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Science

The Lane Tech Science Department strives to promote scientific literacy by engaging students in challenging and meaningful hands-on activities and inquiry-based laboratory investigations. Through the integration of science content with authentic activities and investigations, students are better able to apply and build upon learned knowledge and skills, which will prepare them for post-secondary education and beyond.

Lane Tech students must take 4 years of science, which includes core classes in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Students are also able to choose from over 25 science electives and Advanced Placement offerings including Aquaponics, Engineering Design, Organic Chemistry, and Robotics, which is the largest selection of science course offerings in the Chicagoland area.

Progamming Video

https://vimeo.com/channels/868238/118081368 (Chemistry)
https://vimeo.com/channels/868238/118081371 (Biology)
https://vimeo.com/channels/868238/118081372 (Physics)
https://vimeo.com/155146241 (AP Bio)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3Wl8YSs4jI (Biotechnology)

Curriculum Map

There are 3 paths in the science curriculum: Core, Honors, and Alpha STEM Honors. As a graduation requirement, students must take Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and at least one science elective. (Exceptions may be made for some majors. Please refer to your major curriculum.)

*Regular Physics has been eliminated. Students will now take either Honors Physics or AP Physics 1 (single period class). AP Physics B has also been eliminated by CollegeBoard. AP Physics B has been replaced by AP Physics 1&2. Students who wanted to take AP Physics B should take the double period, AP Physics 1 and 2 class.

**AP Science electives include AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1&2, and AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism and Mechanics. All AP classes are double period except for AP Environmental Science. (AP Physics can be taken as a single period class if AP Physics 1 is taken by itself. Students can also take AP Physics 1 & 2 as a double period class.)



The Alpha Honors STEM program is a specialized STEM major, in which students have a unique curriculum focusing specifically on the STEM fields.

Please note: Alpha STEM Honors courses are not labeled as ALPHA in the course catalog, however students will be placed into ALPHA sections (does not include 4th year science elective course) when class schedules are created.

***Alpha students are required to take a science elective their Sophomore year. Students are able to take AP Environmental Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Robotics, and Science Olympiad. Other courses may be accepted with approval by Mrs. Anderson.



Academic Center students have a specialized high school curriculum starting their 7th grade year. If you currently or previously attended an Academic Center, please refer to the sequence below that best matches your Academic Center's curriculum. Please note that the Lane Tech graduation requirement is 4 science courses.


Course Descriptions

Course Code: 3973010H
Course Title:
Adaptive Robotics

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
This course is designed to expose students to the branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, and operation of robotic mechanisms in a way that is modified for students with moderate to mild autism. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a modified version of the Introduction to Robotics course. This course will include hands-on activities and team projects that will engage students in the building and programming of robots. The course will also focus on the application of the scientific method and will serve to offer students a meaningful application of technology in a group setting that will prepare them for their post-high school experiences.

Suggested Prerequisites:
95% attendance
Course Code: 335201H
Course Title:
Aerospace Engineering

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Aerospace Engineering is a course in which students will incorporate skills from many different disciplines to complete projects for academic competitions. The course will have, at its foundation, the physics of flight which includes fluid dynamics, and the physics of rocketry. The scientific principles learned will be applied to the engineering aspect, which includes the conception, fabrication, assembly, finishing and finally testing of student designs that are entries in various engineering competitions. This culminates in the T.A.R.C. competition in the spring semester. The success of the design in these competitions will be used as an evaluation of student performance.

Suggested Prerequisites:
This course is open to juniors and seniors with either concurrent enrollment in Physics and Trigonometry, or completion of Physics and Trigonometry.
Course Code: 391101H
Course Title:
Anatomy & Physiology

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Anatomy and physiology students conduct detailed investigations of the human body, drawing on approaches techniques, and research in the fields of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, comparative anatomy, and bioanthropology. These investigations require the use of inquiry, technical skill, and specific experiments to solve problems. Students make observations, gather data, and formulate conclusions using scientific methods. They participate in dissections, laboratory investigations, and analysis of articles and research papers on a variety of topics of current import in anatomy, physiology, and related fields. Student Interests: Biology, animals, medicine, biomechanics, evolution, archeology.

