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SCI 110 Biology

Biology is a course dedicated to helping students explore God’s creation by engaging with the broad spectrum represented in all life on Earth. Students will gain a deeper understanding and awe of their Creator and His attention to detail, beauty, and order in all of His creation. Topics include ecology and ecosystems, humans and our responsibilities as “good stewards’, cell structure and function, energy in living systems, genetics, DNA and protein synthesis, and plant and animal anatomy and physiology. Laboratory investigations emphasizing the scientific process include microscopy, explorations in genetics, environmental testing, and dissection.

Grade Level: Freshman and Sophomore
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

SCI 120 Honors Biology

Explore the glory of God’s creation through biology, the study of life. Topics include biochemistry, cell structure and function, energy in living systems, DNA and protein synthesis, genetics, and plant and animal anatomy and physiology. Laboratory investigations emphasizing the scientific process include microscopy, simulations and models, observation of living organisms, and dissection. Students will engage in the broad spectrum represented in biology, from cells to humans, and stand in awe of their Creator–His attention to detail, beauty, and order. Honors biology students will find coursework more challenging in critical thinking, laboratory skills, reading, and writing requirements.

Teacher approval based on admissions testing.

Grade Level: Freshman and Sophomore
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

SCI 210 Chemistry

Any study of God’s creation inevitably leads to an investigation of the basic components that He made and used to form the universe. Chemistry is the study of these components—atoms—and what makes them different, how they bond together, and the special properties that result. Students will discover the signature of God through their study of the atom and the periodic table.

Successful completion of Biology or Honors Biology and Algebra I or Honors Algebra I

Grade Level: Sophomore, Junior, and Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: Biology I, Algebra I

SCI 220 Honors Chemistry

Through honors chemistry, students will investigate the patterns and orderliness of God’s creation, thereby learning about the nature of God through the study of the periodic table, reactions, and using math to explore chemical quantity relationships. Honors chemistry will focus on studying atoms, how they differ, how they bond, and how they react. Laboratory experiments will emphasize and enhance learning of laws and properties of matter. Honors chemistry students will find coursework to be at a heightened pace as well as the use of problem solving requiring higher-level algebra skills.

Grade Level: Sophomore, Junior, and Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “A” in Biology I or a minimum grade of “B” in Honors Biology and a minimum grade of “B” in Algebra I; or teacher approval

SCI 305 Marine Science

Students will be learning about God’s creation in the marine environment by completing two major projects: 1) an aquarium project emphasizing ocean chemistry, the importance of chemical cycles, marine ecology, and species compatibility and 2) a classification project emphasizing mastery of one marine group in the areas of classification, anatomy and physiology, behavior, symbiosis, and ethical issues as they pertain to Christian worldview. Students will also learn about physical oceanography through the study of waves and tides, plate tectonics, marine biomes, and gas/pressure relationships.

Course fee required.

Grade Level: Sophomore, Junior, and Senior
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology

SCI 310 Physics

College-prep Physics is a full year class highly recommended as an introduction to a more mathematically rigorous AP Physics course. This course is well suited for students seeking a liberal arts or non-science-based degree at a competitive college. This course requires an understanding of algebra and trigonometry and is designed to help students fully appreciate our world and the laws of nature. This course covers Newtonian mechanics, sound, electricity, magnetism and light.

Grade Level: Junior and Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or higher; completion of Biology or Biology Honors and Chemistry or Chemistry Honors; or Teacher approval

SCI 320 Honors Physics

Honors Physics is a full year class highly recommended as an introduction to a more mathematically rigorous AP Physics course. This course is well suited for students seeking a liberal arts or science-based degree at a competitive college. This course requires an understanding of algebra and trigonometry and is designed to help students fully appreciate our work and the laws of nature. This course covers Newtonian Mechanics, Sound, Electricity, Magnetism, and Light.

Grade Level: Junior and Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: A grade of 93% or better in Biology and Algebra II/Trig or 83% in Honors Biology and Honors Algebra II/Trig, concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus

SCI 335 Forensic Science

Forensic science uses scientific concepts, processes and thinking for investigating and solving crimes for legal purposes. In this class various branches of forensics will be covered: crime scene analysis, trace evidence, study of hair and fiber, blood and blood spatter, DNA evidence, fingerprints, death and decomposition, forensic anthropology, and casts and impressions. This course incorporates guest speakers from various occupations in the scope of forensic science. Using techniques learned in each area, students will analyze a crime scene.

Grade Level: Junior and Senior
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: Grade of 73% or better in Biology and Chemistry, priority is given to Seniors who require a Science course to meet graduation requirements

SCI 340 Human Anatomy and Physiology

Human Anatomy and Physiology is a two-semester course designed to expand the student’s knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. The main emphasis of the course is to provide a survey of human body systems and to explore more in-depth material pertinent in various allied health and medical careers. Students will be exposed to some basics of surgical intervention and basic health care while learning this subject. Current lectures, labs, texts, video surgery, games, and dissections will be used to achieve this knowledge. Individual project(s) will also be assigned. Also, note that the human reproductive system is covered and this is a class for the mature student, therefore, students will see some slides and/or human cadavers that depict the nude body and there will be some discussion of human sexuality. Graphic surgical procedures will be occasionally shown in class.

Course fee required for the cadaver lab.

Grade Level: Junior and Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: 73% or higher in Biology and Chemistry

SCI 345 Biotechnology - Principles and Practice

This course is inquiry based, actively hands-on, and designed to provide students with a
foundational understanding of biotechnology, as well as the actual laboratory processes used in its
study and application. Students will get direct experience using the same equipment that would be
found in a research lab or production facility. Exploration of the complex interaction between
science and society inherent in this field will be a regular feature of this course. Students will
regularly engage with the legal and ethical issues this technology presents, explore examples of
biotechnology as it is used in the real world, and investigate possible careers in biotechnology. The
course curriculum begins with a brief look at the current state of biotechnology and includes an
exploration of the underlying genetic concepts directly involved. From here, the curriculum
progresses to basic laboratory knowledge and skills, DNA structure and analysis, bacterial
transformation, PCR reactions, protein structure and analysis, and immunological applications.

