• Astronomy 

    Course Description: S19011-S19012
    Space exploration is an advanced one semester course designed for the student who wants to investigate the inner-working of the universe.  This inquiry based laboratory course will take advantage of and utilize the latest technological advances in space exploration.  Topics will include, but are not limited to, space navigation, planets, galaxies, stars, comets and asteroids. 
     
    Level: 11, 12                                         Semester: 1                                 Credit: ½
    Prerequisite: Two years high school science credit and Geometry.                                Lab Fee Required  
     
    Course Syllabus for Astronomy:

    Students who are successful:
    To be successful in astronomy, students should have an interest in the nighttime sky and the questions that are still unanswered regarding our universe. Students should also be ready to work cooperatively in the lab during class and will need to find time outside of class to complete further assignments.

    Text: Discovering the Universe, Seventh Edition (2005)     Neil F. Comins and William J. Kaufmann III  ISBN #: 0-7167-6796-1 (High School Hardback with CD)

    A typical week includes:

    •  One to three labs/group activities
    •  Guided Notes with animations/video clips

    Regarding homework:
    Three to four days a week

    Course topics/outline:
    1. Orientation of the Night Sky
    2. The Sun and other Stars
    3. Comets and Asteroids
    4. Humans in Space
    5. Rockets and Shuttles

    Other information:
    Optional night time observations will be made available during the warmer portions of the semester.


    Physical Geology

    Course Description: S16012
    Physical Geology is an advanced course in selected earth science topics. This course is field oriented and is designed for students with interests that may lead to career possibilities in the Earth Science fields. Scientific inquiry will engage the students in the study of the following topics: formation and characteristics of rocks and minerals, fossils and geologic time, and geologic and glacial features of Illinois. There will be an environmental focus throughout the course. May be additional fee for field trips.

    Level: 11, 12                                     Semester: 1                                      Credit: 1/2

    Prerequisites: 2 years of  High School science credit.           Lab fee required.                There may be an additional fee for all field trips.

    Course Syllabus for: Physical Geology

    Students who are successful: 
    Must maintain good attendance, be willing to work both independently and collaboratively in groups, and be engaged in class activities. Students must be self-directed learners and have the ability to research topics independently. Reading and writing skills are essential for success in this course.

    Text: Earth Science Eleventh Edition – Authors Tarbuck & Lutgens- this is an entry level college textbook

    A typical week includes: 
    Various lab activities, research projects, viewing online lectures, and a mixture of group and independent work.

    Regarding homework: 
    Expect one to three hours of homework per week. This includes some lab reports and projects which may require work outside of class.

    Course topics/outline:     
    1. Rocks & minerals
    2. Earth’s history
    3. Plate tectonics
    4. Glaciers
    5. Structural geology

    Other information: 
    This course involves a field trip to the Field Museum and to Starved Rock State Park. 

     
    Weather and Environment

    Course Description: S13011
    Weather and Environment is an advanced course in selected earth science topics. This course is field oriented and designed for students with interests that may lead to career possibilities in environmental fields. Scientific inquiry will engage the students in the study of the following topics: weather, climate, oceanography, and water with a special emphasis on local water resources. There will be an environmental focus throughout the course. May be additional fee for all field trips.

    Level: 11, 12                                             Semester: 1                                                          Credit: 1/2

    Prerequisite: Two years of High school science credit.                                      Lab Fee Required         
    There may an additional fee for all field trips. 
     
    Course Syllabus for: Weather and Environment

    Students who are successful: 
    Must maintain good attendance, be willing to work both independently and collaboratively in groups, and be engaged in class activities. Students must be self-directed learners and have the ability to research topics independently. Reading and writing skills are essential for success in this course. 

    Text: Earth Science Eleventh Edition – Authors Tarbuck & Lutgens- this is an entry level college textbook

    A typical week includes:
    Various lab activities, research projects, viewing online lectures, and a mixture of group and independent work.

    Regarding homework:
    Expect one to three hours of homework per week. This includes some lab reports and projects which may require work outside of class. 

    Course topics/outline: 
    1. Water resources
    2. Oceanography
    3. Seasons & Heat
    4. Earth’s Atmosphere
    5. Air Pressure & Wind
    6. Passive Solar Heating
    Other information:
    This course involves day trips to the DuPage River and a half-day field trip to the Naperville Quarry.
     
     

    AP Environmental Science

    Course Description: S220A1-S220A2 (Weighted)
    AP Environmental Science investigates modern environmental issues integrating concepts from biology, earth science and chemistry. The course is designed 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 or preventing them. Students will participate in field studies to collect and analyze authentic data and to evaluate specific environments.

    Level: 11, 12                                      Semesters: 2                                    Credit: 1 
    Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry                                                                     Lab Fee required
     
    Syllabus for AP Environmental Science:

    Students who are successful:
    Anyone who is interested in current environmental issues dealing with overpopulation, energy, pollution, urban design and climate change. Successful completion of chemistry and biology is recommended prior to taking this class.  Biology can be taken concurrently with this class. 

    Text:
    Environmental Science for AP, 2012 by A. Friedland and R. Relyea
    Publishers: W.H. Freeman and Company
     
    A typical week includes:
    • Take an online, open note quiz on the reading.
    • Do a lab or two.
    • Work on a project or worksheet.

    Regarding homework:
    • Each week: Read a chapter of the text and take notes on the reading.
    • Write up a lab.
    • Work on a project.

    Course topics/outline:
    There are 7 major topics to the class.
    1.    Earth systems (climate & chemical cycles)
    2.    Ecosystems (evolution & adaptations of species, field trips)
    3.    Population (growth & limitations)
    4.    Land & Water Use (design a farm, design a building/city)
    5.    Resources (renewable vs non-renewable, energy, geology)
    6.    Pollution (air, water, waste, field trip)
    7.    Global change (climate change, effects of change)

    Other information:
    The class has a 3-day field trip to Wisconsin to study ecosystems.  This trip is highly recommended and includes a Sunday and two school days in September.
    The class has a fall and spring trip to a local prairie to study stream systems.
    The class has a spring field trip that visits a water treatment plant, organic farm & a landfill.