Science Courses

 

SEH2003     EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE     YEAR

This is a laboratory course in the study of the physical environment on earth and in space, emphasizing the unifying concepts and principles from the earth sciences and other science disciplines. This course involves an in-depth study of geology, oceanography, atmospheric science, and astronomy. The focus of the course is to use science investigation and analysis of the relationships between science, technology, and society, to understand the study of theories of the origin of the universe; origins and evolution of the solar system; life cycles of a star; estimation of geologic time; plate tectonic movements; forces that shape the earth; heat and energy within the atmosphere, hydrosphere and earth layers; climate and weather patterns; and wind and ocean currents.

 

SEH2503     MARINE SCIENCE     YEAR

Marine Science offers students opportunities to expand their understanding of the physical and biological sciences through interactions and experience with the ocean and its inhabitants. Students will learn about processes that influence the hydrosphere, as well as the influence of the hydrosphere on the environment. This course emphasizes the use of laboratory and field investigation to collect data on structure, function, and interactions of the diverse marine organisms and ultimately explore issues involving human impact on the marine environment.  Students are to meet all benchmarks in Biological Science (B.S.) Standards 1-5 and all relevant benchmarks in Earth Space Science (E.S.) Standards 1, 2, and 8.

 

SIH3603     ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE     YEAR

This is a problem or issues-based course where students investigate environmental issues (e.g. watershed, forestry, global warming, introduction of new species to an environment, etc.) and problems of our technological society. Students analyze environmental issues, identify and evaluate alternate solutions, and take appropriate actions to help maintain or improve the quality of our sustainable environment. Emphasis is on the use of laboratory and fieldwork to study the local and global environment. Students are to meet all benchmarks in Biological Science (B.S.) Standards 1-5, and all relevant Earth Space (E.S.) Science Standards 1, 2, and 8.

 

SLH2203     BIOLOGY 1     REQUIRED     YEAR

Biology 1 is a laboratory course to develop understanding of fundamental life processes, relationships between structure and function, relationships between organisms and their biological and physical environments, environmental adaptations, classification, reproduction, genetics, and evolution. Emphasis is on the use of scientific investigations to develop inquiry process skills and strategies and to clarify the basic concepts of life and the impact of humans and technology on the quality of life.

 

SLH4103     PLANTS & ANIMALS OF HAWAII     YEAR

This is an introductory course on the interdependence of flora and fauna found on Hawaii’s land and in ocean environments (e.g. impacts of invasive species on our native species, symbiotic relationships between local organisms, study of speciation of Hawaiian snails, etc.). Topics covered include identification and classification of local organisms, ecological relationships, adaptation of organisms, conservation, nature of physical environments, and human impact. Emphasis is on the use of the laboratory and fieldwork to study organisms.  Students are to meet all benchmarks in the following Biological Science (B.S.) Content Standards 1-5.

 

SLH5503     BOTANY     YEAR

Botany is a year course in the study of plant anatomy and physiology, metabolism, growth and irritability, plant genetics and evolution, interactions between plants and their environments, plant classification and identification, and impact of plants on human life (and vice versa).  Students are provided with extended opportunities to study issues, topics, and themes in greater depth.  Laboratory investigations and independent inquiries are emphasized.  Students are to meet all relevant benchmarks in Biological Science (B.S.) Content Standards 1-5. Prerequisite: B or better in Biology.

 

SLH7503     HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY     YEAR

Human Physiology is considered a second year biology laboratory course with an in-depth focus and study of the anatomy and functions of the human organism and its parts. Students are provided with extended opportunities to study issues, topics, and themes relevant to human physiology. Emphasis is on using scientific inquiry and analysis of the relationships between science, technology, and society to cover concepts of systems such as blood, circulation, respiration, nutrition, digestion, metabolism, muscular system, nervous system, and reproduction are studied in terms of interaction of the functions and their contribution to the maintenance of a proper condition of the body’s internal environment. Students are to meet all relevant benchmarks in Biological Science (B.S.) Content Standards 1-5. Prerequisite: B or better in Biology.

 

SPH2603     PHYSICAL SCIENCE     YEAR

Physical Science is a laboratory course that integrates major theories traditionally learned separately in Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Systems Science. Students use scientific investigation and study relationships between science, technology, and society to understand chemistry concepts that include physical and chemical properties of matter, the physical and chemical changes of matter, and the conservation of matter and energy; physics concepts focus on different forms of energy and energy transformations, relationships between force, mass and motion of objects and understanding the major natural forces of gravitational, electrical and magnetism.

 

SPH3503     CHEMISTRY     YEAR

This course is a standard high school chemistry course which is laboratory and inquiry-based. Emphasis is on the use of scientific investigations to develop inquiry process skills and strategies and to clarify the basic chemistry concepts. These concepts include types of chemical reactions, Conservation of Energy, entropy, thermal energy and phase change, properties of waves, electromagnetic radiation, periodic table organization, chemical reaction rates, chemical bonding, nuclear reactions and energy. Prerequisite: Teacher Approval and concurrent enrollment or prior completion of Algebra 2.