Courses & Descriptions
3421 - PHYSICAL SCIENCE A (9-REQ) Semester 1 - 1 Credit/1 Semester
3120 - BIOLOGY A (9-REQ) Semester 2 - 1 Credit/1 Semester
3130 - BIOLOGY B (10-REQ) Semester 3 -1 Credit/1 Semester
3422 - PHYSICAL SCIENCE B (10-REQ) Semester 4 - 1 Credit/1 Semester
3424 - HONORS PHYSICAL SCIENCE A (9) Semester 1 - 1 Credit/1 Semester
3124 - HONORS BIOLOGY A (9) Semester 2 - 1 Credit/1 Semester
3126 - HONORS BIOLOGY B (10) Semester 3 - 1 Credit/1 Semester
3426 - HONORS PHYSICAL SCIENCE B (10) Semester 4 - 1 Credit/1 Semester
This four semester sequence introduces students to Physical Science and Biology. The Physical Science A portion is a laboratory course dealing with scientific investigations of the properties of matter, atoms, the modern Periodic Table of Elements, chemical reactions, the Law of Conservation of Matter. The Physical Science B portion is a course that uses mathematical relationships and inquiry-based projects to explore the interrelated nature of matter and energy and the physical laws that govern their behavior. The subject matter of Biology A includes cell structure and processes, use of microscopes, ecology, and classification of living things. Biology B focuses on DNA, genetics, cell replication, the adaptations of living things, and the interrelatedness of organisms on the planet.
2740 - ZOOLOGY (10,11,12) 1 Credit/1Semester
This course examines the diversity with the Animal Kingdom through basic anatomy, physiology, ecology,a nd evolution. Students will learn animal body plan, internal and external structures, and evolutionary adaptations through investifative labs and dissection.
3104 - HEALTH CAREERS (10,11,12) 1 Credit/1 Semester
Get ready to explore new and exciting careers in the healthand medical fields. This course includes field trips and guest speakers in the field of medicine and health. The medical field has a high demand for several exciting and high paying careers. Get your start on your health career future by enrolling in this class.
3205 - ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (11,12) 2 Credits/2 Semesters
This is an advanced elective lab class taken primarily for students wanting to pursue careers such as nursing, medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, physical education, occupational therapy, athletic training and chiropractic. The course will study the interrelationship of body organ systems and the complement of structure and function.
3228 - IB Biology, SL (11,12) 2 Credits/2 Semesters
This lab science class is a pre-college biology course. SL biology students will cover the history as well as the current nature of this globally universal subject. SL concepts will stress building strong analytical skills necessary in all science areas. The course will include but not be limited to: biochemistry, cells, genetics, animal systems (covered in dissection format), evolution and ecology.
3240 - BIOLOGY/CHEMISTRY (11,12) 2 Credits/2 Semesters
This third year science class emphasizes the technical aspects of the health and medical related support fields with a hands-on application. Units covered are: continuity of life, animal life processes, and plant growth and reproduction. Laboratory application explores the techniques and skills needed in various careers.
Prerequisite: Biology 1
3505 - GENERAL SCIENCE (9) 2 Credits/2 Semesters
This is a preparatory class for those students who are in need of assistance with basic science knowledge and skills. This course will integrate the fundamental concepts in chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science. General Science is a course that is designed to help students who may have missed middle school science classes or skills. This course is preparation for the required Physical Science A B and Biology A B sequence. In order to enroll in this course, a student must obtain a recommendation from a previous sciences teacher and/or counselor.
3523 - PHOTOGRAPHY SCIENCE (11,12) 1 Credit/1 Semester Photography Science is a 1 semester course that will explore the nature of science through the camera viewfinder. Fundamental principles of both science and photography will be presented together as a way for students to develop scientifically and artistically. The course will be project and presentation based and students will be required to maintain a portfolio/notebook as a survey for the class.
3530 - CHEMISTRY (10,11,12) "The Central Science" 2 Credits/2 Semesters
This course is designed for students who do not plan on pursuing a science, math, or technology related career, but who intend to continue their education in other fields after high school. After developing a background in the fundamentals of chemistry, the thrust of this class will be real-life applications of chemistry in the social problems of today. Issues such as: energy sources, household chemicals, drugs, food, fitness and health will be studied from the view points of social, economic, political, and scientific awareness.
Prerequisite: A "C" or better in Algebra 1, either Physical Science A or Honors Physical Science A, and either Physical Science B or Honors Physical Science B. 10th graders with permission of instructor.
