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The secondary science program is guided by the vision that all students have the opportunity to develop scientific literacy. the goal of scientific literacy is to develop the science-related knowledge, skills and attitudes that students need to solve problems and make decisions, and at the same time help them become lifelong learnings - maintaining their sense of wonder about the world around them.

Specialized Course Descriptions

General Sciences

General science studies the biological, chemical, physical and Earth sciences and applies them to real-life problems. Students will utilize their scientific skills and explore a wide range of scientific concepts to strengthen their foundation.  They investigate human systems and health, discuss impacts of chemicals in society, apply Newton’s law of motion, and examine electromagnetic energy, to name just a few! Students work to understand changes on Earth and discuss humans can sustain energy resources.


Biology is the branch of science dealing with the study of life. Students will examine the interactions of living systems to better understand the constant flow of energy, the cycling of matter, and the changes in populations resulting from natural and human-induced impact. Students will delve into concepts from microbiology to ecology to everything in between.


Chemistry is the science of matter at or near the atomic scale. Students will explore matter and how it changes in order to understand the natural world. They investigate chemical properties of solutions, gases, acids and bases. Students focus on how atoms combine to form different substances and how chemical equilibrium is predicted.


Physics is the study of the natural world. Students investigate motion and describe how energy is transmitted by waves. They consider historical experiments and apply a quantitative approach to describe momentum. Students investigate applications and implications of electric and magnetic forces and fields. They are given the tools and knowledge to critically assess when a current model or a theory needs to change.

Forensic Studies

Forensic Studies is an option course. It does not replace any of the 20 or 30 level science courses listed above.

What is Forensic Studies? Forensics involves the application of scientific principles, methods, and technologies for the purpose of solving crimes and debates including legal proceedings. Through the study of forensic science, students explore how concepts from biology, chemistry, and physics apply specifically to this unique and expanding field.

Computing Science

Computing Science is a Career and Technology Studies (CTS) course. It does not replace any of the 20 or 30 level science courses listed above. More information is found on the Computing Science page.

Course Pathways