Career Aspirations: Science,biology, health related fields. Biomechanics, art, pre-med, pre-vet.

https://vimeo.com/119175259

Suggested Prerequisites:
Juniors and Seniors, completion of Biology and Chemistry, Recommended GPA 3.5+

Course Fee:
$5
Course Code: 372101A
Course Title:
AP Biology (add 37220 AP Lab)

Level: AP

Credit(s): 2.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
AP Biology is a rigorous, college-level course focused on learning vocabulary, evaluating evidence, and applying concepts through exams, essays, and multi-day experiments. Major focuses of the course include the use of Energy, the process of and evidence for Evolution, the use of Information, and how Structure relates to Function. The ultimate goal is to prepare you to perform well on the AP exam and potentially earn college credit. This is an important class to take if you are interested in pursuing a career related to Biology and/or Medicine. This course moves quickly, covers a lot of content, and requires a significant amount of work outside of class. This AP science class is a double period class.

Check out the video!

Suggested Prerequisites:
Completion of Biology and Chemistry (grade of A or B in honors or A in regular is preferred but not mandatory); GPA 3.00+

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 374101A
Course Title:
AP Chemistry (add 374201A AP Extended)

Level: AP

Credit(s): 2.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
This is an advanced placement course designed to prepare the student for the AP Chemistry exam. The course covers the equivalent of one full year of college level General Chemistry, comparable to a first year course in a college or university setting. The course is a rigorous math-based course, with a strong laboratory component. This course is intended for students who have demonstrated a strong willingness to commit considerable time to studying and completing assignments outside of class, and who have successfully completed a prior course in chemistry during high school. The course will develop the student's ability to incorporate mathematical skills in the solution of chemistry problems, both through the use of textbook problems and laboratory activities. This AP science class is a double period class.

Suggested Prerequisites:
A or B in Honors Chemistry, A or B in Math Class (2 years), GPA 3.5+

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 374101A^
Course Title:
AP Chemistry (add 374201A AP Extended) (Alpha)

Level: AP

Credit(s): 2.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
This is an advanced placement course designed to prepare the student for the AP Chemistry exam. The course covers the equivalent of one full year of college level General Chemistry, comparable to a first year course in a college or university setting. The course is a rigorous math-based course, with a strong laboratory component. This course is intended for students who have demonstrated a strong willingness to commit considerable time to studying and completing assignments outside of class, and who have successfully completed a prior course in chemistry during high school. The course will develop the student's ability to incorporate mathematical skills in the solution of chemistry problems, both through the use of textbook problems and laboratory activities. This AP science class is a double period class.

Suggested Prerequisites:
A or B in Honors Chemistry, A or B in Math Class (2 years), GPA 3.5+

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 374201A
Course Title:
AP Chemistry Extended

Level: AP

Credit(s): 0.0
Semester(s): 0
Description:
The AP Chemistry Extended course is designed to promote student learning of essential chemistry content and development of deep conceptual understanding through an inquiry-based model of instruction. In this model, students learn by engaging in science practices that develop their experimental and reasoning skills. A practice is a way to coordinate knowledge and skills in order to accomplish a goal or task. The science practices enable students to establish lines of evidence and use them to develop and refine testable explanations and predictions of natural phenomena.

Suggested Prerequisites:
A or B in Honors Chemistry, A or B in Math Class (2 years), GPA 3.5+

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 374201A^
Course Title:
AP Chemistry Extended (Alpha)

Level: AP

Credit(s): 0.0
Semester(s): 0
Description:
The AP Chemistry Extended course is designed to promote student learning of essential chemistry content and development of deep conceptual understanding through an inquiry-based model of instruction. In this model, students learn by engaging in science practices that develop their experimental and reasoning skills. A practice is a way to coordinate knowledge and skills in order to accomplish a goal or task. The science practices enable students to establish lines of evidence and use them to develop and refine testable explanations and predictions of natural phenomena.

Suggested Prerequisites:
A or B in Honors Chemistry, A or B in Math Class (2 years), GPA 3.5+

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 376101A
Course Title:
AP Environmental Science

Level: AP

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships 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 and/or preventing them. This AP science class is a single period class.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Completion of Biology and Chemistry (students with an A in Biology may take AP Environmental Science concurrently with Honors Chemistry)

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 373501A
Course Title:
AP Physics 1

Level: AP

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, all students who had planned to take Honors physics will take AP Physics 1. AP Physics 1 is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits. Students will have the option of continuing their study of physics the following year with AP Physics 2.

Suggested Prerequisites:
A/B in H Chemistry and A/B in H Algebra or A in R Chemistry and A in R Algebra. Must be concurrently enrolled in trigonometry or higher level math.

