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25010: Introduction to Chemistry
Grade Level: 9
½ Credit
This course is designed to scientifically investigate many concepts in chemistry. These include the properties of matter, elements and chemical
reactions. The students conduct many laboratory experiments as they learn both ideas and lab skills.
25011: Introduction to Experimental Design and Data Analysis
Grade Level: 9
½ Credit
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data.
This course draws connections between all aspects of the experimental process, including design, analysis, and conclusions. Students will design
and carry out experiments from a chemistry, physics and biology perspective.
25012: Introduction to Physics
Grade Level: 9
½ Credit
This class concentrates on the basics of physics. Areas include motion, force, light, sound, electricity and magnetism. The basic skills in scientific
mathematics and graphing are stressed. Current scientific technology will be implemented in laboratory investigations and demonstrations.
25020: Cellular Biology
Grade Level: 10
½ Credit
This class is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the living world. Included topics of study will be: Biochemistry, Cellular biology,
DNA, Genetics, and Biotechnology. There will be many laboratory experiences including molecule building, DNA extraction, pedigree design,
organic compound detection and calorimetry.
25021: Environmental Biology
Grade Level: 10
½ Credit
This class is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the living world. Included topics of study will be: Classification of living
organisms, Biological change, Energy Transformations, and Ecology. There will be many laboratory experiences including: Frog dissection, Eye
dissection, Ecological studies at the campus outdoor classroom, Photosynthesis and Cell Respiration experiments.
25036: Chemistry A
Grade Level: 11, 12
½ Credit
Prerequisite: Cellular Biology or Environmental Biology----- This course is for 11th and 12th grade students who are college bound. It acquaints
students with basic atomic theory and laboratory applications and covers the development of concepts dealing with the behavior of matter.
25037: Chemistry B
This is a continuation of Chemistry A.
Grade Level: 11, 12
½ Credit
250365: ADVANCED Chemistry A
Grade Level: 11
½ Credit
Prerequisite: Cellular Biology or Environmental Biology----- This course is for 11th and 12th grade students who are college bound and are capable
of moving at a faster pace than Chemistry A. It acquaints students with basic atomic theory and laboratory applications and covers the
development of concepts dealing with the behavior of matter.
250375: ADVANCED Chemistry B
This is a continuation of ADVANCED Chemistry A.
Grade Level: 11
½ Credit
25040: Modern Physics
Grade Level: 11, 12
½ Credit
Prerequisite: Cellular Biology or Environmental Biology-----Topics such as motions and forces, conservation of energy, disorder and the
interactions of energy and matter will be discussed. This course teaches a scientific inquiry hands-on experience that requires students to apply
critical thinking skills. This class focuses on Newtonian physics and the ways in which forces and matter interact in our world.
25041: Newtonian Physics
Grade Level: 11, 12
½ Credit
Prerequisite: Cellular Biology or Environmental Biology-----The behavior of electricity magnetism and how these forces effect of world will be
covered in this course. Topics such as circuits, ohm’s law, production of electromagnetic waves and energy transfer will also be covered.
2517: Forensics
Grade Level: 11-12
½ Credit
Prerequisites: Completion of freshmen and sophomore science courses.-----Forensics is a class designed to introduce students to the scientific
investigation of crime scene evidence. The primary tool of a forensics investigator is observation. This class will work on developing the students’
observational skills enhanced by scientific skills and principles. Our studies will include the analysis of various types of evidence (blood,
fingerprints, hair, DNA) and the overall processing of crime scenes. The disciplines of biology and chemistry will be at the core of our
investigations. This course is offered to Juniors and Seniors. Prerequisites: Completion of freshmen and sophomore science courses.
2515: Chemistry in the Community
Grade Level: 11-12
½ Credit
Study matter and the changes it undergoes as atoms, molecules and chemical reactions are studied in this class for students interested in the
conceptual knowledge of chemistry. Students will learn how chemistry is a part of everyday life.
