• Science Courses
    East Brunswick Public Schools Course Catalog | 2021-2022  

    Key: Dual-Credit Option [D] Meets NCAA Course Requirements [N] Meets NJ Graduation Requirements [G]

     2106 - Science 8 A
    Grade 8 | Credits: 5

    Science 8 Academic is a full-year course designed to provide students with a basic understanding of chemistry, geology, astronomy and meteorology. Students participate in small-group, cooperative learning activities, as well as large-group discussions. This course frequently uses an inquiry approach where students generate questions and revise their thinking as their understandings of scientific concepts are refined. Laboratory skills, data analysis, practical application, and critical thinking using the scientific process are emphasized throughout the course, as well as writing scientific arguments using the claims, evidence, reasoning paradigm.

     2108 - Science 8 H
    Grade 8 | Credits: 5 | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    Science 8 Honors is a full-year course designed to initiate the serious science student's explorations into chemistry, geology, astronomy and meteorology. The course frequently uses an inquiry approach where students are constructing their knowledge of basic scientific concepts through small-group, cooperative learning activities and laboratory experiences. Laboratory skills, data analysis, practical application, and critical thinking using the scientific process are emphasized throughout the course, as well as writing scientific arguments using the claims, evidence, reasoning paradigm. This course differs from Academic 8th Grade Science by an accelerated pace and increased depth and breadth of content. 

     2110/1107 - Biology 
    Grade 9 | Credits: 5 

    Academic Biology introduces students to broad aspects of the biological sciences including the structure and function of matter and organisms, inheritance and variation of traits in living things, organisms and their interdependent relationships including the effects of humans on the environment, natural selection and evolution.  Students experience a variety of learning strategies, including cooperative group interaction, discussion, demonstration and laboratory experimentation. In all of these activities students incorporate content into their critical thinking.  This course is offered at East Brunswick High School students only for students who have not met graduation requirements. [N/G]

     2112 - Biology Accelerated
    Grade 9 | Credits: 5

    Accelerated Biology is designed for students who have exhibited past success in science and may continue their study of science in college.  This course provides students a comprehensive study of biological sciences including the structure and function of matter and organisms, inheritance and variation of traits in living things, organisms and their interdependent relationships including the effects of humans on the environment, natural selection and evolution.  Students experience a variety of learning strategies, including cooperative group interaction, discussion, demonstration and laboratory experimentation. In all of these activities students incorporate content into their critical thinking.  Critical analysis of data and problem solving are major thrusts of this course. [N/G]

     2111 - Biology H
    Grade 9 | Credits: 7.5 | Semester Lab Period | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    Honors Biology, which provides a rigorous, intensive study of Biology, is designed for students who have done exemplary work in the previous year’s science class.  This course is geared to those students who have strong science skills, high motivation, and who have exhibited the ability to analyze data critically and arrive at meaningful conclusions. Topics of study include the structure and function of matter and organisms, inheritance and variation of traits in living things, organisms and their interdependent relationships including the effects of humans on the environment, natural selection and evolution.  The students continuously engage in critical-thinking activities, analysis of data, and the written presentation of logical conclusions during the extensive laboratory activities. [N/G]

     1113 - Chemistry
    Grade 10 | Credits: 5 | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    Chemistry focuses on a qualitative understanding of introductory chemistry concepts. This conceptual chemistry course is designed for students who are still developing their mathematical skills and applying those skills to science content. Topics include atomic theory, radiation, periodic table, bonding, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry. This course emphasizes the application of chemistry to authentic scenarios, so students appreciate the important role that chemistry plays in their lives.  Critical thinking, data analysis, group projects and cooperative learning activities are included in this course, along with laboratory activities that enhance the understanding of chemistry concepts. [N/G]

     1114 - Chemistry Accelerated
    Grade 10 | Credits: 5 | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    Accelerated Chemistry is designed for students who have exhibited past success in mathematics and science and may continue their study of science in college.  This course provides a comprehensive study of the basic concepts of chemistry, which will enhance the student's success in a college chemistry course. Topics include both qualitative and quantitative concepts, such as atomic theory, periodic table trends, bonding, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, kinetic theory of gases, mole theory and stoichiometry, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry.  Numerous laboratory sessions are provided to enhance understanding of chemistry concepts and theory.  Critical analysis of data and problem solving are the major thrusts of this course. [N/G]

     1121 - Chemistry H 
    Grade 10 | Credits: 7.5 | Semester Lab Period | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    Honors Chemistry is a quantitative approach to the study of the basic concepts of chemistry. The topics of study include atomic theory, periodic table trends, bonding, chemical reactions, mole theory, stoichiometry, gases, solutions, thermochemistry, kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, acids and bases, and electrochemistry. The major emphasis of Honors Chemistry is on critical thinking and reasoning based on data gathered in laboratory experiences. Problem-solving activities are an integral part of the course. [D/N/G]