Course Fee:
$20

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 373601A
Course Title:
AP Physics 1 & 2 (add 37350 AP Physics 1)

Level: AP

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, all students who had planned to take AP Physics B will take AP Physics 1 and 2 Combined. This is an accelerated, double period class that will take students through both algebra based AP Physics options. AP Physics Combined is the equivalent to a full first year college course. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves, sound, electricity and circuits, fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics; and atomic and nuclear physics.

Suggested Prerequisites:
A/B in H Chemistry and A/B in H Algebra or A in R Chemistry and A in R Algebra. Must be concurrently enrolled in pre-calculus or higher level math.

Course Fee:
$20

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 373501A^
Course Title:
AP Physics 1 (Alpha)

Level: AP

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, all students who had planned to take Honors physics will take AP Physics 1. AP Physics 1 is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits. Students will have the option of continuing their study of physics the following year with AP Physics 2.

Suggested Prerequisites:
A/B in H Chemistry and A/B in H Algebra or A in R Chemistry and A in R Algebra. Must be concurrently enrolled in trigonometry or higher level math.

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 373101A
Course Title:
AP Physics 2 (add 37340 AP Lab)

Level: AP

Credit(s): 2.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
The AP Physics B course includes topics in both classical and modern physics. A knowledge of algebra and basic trigonometry is required, and concurrent enrollment in AP Calculus is strongly recommended. AP Physics B provides instruction in each of the following five content areas: Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, waves/optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. This AP science class is a double period that includes a lecture section and a lab section.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Honors Physics (grade of A or B with teacher recommendation) or AP chemistry (grade of A or B); must be enrolled in pre-calculus or higher math with a

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 373201A
Course Title:
AP Physics C (add 37330 AP Extended)

Level: AP

Credit(s): 2.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
There are two main areas of AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism & Mechanics . Mechanics provides instruction in each of the following content areas: kinematics; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; linear momentum; circular motion; and oscillations and gravitation. Electricity and Magnetism provides instruction in each of the following five content areas: electrostatics; conductors, capacitance; electric circuits; magnetic fields; and electromagnetism. This class is a double period that includes a lecture section and a lab section. Students who will be enrolled in Calculus are strongly encouraged to take AP C over AP Physics 1 and 2.

Suggested Prerequisites:
One year of regular Physics with an A average, or one year of honors Physics with at least a B average, or one year of A.P. Chemistry with a least a B average. Concurrent enrollme

Course Fee:
$20

*All AP Courses are expected to have a $100 fee ($25 class fee and $75 exam fee).

The exact exam fee for testing in May 2016 will be released by the CollegeBoard in October 2015. This exam fee determines the total price that students will owe for each AP Course/exam. The AP exam fee may be fully or partially reduced for students with free/reduced lunch, per funding by district and state grants. The exact fee will be provided as soon as the district and state release their funding statement.
Course Code: 338101H
Course Title:
Aquaponics

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Aquaponics is an applied science that centers around integrated plant and fish cultivation. The course requires research about the following topics: aquaponics system design and maintenance, plant biology, fish biology, agriculture and sustainable farming practices, soil, water quality, and plant propagation techniques. Students will investigate these processes through laboratory sessions in the STEM Aquaponics Lab and the Lane Tech Memorial Garden. The aquaponics program is designed to emphasize life-long learning, as well as the theory and application of horticulture and agriscience techniques.

https://vimeo.com/119175559

Suggested Prerequisites:
Completion of Biology, GPA 3.25+
Course Code: 334401H
Course Title:
Astrochemistry

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Astrochemistry is the study of the abundance and chemical reactions of elements and molecules in the universe. This interdisciplinary course will make use of physics, chemistry, astronomy, biology, molecular biology, ecology, planetary science and geology and will also investigate evidence of prebiotic chemistry and address the question of whether life exists beyond Earth, and how humans can detect it if it does. A good portion of the curriculum was conceived, developed, and written by leading educators and classroom teachers with the participation of NASA and with funding from the National Science Foundation.

