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Instructors: Kate Belinda  |   Summer Graber  |  Kirt Nell


*Students must complete three (3) Science Credits to graduate - the two following courses plus one elective Science credit

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE (03008) – Required, Open to grades 9 – 12
Prerequisite: None
Required Materials: Composition Notebook, External Hard Drive

Earth and Space Science provides students an opportunity to investigate the Earth’s place in the universe. Through hands on activities and models, students will begin to understand the dynamic interactions of the earth systems and the history of our planet in the Universe. Students will learn valuable skills and techniques that have been and are currently being used by geoscientists to understand and predict the changes to the planet. Students will learn how our planet works through investigation and modeling. By understanding the earth’s past, students will have knowledge regarding current conditions and potential threats to our planet.

BIOLOGY (03051) – Required, Open to grades 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Biology is devoted to the study of living things and their processes. Throughout the semester this course provides an opportunity for students to develop scientific process skills, laboratory techniques, and an understanding of the fundamental principles of living organisms. Students will explore cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, evolution and classification, diversity of living organisms and their ecological roles, and an introduction to human anatomy. This course is required for all 10th grade students and is a requirement for graduation. There are no per-requisites for this course.


PHYSICAL SCIENCE (03159) – Elective, Open to grades 9 – 12
Prerequisite: Passing Score in Algebra I or a “B” or better in Pre-Algebra and taking Algebra I
Required Materials: Basic Scientific Calculator

Physical Science is a combination of two branches of science---Chemistry and Physics. Chemistry is the study of the properties, composition, structure, and interactions of matter. Physics is the study of the relationship between matter and energy. During this class students will enhance their science laboratory skills while investigating the basic concepts in Chemistry and Physics. It is recommended that the student have passed Algebra I before taking this class

ANATOMY (03053) – Elective, Commencement Honors: Open to grades 11 & 12
Prerequisites: Passing grade in Physical Science as well as a “C” or better in Biology. Chemistry is strongly recommended.
Required Materials: Colored pens or pencils

Anatomy and physiology is a study of the physical structure of the human body and how it works. The study will cover a range of topics including molecules, cells, body systems, and processes. There are many hands on labs, including dissection of a pig as well as other appropriate organs. This course is designed for college preparation, especially for biology and health career majors. The class is fast paced and requires many hours of individual study. This is an honors course. Alternates every other year with Science Laboratory Exploration.

AP BIOLOGY (03056) – Commencement Honors, Open to grades 11 & 12
Prerequisite: Earned a C or better in Biology

AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics like evolution, energetics, information storage and transfer, and system interactions. This course is yearlong and prepares student for the AP Exam in the spring.  Earning a 3 on the test earns 8 credits at Montana State colleges. If you are looking to go out of state please check with testing requirements.

ASTRONOMY (03004) – Elective, Open to grades 11 & 12
Prerequisite:  None

An Introduction to the field of astronomy. History of astronomy, astronomy as a physical science, properties of light, telescopes, structure and evolution of the sun, planets, moons, and other bodies in the solar system, galaxies, cosmology and the search for extraterrestrial life.

CHEMISTRY (03101) – Elective, Commencement Honors; Open to grades 11 & 12
Prerequisites: Algebra II (must have passed or be taking concurrently) & Physical Science
Required Materials:  Scientific Calculator with Trigonometric Functions, Composition Notebook, Lab Notebook (can be purchased from the school), Red Marking Pen

This course provides an introduction to chemical concepts using practical issues and applications to illustrate the principles of chemistry. Subjects that are covered include: matter, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonds, stoichiometry, gases, thermodynamics, solutions, and chemical kinetics. This class is intended to provide students with a strong background in chemistry and prepare them for college courses. You can expect to be challenged by the material and in turn will be expected to keep pace with a demanding schedule of reading/homework assignments and out-of-class assignments.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (03003) – Elective, Open to grades 11-12
Prerequisite: None
Required Materials: Composition Notebook, External Hard Drive

Environmental science is a class that addresses interactions between people and their natural environment. Global climate change, natural resources management, ozone depletion, acid rain, air and water quality, solid and hazardous waste management, and sustainable development are a few of the issues discussed in this course. Students review the processes that affect natural environments, examine the impact of human activities on ecosystems, and discuss current environmental issues.

COLLEGE PHYSICS (03165) – Elective, Commencement Honors; Open to grades 11 & 12
Prerequisite: Algebra II
Required Materials: Scientific Calculator

The Algebra based study of kinematics, dynamics, the conservation laws, fluids, heat, sound, and optics, electricity, magnetism, and electromagnetic waves. Emphasizes the development of problem-solving skills. Contains a weekly lab component.  NOTE: College Physics may be taken for duel credit in association with Montana Tech., there is a fee and a prerequisite of a 27 Math ACT score. This is optional and is not required for RLHS credit.

TIFIC LABORATORY EXPLORATIONS (03212) (A.K.A. Research Class) – Elective, Commencement Honors; Open to grades 11 & 12 (class size limited to 16)
Prerequisites:  “C” or better in Physical Science as well as in Biology
Required Materials:  3 inch 3-Ring Binder

Science Laboratory Exploration is a class devoted to teaching students how to prepare and conduct a scientific research or engineering project as would be done in the real world and/or at a university. The research topic will be of the students choosing.  Students will be required to write a full scientific research paper and prepare a digital presentation covering their research. Student’s will be encouraged to participate at the local Science Fair.

ROBOTICS (21009) – Elective, Open to grades 11 & 12
Prerequisites: Computer Applications (Physical Science and Coding strongly recommended)

Robotics is a lab-based course that uses a hands-on approach to introduce the basic concepts of robotics, focusing on the construction and programming of autonomous mobile robots. Course information will be tied to lab experiments; students will work in groups to build and test mobile robots, culminating in an end-of-semester robot contest. We will be using VEX Robotic Design System as our platform. Students will be divided into groups and complete a variety of robot construction and programming activities.