The aim of the senior high school science program is to help students attain the scientific awareness needed to be effective members of society. The components included are attitudes, scientific knowledge, mathematical/laboratory skills, critical thinking skills, and connections to science, technology and society. Students are expected to be able to operate in the framework of scientific inquiry as they develop their problem-solving abilities and use technology appropriately.

Within the context of the Catholic high school every effort is made to help the students explore the relationship between science, technology, society and our responsibility to act justly and work toward a more loving society. By emphasizing the need for balance between scientific thought and a concern for humanity, students are encouraged to reflect on the role they play in helping create the peaceful and loving society envisioned by Christ. In this context issues related to morals, ethics, stewardship, responsible choices for the enhancement of life and respect for creation, are integrated into the science curriculum.

Learning opportunities are made meaningful so students can relate science to their lives in and out of the classroom. This encourages an interest in science as a lifelong learning experience.

Science 10 Honours

5 credit

Students enrolled in this course will undertake a study of general science concepts that will form the basis of future International Baccalaureate science courses. Time is spent in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics and climate science. Students will cover similar content as presented in the regular Science 10 course with emphasis on process, presentation, and research skill development. Recommendation for Success – minimum 80% in Grade 9 Science.

Science 10

5 credit

Students completing Science 10 will understand and be able to apply fundamental concepts and skills common to Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences. This background information becomes the stepping stone for students interested in pursuing further courses in science related fields. Recommendation for Success – minimum 60% in Grade 9 Science.

Science 14

5 credit

Students completing Science 14 will have a practical understanding of the field of science and how scientific issues are related to daily life. The themes developed in this course are investigating properties of matter, understanding energy transfer technologies, investigating matter and energy in living systems and investigating matter and energy in the environment. Recommendation for Success – Students with a mark less than 60% in Grade 9 Science should enrol in this course.

Science 20

5 credit

Students completing Science 20 will understand and apply fundamental concepts and skills common to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and the Earth Sciences. Science 20 is an integrated academic course designed for students who do not intend to enter science related programs at university. This course is a prerequisite for Science 30. Recommendation for success – 60% in Science 10.

Science 24

5 credit

In this course, students will be actively engaged in science explorations that develop their science attitudes, skills and knowledge. Strong correlations to relevant life skills are presented to the students throughout the course. Science 24 is a continuation of the work initiated in the Science 14 program. Recommendation for success – Students with a mark less that 60% in Science 10 should enrol in this course.

Biology 20 IB

5 credit

Biology 20 IB is a course that is similar in many ways to regular stream Biology 20. Students cover topics covered in the regular Biology 20 program. Also included are other topics particular to the IB curriculum. There is a heavier emphasis on laboratory work in Biology 20 IB as well. Because of the extra material, the pace of this course is considerably quicker than the regular Biology 20 program.

Biology 20

5 credit

Students completing Biology 20 will be presented with a variety of topics and instructional methodologies which will promote student investigative skills and appreciation of life and our environment. Students focus on studies dealing with the living world. Biology 20 is a prerequisite for Biology 30. Students with less than 70% in Science 10 should consider taking this course in their grade 11 year. Recommendation for Success – 60% in Science 10.

Chemistry 20 IB

5 credit

This program includes several curricular additions above the regular Chemistry 20 program as well as an increased emphasis on lab work. This course is taken semester I as a package with Chemistry 30IB semester II.

Chemistry 20

5 credit

Students completing this course will be able to use different contexts to investigate the nature of matter, to identify common patterns and the processes by which matter and systems are modified. Chemistry 20 is a prerequisite for Chemistry 30. Students with less than 70% in Science 10 should consider taking this course in their grade 11 year. Recommendation for Success – 60% in Science 10.

Physics 20 IB

5 credit

Students enrolled in this course will receive the first portion of the combined Alberta Education and International Baccalaureate physics program of study. An increase in laboratory work and process skill development will be emphasized as students work through the areas of kinematics, dynamics, waves and optics.

Physics 20

5 credit

Students completing this course will have a practical understanding of the non-living world. Mathematics is used throughout the course to help understand the mechanics of our universe. Students are involved with experimentation, research and classroom presentations. Physics 20 is a prerequisite for Physics 30. Recommendation for Success – 60% in Science 10.

Science 30

5 credit

Students enrolled in Science 30 complete this combined science course with advanced topics in biology, chemistry, and physics. The emphasis of this course is on the application of science to our everyday lives. An Alberta Learning diploma examination is written at the conclusion of this course.

Biology 30 IB

5 credit

This course is the completion of the IB Biology program that starts with Biology 20 IB and continues with the regular Biology 30 program. Students completing the Biology 30 Programme of studies will build on the topics covered in Biology 20 and will also receive a solid foundation in the principles of genetics and molecular biology. An Alberta Learning diploma examination is written at the conclusion of this course.

Biology 30

5 credit

Students completing the Biology 30 program of studies will build on the topics covered in Biology 20 and will also receive a solid foundation in the principles of genetics and molecular biology. An Alberta Learning diploma examination is written at the conclusion of this course. Recommendation for Success – 60% in Biology 20.

Biology 35 IB

5 credit

This course is the completion of the IB Biology program, that starts with Biology 20IB and continues with the regular Biology 30 program. In Biology 35 IB students work on the optional segments of the IB curriculum. These are topics necessary for an IB Diploma but that are not included in the regular Alberta Ed. Biology 20 and 30 programs. Additional laboratory work is completed as well as preparation for the IB Biology Exam in May.