Suggested Prerequisites:
A or B in Honors Chemistry. Passionate about chemistry, the possibility of life on other planets/ moons, science in general and space exploration. Team player.
Course Code: 350101H
Course Title:
Astronomy

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Students will develop an appreciation and understanding of the universe and the celestial objects found within it. They will be introduced to the scale of the universe and the processes that formed the solar system, stars, and galaxies. They will engage in modeling activities and research to learn how technology is used to explore the universe. They will also study the history of astronomy and learned how different cultures and scientists such as Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler developed the foundations and principles now used to explore the universe.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Completion of Biology and Chemistry.
Course Code: 305101H
Course Title:
Biochemistry

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Biochemistry is a multidisciplinary science and a vast and rapidly changing field. It is critical for students learn to examine and process information, to formulate relevant questions, and to construct their own understanding of diverse topics. As the name suggests, biochemistry integrates fundamental concepts from general and organic chemistry and applies them to the biological context. The study of biochemistry is largely about practicing and applying skills you already have.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Junior or Senior, GPA 3.25+, and have received an "A" or "B" in Honors Biology and Chemistry or an "A" in Regular Biology and Chemistry.
Course Code: 332101H
Course Title:
Biology

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
The concepts investigated in the study of Honors Biology include the chemistry of biological processes, cellular structures and their function, energy processes in living organisms, DNA and protein synthesis, principles of heredity and reproduction, natural selection and evolutionary adaptations, fundamentals of taxonomy , environmental cycles and ecosystems. Students will be engaged through a variety of approaches: the use of the scientific method, conducting lab experiments and investigations, the use of online computer simulations, research and semester projects. Alpha biology is a special science fair research-inquiry intensive program limited to twenty-eight selected freshman students. Students in the program are responsible for the workload of an honors class, a scientific paper and a Science Fair Project based on original experimentation. Students must complete the experimentation outside of school. The science portion adds development of independent study habits, using the scientific method of problem solving, experimental design, and methods for oral and visual presentation of experimental results, in addition to investigating the honors science curriculum. The LTAC Biology course covers the honors biology curriculum, with the addition of other specific 7th grade science topics. Students complete several hands-on activities and labs in order to study topics in biochemistry, cells, genetics, classification, natural selection and ecology.

Suggested Prerequisites:
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Course Code: 334101H
Course Title:
Chemistry

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Honors Chemistry investigates the same topics as regular Chemistry. These investigations require the use of inquiry, technical skill, and specific experiments to solve problems. Students make observations, gather data, and formulate conclusions using the scientific method. However, to provide the enrichment required for assigning honors credit, assessment is based on the degree of scientific expertise demonstrated in a variety of advanced laboratory experiments, class projects, written reports and chapter examinations. Alpha Chemistry investigates the first 12 topics in the A.P. Chemistry curriculum. It is intended for students who have demonstrated strong math skills and a willingness to commit considerable time to studying and completing assignments/ investigations outside of class. These assignments/ investigations require the use of inquiry, technical skill, and specific experiments to solve problems. Students make observations, gather data, and formulate conclusions based on the scientific method. However, to provide the enrichment required for assigning honors credit, assessment is based on the degree of scientific expertise demonstrated in a variety of advanced laboratory experiments, class projects, written reports and chapter examinations.

Suggested Prerequisites:
A or B in H Biology AND A or B in H Math or A in R
Course Code: 334101R
Course Title:
Chemistry

Level: R

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
The study of chemistry requires the use of inquiry and technology designed to solve problems and investigate phenomena. Chemists use mathematics to describe the composition as well as the transformations of substances. Laboratory safety and measurement techniques are incorporated into all investigations. The following concepts are investigated in chemistry: physical and chemical properties of matter, fundamental units of matter, chemical reactions, chemical solutions, and laws about the relationship between pressure, volume and temperature.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Completion of Biology
Course Code: 384101H
Course Title:
Engineering Design

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
This course is an introduction to engineering and machine design including the application of scientific principles to manufacturing processes and practical design considerations. Students will learn about fabrication techniques through small projects and group work. This course includes a year-long project in which students will learn the process of design.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Completion of Biology and Chemistry
Course Code: 339101H
Course Title:
Environmental Science

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Environmental science is a course designed around historical and contemporary interactions between humans and their natural world. Students taking this course will be exposed to a number of in-depth activities and labs both inside the classroom, and outside, performing tests and procedures to better understand the effects of pollutants on our physical surroundings.

https://vimeo.com/119175254

Suggested Prerequisites:
Completion of Biology and Chemistry
Course Code: 312101H
Course Title:
Evolutionary Biology

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Evolutionary biology encompasses the study of the theories of evolution and natural selection. This class is designed to familiarize the students with the major themes of evolution, including the processes of natural selection, adaptation, speciation, the reconstruction of phylogeny, macroevolution, coevolution and extinction. Students will be introduced to the evidence that supports these themes. This class will also increase the student's understanding of evolutionary principles through the collection and analysis of data from classroom exercises and computer programs which simulate aspects of the process of evolution.

https://vimeo.com/119175558

Suggested Prerequisites:
Completion of Biology and Chemistry
Course Code: 302101H
Course Title:
Forensic Science

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Forensic science involves the study and use of scientific concepts and technologies related to solving crime in society. This course builds and expands upon the topics learned in chemistry, biology, physics. and other sciences. These principles are then applied and authenticated through laboratory experiments and case study examples. Students learn how forensic science is used to investigate geology, entomology, anthropology, odontology, toxicology, botany, and serology.

