Course Descriptions - Science

SCIENCE 8 (MSC--08)

The science program has four main goals: to encourage students’ interest and curiosity in science; to equip students with necessary scientific skills and processes; to increase students’ knowledge of the natural world; and to encourage critical thinking.  In Science 8, students will study the characteristics of life, cells, the immune system, atoms, electromagnetic radiation, light, and plate tectonics. In addition, students will learn the importance of lab safety.

 

SCIENCE 9 (MSC--09)

Science 9 will continue to build on students’ curiosity and interest in science.  Students will develop and apply scientific skills and processes and will increase their knowledge about the natural world.  They will also be encouraged to think critically and to look at scientific topics from different perspectives. Students will learn about lab safety, atoms, elements and compounds, reproduction, electricity, and ecology.

SCIENCE 10 (MSC--10)

Science 10 is a continuation of earlier pursuits of positive scientific attitudes, development of skills and processes, increasing scientific knowledge, and development of thinking abilities. Students will study chemistry (reactions and radioactivity), physics (motion), biology (energy flow and change in ecosystems), and earth science (thermal energy transfer, including plate tectonics). Students may purchase an optional workbook for use in this course.

 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (MSCT-11) 

 Prerequisite:  Science 10

N.B.  This course, upon successful completion, fulfills the science requirement for secondary school graduation; however, it does not qualify as a science Prerequisite for many university programs.  Students who wish to take this course should ensure that they will meet the requirements of any post-secondary programs they are considering.

 

The topics and issues explored in Science and Technology 11 can be many and varied.  Students will learn to distinguish between fact and opinion as they study scientific and technological topics that have a direct bearing on society, and more specifically on themselves.  Topics may include such diverse subjects as human biology, environmental science and technology in the home and workplace.  The specific course of studies will be announced by the instructor.

 

BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS

Biology 11, 12 and Honours, Chemistry 11, 12, and Honours, and Physics 11 are all focus or support courses for Career Prep Health Science and Biotechnology (see p. 16).  Physics 11, 12 and Honours are support courses for Career Prep C.A.D.D. Biology 11, 12 and Honours Enrichment are support courses for Work Experience (formerly Career Prep) Health Sciences and Bio-technology.  See section on Career Preparation found here http://mcmath.sd38.bc.ca/students/program-planning/career-preparation.

 

BIOLOGY 11 (MBI 11) 

Prerequisite:  Science 10

Biology 11 is an introductory course designed to give students an appreciation for the living world.  It addresses a representative sample of organisms and introduces students to a variety of biological skills and scientific processes.  It is also expected that the course will contribute to developing critical thinking abilities and to an understanding of scientific attitudes.  Topics of study include methods and principles of biology, microbiology, botany and zoology.  Laboratory work includes microscopy, investigation and classification of organisms (including dissection of various specimens).  A strong background in Science 10 is recommended.

 

BIOLOGY 11 HONORS (MBI--11---H) 

Prerequisite: Science 10

Recommended: B or better in Science 10

This is an enrichment and acceleration opportunity in biology.  Students will study the Provincial Biology 11 curriculum (many of the topics to a greater depth) and a variety of additional topics and associated laboratory experiences.  Students should be well motivated and have a strong background in Science 10 and English 10.  Evaluation will be based on the regular Biology 11 standards.  Students planning to take Biology 12 Honours (with a view to university biology or related studies) must take this course.

 

BIOLOGY 12 (MBI--12)

Prerequisite:  Biology 11

Recommended:  C+ or better in Biology 11

Biology 12 is designed for students interested in studying life sciences at a post-secondary institution.  The course of studies includes molecular level biology (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids) and cell biology.  In addition, all major human body systems (anatomy and physiology) are covered.  The course is demanding and it is strongly recommended that students have a good background in Biology 11; successful completion of Chemistry 11 would be helpful.

 

BIOLOGY 12: HONOURS (MBI--12--- H)

Prerequisite:  Biology 11 Honours

This is an enrichment and acceleration opportunity in senior biology.  Students will study the Provincial Biology 12 curriculum and additional topics prescribed at the university level. As well, students conduct extensive laboratory work (25% of time spent on labs) with an emphasis on guided inquiry.   The classroom portion of the course will be evaluated in the same way as Biology 12.  This course will not cover all the material tested on the Advanced Placement (AP) Biology exam.  Students interested in writing the exam will be required to engage in self-directed learning in order to be prepared for the AP exam written in May, (see separate description on Advanced Placement found here: mcmath.sd38.bc.ca/students/program-planning/other-opportunities/advanced-placement ).

 

CHEMISTRY 11 (MCH--11)

Prerequisite: Science 10 Recommended: B or better in Science 10

Chemistry 11 is an introductory course designed to lay a good foundation for future studies in chemistry. The course emphasizes manipulation of equipment, observation of experimental phenomena, data analysis and problem solving. The following topics are studied: Chemical safety, description and classification of matter, nomenclature, mole concept and reaction stoichiometry, atomic structure, periodic table, an introduction to bonding, aqueous solutions and an introduction to organic chemistry. Additional topics may be studied at the discretion of the instructor. A scientific calculator is required. A strong background in Science 10 and Math 10 is recommended.