     1128 - Physics
    Grade 11 | Credits: 5 | Prerequisites will determine placement into course
    This course centers on the conceptual study of physics. Topics include motion, forces, work and energy, momentum, electricity, magnetism, sound, waves, and light. Students will collect data and analyze it qualitatively and graphically to arrive at scientific conclusions. This program includes presentations, projects, small-group work, laboratory investigations, and problem-based and inquiry approaches. Many different learning strategies are employed to assist students of all abilities in developing group skills and scientific knowledge that will prepare them for continued study in the sciences. Students taking Pre-Calculus or Pre-Calculus H should schedule Physics Accelerated. [N/G]

     1127 - Physics Accelerated
    Grade 11 | Credits: 5 | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    Accelerated Physics provides a comprehensive study of the basic concepts of Physics. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, momentum, work and energy, electrostatics, circuits, magnetism, wave behavior, sound, and light. Numerous laboratory experiences enhance student understanding of the basic physical concepts which govern the physical universe.  All topics involve applying math skills to critical-thinking and problem-solving activities in science, such as the graphical analysis of motion and vector analysis in force problems. [N/G]

     1134 - Physics H 
    Grade 11  | Credits: 7.5  | Semester Lab Period | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    Honors Physics provides a rigorous mathematical study of physics, including topics such as translational and curvilinear motion, mechanics, momentum, simple harmonic motion, torque, energy, gravitation, electrostatics, circuits, magnetism, wave behavior, light and sound.  Mathematical and graphical methods of vector analysis are used to describe and analyze the dynamics of physical phenomena. Students perform mathematical and computer analysis of data during the numerous laboratory activities. The concepts are studied theoretically and in the laboratory to reinforce student understanding. Students will use critical- analysis and problem-solving skills extensively. [D/N/G]


    Advanced Placement Electives


     1112 - AP Biology 
    Grade 11 & 12 | Credits: 7.5 | Semester Lab Period | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    P Biology is a fast-paced course that requires responsible and committed students to spend extensive time and effort in study. Some topics necessitate independent study.  In this college-level course, which is designed to prepare students for the AP exam, a college textbook is used and the College Board AP Biology syllabus is followed for topics and laboratories.  Areas of study include biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, energetics, genetics and evolution, principles of taxonomy, plant and animal physiology, and ecology.  Non-syllabus labs enrich the analytical approach used in this course. [D/N]

     1126 - AP Chemistry 
    Grade 11 & 12 | Credits: 7.5 | Semester Lab Period | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    AP Chemistry is designed for second-year chemistry students who have high motivation and plan to enter a science-related career. The course provides a rigorous quantitative approach to advanced topics of chemistry in preparation for the Advanced Placement exam in chemistry. The course begins with a review of basic concepts, then progresses to kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, and radioactivity. Numerous laboratory experiences are included in the course. Students who have previously taken Academic Chemistry will have extensive work to complete before starting this course to learn topics not included in their entry-level chemistry course. [N]

     1141 - AP Physics C 
    Grade 12 | Credits: 7.5 | 2 lab periods | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    AP Physics C is a course for highly motivated science students who are considering a science-related career. This course is a Calculus-based, mathematically rigorous study of physics designed to prepare the student for the AP Physics C examinations in both mechanics and electricity and magnetism. Students gain expertise in the mathematical analysis of physical phenomena that is not possible in a first-year physics course. There is an emphasis on solving sophisticated physics problems. Laboratory experiences are provided to help students understand some of the more abstract concepts. Students who have previously taken Academic Physics will have extensive work to complete before starting this course to learn topics not included in their entry-level physics course. [N]

     1144 - AP Environmental Science
    Grades 11 & 12 | Credits: 7.5 | Semester Lab Period | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    The goal of AP Environmental Science is to equip students with the scientific knowledge necessary for understanding the interrelationships in the natural world.  This course provides students with the skills necessary to analyze environmental problems and the relative risks associated with human changes to natural ecosystems.  Students will also examine alternative solutions to solving these problems. AP Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary course that incorporates scientific principles from earth science, biology and chemistry, in addition to aspects of social studies, as they relate to the study of the environment. Students in this course are expected to attend several field trips that take place during school hours.[N/G]


    Science Electives


     1143 - Anatomy and Physiology H 
    Grades 11 & 12 | Credits: 7.5 | Semester Lab Period | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    Anatomy and Physiology is designed to introduce students to the structure and function of the human body. The scope of the course includes topics such as animal cell structure and biochemistry, tissue organization and function, and mammalian organs and organ systems as they relate to human biology. Extensive laboratory work, including a major mammalian dissection, is required.  The course provides a strong background for students entering careers such as nursing, medical technology, and sports medicine. [D/N]

