Science

Earth Science

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Students enrolled in this dynamic course explore the scope of Earth sciences, covering everything from basic structure and rock formation to the incredible and volatile forces that have shaped and changed our planet. As climate change and energy conservation become increasingly prevalent in the national discourse, it will be important for students to understand the concepts and causes of our changing Earth. Earth Science is a two-semester course that provides a solid foundation for understanding the physical characteristics that make the planet Earth unique and examines how these characteristics differ among the planets of our solar system.

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  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

Physical Science

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This full-year course focuses on basic concepts in chemistry and physics and encourages exploration of new discoveries in the field of physical science. The course includes an overview of scientific principles and procedures and has students examine the chemical building blocks of our physical world and the composition of matter. Additionally, students explore the properties that affect motion, forces, and energy on Earth. Building on these concepts, the course covers the properties of electricity and magnetism and the effects of these phenomena. As students refine and expand their understanding of physical science, they will apply their knowledge to complete interactive virtual labs that require them to ask questions and create hypotheses. Hands-on wet lab options are also available.

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  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

Biology

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This compelling two-semester course engages students in the study of life and living organisms and examines biology and biochemistry in the real world. This is a yearlong course that encompasses traditional concepts in biology and encourages exploration of new discoveries in this field of science. The components include biochemistry, cell biology, cell processes, heredity and reproduction, the evolution of life, taxonomy, human body systems, and ecology. This course includes both hands-on wet labs and virtual lab options.

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  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

Chemistry

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This rigorous, full-year course engages students in the study of the composition, properties, changes, and interactions of matter. The course covers the basic concepts of chemistry and includes eighteen virtual laboratory experiments that encourage higher-order thinking applications, with wet lab options if preferred. The components of this course include chemistry and its methods, the composition and properties of matter, changes and interactions of matter, factors affecting the interactions of matter, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, nuclear chemistry, mathematical applications, and applications of chemistry in the real world.

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  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

Physics

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This full-year course acquaints students with topics in classical and modern physics. The course emphasizes conceptual understanding of basic physics principles, including Newtonian mechanics, energy, thermodynamics, waves, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear and modern physics. Throughout the course, students solve mathematical problems, reason abstractly, and learn to think critically about the physical world. The course also includes interactive virtual labs and hands-on lab options, in which students ask questions and create hypotheses.

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  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

Environmental Science

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Environmental science is a captivating and rapidly expanding field, and this two-semester course offers compelling lessons that cover many aspects of the field: ecology, the biosphere, land, forests and soil, water, energy and resources, and societies and policy. Through unique activities and material, high school students connect scientific theory and concepts to current, real-world dilemmas, providing them with opportunities for mastery in each of the segments throughout the semester.

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  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

BIOL 041/043: Biology

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BIOL 041: After learning about the scientific method, students will study life at its most basic level, the cell. Students will then use the cell as a foundation for understanding how life evolves, including a detailed discussion of DNA, genetics, and evolution. Each lesson in this course includes an interview with a professional in a career related to biology. Two thousand years ago most people agreed that life, death, sickness, and health were the result of fickle gods. Today we know a little more about the principles behind life and seek to learn more through the study of biology. BIOL 043: Students will continue studying life, but with a progressively wider lens by discovering the variety of life that has evolved, determining how to categorize different living things, and comparing how these living things interact with their environment.

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  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study

EARTH 041/043: Earth Science

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EARTH 041: In this course students will learn about the science behind recent natural disasters involving hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Students will also learn about the structure of our atmosphere and how it makes life on earth possible. EARTH 043: This course is a study of natural and manmade systems of the universe, including the solar, energy, atmospheric, and biological systems.

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  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study

ENVRN 041: Environmental Science

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Students in Environmental Science will learn about the fundamentals of ecology: rocks, minerals, and soil; biomes; surface water and oceans; and earth and energy resources and human impact on these resources.

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  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study

EARTH 051: Astronomy

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In this non mathematical look at astronomy, students will learn what people have traditionally thought about space and how scientists currently study it.

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  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study

CHEM 041/043: General Chemistry

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CHEM 041: This is an introductory chemistry course that includes topics such as matter and energy, the atomic theory, electron clouds and probability, the periodic table, chemical bonding, chemical formulas, and balancing equations. This course has few mathematical computations and includes several virtual lab demonstrations. CHEM 043: This course is a continuation of introductory chemistry and includes topics such as moles, states of matter, behaviors of gases, solutions, reaction rates, chemical equilibriums, solubility, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.

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  • Course Length: 2 Semesters 
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Required Materials:
    • Students will need a scientific calculator and a computer with CD-ROM drive (Windows 2000/Mac OS X or newer).

PHYS 041: Physical Science

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In this introductory course students will learn to apply basic concepts of physical science in exploring, experimenting with, and solving problems. 

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  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study

CHEM 061/063: Honors Chemistry

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CHEM 061: This honors-level course covers principles of chemistry, including atomic theory and chemical bonding, the periodic table, unit conversions, chemical formulas, the mole concept, and stoichiometry. It includes extensive use of algebraic concepts throughout each lesson. This course is taught by an award-winning chemistry teacher and includes use of the Virtual ChemLab software. CHEM 063: The topics in this honors-level chemistry course include kinetic theory, gas laws, solutions, chemical kinetics and equilibrium, acid/base reactions, precipitation reactions, oxidation-reduction reactions and electrochemistry. This course continues the study of the principles of chemistry and builds on the concepts taught in CHEM 061.

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  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: Secondary Math 1
  • Required Materials:
    • A scientific calculator
    • Computer with CD-ROM drive (Windows 2000/Mac OS X or above).

BIOL 049: Human Anatomy

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The question, “How does the human body do what it does?” is answered in BIOL 049 through an in-depth study of systems in the human body, including the digestive, respiratory, immune, circulatory, and reproductive systems. 

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  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study

Anatomy

In this course, students will explore the anatomy or structure of the human body. In addition to learning anatomical terminology, students will study the main systems of the body—including skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, and nervous systems. In addition to identifying the bones, muscles, and organs, students will study the structure of cells and tissues within the body.

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity 

EARTH 055: Meteorology

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In Meteorology, students will learn how severe weather conditions like hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms develop. In this nonmathematical look at meteorology, students will also learn why the earth has seasons and how water in the atmosphere affects weather.

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  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study

PHSCS 041/043: Physics

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PHSCS 041: This physics course is a mathematical treatment of motion and inertia, Newton’s laws, momentum and energy, circular motion and gravitation, gravitational interactions and satellites, etc. This course includes instructions for lab activities that can be completed with commonly available equipment. PHSCS 043: This physics course is a mathematical treatment of momentum, wave and sound, light and color, electric charges and fields, current and circuits, gravity magnetism, nuclear reaction, etc. This course includes instructions for lab activities that can be completed with commonly available equipment.

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  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: Algebra I/Secondary Math I

Physiology

In this course, students will examine the functions of the body’s biological systems—including skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive systems. In addition to understanding the function of each system, students will learn the function of cells, blood, and sensory organs, as well as study DNA, immunity, and metabolic systems. *This course is recommended for grades 10–12.

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  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity
  • Prerequisites: Anatomy is recommended.