science

We love teaching science because we get to explore the wonders of the natural world with you. Our courses will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in this technological age while also encouraging you to question the societal implications of technology. We offer a wide variety of courses including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space Science.

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GRADE 9

SNC1LB (Science, Fast Forward)

This science course emphasizes reinforcing and strengthening science-related knowledge and skills, including scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and the relationship between science, society, and the environment.  This course also prepares students for success in everyday life and the workplace.

Units of Study:

  • Unit 1:  Scientific Inquiry:  Science in Daily Life
  • Unit 2:  Chemistry:  Properties of Common Materials
  • Unit 3:  Physics: Electrical Circuits
  • Unit 4:  Biology: Staying Alive
  • Unit 5:  Making Personal Decisions

 

SNC1PI (Science, Applied)

This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science to everyday situations. They are also given opportunities to develop practical skills related to scientific investigation. Students will plan and conduct investigations into practical problems and issues related to the impact of human activity on ecosystems; the structure and properties of elements and compounds; space exploration and the components of the universe; and static and current electricity.

Units of Study:

  • Unit 1:  Physics: Astronomy
  • Unit 2:  Chemistry: Exploring Matter
  • Unit 3:  Physics: Electrical Applications
  • Unit 4:  Biology: Ecology

 

SNC1DI (Science, Academic)

This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Throughout the course, students will develop their skills in the processes of scientific investigation. Students will acquire an understanding of scientific theories and conduct investigations related to sustainable ecosystems; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the study of the universe and its properties and components; and the principles of electricity.

Units of Study:

  • Unit 1:  Chemistry: Atoms &: Elements
  • Unit 2:  Earth and Space Science: Exploration of the Universe
  • Unit 3:  Physics: Characteristics of Electricity
  • Unit 4:  Biology: Sustainable Ecosystems

 


GRADE 10

SNC2LB (Science, Fast Forward)

This science course covers material that is important for everyday life and for many jobs. We will learn to think like scientists and make decisions based on the evidence gathered from carefully designed experiments. We will reinforce and strengthen science-related knowledge and skills, including scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and the relationship between science, society, and the environment.  Prerequisite:  SNC1LB.

 

SNC2PI (Science, Applied)

This course enables students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science in real-world situations. Students are given opportunities to develop further practical skills in scientific investigation. Students will plan and conduct investigations into everyday problems and issues related to human cells and body systems; chemical reactions; factors affecting climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.  Prerequisite:  SNC1PI or SNC1DI.

Units of Study:

  • Unit 1:  Chemistry — Chemical Reactions and their Practical Applications
  • Unit 2:  Physics — Light and Applications of Optics
  • Unit 3:  Biology — Tissues, Organs, and Systems
  • Unit 4:  Earth and Space Science — Earth’s Dynamic Climate

 

SNC2DI (Science, Academic)

This course enables students to enhance their understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and of the interrelationships between science, technology, society, and the environment. Students are also given opportunities to further develop their scientific investigation skills. Students will plan and conduct investigations and develop their understanding of scientific theories related to the connections between cells and systems in animals and plants; chemical reactions, with a particular focus on acid-base reactions; forces that affect climate and climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.  Prerequisite:  SNC1DI (or SNC1PI with teacher recommendation).  

Units of Study:

  • Unit 1:   Biology — Tissues, Organs, and Systems of Living Tissues
  • Unit 2:   Chemistry — Chemical Reactions
  • Unit 3:   Physics — Light and Geometric Optics
  • Unit 4:   Earth and Space Science — Climate Change

 


GRADE 11

SBI3CI (Biology, College) – runs alternating years with SCH4CI, available in 2022-23

This course focuses on the processes involved in biological systems. Students will learn concepts and theories as they conduct investigations in the areas of cellular biology, microbiology, animal anatomy and physiology, plant structure and physiology, and environmental science. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of concepts, and on the skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields. Prerequisite:  SNC2PI or SNC2DI.

Units of Study:

  • Unit 1:  Cellular Biology
  • Unit 2:  Microbiology
  • Unit 3:  Animal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Unit 4:  Plant Structure & Physiology
  • Unit 5:  Genetics

 

SBI3UI (Biology, University)

This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes involved in biological systems. Students will study cellular functions, genetic continuity, internal systems and regulation, the diversity of living things, and the anatomy, growth, and functions of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation.  Prerequisite:  SNC2DI

Units of Study:

  • Unit 1:   Diversity of Living Things
  • Unit 2:   Genetic Processes
  • Unit 3:   Evolution
  • Unit 4:   Animals: Structure and Function
  • Unit 5:   Plants: Anatomy, Growth, & Function

 

SCH3UI/*SCH3UW (Chemistry, University/*Pre-AP)

This course focuses on the concepts and theories that form the basis of modern chemistry. Students will study the behaviours of solids, liquids, gases, and solutions; investigate changes and relationships in chemical systems; and explore how chemistry is used in developing new products and processes that affect our lives and our environment. Emphasis will also be placed on the importance of chemistry in other branches of science.  Prerequisite:  SNC2DI.  

