PTHS Curriculum Guide 2023-2024

EARTH SCIENCE (640, 641) Class Level: 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Previous Science course recommended

This course includes the study of geology and geological principles, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, and the earth’s dynamic processes. Some very basic chemical and physical principles are covered. Labs are not technically oriented. Topographic maps, star charts, and weather instruments are utilized in the lab exercises. Some prior science is recommended but not required. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY (642, 643) Class Level: 11, 12 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Chemistry This course will emphasize the anatomy (structures) and physiology (functions) of the human body. The eleven body systems will be studied with an emphasis on five systems (digestive, cardiovascular, nervous, skeletal, and muscular). This course will also emphasize histology, metabolism, and overall biological organization. In addition to developing a basic knowledge of the eleven systems, students will become familiar with the various tissues in the human body and understand how each system is related to the others, in both structure and function. Students will become acquainted with various diseases and disorders involving each system. Lab exercises emphasize anatomical aspects of the human, using the cat as a comparative dissection specimen, along with other preserved materials, microscope slides, charts, and models. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (HCC DC) (644, 645) Class Level: 11, 12 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Chemistry This dual credit course (for non-science majors) is intended for students who desire a physical science understanding of environmental concerns. Topics may include: ground water, air quality, land management, nuclear energy, and solid waste disposal .


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