2516: Real World Physics
Grade Level: 11-12
½ Credit
This course focuses on exploring our everyday world to discover the uses of physics in our lives. Topics such as energy storage, transfer of energy
and the way in which these properties determine the way in which the things around us work will be explored. Whether through combustion
engines or cell phones physics determines how things behave, this course focuses on those phenomenon.
25146: Anatomy & Physiology A
Grade Level: 11, 12
½ Credit
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology with “C” or above or permission of the instructor. Suggested but not required: Chemistry A & B-----This
advanced course is designed for juniors and seniors, to study the structure and function of the human body. Both Anatomy and Physiology is
taught simultaneously through a systematic approach of the Integumentary system, Tissues, Skeletal, Muscular, Nervous, Endocrine,
Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Digestive, Respiratory, Urinary and Reproductive Systems. Special emphasis is placed on the organization of the body,
cells, histology, and biological etymology. The use of models, slides, interactive computer experiments, dissection of various organs, and field trips
supplement the course. Minimum GPA of 2.5
25147: Anatomy & Physiology B
This is a continuation of Anatomy & Physiology A.
Grade Level: 11, 12
½ Credit
2522: Disease Detectives
Grade Level: 11-12
½ Credit
In this 12 week course, students will investigate infectious and non-infectious diseases. Course topics include epidemiology, anatomy of an
outbreak and symptoms/treatment of various diseases that affect humans and other animals. Students will explore “Demon in the Freezer” to
learn how the CDC operates and how outbreaks are handled. Participants will examine case studies, analyze lab tests, understand how the body
combats diseases and learn about the transmission and prevention of infectious and non-infectious diseases.
7008 BIO 105: Introduction to Biological Sciences
DUAL CREDIT w/MSU
Grade Level: 12
½ Credit
An introduction to biological chemistry, cell structure and function, ecology, evolution, organismal diversity, reproduction, and genetics. Not
acceptable for biology majors or minors. This course satisfies the area studies-natural and mathematical sciences for general education.
251369, 231379, 251389: AP General Biology A, B, LAB
Grade Level: 12
½ Credit
th
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology. Suggested but not required: Chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology. This course is recommended for 11 or
th
12 graders who have completed Biology. This full year weighted-grade course is the equivalent of an introductory college course in biology. It is
especially helpful to students who plan to enter fields dealing with life sciences and medicine. Emphasis is placed on laboratory techniques and
their applications. Summer assignments which must be completed before the class begins include reading one book and writing a critical review,
and completing a chemistry packet. Students should expect to spend at least five hours a week outside of class in supplemental work.
Astronomy Courses (10 - 12)
KDE course code: 304612 (Astronomy code same code for all 4 courses)
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2521:Planetary Science (fall or spring)
Grade Level: 10-12
½ Credit
This course represents an inquiry based introduction to the study of astronomical phenomena associated with the solar system. Students
learn concepts and ideas related to astronomy and physics through experimentation, inquiry, and demonstrations. Topics included are:
motions of the sky (the sun, stars and planets) throughout the day and throughout the year, seasons, constellations, solstices, equinoxes,
ecliptic and zodiac, the sun – earth – moon system including comparative characteristics of and evidence for rotation, phases of the
moon, eclipses, tides, the solar system, Newtonian physics and celestial mechanics, comparative planetary characteristics, scale, size
distances, composition, atmospheres, and natural satellites. The course also addresses the physics of gravity, formation of the solar
system, Kepler’s Laws of planetary motion, the effect of the sun on planets, the potential for other life in and outside our solar system,
Exoplanets, and the search for extra terrestrial intelligence (SETI). Students will take a field trip to the MSU Space Science Center for a
star theater show and tours of the astrophysics and space science laboratories, and will participate in an outdoor night observing session
hosted by the Rowan County Astronomy Club and the MSU Space Science Center. The course will end with a day dedicated to a question
and answer session with a professional astronomer.
