Fort Dodge Community School District

INTEGRATED SCIENCE I & II - 2 CREDITS - 9 ; NCAA APPROVED  - This two-semester course sequence is required for all freshman students.  Integrated Science is designed to provide the basis for meeting relevant science concepts and 21st Century Skills in the Iowa Core.  These concepts include knowledge of stars, the universe, nuclear processes, human impacts on Earth, energy, atoms and elements, chemical compounds and reactions, forces, motion and waves.

BIOLOGY A & B - 2 CREDITS - 10  NCAA APPROVED  Prerequisite: Integrated Science  - This two-semester course sequence is required for all sophomore students.  Biology is designed to provide the basis for meeting the life science concepts in the Iowa Core.  Major topics of study include, but are not limited to, genetic fundamentals of human heredity, evolution by natural selection, ecosystems, and biodiversity.

ASTRONOMY - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED  Prerequisite: Integrated Science  - Astronomy discusses concepts which include the following principles from the Iowa Core: formation of the solar system; geologic time; the universe & galaxies; age & origin of the universe; star formation; nuclear forces; gravitation; and electromagnetic waves. This course includes concepts in mathematics. Significant scientific laws and theories as they relate to the content will also be discussed.

CHEMISTRY A AND B - 2 CREDITS - 10, 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED  Prerequisite:  Algebra I  - Chemistry is a course designed for students who expect to attend a four-year college or university. This course goes deeper into the Iowa Core concepts taught in Integrated Science-Chemistry. Chemistry includes basic inorganic chemistry with an emphasis on elementary theory and chemical reactions. Units of study include: measurement, counting atoms, chemical equations, the Periodic Table, bonding, the kinetic theory of matter, solutions, and acids and bases.

EARTH SCIENCE - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED  Prerequisite: Integrated Science  - Earth Science is one- semester course that includes an overview of the following topics from the Iowa Core: earth history; geological features; weathering; erosion; topography; fossils; minerals; and rocks. 

METEOROLOGY - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED  Prerequisite: Integrated Science  - Meteorology includes the following key concepts: origin & composition of Earth’s atmosphere; factors that contribute to weather; interaction of air masses; Earth’s unique properties; and Earth’s characteristic phases & seasons. The following Iowa Core principles are included in the curriculum: interactions among the hydrosphere, lithosphere and atmosphere; energy transfer in the atmosphere & oceans; elements/atoms within Earth’s reservoirs which include oceans & the atmosphere; and movement of elements/atoms between reservoirs. This course includes concepts in mathematics.

HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED  Prerequisite: Biology A & B  - This course meets the Iowa Core topics related to the structure and function of the human body. Anatomy and Physiology is a study of the human body.  Major topics are systems, structure, functions, diseases, and disorders.  Students will participate in several dissections as part of the lab work.  This course is recommended for those who have a general interest.  This course is not necessarily a prerequisite for College Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology.

HUMAN EVOLUTION/PALEOANTHROPOLOGY - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology B  - This course examines the origins of our species, Homo sapiens, and the major evolutionary milestones in our unique journey to becoming human. Comparative studies will be done to most species in our hominid lineage, starting around 7-8 million years ago with the most recent common ancestor we share with the Great Apes. These past-to-present comparisons will help us best understand evolution's role in modern humans' variation in traits, genetics, morphology, and behavior. Species of focus include the other four Great Apes, the first bipedal hominid, Ardipithecus ramidus, the Australopithecines, and many species from our own genus Homo (H. habilis, H. erectus, H. heidelbergensis, and H. neanderthalensis). Emphasis is on paleoanthropology, or the study of fossil evidence for human evolution. Topics in the course include primatology, human behavioral ecology, bioarchaeology, human osteology, forensic anthropology, human evolutionary genetics, pre-historic social structures, and the brain & behavior. Participation is mandatory (class is discussion-based). Reading of scientific journals is frequent (advanced reading skills recommended).

FORENSIC SCIENCE - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED  Prerequisite: Integrated Science and Biology  - Forensic Science is a lab-oriented course that introduces students to the analysis of evidence associated with matters of the law.  Evidence studied includes fingerprints, ink, paper, handwriting, shoe prints, hair and fibers, blood typing, DNA, firearms, and bullets and bullet trajectory.

PHYSICS A AND B - 2 CREDITS - 10, 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED  Prerequisite: Algebra 2  - Physics is a course designed for students who expect to attend a four-year college or university, and is recommended for those with an interest in a science-related field. With a focus on matter and its motion, this course goes deeper into the Iowa Core concepts taught in Integrated Science. Topics addressed include: motion, force, energy, momentum, electricity, and waves.