Suggested Prerequisites:
GPA 3.0+ and completion of Biology and Chemistry,
Course Code: 308101H
Course Title:
Genetics

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Genetics is the study of how genes act to produce the characteristics of a living organism. In this course, we will focus on the transmission and expression of genetic information. Related "ethical questions" will also be discussed as they arise. This course will be divided into 3 areas of study: 1 classical genetics: how traits are inherited 2 molecular genetics: how DNA encodes traits 3 genomics: how all an organism's genes function and interact Although the course predominantly emphasizes eukaryotic molecular genetics, we will also familiarize ourselves with prokaryotic (bacterial) molecular genetics. Topics will include gene interactions, multiple-factor inheritance, chromosome inheritance, chromosome mapping, and biotechnology. The roles of mutation, selection, migration, and genetic drift are also investigated in this course to determine the genetic composition of different populations.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Completion of Biology and Chemistry, GPA 3.0+
Course Code: 652101H
Course Title:
Horticulture

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Horticulture is an applied plant science. It provides opportunity for every student to conduct an in depth investigation into plant cultivation through engaging hands on plant cultivation activities. Investigations require the use of inquiry, problem solving skills, technical skills, and specific plant cultivation techniques based on the principles of plant anatomy and physiology to cultivate plants. The course requires research about the following topics: plant anatomy, environmental requirements for growth, plant propagation techniques, greenhouse management, plant nutrition, plant pests and diseases, and soil science. Many plant cultivation projects require extensive use of the school's greenhouse. Students will also gain experience in cultivating plants via cutting edge aquaponic and hydroponic technologies.

https://vimeo.com/119175253

Suggested Prerequisites:
Completion of Biology and Chemistry, GPA 3.0+
Course Code: 358101H
Course Title:
Marine Biology

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Marine biology involves the use of inquiry, investigation and experimentation to solve problems. This class is designed to familiarize the students with the major themes of marine biology, including history of the Earth, marine research, oceanography, water properties, origins of life, autotrophs, plankton, invertebrates, fish, reptiles, sea birds, sea mammals, coral reefs, human interactions and impacts, fish tank maintenance, aquaculture, and conservation. Students make observations of a variety of marine life-forms, understand the increasing complexity of organisms and perform lab investigations as well as dissections, that help to understand the phenomena of the ocean and marine life adaptations.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Completion of Biology and Chemistry, GPA 3.0+
Course Code: 392101H
Course Title:
Microbiology

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Microbiology is the study of living things that are too small to see with the naked eye. This class focuses on the major themes of Structure and Function, Evolution and Diversity, and Energy Use and Ecological Interactions and how they relate to viruses, bacteria, and microscopic plants and animals. Additional topics include how these microorganisms interact with each other and with humans to produce both helpful interactions and disease. This class includes lecture, projects, and labs throughout the year and would be very helpful to students interested in a career in Biology, especially in a Health-related field.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Completion of Biology and Chemistry
Course Code: 301101H
Course Title:
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Nanoscience & Technology is a course which provides entry-level as well as advanced training in nanotechnology skills, methods and applications. The first half of this course focuses on nanoscience, with an emphasis on nano found in the natural world, scientific methods used to study nano, and methods to build nano in the lab. The second half of this course focuses on nanotechnology, with an emphasis on careers, commercialization of nanotechnology, and bio-mimicry. The laboratory-based class integrates the core competencies of the physical sciences career pathway and life sciences with the technical skills needed for postsecondary education and/or employment in the science and technology industry. Students will be able to identify nanoscience and technology and explain the methods and techniques used in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Physics & Chemistry
Course Code: 361101H
Course Title:
Neuroscience

