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BIOLOGY I (LAB)
Biology, broadly speaking, is the study of life. However, keeping in mind the pace of current biological research and the overwhelming expansion of the field of biology, such a broad topic needs some refining. It is important to note that AAHS was established to offer students, interested in the health field, a rigorous background in the sciences, with the intention of supporting a future experience in the medical/health field. Biology I is the first of many science courses that will integrate medical/health science themes into its curriculum. For example, one cannot study infectious diseases, evolution, or inheritance without a grounding in molecular and cellular biology. Thus, this course was designed to present a general biology curriculum with a focus on molecular and cellular biology. Laboratory activities, collaborative problem solving, independent research, and individual/group presentations are some of the strategies students will use to address current issues in biology.
5 Credits

CHEMISTRY I (LAB)
From the complex and diverse characteristics of the world in which we live, scientists have discerned that there are just over one hundred discrete elements that make up all of the wonderful material objects that we can see and experience in our lives. The science of Chemistry is the qualitative and quantitative study of the composition and structure of these materials and the interactions they have with each other. This course is designed to present basic principles of chemistry as a valid intellectual discipline and to foster an appreciation of chemistry as a creative human endeavor. It is geared to developing in the student an increased facility in analytical and critical thinking, especially that which involves logical and quantitative relationships among physical quantities. Problem solving and laboratory investigation are an integral part of this course. Practical mathematical calculations will be reinforced. Students should be able to use and improve their mathematical skills to quantitatively describe and analyze physical scenarios and real-world problems. Students are encouraged to write creatively, albeit scientifically. The use and maintenance of a hardcover laboratory notebook will be required.
5 Credits

PHYSICS (LAB)
The course gives preference to developing an understanding of the basic laws of physics over blindly memorizing formulas. It will purposefully integrate the concepts of physics with applications in the medical and health sciences. Physics must also contribute its share to general intellectual development by providing a student with the opportunity to reason, to express thoughts clearly and to be able to follow the development of the ideas of others. As he moves through this vital, ever expanding subject, the student will have the chance to nourish that curiosity about the world which marks humans off so sharply from other animals, that wonderful feeling of wanting to know which can be a deep satisfaction throughout a whole lifetime. Last but far from least, the course will help to enhance the student's aesthetic sense by developing an appreciation for the order and beauty of natural phenomena. Students will leave the physics class with a new way of looking at the world around them.This course is designed to present physics not as a mere body of facts but as a continuing process by which humankind seeks to understand the nature of the physical world and builds models to explain and predict natural phenomena. These include but are not limited to static equilibrium and its applications to traction and immobilization of injured limbs, electronic instrumentation used for diagnoses (such as MRI), the optics involved in sight and the correction of vision problems. One part of the course will highlight waves and sound with a special accent on ultrasound, music and hearing. Physics is extremely useful in understanding the function of the various organ systems of the body, such as the eyes, ears. lungs and the heart and circulatory systems.
5 Credits

INTRODUCTION TO CELL/MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (LAB)
This is a course for students intending to major in biology or another natural science. Topics include the structure and function of biological molecules, eukaryotic cell organization and cell respiration. Laboratory exercises are designed to require the application of concepts presented in lectures/readings, promote understanding and appreciation for the scientific method of inquiry, and support the acquisition of basic laboratory skills necessary to function in a modern biology laboratory.
5 Credits

ADVANCED CHEMISTRY (LAB)
The Advanced Chemistry course is designed to give students a strong framework of knowledge and assist in developing problem solving skills necessary for success in their undergraduate general chemistry and organic chemistry courses. In keeping with the theme of the school, each unit makes direct connections between the study of chemistry and aspects of human physiology. For example, the kinetics-equilibrium unit addresses enzymes, while the human blood buffering system is an applied topic covered in the acid-base unit. The laboratory portion of the course affords opportunities for students to record, analyze and interpret data. It includes the use of computer based laboratory probes. The laboratory skills developed in the course contribute to the students’ observational and analytical abilities and assist in making the connection between theoretical concepts and their practical applications.
5 Credits

FORENSICS
Forensic Science is defined as the use of science to assist in legal matters. This survey course provides students with an opportunity to explore the field of forensics utilizing skills they have learned in previous classes. Students are expected to stretch their deductive reasoning skills: observe a situation, organize it into its component parts, evaluate it, and then draw appropriate conclusions. Thus, evidence provides the ammunition for the rule of law. This course encourages individual and group approaches to problem solving. Students will also research the varied careers in forensics. This experiential learning supports both academic and work place readiness content standards.
1.25 Credits