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2520 Light and the Hidden Universe (fall)
Grade Level: 10-12
½ credit
This course represents an introduction the electromagnetic spectrum and the messages contained with the light emitted by astronomical
phenomena from across the Universe. Students will learn concepts and ideas related to light production, characteristics and interactions
with matter through laboratory and computer activities. Topics included are: tools and techniques of astronomy: electromagnetic
radiation, the dual nature of light, characteristics of electromagnetic waves, light as a particle and photon energies, multi-wavelength
astronomy and technology: telescopes (terrestrial and space), image processing and charged coupled devices, light dispersion, refraction
and diffraction, spectra (continuous, emission and absorption), and spectral analysis. Students will take a field trip to the Space Science
Center to watch Star Theater productions pertaining to multi-wavelength astronomy and spectroscopy. This course is a prerequisite for
Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology.
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2524: Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology (winter)
Grade Level: 10-12
½ credit
This course represents an inquiry based introduction to the study of astronomical phenomena associated with stars, galaxies and the
universe. Students learn concepts and ideas related to astronomy and physics through experimentation, inquiry, computer labs and
demonstrations. Topics included are: investigating stars: stellar properties, nuclear fusion, stellar evolution, classification, inverse square
law, stellar endpoints (white dwarfs, neutron stars and pulsars and black holes), variable stars, galaxy morphology and evolution, the
universe: cosmological distance ladder, parallax, type 1a supernovae, size and age of the universe, formation and evolution of the
universe, dark matter, dark energy, Hubble’s Law, and galactic spectra/redshift. Students will take a field trip to the MSU Space Science
Center for a star theater show, a tour of the 21 meter space tracking antenna and a presentation on the current research of supernova
remnants being conducted at MSU. The course will end with a day dedicated to a question and answer session with a professional
astronomer. This course is a prerequisite for Pulsar Astronomy.
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2523: ASTR 299: Pulsar Search Collaboratory (spring)
DUAL CREDIT w/MSU
Grade Level: 11-12
½ Credit
This course will consist of online data analysis of archival Green Bank Telescope (GBT) data as part of the PSC effort to find new pulsars.
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the scientific method, experimental design, research methodologies, the power of
information technology, and basic astronomical concepts. Students will learn about pulsars and how to search for them. To understand
these exotic stellar endpoints, students will learn about the physical processes involved in stellar evolution. These topics include the
physics of star formation, nuclear reactions that produce energy in stars, forces acting upon the star including gravity and radiative
pressure, and the physics of the endpoints of stellar evolution. Students will participate in online classes hosted by professional radio
astronomers from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory—the national laboratory for radio frequency astrophysics research.
Students will learn experimental processes in astronomy, including data reduction, calibration, interpretation and analysis—skills that
translate to all other disciplines of science. As a culminating activity, students undertake their own experiment—a search for previously
undetected pulsars by mining and analyzing GBT data. Students will present their research at the PSC capstone at West Virginia
University in May.
7014: SSE 120. Introduction to Satellites and Space Systems
DUAL CREDIT w/MSU
Grade Level: 11, 12
1.5 Credits
Introduction to Satellites and Space Systems (ISSS) is an MSU dual credit course taught by world renowned aerospace engineer, Bob Twiggs via
internet and is facilitated by Mrs. Carter. ISSS is second in a proposed three year sequence of courses offered to prepare students in a career in
aerospace engineering. Topics include: space in our lives, exploring space, the space environment, orbital motion, computing orbital elements and
predicting and getting into orbit, maneuvering in space, returning from space: re-entry, space systems engineering, space vehicle control systems,
spacecraft subsystems, rockets launch vehicles, space operations and using space. Students will learn the basics of electronic, AC and DC circuits,
and to solder. Students will design, build, test and launch satellite-type devices (i.e. WalkBots, CricketSat and CanSat). Students will have the
opportunity to earn an amateur radio license to communicate on air with such devices. Students will take multiple field trips to the Morehead State
University Space Science Center to meet the faculty/staff, tour the facility (including the 21-meter space tracking antenna) and to use state of the
art equipment for design and construction.