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Honors neuroscience refers to investigations of the development, organization and functioning of the nervous system. This course is an introduction to the mammalian nervous system, with emphasis on the structure and function of the human brain. Topics include the function of nerve cells, sensory systems, control of movement, learning and memory, and diseases of the brain. Students will also explore the current state of knowledge in various areas of research into mental illness and degenerative disease, plasticity and repair of the nervous system, stem cell research and genetic engineering.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Completion of Biology and Chemistry, GPA 3.5+
Course Code: 334301H
Course Title:
Organic Chemistry

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
The goal of organic chemistry here at Lane is to engage students in labs and complete assignments similar to those found in a first semester organic chemistry class at a slower pace with an emphasis on understand rather than memorization. Introductory topics include: Molecular structure and bonding, nomenclature of organic compounds and designating isomers, intermolecular forces, and reaction intermediate stability. Once these introductory topics have been mastered the focus of the class will shift to organic reactions. While memorization will play a role in any organic chemistry class particular attention will be paid to understanding reaction mechanisms and "pushing electrons". We will study addition, elimination, and substitution reactions. Second semester will focus on lab technique and using organic chemistry to make interesting and useful substances.

Suggested Prerequisites:
A or B in Honors Chemistry or A in Regular Chemistry, GPA 3.25+
Course Code: 303201H
Course Title:
Physical Geology

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Physical geology is a course in which students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the natural processes that create and alter our planet. Students will learn that the surface and interior of Earth are not static environments, but are continuously undergoing dynamic changes. This college level course is designed to introduce students to the scientific principles and practices used in the geologic study of the Earth. Structures and materials of Earth are studied within the context of the external and internal processes that cause change. Some of the included topics are plate tectonics, mineral analysis, the dynamics of flooding, and soil erosion. Focus will be on how the phenomena of Earth interact to create a global system of change and balance. Students will be required to read advanced texts, perform investigations, and complete research.

Suggested Prerequisites:
2 years of science completed
Course Code: 333101H
Course Title:
Physics

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year Honors Physics will be offered standard to all Juniors at Lane Tech. Physics is a quantitative study of the interactions between matter and energy. The study of physics requires the use of inquiry and technological design to solve problems and to study physical phenomena. Physicists use mathematics to describe the interactions between matter and energy and often employ algebraic, trigonometric and graphical techniques to study the natural world.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Completion of Biology and Chemistry

Course Fee:
$20
Course Code: 353201H
Course Title:
Physics II (Science Olympiad)

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to compete on the Science Olympiad team. The Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Must compete with the Science Olympiad team
Course Code: 397101H
Course Title:
Robotics

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
This course provides an introduction to the design, construction and programming of robots. Students will learn to program autonomous and tele-operated robots that can execute a variety of tasks while competing in complex Engineering Challenges. Projects will require the application of Physics and Mathematics. Students will document the progress and evolution of each robot in an online Engineering Portfolio.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Concurrent enrollment in physics and trig or higher is strongly recommended. GPA 2.5+

Course Fee:
$15
Course Code: 397201H
Course Title:
Robotics II

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
Applied Robotics (Robotics 2) is a newly redesigned course offered for Honors credit. Students will have the opportunity to learn about applications of robotics that go beyond what is covered in Robotics 1. This includes robotics in various industries such as bio-medical engineering, movie special effects, and healthcare. Students will study socialized humanoid robots, including the NAO robot, and study ways in which robots are currently being introduced into our homes and workplaces. Robotics 1 is not required to take Applied Robotics and there is no requirement to be on the robotics teams. When registering, select Robotics 2.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Robotics 1 not required

Course Fee:
$15
Course Code: 324101H
Course Title:
Science Fitness and Wellness

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
This course is for students interested in understanding the many factors that affect human performance. Specific topics of study include nutrition, immunology, athletic performance, as well as college health and wellness. Coursework includes weekly laboratories, current event articles, and group projects. This is a great class for students interested in studying medicine, athletic and/or physical training, and kinesiology.

Suggested Prerequisites:
Completion of Biology and Chemistry (with a C or higher in Honors or a B or higher in Regular courses).
Course Code: 390101H
Course Title:
Zoology

Level: H

Credit(s): 1.0
Semester(s): 2
Description:
In Zoology, we look at the origins of animals, their unique characteristics, and their history on Earth. This course also reviews key biological concepts such as classification, ecology, and evolution but in specific reference to the Animal Kingdom. It surveys the nine major animal phyla looking at physical and behavioral characteristics, ecological relationships, conservation issues, and evolutionary history. Students also experience caring for a variety of live classroom animals.

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Suggested Prerequisites:
Completion of Biology and Chemistry, GPA 3.0+