This course is designed for freshmen and introduces the general principles of physics and chemistry. Topics include measurement, motion, Newton's laws of motion, momentum, energy, work, power, heat, thermodynamics, waves, sound light, electricity, magnetism, and chemical principles. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the physical environment and be able to apply the scientific principles to observations experienced. Laboratory work reinforces the principals discussed in lecture.
Biology is the study of life. This is a general science course designed to examine aspects of the living world. An effort will be made to survey as much material as possible due to the fact that this is an introductory biology course for all higher level, college preparatory biology courses. Students will be exposed to a wide range of topics from beginning cell biology/biochemistry and genetics, to taxonomy and ecology. Course work, lab work, and examinations will prepare students for future science courses. Lab time will be spent doing inquiry labs and activities along with using the microscope and may include the dissection of animals such as the, grasshopper, crayfish, and frog.
This course focuses on the nature of science and technology with an emphasis on the concepts of biology, interactions and forces, matter and energy, earth and universe, and engineering design. Topics include the structure and organization of life, ecosystems, heredity, evolution, engineering design, the flow of matter and energy, types of forces and their interactions, scale of the universe, origins of the universe, and the solar system. Engineering design principles are also included in multiple hands on projects related to the topics of study.
Students in this course will examine the fundamental properties of elements, compounds, and mixtures, chemical reactions, solutions, acids and bases, nomenclature, bonding,. Chemical reactions and chemical processes are observed and explained at the atomic and molecular level using the scientific method. Students will integrate conceptual understandings, algebra skills and an ongoing laboratory experience to develop the fundamentals of problem solving, laboratory work, and the practical application of Chemistry. A formal written lab report is required for each lab and must include a discussion on the results and an analysis of the data
The course is for those interested in science-related fields. Anatomy and physiology is a discussion and laboratory based study of the human body. The study will range from molecules, cells, body systems, and processes. Dissection of a fetal pig and possible other appropriate organs will compliment course work. This course is designed for college preparation, especially for biology and health career majors.
Basic principles and concepts of chemistry are discussed in this course but in more detail than in Chemistry 1. Students will examine topics about the atom, chemical reactions, nomenclature, compounds, bonding, reaction rates, gases and oxidation-reduction/electrochemistry. Nuclear, organic, environmental and biological chemistry topics will be incorporated throughout the course. Laboratory experiments are included and are related to the material being discussed at the time in the class. A formal lab report is required for each lab and must include a discussion on the results and an analysis of the data. Students should have a good understanding of the fundamentals of algebra to be successful in this class.
Physics is an advanced level science class. Students should have successfully completed, or currently enrolled, in Pre-Calculus. The physics curriculum includes interactions of matter and energy, velocity, acceleration, force, inclined planes, energy, thermodynamics, momentum, nuclear physics, and relativity. Students will be challenged to apply their knowledge of the laws of physics to solve physics related critical thinking problems. Students will also complete several engineering projects throughout the year.
This course introduces the principles and concepts of biology. Emphasis is on basic biological chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism and energy transformation, ecology, genetics, evolution, physiology, classification, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate understanding of life at the molecular and cellular levels. Laboratory exercises reinforce lecture topics and include microscope techniques. This course is offered as a dual-credit course through the Honors Academy at Nebraska Wesleyan.