Science department

2022-2023 Course Offerings

Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy & Physiology is a college preparatory lab-based class recommended for students who would like to gain an understanding of the body’s structure and function. The units covered are the Organization, Support and Movement, Control Systems, and Maintenance of the Human Body. Prerequisite: Earned a C or better in previous life science course. 

Biology II
Biology II is a lab-based class that engages students in the general principles of life by emphasizing a survey of the kingdoms of life. Prerequisite: Passed a life science course (does not need to be Biology I). 

Chemistry is a college-preparatory, lab-based class which investigates the science of matter and the changes matter undergoes. Topics include atomic structure, kinetic theory, The Periodic Table, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solutions and acid –base reactions. This introductory chemistry course heavily emphasizes skill-building in laboratory activities. Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I or equivalent. 

Coordinated Science
Coordinated Science extends information learned during previous physical science courses.  It connects physical science topics to real life situations and applies it in an authentic lab setting. This course will explore: mechanics, properties of matter, heat, sound and light, electricity and magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics.  Prerequisite: Passed Algebra 1 or equivalent. 

Integrated Science
Integrated Science is a course designed for students to gain knowledge in a variety of science curricula in one year. The course focuses on the Environmental, Physical, Life, and Forensic Sciences. The Environmental component focuses on students gaining understanding and mastery of the concepts of botany, wildlife management, pollution, and environmental processes. The Physical Science component focuses on students mastering concepts such as motions, forces, energy, magnetism, and basic chemistry components. The Life Science component focuses on cellular biology and human anatomy and basic functions of the human body. The Forensic Science component focuses on the proper investigation and analysis of forensic samples. Students will be able to properly solve and analyze scientific questions, as well as conduce laboratory work.

Physics is a college-preparatory, algebra-based course designed for the student who wants to master the concepts of motion, energy, electricity, momentum, light, sound, heat, and fluids. Laboratory work will be included to provide reinforcement to classroom instruction. Students should be able to solve problems independently and be able to apply the concepts learned in class to laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II (Trig. or Pre-Calculus preferred). 

Zoology is a college-preparatory lab based class that engages students in the general principles of life by emphasizing the animal kingdom, anatomy, physiology, and veterinary terminology. Students will study all the phyla of the Animal Kingdom and mammalian anatomy and learn veterinary terminology. Prerequisite: Earned a C or better in previous life science course. 

BIO114 Principles of Biology I*
This is an Eastern Gateway Community College course. According to EGCC, "This course considers the cellular level of biological organization. Topics include the chemical and physical foundations of life, structure and function of cells, cellular organelles, bioenergetics, metabolism, photosynthesis, biosynthesis, cell division and growth, information coding and transfer, and basic Mendelian and population genetics." 4 credits

BIO115 Principles of Biology II*
This is an Eastern Gateway Community College course. According to EGCC, "This course addresses the biology of organisms, both plants and animals. The course will emphasize the evolutionary history of life, plant, and animal diversity, the present ecological adaptations of species, and relationships among populations in various environments." 4 credits

*These are paired together as first and second semester offerings.

All TCTC science courses meet the advanced science course requirement.