• Broad Run High School: Science Course Offerings

    Course

    Grade Level

    Classic STEM

    LCPS

    Required Prerequisite

    Additional Facts

    Earth Science

    9th

    None

    Basis for all other fields of science. 

    Research Earth Science

    (weighted 0.5)

    9th

    None

    25% of the course is based upon lab exercises  and proper research methods

    Biology

    10th

    None

    Students enrolled in life science courses may participate in animal dissection. Students who decline to participate will be offered alternatives to dissection

    Research Biology

    (weighted 0.5)

     

    10th

    None

     

    Same as above.  Suggestions for students to have 1 year of proper research methods from Research Earth Science prior to taking the course.  25% of the course is based upon lab exercises and proper research methods.

    Chemistry

    11th

    Algebra I & Geometry

    Course is math-intensive.  Suggestion is to have completed Algebra II (or be taking concurrently) for maximum success.

    **See Notes at bottom

    Research Chemistry (new)

    (weighted 0.5)

    11th

    Algebra I & Geometry

    Same as above.  Suggestions for students to have 1-2 years of proper research methods from Research Earth Science and/or Research Biology prior to taking the course.  25% of the course is based upon lab exercises and proper research methods

    Physics

    12th

    Algebra II

    Course is math-intensive. Lab work includes graphical analysis.

    Environmental Science

    11th or 12th

    Completion of 2 lab sciences (Earth Science & Biology suggested)

    Students must attain a passing score on 2 science SOL Tests (Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry)

    Conceptual Physics

    12th

    Algebra I

    This course is not intended for students who are planning to pursue the sciences in college.

    AP Biology

    (weighted 1.0)

    11th or 12th

    Biology & Chemistry (Chemistry may be taken concurrently)

    Students are encouraged to take the AP Biology examination for possible college credit.

    AP Chemistry

    (weighted 1.0)

    11th or 12th

    Chemistry

    Students are encouraged to take AP Chemistry immediately at the completion of Chemistry and to take the AP chemistry examination at the conclusion of the course.

    AP Physics

    (weighted 1.0)

    12th

    Physics

    CO-REQUISITE: Calculus

    Students are encouraged to take the AP Physics-C examination at the conclusion of the course

    AP Environmental Science

    (weighted 1.0)

    11th or 12th

    Earth Science; 2 years of laboratory science (typically biology and chemistry);  Algebra I

    Students are encouraged to take the AP Environmental Science examination at the conclusion of the course

     

    Geospatial Technology (GIS)

    (weighted 0.5)

    11th or 12th

    None

    ELECTIVE SCIENCE.  Dual-Enrollment with JMU.  Mandatory research project.  Expected completion and presentation of their project to school faculty, members of the GIS community, and James Madison University faculty and staff.  $20 registration fee. $540 ($90/credit hour) for tuition.

    Independent Student Research (ISR)

    (weighted 0.5)

    12th

    Completion of 3 lab sciences (from the fields of Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and the AP Sciences)

    REQUIRED participation in the LCPS Regional Science & Engineering Fair (RSEF).  GPA requirement of 3.2 in the sciences.

     

Last Modified on January 21, 2016