3540 - HONORS CHEMISTRY (10,11,12) 2 Credits/2 Semesters
This course is strngly recommended for any student who is thinking of a science or technology related career or who simply enjoys an academic challenge. Chemistry deals with the makeup and behavior of the matter that makes up our world and attempts to explain and predict the changes that occur during chemical reactions. The class requires good reasoning skills and the ability to apply math skills in problem solving. Most importantly, students must be motivated and enjoy being challenged and stretching their abilities. Prerequisite: Algebra 2 completed or taken concurently. A "C" or better in Algebra 1, either Physical Science A or Honors Physical Science A, and either Physical Science B or Honors Physical Science B. 10th graders with permission of instructor. Student should meet the recommended honors criteria.
3615 - PHYSICS (11,12) 2 Credits/2 Semesters
This course is designed for students who want to dig deeper into physics concepts learned in Physical Science B. Students will explore motion, thermodynamics, waves, electricity, magnetism, and radioactivity. Concepts learned throughout the course will be applied to modern technology development, engineering of renewable and nonrenewable energy reources, climate science, and astronomy. Physics is strongly recommended for college bound students. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Physical Science B. Concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 or higher mathematics required.
3698 - GEOLOGY A (PHYSICAL) (11,12) 1 Credit/1 Semester You'll never look at a rock the same way again. Physical Geology focuses on the origin and development of the earth, and what it is made of, from granite to gemstones. This course includes the development of the earth's crust, its minerals, rocks and the dynamic processes that shape the earth. Students will conduct research on topics ranging from favorite volcanoes; to the role mining has played in the development of Coeur d'Alene. The course provides an understanding of the natural and physical processes of the planet Earth and an appreciation for the impact geology has on every life. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physical Science A and B, or permission of the instructor.
3720 - ASTRONOMY (11,12) 1 Credit/1 Semester
Semester class offered spring. Come join star gazers as we attempt to unravel the mysterious universe. Build your own telescope (all you need is a deposable camera), and catch a glimpse of the International Space Center with your own eyes! Learn why lunar and solar eclipses are infrequent. In addition to learning more about our inner and outer planets and moons, we will explore comets, asteroids, meteorites, and black holes in our Milky Way Galaxy. You are invited to open your mind and contemplate dark matter, dark enery, how planets, stars, and galaxies are formed, as well as debate current theories of string theory, the elusive "God" particle and the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. It will prove to be an adventure!
3724 - Make It! Science (9, 10, 11, 12) 1credit/1 Semester
Make It! Science is an exciting series of practical construction activities that focus on solving fun problems by making useful gadgets out of readily available materials. You are guaranteed to learn essential scientific principals as a beneficial side effect. Roll up your sleeves and prepare to make the following: pet robot, video game, hot air balloon, collision simulator, compass, meter, speaker, motor, shocker, blinker, counter, precision scale, and rocket.
3730 - IB ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS, SL (11,12) 2 Credits/2 Semesters
This lab science class will explore topical environmental problems in the world today from international and global perspectives. Neither geologic formations nor environmental issues such as pollution plumes, or tsunami waves follow politically derived boundaries. The course will stress fundamentals of science, usually found within geology, biology and chemistry curricula.
3260 - BIOLOGY 100 (NIC) (11,12) 1 Credit/1 Semester This introductory course provides a general overview of evolution, the give kingdoms, DNA, cell structure, genetics and human systems. BIOL 100 is designed to give non-biology majors a better understanding and appreciation of the living world. It is not intended as a preparation for BIOL 115 or BIOL 175. Upon completion of BIOL 115 or BIOL 175, BIOL 100 will count as elective science credits only and will not satisfy core lab science credits. This course may not be accepted as fulfilling biology course requirements for biology majors or some medical programs. Students should get clearance from their prospective transfer institution prior to taking this course. Class taken at LCHS. Lecture: 3 hours per week. Possible 4 college credits through NIC available.
3270 - UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON - CLIMATE AND CLIMATE CHANGE (ATM 211-5 Credits) (11,12) 1 Credit/1 Semester The nature of the global climate system. Factors influencing climate including interactions amoung the atmosphere, oceans, solid earth and biosphere. Stability and sensitivity of climate system. Global warming, ozone depletion and other human influences. The cost of a UWHS course for 2012-13 is $307, plus a $42 UW registration fee. The course fee covers the costs of all given credits. UW in the high school courses offer students UW credits at a substantial savings over on-campus rates. This total is approximately $60 per credit; less than half of campus tuition rates. Class taken at LCHS. Possible 5 college credits through University of Washington available.