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Course Name
# of credits – school – grade
Type of Credit
Prerequisite

Course Description

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C – Computer
E – Elective
ENG – English
HUM – Humanities
M – Mathematics
PE – Physical Education
SCI – Science
SS – Social Studies
DC – Dual Credit
TCC – Technical Competency Credit
NCAA – Core Course

Canyon Ridge High School

Twin Falls High School

Earth Science

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 9
SCI – NCAA

This course is an introduction to the study of geology, mineralogy, astronomy, meteorology, hydrology, and the earth’s natural resources. Students will be given opportunities to develop as scientists through experimental design and higher order thinking.

Honors Earth Science

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 9
SCI – NCAA
Application/Teacher Recommendation

Earth Science encompasses the fields of astronomy, geology, meteorology, oceanography, and environmental science. This course is more extensive than the regular Earth Science. More topics will be covered which involve higher level thinking skills and there will investigations into new technologies for studying space and for management of earth’s resources. This course requires an application in the spring prior to registration.

Biology

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 10
SCI – DC (CSI: BIOL 100) – NCAA

Biology is the study of living things and processes that maintain the living condition. The topics include cellular biology, photosynthesis, respiration, genetics, evolution, classifying organisms, and ecology.

AP Biology

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 10/11/12
SCI – DC (CSI: BIOL 201) – NCAA
Application/Teacher Reccomendation

AP Biology is designed to provide a more challenging course for students interested in Biology. Students will go in depth into the topics of Cellular Biology, Photosynthesis, Respiration, Genetics, Evolution, Classification and Ecology. Additionally, this course will prepare students for the AP Biology Exam and students may opt to take the AP Exam for possible college credit.

Human Structure and Function

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 10/11/12
SCI – DC (CSI: BIOL 105) – NCAA
B or better in Biology or Instructor Approval

This course studies both the structure and function of organ systems of the human body, (circulatory, muscular, nervous, etc.), Laboratory dissections and experiments are used to illustrate the structure and functions of the various systems.

Physical Science

2 – TFHS – 11/12
SCI – NCAA

Physical Science is designed to give the non-science student an introduction to the basic principles of chemistry, Physics and Earth Science. Topics may include scientific method, structure of atoms and molecules, composition of matter, motion, forces, energy, heat, waves, electricity, magnetism and light.

Physics

2- CRHS/TFHS – 11/12
SCI – NCAA
Previous or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II

The principles of physics are part of all that we do: seeing, hearing, talking, athletics, music, cars, TV, etc. Topics covered include motion, forces, gravity, momentum, energy, electricity, magnetism, sound and light.

Astrophysics (Astronomy)

2 – TFHS – 11/12
SCI – DC (CSI: PHYS 101) – NCAA
C or better in Algebra I

Astronomy is the study of the universe above the Earth’s atmosphere. This course will cover planets, stars, galaxies, black holes, the Big Bang Theory and more. Some nighttime observation will be required.

AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based

2 – TFHS – 11/12
SCI – NCAA
Previous or concurrent enrollment in Precalculus

This is 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 passing the AP Exam in the Spring may be awarded College Credit.

Biology II

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 11/12
SCI – DC (CSI: BIOL 100) – NCAA
Biology

Students will study many different types of living organisms; their systems and classifications. Students will analyze the structure, function and diversity of organisms. Topics by quarter include: microorganisms (bacteria, protists), botany, zoology, human body systems. This course will include several animal dissections which are a required part of the course. Students must be willing to participate.

Environmental Science

2 – CRHS – 11/12
SCI – DC

Environmental Science provides 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 man-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Environmental science is a multidisciplinary science.

Chemistry

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 11/12
SCI – NCAA
Previous or concurrent enrollment in Algebra Topics

Chemistry is strongly recommended for those students who are planning to go to college. This course studies the properties of matter. Emphasis is on the metric system, chemical formulas, balancing equations, atomic structure, the mole, kinetics and gas laws. Laboratory experiments are conducted. Math skills are very important to be successful in chemistry.

Honors Chemistry

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 10/11/12
SCI – DC (BSU/CSI: CHEM101/101L) – NCAA
Previous or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II

“Honors Chemistry is a challenging course that will emphasize math calculations and lab experience. Atomic structure, chemical reactions, moles, kinetics, gas laws, pH and Stoichiometry will be covered. Four (4) college credits may be earned for this course. CSI ALEKS Test required for Dual Credit admission. CSI Prerequisite: Math 108 or placement test score into Math 143. Corequisite: Chem 101L. BSU Requirement: minimum 3.0 HS GPA.

AP Chemistry

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 11/12
SCI – NCAA
Honors Chemistry & Alg. II or higher or Instructor Approval

This is a 2nd year Chemistry course. Need to have completed Honors Chemistry and be in Precalculus or higher, or with teacher approval. Topics include structure of matter, bonding and intermolecular forces, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium. AP Exam is given in the spring for possible college credit.

AP Environmental Science

2 – TFHS – 12
SCI – DC (CSI: BIOL 120)
C or better in Biology or AP Biology

The goal of the 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. Students passing the AP Exam in the Spring may be awarded College Credit.

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