AP BIOLOGY - 2 CREDITS - 11, 12  Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry  - AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes - energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions.  This course requires that at least 25% of the instructional time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices. Students will be prepared to take the optional AP Exam for potential college credit.

ICCC HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1 w/LAB (BIO-168) - 1 HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AND 4 SEMESTER HOURS COLLEGE CREDIT - 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED  Prerequisite: Student must have scored at the minimum placement testing levels.  - A study of the structure and function of the human body; this course is the first course of a two-semester sequence.  The study begins at the cellular level and proceeds through the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems and the senses. A dissection of a cat will be included.

ICCC HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 2 w/LAB  (BIO-173) - 1 HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AND 4 SEMESTER HOURS COLLEGE CREDIT - 11, 12   NCAA APPROVED  Prerequisite: Student must have scored at the minimum placement testing levels, Successful completion of Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology I with a C or better.  - The second course in a two-semester sequence; the study continues with the endocrine system, blood and cardiovascular systems, lymphatic system and immunity, respiratory system, digestive system and the reproductive system.

ICCC INTRODUCTION TO BIOTECHNOLOGY w/LAB (BPT-162/BPT-163) - 1 HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AND 3 SEMESTER HOURS OF COLLEGE CREDIT - 11, 12  NCAA APPROVED  Prerequisite: Student must have scored at the minimum placement testing levels.  - Introduction to Biotechnology is a course which focuses on the fields of biotechnology, biofuels technology, and renewable sources of energy.  Lecture material will be supplemented with laboratory activities designed to give students a hands-on look at biotechnology, familiarize the student with the production and refining of biofuels, and explore the use of renewable and sustainable energy resources.

AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE

INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE, FOOD, AND NATURAL RESOURCES (AFNR) - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  - This course introduces students to the range of agricultural opportunities and the pathways of study they may pursue. Students participating in the Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course will experience hands-on activities, projects, and problems.  Student experiences will involve the study of communication, the science of agriculture, plants, animals, natural resources, and agricultural mechanics.  While surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources, students will learn to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and take responsibility for their work, actions and learning.

PRINCIPLES OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE: ANIMAL - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR)  This is a foundation-level course engaging students in hands-on laboratories and activities to explore the world of animal agriculture. The major focus of this course is to expose students to agriculture, animal science, and related career options. Students participating in the ASA course will have experiences in various animal science concepts with exciting hands-on activities, projects, and problems. Students’ experiences will involve the study of animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, health, selection, and marketing.

PRINCIPLES OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE: PLANT - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR)   This is a foundation-level course teaching students the form and function of plant systems. Students will experience various plant science concepts through exciting “hands-on” activities, projects, and problems. Student experiences will include the study of plant anatomy and physiology, classification, and the fundamentals of production and harvesting. Students will learn how to apply scientific knowledge and skills to use plants effectively for agronomic, forestry, and horticultural industries. Students will discover the value of plant production and its impact on the individual, the local, and the global economy. Students will work on major projects and problems similar to those that plant science specialists, such as horticulturalists, agronomists, greenhouse and nursery managers, and plant research specialists, face in their respective careers.

THE NATURAL RESOURCES AND ECOLOGY - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR)  - This is a foundation course within the CASE sequence of courses. The course provides students a variety of experiences in the fields of natural resources and ecology. Students will explore hands-on projects and activities while studying topics such as land use, water quality, stewardship, and environmental agencies. Study of the natural world including biomes, land, air, water, energy, use and care as well as a focus on issues surrounding man's interaction with the Earth will be addressed in this course.

AGRICULTURAL POWER AND TECHNOLOGY - 1 CREDIT - 11, 12  Prerequisite: Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR)  - This is a foundation level course designed to prepare students for the wide array of career opportunities in agricultural engineering. Students are immersed in inquiry-based exercises that tie in the math and science of agricultural mechanics and engineering. The focus of Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) is to expose students to mechanics, power, technology, and career options in the world of agriculture. Students participating in the APT course will have experiences in various mechanical and engineering concepts with exciting hands-on activities, projects, and problems. Student’s experiences will involve the study of energy, tool operation and safety, material properties, machine operation, and structural components. Students will acquire the basic skills to operate, repair, engineer, and design agricultural tools and equipment. Throughout the course, students will apply the engineering principles to the construction of machines and structures.                

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