**Biotechnology **This course provides an overview of biotechnology, covering theory, applications, and hands-on skills. Topics include DNA and protein analysis, genetic engineering, aseptic technique, and applications to medicine, industry, and forensics. **PREREQUISITES: Biology, Chemistry, Algebra II**

** ****Computer Aided Drafting **This hands-on and project based course will utilize computer aided drafting software to model and draw accurate depictions of structures and other designs. Students will learn the basics of computerized drafting software to construct 3-D designs and two dimensional designs often utilized in the fields of engineering and architecture. **PREREQUISITES: Trigonometry**

** ****Forensic Chemistry **In this course the student will investigate the challenges, methods and analysis of forensic science from a fundamental, chemical perspective. Topics to be investigated include fingerprint collection, hair and fiber analysis, trace evidence analysis, arson and explosive investigations, drug and toxin identification, blood detection and typing, and DNA fingerprinting. **PREREQUISITES: Biology, Chemistry, Algebra II**

** ****Fundamentals of Kinesiology **This course investigates the physics of human movement. We analyze muscles and bones and how they function across articulations. Emphasis will be placed upon the biomechanics of posture, gait, exercise and sport. Further analysis will be applied to sports movements and fitness training. **PREREQUISITES: biology, physics**

** ****Genetics **This course is an introduction to concepts of genetics. It is intended to be an extension of genetics principles learned in the general Biology class. Topics of the class include: the analysis of how traits are inherited and passed on from one generation to another; the mechanism of evolutionary change; and effective genetic investigations that employ the instruments and techniques of genetics. **PREREQUISITES: Biology and Chemistry**

** ****Linear Algebra **Topics covered in this course will include complex numbers, geometric vectors in two and three dimensions and their linear transformations, the algebra of matrices, determinants, solutions of systems of equations, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors. The course will be a balanced blend of theory, application, and computation. Useful for anyone interested in pursuing engineering, mathematics, physics, or economics in college. **PREREQUISITES: Trigonometry and Pre Calculus**

** ****Materials Science **This semester course deals with the science and engineering of all types of materials: metals, polymers, ceramics, semiconductors, and composites. The focus of the course is on understanding the relationship between the structure of materials and their properties. Students will integrate physics and chemistry, as well as chemical, mechanical, civil and electrical engineering to relate the desired properties of a material to the structure of the atoms and phases in that material. **PREREQUISITES: Chemistry, Physics (co-registration acceptable)**

** ****Microcontrollers **The focus of this course will be programming microcontrollers to be used in robotics applications. Students will learn some of the fundamentals of microcontrollers as well as relatively sophisticated applications. Some of the items the microcontrollers will interface with are LCDs, thermometers, motors, serial communication with computers, 802.15.4 wireless protocol, GPS, and SIM cards and text messaging. Students will have an understanding of basic digital electronics. **PREREQUISITES: SRT II or AP Computer Science**

** ****Organic Chemistry **Organic Chemistry is a branch of Chemistry that studies the structures, synthesis, and function of carbon containing compounds. This introductory course will cover such topics as analysis of molecular formulas, chemical reactivity, functional groups, nomenclature, and aromaticity. **PREREQUISITES: Chemistry, Algebra II**

** ****Principles of Engineering **Principles of Engineering introduces students to engineering and engineering technologies. Students will learn about the different branches of engineering and the specific fields of science and mathematics applied in each branch. Students will have the opportunity to examine and solve engineering problems and visit sites where engineers work. Practicing engineers will interact with students to help students learn what abilities, skills, attitudes, and experiences are required to be a successful engineer. **PREREQUISITES: Trigonometry**

** ****Robotics **This is a semester course which will teach the basics of robotics. Students will understand the design of a line-following robot and build it. Through the course, a basic understanding of DC circuitry will be covered. DC circuitry topics will include: power sources, resistors, LEDs, variable resistors, comparators, and motors. Students will learn how to use a multimeter, set a circuit up on a solderless breadboard, solder wiring and circuits, use small hand tools and power tools. Exposure to robotics in the real-world will be covered through selected readings and a field trip. **PREREQUISITES: two credits of science, Algebra II**

**Introduction to Mathematical Logic ** Students will be introduced to formal mathematical reasoning. We will be looking at examples from Number Theory, Probability, and Analysis, among others. This class will be invaluable for anyone planning on taking mathematics in college. General problem solving skills will be acquired.

**Design Engineering **This course will be a project based course. Students will be expected to have and use prior knowledge of the engineering process and some basic CADD techniques. Students will learn hand drafting and 3_d modeling and more advanced techniques in the area of computer aided drafting. All designs will be completed in a bottom up manner. Students will use a project to demonstrate their hand drafting, CADD, and modeling abilities. **PREREQUISITES: Principles of Engineering**

** ****Ecology ** This course gives students an overview of basic concepts in ecology. Students will understand the science of ecology as an interdisciplinary science that includes concepts from Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Students will also be able to appreciate the relationship of populations, communities, and ecosystems. Data will be gathered in a variety of ecosystems to allow students to draw conclusions concerning human population growth and their interaction with other species. **PREREQUISITED: Biology and Chemistry**

** ****Biochemistry **This semester course is designed for students interested in future or current studies in biological, allied health, medical, or environmental science fields. The course will involve an in depth study of the structure and function of biomolecules, the mechanism for the storage and transmission of hereditary information, and the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. **PREREQUISITES: Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry Recommended but not required.**

** ****Sports Physiology **This course provides a theoretical basis for understanding the body’s physiological responses to exercise. Additionally, the course investigates how the support systems of the body (respiratory, cardiovascular, muscular, etc.) function, in cooperation with human energy production to ensure that energy is provided for exercise. Emphasis will be placed upon the practical application of exercise physiology principles to specific sports and other physical training practices. **PREREQUISITES: Microbiology or Biotechnology**

** ****Cryptology **** **This is a semester course that teaches the basics of cryptology. The implementation and algorithms of both classic and contemporary ciphers are studied in the course. Cryptanalysis of classic ciphers is performed. The weaknesse3s of contemporary ciphers is discussed. Programming is a component of the course. Students program encryption/decryption algorithms for both classic and contemporary ciphers. **PREREQUISITES: SRT II or AP Computer Science**

** ****Plant Physiology** This semester course is the study of the internal activities of plants—those chemical and physical processes associated with life as they occur in plants. This includes phytochemistry, diffusion of water, minerals, and nutrients, the processes of plant development (seasonality, dormancy, and reproductive control), and phytopathology (the study of disease in plants). The course will also study the relationships between members of the plant kingdom, and how anatomical and morphological characteristics affect physiological processes. PREREQUISITES: Biology, Chemistry

**Bacteriology **** **This course is designed for students interested in learning basic microbiological techniques, culture methods, and applications of bacteriology. A large portion of the class is devoted to the development of laboratory skills.** PREREQUISITES: Biology and Chemistry**