Course fee required.

Grade Level: Junior and Senior
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: Grade of 83% or better in Biology/Honors
Biology and Chemistry/Honors Chemistry

SCI 370 Robotics and Engineering

Robotics and Engineering is a semester science elective where students explore the amazing world of robotics. This course predominantly focuses on the hands-on creation of robots that meet both remote and autonomous control requirements. Through the process of discovery, students will inherently learn product development life-cycle principles from an engineering perspective. Integrated software development will be encapsulated within a V-Model development framework. The product and software development processes will be learned via creation of robots that meet specified user criteria. Students will research formal development approaches and the current and future role of robotics in society.

Course fee required.

Grade Level: Junior and Senior
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: Grade of 83% or better in Biology or Honors Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra I

SCI 430 AP Physics 1

AP Physics 1 is designed to be the equivalent of the first semester of general physics in college. AP Physics 1 will provide students with deep understanding in the areas of Newtonian mechanics; applying work, energy, and power to novel situations; mechanical waves, including but not limited to sound; and an introduction to electric circuits. Students will also be challenged in inquiry lab work as part of the AP course. Students are required to take the AP Physics 1 exam given by the College Board in May. After AP Physics 1 students can elect to move on to AP Physics 2, AP Physics C or another AP science course.

The cost of the required AP exam is approximately $93.

Grade Level: Sophomore, Junior, and Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: A or B in biology and chemistry, A or B in Algebra II, concurrent enrollment in pre-calculus

SCI 450 STEM Capstone

The STEM Capstone course is the culmination of the student’s STEM education at Valor Christian. Building on prior knowledge and experience and partnering the Valor’s Discovery program, the course includes hands-on deep dive into several specific areas of STEM, tailored to equip students with the necessary skills to help solve a problem for an underserved community. Informed by a Christian Worldview, the areas of sustainability, ethics, and environmental stewardship are woven throughout the course. Students will have the opportunity to see their work in action, as an optional Discovery trip will be planned each Spring.

Grade Level: Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

SCI 510 AP Biology

AP Biology is a one-year college level class that will engage students in high levels of critical thinking, inquiry, analysis, and evaluation. It encompasses scientific method, biochemistry, cell structure & function, biotechnology, genetics, evolution & origins, anatomy & physiology, taxonomy, behavior, and ecology. There are four big ideas, each with a variety of enduring understandings, and learning objectives. Students will focus on content as a way to provide examples for each of the big ideas and enduring understandings. The laboratory component includes 8 investigative labs that are specifically related to topics on the AP exam. Students are expected to take the AP Biology exam in May.

The cost for the required AP exam will be approximately $93.

Grade Level: Junior and Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “A” in Biology I or minimum grade of “B” in Honors Biology; minimum grade of “A” in Chemistry or minimum grade of “B” in Honors Chemistry; or teacher approval. (Recommended: Anatomy and Physiology)

SCI 520 AP Chemistry

AP Chemistry is a second-year, advanced study of the interactions between matter and energy, how chemical bonds are created, atoms are rearranged, properties of substances are altered, and energy is transferred through chemical reactions. Rigorous laboratory experiments will emphasize critical thinking, utilization of computer-based sensors and probes, and designing inquiry-based experiments stemming from proposed problems. God’s creative majesty will be revealed as the intricacy, orderliness, and implicit laws of nature point to our Creator in an unmistakable manner. The course culminates with the required AP Chemistry exam.

The cost for the required AP exam will be approximately $93.

Grade Level: Junior and Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: Grade of 83% or higher in Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra II/Trigonometry, “A” in Chemistry or “B” or higher in Chemistry Honors; Concurrent enrollment in Algebra II with a B or higher; science and math teacher approval needed.

SCI 610 AP Physics C Engineering Mechanics

This rigorous, second-year physics course utilizes calculus in solving abstract and complex physics problems. The course covers mechanics, including one- and two-dimensional kinematics, forces, circular motion, gravitation, work, energy, power, momentum, rotation and oscillation. Each topic will be covered in depth and will include an associated lab and/or project. Coupling the scientific laws of physics with higher level math illustrates the complexity and orderliness of Creator God. The course culminates with the required AP Physics C exam.

The cost for the required AP exam is approximately $93.

Grade Level: Junior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite:Concurrent enrollment in Calculus or higher, grade of 73% or higher in AP Physics 1, approval by Student’s Academic & College Counselor

SCI 610 DC Human Anatomy and Physiology DC

Human Anatomy and Physiology is a two-semester introductory college course designed to expand the students’ knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. Students may take this course for high school and/or college credit. The main emphasis of the course is to provide a survey of human body systems and to explore more in depth material pertinent in various allied health and medical careers. Students will be exposed to some basics of surgical intervention and basic health care while learning this subject. Current lectures, labs, texts, video surgery, games, and dissections will be used to achieve this knowledge. Individual project(s) will also be assigned. Also, note that the human reproductive system is covered and this is a class for the mature student, therefore, students will see some slides and/or human cadavers that depict the nude body and there will be some discussion of human sexuality. Graphic surgical procedures will be occasionally shown in class.

Fee required for cadaver lab. There is an additional fee for concurrent college credit.

Grade Level: Junior and Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite:Grade of 83% or higher in Biology and Chemistry and approval of the student’s Academic & College Counselor