     1142 - Research and Seminars in Biological Science H 
    Grades 11 & 12 | Credits: 3 | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    Research and Seminars in Biological Science H allows students to participate in the Waksman Student Scholars Program.  The Waksman Student Scholars Program provides opportunities for students to conduct an authentic research project in molecular biology and bioinformatics. Students use molecular biology laboratory techniques to isolate and analyze DNA samples. The goal is for students to analyze, and possibly publish, a DNA sequence.  Note that this program is affiliated with Rutgers University, which sets course requirements and limitations. This is a full-year course that meets three (3) days a week after school; attendance is mandatory. This course can be taken more than once in a High School career; qualified students take on leadership roles as they progress in the program.  Students who want to enroll in this course must have previously taken the Molecular Biology Lab Techniques elective. [N]

     1103 - Environmental Science
    Grade 10-12 | Credit: 5 | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    Environmental Science is a full year lab class that will meet six times each week. Students will utilize concepts from earth, chemistry, physics and life science fields to investigate phenomena relating to interactions between living and non-living elements in environment. The course will be made up of four thematic units: energy, atmosphere and climate, marine science, and geology. Students will learn through an inquiry approach and attempt to develop solutions to complex environmental issues. Understanding will be demonstrated through completing group work, lab investigations, engineering and design projects, presentations, and case studies. [N/G]

     1104 – Science, Engineering, and Public Policy 
    Grade 10-12 | Credits: 2.5 | Semester Course

    This non-lab science course involves investigating current scientific topics and events as they happen and exploring the policies and laws that govern science on the global stage. Students will learn how societies around the world fund and promote science and technology to improve health, provide energy and food, and help foster new industries and jobs.  The course also investigates how science and technology are used to inform and debate policymaking in fields such as environmental policy and health policy, and the roles that scientists, engineers, and other experts play in providing scientific and technical information to the public and to policy-makers. [N]

     1105 - Astronomy
    Grade 10-12 | Credits: 2.5 | Semester Course

    This is a course designed to give students a basic understanding of the structure of the universe, the structure and behavior of the objects that make up the universe and the earth's relationship to the other objects in our solar system.  It includes a detailed study of the planets, the sun and the moon.  Modern observational and measurement methods used by astronomers are investigated. [N/G]

     1106 - Meteorology
    Grade 10-12 | Credits: 2.5 | Semester Course

    This is a course designed to give students a basic understanding of weather patterns and their causes.  The students observe weather and cloud formations, rain, snow, sleet, and wind. The causes and effects of major storms and the instruments used to measure and predict weather are examined.  Major aspects of the course include the prediction of tornadoes, hurricanes, and other weather conditions. Students engage in weather forecasting, collecting daily weather data, and preparing and decoding the daily weather map. Weather data, which is computer generated, is also analyzed by students.[N/G]

     1101 - Marine Biology 
    Grade 10-12 | Credits: 2.5 | Semester Course | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    Marine Biology focuses on the study of marine ecosystems with specific emphasis on the ecology of the Atlantic coastal waters. This course involves the study of physical and chemical processes and their influence on the distribution and abundance of marine organisms. Specific ecosystems include coral reefs, kelp forests, rocky intertidal, estuaries, deep sea, and sandy beaches.  Students are introduced to vertebrates and invertebrates that inhabit these ecosystems, such as fish, marine mammals, mollusks, cnidarians, poriferans, arthropods, and echinoderms. The impact of humans on these natural ecosystems is also studied. In addition, students explore career options in the field of marine sciences and are expected to participate in multiple field trips. [N]

     1108 - Human Biology 
    Grade 11 & 12 | Credits: 2.5 | Semester Course | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    Human Biology involves introducing students to human biology. Students will investigate the interactions between body systems; they will see how body organs work individually and collectively to maintain an internal homeostasis and overall health. The course explores the human body systems through a combination of dissection, practical laboratory exploration, and alternative assessments. [N]

     1130 - Forensic Science 1 (Evidence Collection/Investigating Human Remains)
    Grades 10-12 | Credits: 2.5 | Semester Course | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

     1131 - Forensic Science 2 (Examining Physical Evidence/Specialized Forensic Investigation) 
    Grades 10-12 | Credits: 2.5 | Semester Course | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    Students in this course learn the fundamentals of a criminal investigation and how it is used in a court of law. All sessions include crime scene analysis, evidence collection, and case studies. Each quarter will focus on specific analytical techniques that could include fingerprinting, ballistics, explosives, arson, DNA, blood spatter, hair, fiber, handwriting analysis, forensic anthropology, and toxicology. By stepping into the role of the forensic scientist, students learn and apply numerous scientific strategies and skills. [N]
     1140 - Molecular Biology Lab Techniques
    Grade 10-12 | Credits: 2.5 | Semester Course | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    Students in this semester course get an introduction to using molecular biology laboratory protocols, such as DNA purification, PCR, restriction digests, and agarose gel electrophoresis, to isolate and analyze DNA samples. This course is a prerequisite for the Waksman Student Scholars Program (course 1142) where students conduct a molecular biology research project.


    Color Vision/Visual Impairment Codes: D = Dual-Credit Course, N = Meets NCAA Course Requirements, G = Meets NJ Graduation Requirements