Students normally take Science 10 in their first year of high school. Those interested in
science at the post-secondary level can choose from a variety of courses at the academic
level in grades 11 and 12. For highly motivated students advanced courses are offered in
biology, chemistry and physics. Details on advanced courses are provided on page 2 of this
Grade Ten Courses
Science 10 Academic 1.0 Credit
In Science 10 students are given an opportunity to explore foundation topics in four disciplines of science - biology, chemistry, meteorology and physics - in four separate units of study. Within each unit the students practice and strengthen the skills required to participate in the activities of science, and develop an understanding of concepts within that science discipline. An exploration of the relationship between science, technology, society and the environment provides a unifying theme across the four areas of science. Broad topic areas include: sustainability of ecosystems; chemical reactions; weather dynamics: linear motion. This course serves as a foundation for further studies in science, particularly in biology, chemistry and physics.
Text: Science Power 10
Science 10 A+B Academic 1.0 Credit
Science 10 A+B meets the outcomes of Science 10 but is designed for students who would prefer a less mathematical approach to science. More emphasis will be placed on applying science to the world around us. The course will be of interest to students considering Math Foundations 10 or Math 10+. Although the course is divided into 4 distinct units, students who do not achieve an average mark of 50% on the 4 units must repeat the entire course.
Text: Science Power 10
Grade 11 Courses
Biology 11 Academic 1.0 Credit
In Biology 11 the students begin by exploring some of the foundation topics in the science of biology - the characteristics of life, microscopy, cell biology and the classification and diversity of the biological world, including an overview of the five kingdoms. The remainder of the course centers around a comparative study of living systems in humans and other organisms - digestion, respiration, circulation and excretion. Biology 11 follows a studentcentered approach to learning, allowing the students to first explore concepts through activities and labs. A further aim of the course is to improve the students’ understanding of biology as a science through the integration of mathematics and the strengthening of science process skills wherever possible. Connections are made to technological, societal and environmental issues as they relate to the science of biology.
Prerequisite: Science 10
Text: Biology - Living Systems
Advanced Biology 11 Advanced 1.0 Credit
This course parallels the Biology 11 course, but more emphasis is placed on extra research and independent study and most topics are covered in more depth. The laboratory is used extensively and some units may be covered as lab block assignments. Students wishing a more in depth study of biology should consider this course. It is highly recommended for students considering a career in biology.
Text: Nelson Biology
Chemistry 11 Academic 1.0 Credit
The high school Chemistry program is divided into two courses, Chemistry 11 and Chemistry 12. Chemistry 11 is designed to be both an introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry for the science-bound student and a worthwhile course for the student interested in the humanities. The more rigorous material required for students taking post- secondary chemistry is reserved for Chemistry 12. Students will learn about the composition of matter and how one kind of matter can be changed into other kinds of matter. The topics covered by the text are reinforced with laboratory work. Topics covered include: matter, atomic theory, the periodic table, chemical bonding, naming compounds and writing chemical formulae, types of chemical reactions, balancing chemical equations, stoichiometry and an introduction to organic chemistry. Organic chemistry is included in this course because it is recommended for students taking Biology 12 in Grade Twelve.
Prerequisite: Science 10 and Math 10.
Text: Addison-Wesley Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry 11 Advanced 1.0 Credit
Chemistry 11 is an advanced level course. This program is an excellent introduction to chemistry for those students who have an above average interest and proven ability in science. The course focuses on the development of reasoning skills and problem solving techniques through experimentation and theory. Concepts and principles are emphasized rather than content. Topics include: naming compounds and formula writing, quantitative relationships in chemical reactions, gas laws, gas stoichiometry, an introduction to solution chemistry, atomic theory, periodic law and chemical bonds between atoms.
Text: Chemistry Experiments and Principles.
Human Biology 11 Academic 1.0 Credit
This course is an academic credit that counts as a second science credit for high school graduation. The major systems of the human body will be covered in this course using an issues based or society and technology point of view. Lab work, projects, group activities and case study examples will be main learning strategies. This course is designed so that students gain an appreciation and understanding of the importance of various body functions. Human Biology 11 does not prepare students for Biology 12. It is not recommended that students take both Biology 11 and Human Biology 11. Permission from the department head is required and would only be given in very exceptional circumstances
Oceans 11 Academic 1.0 Credit
Oceans 11 is an academic course that satisfies the second science credit requirement for high school graduation. Oceans 11 offers students the opportunity to explore aspects of global and local oceanography and current ocean-related issues. The course is designed to be flexible and meet the needs and interests of Nova Scotian students by connecting the study of oceanography with local economic and community interests. One of the priories of the course is to increase students’ knowledge of emerging new economies and opportunities in such areas as aquaculture and oceans management, which offer new career opportunities. Oceans 11 consists of four 25-30 hour modules. Successful completion of four modules is required to earn one science credit. All students must complete Modules I and II
The remaining two modules are selected by the teacher, based on resources and student
Prerequisite: Science 10
Physics 11 Academic 1.0 Credit
Grade Twelve Courses
Note: Grade 12 students who wish to take Biology 12, Chemistry 12, or Physics 12 must take the grade 11 course first.
Biology 12 Academic 1.0 Credit