 

CHEMISTRY 11: HONOURS (MCH--11---H)

Prerequisite:  Science 10

Recommended:  B or better in Science 10

This is an enrichment and acceleration opportunity in chemistry.  Students will study the Provincial Chemistry 11 curriculum (many of the topics to a greater depth) and a variety of additional topics and associated laboratory experiences.  Students should be well motivated and have a strong background in Science 10, English 10 and Math 10.  Evaluation will be based on the regular Chemistry 11 standards. Students planning to take Chemistry 12 Honours (with a view to university chemistry or related studies) are recommended to take this course. 

 

CHEMISTRY 12 (MCH--12)

Prerequisite:  Chemistry 11

Recommended:  C+ or better in Chemistry 11

Chemistry 12 requires a solid knowledge of the principles of Chemistry 11 to investigate the following topics on a more advanced and demanding level: chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, solutions and solubility, acids, bases and salts and electrochemistry. The laboratory work includes qualitative and quantitative analysis.  Emphasis is placed on problem solving (including a significant amount of mathematical analysis, graphing, use of exponents and logarithms - students need a scientific calculator) and on communication - description and analysis of experimental work as well as the student’s understanding of chemical concepts.  A strong background in Chemistry 11, Math 11 and English 11 is recommended.

 

CHEMISTRY 12: HONOURS (MCH--12---H)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 11 Honours or teacher recommendation 

This is an enrichment opportunity in senior chemistry.  Students will study the Provincial Chemistry 12 curriculum and select topics prescribed at the university level.  As well, students conduct extensive laboratory work (25% of time spent on labs) with an emphasis on guided inquiry.  The classroom portion of the course will be evaluated in the same way as Chemistry 12.  This course will not cover all the material tested on the Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry exam.  Students interested in writing the exam will be required to engage in self-directed learning in order to be prepared for the AP exam written in May, (see separate description on Advanced Placement).

 

PHYSICS 11 (MPH--11)

Prerequisite:  Science 10

Physics 11 is a survey course intended to provide insight into the scope, nature, relevance and limitations of physics. The topics include kinematics, dynamics, special relativity and energy (mechanical, heat, and nuclear). It is hoped that this course may lead to an in depth study of physics in more senior courses, but Physics 11 is primarily intended to prepare the average person to better understand the world around us. A scientific calculator is required. A strong background in Science 10 and Math 10 is highly recommended.  This course is also available through Richmond Virtual School (RVS) for those who cannot fit the course into their timetables.

 

PHYSICS 11: HONOURS (MPH--11---H)

Prerequisite:  Science 10

Recommended:  B or better in Science 10 and Math 10

This is an enrichment and acceleration opportunity in physics.  Students will study the Provincial Physics 11 curriculum (many of the topics to a greater depth) and a variety of additional topics and associated laboratory experiences.  Students should be well motivated and have a strong background in Science 10, English 10 and Math 10.  Evaluation will be based on the regular Physics 11 standards.  ​ 

 

PHYSICS 12 (MPH--12)

Prerequisite:  Physics 11


Recommended:  C+ or better in Physics 11 

Physics 12 is a course intended to provide insight into the fundamental principles and processes of the physical world. Physics 12 requires a solid knowledge of the principles of Physics 11 to investigate the following topics on a more advanced level: Kinematics, Dynamics, Momentum and Energy. Additional topics are also covered, which include, Circular Motion, Equilibrium, Electrostatics, and Electromagnetism. A strong Math 11 background is highly recommended as there is a significant amount of mathematical analysis, algebra, trigonometry, and graphing in the course - students need a scientific or graphing calculator. This course is also available at McMath through a partnership with Richmond Virtual School (RVS) for those who cannot fit the course into their timetables.  Please speak with a counsellor for more information.

 

PHYSICS 12 HONOURS (MPH--12---H)

Prerequisite:  Physics 11

Recommended:  C+ or better in Physics 11: Honours

This is an enrichment and acceleration opportunity in physics.  Students will study the Provincial Physics 12 curriculum (many of the topics to a greater depth) and a variety of additional topics and associated laboratory experiences.  Students should be well motivated and have a strong background in Pre-Calculus 11 as well as Physics 11.  Evaluation will be based on the regular Physics 12 standards.  ​ 

This course will not cover all the material tested on the Advanced Placement (AP) Physics exam.  Students interested in writing the exam will be required to engage in self-directed learning in order to be prepared for the AP exam written in May,  (see separate description on the Advanced Placement).

 

WORK EXPERIENCE (CAREER PREP.) HEALTH SCIENCES: please see this website for more information: http://mcmath.sd38.bc.ca/students/program-planning/other-opportunities/career-preparation