SCH3UW (pre-AP Chemistry) requires a student application in February.

Units of Study:

  • Unit 1:  Introduction, Matter and It’s Properties
  • Unit 2:  Chemical Bonding, Nomenclature& Types of Reactions
  • Unit 3:  Quantities in Chemical Reactions
  • Unit 4:  Solutions & Solubility
  • Unit 5:  Gases & Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Unit 6:  Hydrocarbons and Thermodynamics

 

SPH3UI/*SPH3UW (Physics, University/*Pre-AP)

This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will study the laws of dynamics and explore different kinds of forces, the quantification and forms of energy (mechanical, sound, light, thermal, and electrical), and the way energy is transformed and transmitted. They will develop scientific-inquiry skills as they verify accepted laws and solve both assigned problems and those emerging from their investigations. Students will also analyse the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment. Prerequisite:  SNC2DI.

SPH3UW (pre-AP Physics) requires a student application in February.

Units of Study:

  • Unit 1:  Kinematics
  • Unit 2:  Forces
  • Unit 3:  Energy and Society
  • Unit 4:  Waves and Sound
  • Unit 5:  Electricity and Magnetism

 


GRADE 12

SBI4UI (Biology, University)

This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes associated with biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, evolution, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on achievement of the detailed knowledge and refined skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.  Prerequisite:  SBI3UI.

 

SCH4CI (Chemistry, College) – runs alternating year with SBI3CI, available in 2021-22

This course enables students to develop an understanding of chemistry through the study of matter and qualitative analysis, organic chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical calculations, and chemistry as it relates to the quality of the environment. Students will use a variety of laboratory techniques, develop skills in data collection and scientific analysis, and communicate scientific information using appropriate terminology. Emphasis will be placed on the role of chemistry in daily life and the effects of technological applications and processes on society and the environment.  Prerequisite:  SNC2PI or SNC2DI.

 

SCH4UI/*SCH4UW Chemistry, University/*AP)

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, energy changes and rates of reaction, chemical systems and equilibrium, electro-chemistry, and atomic and molecular structure. Students will further develop problem-solving and laboratory skills as they investigate chemical processes, at the same time refining their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in daily life, and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.  This course is intended for those individuals seeking to pursue sciences and engineering programs at a university level.  Prerequisite:  SCH3UI/3UW.

SCH4UW (AP Chemistry) requires a student application in February.

Topics:

  • Structure & Properties of Substances
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Energy Changes
  • Rates of Reaction
  • Chemical Equilibrium
  • Solubility Equilibrium
  • Acid/Base Equilibrium

 

SES4UI (Earth and Space Science, University)

This course focuses on the Earth as a planet, and on the basic concepts and theories of Earth science and their relevance to everyday life. Students will examine the Earth’s place in the solar system and, after a general introduction to Earth science, will explore in more detail the materials of the Earth, its internal and surficial processes, and its history. The course draws on astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics in its consideration of geological processes that can be observed directly or inferred from other evidence.  Prerequisite:  SNC2DI.

Units of Study:

  • Unit 1: Astronomy: Science of the Universe
  • Unit 2: The Earth As a Planet
  • Unit 3: Internal Structure and Processes of the Earth
  • Unit 4: Earth History
  • Unit 5: Surficial Earth Processes
  • Unit 6: Earth Materials

Note:  Dual Credit Opportunity – Qualifying students can use this course as a first year half credit in Earth Sciences if enrolling in a Science program at the University of Waterloo.

 

SNC4MI (Science, University/College)

This course enables students, including those pursuing post-secondary programs outside the sciences, to increase their understanding of science and contemporary social and environmental issues in health-related fields. Students will explore a variety of medical technologies, pathogens and disease, nutritional science, public health issues, and biotechnology. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study and helps refine students’ scientific investigation skills. Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic, or any Grade 11 university, university/college, or college preparation course in science

 

SPH4UI/*SPH4UW (Physics, University/*AP)

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of the concepts and theories of physics. Students will explore further the laws of dynamics and energy transformations, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields; electromagnetic radiation; and the interface between energy and matter. They will further develop inquiry skills, learning, for example, how the interpretation of experimental data can provide indirect evidence to support the development of a scientific model. Students will also consider the impact on society and the environment of technological applications of physics.  Prerequisite:  SPH3UI/3UW.

SPH4UW (AP Physics) requires a student application in February.

Units of Study:

  • Unit 1:  Dynamics and Special Relativity = 24 classes
  • Unit 2:  Energy and Momentum = 20 classes
  • Unit 3:  Electricity, Gravitation, and Magnetism = 17 classes
  • Unit 4:  Wave Optics = 17 classes
  • Unit 5:  Quantum Mechanics = 4 classes