.

Prerequisite: none (best for motivated students who can work independently)

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Course Descriptions - Full Semester Options

‌Biology 30 (5 credits)
A 5-credit academic course designed for students headed for a post-secondary program requiring a strong background in biological sciences. Units covered include Systems Regulating Change in Human Organisms including the Nervous System & Endocrine System; Reproduction and Development; DNA, Chromosomes & Protein Synthesis; Mendelian Genetics; as well as changes in Populations and Communities.

prerequisite: Biology 20

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Chemistry 30 (5 credits)
A 5-credit academic course designed for students headed for a post-secondary program requiring a strong background in physical sciences. Units covered include Thermochemical Changes; Electrochemical Changes; Organic Chemistry and Equilibrium, Acids and Bases in Chemical Change.

prerequisite: Chemistry 20

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Physics 30 (5 credits)
A 5-credit academic course designed for students headed for a post-secondary program requiring a strong background in physical sciences. Units covered include Momentum and Impulse, Forces and Fields, Electromagnetic Radiation, and Atomic Physics.

prerequisite: Physics 20

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Science 30 (5 credits)
A 5-credit academic course intended for students considering post-secondary options requiring less rigorous science. It offers a good general background in chemistry, biology, and physics but less in-depth than would be found in Chemistry 30, Biology 30, or Physics 30. Units covered in this course include: Living Systems Respond to Their Environment; Chemistry in the Environment; Electromagnetic Energy; and Energy and the Environment.

prerequisite: Science 20 or one of Chemistry 20, Biology 20 or Physics 20

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Biology 20 (5 credits)
Although the mandatory prerequisite to enter this course is 50% in Science 10, students who have earned at least 60% in Science 10 will find more success in this academic life science. This course builds on the foundations laid in Science 10. Students will learn study strategies to help them engage with difficult text and vocabulary while exploring units including Energy and Matter Exchange in the Biosphere, Ecosystems and Population Change, Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration, and Human Systems.

prerequisite: Science 10

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Chemistry 20 (5 credits)
Although the mandatory prerequisite to enter this course is 50% in Science 10, students who have earned at least 60% in Science 10 and who are concurrently enrolled in an academic math course will find more success in this academic physical science. Students in this course continue to study matter specifically as a gas, solution, acid or base. Quantitative relationships in chemical changes, specifically stoichiometry, as well as the diversity of matter and chemical bonding will be examined.

prerequisite: Science 10

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Physics 20 (5 credits)
Although the mandatory prerequisite to enter this course is 50% in Science 10, students who have earned at least 60% in Science 10 and who are concurrently enrolled in an academic math course will find more success in this academic physical science. This course builds on the concepts of physics learned in Science 10. Units of study include Kinematics, Dynamics, Circular Motion, Work and Energy, Oscillatory Motion and Mechanical Waves.

prerequisite: Science 10

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Science 20 (5 credits)
A 5 credit academic course intended for students considering post-secondary or trade-related career options requiring a grade 11 level science or as a prerequisite course for Science 30. It offers a good general background in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Geology but in less in-depth than would be found in Chemistry 20, Biology 20, or Physics 20. Units covered in the course include Chemical Change; Changes in Motion, Changes in Living Systems and The Changing Earth.

prerequisite: Science 10 and recommended Math 20-2

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Science 10 (5 credits)
This is the prerequisite science course for all students intending to continue on to academic level science classes at the Grade 11 or Grade 12 levels. A firm foundation in junior high math is required to succeed in this course. The Program of Studies for this course includes Energy and Matter in Chemical Change, Energy Flow in Technological Systems, Cycling of Matter in Living Systems, and Energy Flow in Global Systems.

prerequisite: 50% in Grade 9 Science

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Science 24 (5 credits)
This practical course helps students unlock the scientific principles behind the natural events they see and the technology they use every day. Science 24 will assist students in developing a positive scientific outlook concerning the world around them. Units of study include Applications of Matter and Chemical Change, Understanding Common Energy Conversion Systems, Disease Defense and Human Health, and Motion Change and Transportation Safety.

prerequisite: Science 14

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