Chemistry 30 IB

5 credit

This course is taken in semester two as a package with Chemistry 20IB. The Chemistry IB program covers the Chemistry 20 and 30 programs. In addition, students will have the opportunity to expand their chemistry knowledge through a number of advanced modules including organic chemistry and fuels and energy. During this course, students will become more aware of the global issues that are linked to chemistry. Students will be required to participate in the group IV project. It is a laboratory intensive program (minimum 40 hours of laboratory instruction) in which the students gain the skills to succeed at their future university level courses. An Alberta Learning diploma examination as well as the Chemistry IB exam is written at the conclusion of this course.

Chemistry 30

5 credit

Students enrolled in Chemistry 30 build upon the foundations set out in Chemistry 20. Chemical energetics, electrochemistry, and acid-base and organic chemistry are highlights of this program. An Alberta Learning diploma examination is written at the conclusion of this course. Recommendation for Success – 60% in Chemistry 20

Physics 30 IB

5 credit

Physics 30 IB is a 5 credit course that introduces the student to the physics of the 20th century. The major themes of electricity and magnetism, along with atomic models make up the majority of the units of study in this course. The Alberta Education program of studies is blended with the IB program throughout with extra emphasis on “student design” laboratory activities. An Alberta Education diploma examination is taken in June.

Physics 30

5 credit

Students completing this program will add the physics of the 20th century to their list of science studies. Electricity and magnetism along with atomic models and quantum theory are highlights of this program of studies. An Alberta Learning diploma examination is written at the conclusion of this course. Recommendation for Success – 60% in Physics 20.

Physics 35 IB

5 credit

Physics 35 IB is a 3 credit course that focuses on the required topics of the IB higher level course not previously covered in the Alberta Programme of studies. Thermal physics, advanced optics, climate change physics and digital technology are the main components of this course. Laboratory work is included with each topic. A final IB examination is written in May.

Science

The aim of the senior high school science program is to help students attain the scientific awareness needed to be effective members of society. The components included are attitudes, scientific knowledge, mathematical/laboratory skills, critical thinking skills, and connections to science, technology and society. Students are expected to be able to operate in the framework of scientific inquiry as they develop their problem-solving abilities and use technology appropriately.

Within the context of the Catholic high school every effort is made to help the students explore the relationship between science, technology, society and our responsibility to act justly and work toward a more loving society. By emphasizing the need for balance between scientific thought and a concern for humanity, students are encouraged to reflect on the role they play in helping create the peaceful and loving society envisioned by Christ. In this context issues related to morals, ethics, stewardship, responsible choices for the enhancement of life and respect for creation, are integrated into the science curriculum.

Learning opportunities are made meaningful so students can relate science to their lives in and out of the classroom. This encourages an interest in science as a lifelong learning experience.

Science 10 Honours

5 credit

Students enrolled in this course will undertake a study of general science concepts that will form the basis of future International Baccalaureate science courses. Time is spent in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics and climate science. Students will cover similar content as presented in the regular Science 10 course with emphasis on process, presentation, and research skill development. Recommendation for Success – minimum 80% in Grade 9 Science.

Science 10

5 credit

Students completing Science 10 will understand and be able to apply fundamental concepts and skills common to Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences. This background information becomes the stepping stone for students interested in pursuing further courses in science related fields. Recommendation for Success – minimum 60% in Grade 9 Science.

Science 14

5 credit

Students completing Science 14 will have a practical understanding of the field of science and how scientific issues are related to daily life. The themes developed in this course are investigating properties of matter, understanding energy transfer technologies, investigating matter and energy in living systems and investigating matter and energy in the environment. Recommendation for Success – Students with a mark less than 60% in Grade 9 Science should enrol in this course.

Science 20

5 credit

Students completing Science 20 will understand and apply fundamental concepts and skills common to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and the Earth Sciences. Science 20 is an integrated academic course designed for students who do not intend to enter science related programs at university. This course is a prerequisite for Science 30. Recommendation for success – 60% in Science 10.

Science 24

5 credit

In this course, students will be actively engaged in science explorations that develop their science attitudes, skills and knowledge. Strong correlations to relevant life skills are presented to the students throughout the course. Science 24 is a continuation of the work initiated in the Science 14 program. Recommendation for success – Students with a mark less that 60% in Science 10 should enrol in this course.

Biology 20 IB

5 credit

Biology 20 IB is a course that is similar in many ways to regular stream Biology 20. Students cover topics covered in the regular Biology 20 program. Also included are other topics particular to the IB curriculum. There is a heavier emphasis on laboratory work in Biology 20 IB as well. Because of the extra material, the pace of this course is considerably quicker than the regular Biology 20 program.

Biology 20

5 credit

Students completing Biology 20 will be presented with a variety of topics and instructional methodologies which will promote student investigative skills and appreciation of life and our environment. Students focus on studies dealing with the living world. Biology 20 is a prerequisite for Biology 30. Students with less than 70% in Science 10 should consider taking this course in their grade 11 year. Recommendation for Success – 60% in Science 10.

Chemistry 20 IB

5 credit

This program includes several curricular additions above the regular Chemistry 20 program as well as an increased emphasis on lab work. This course is taken semester I as a package with Chemistry 30IB semester II.

Chemistry 20

5 credit

Students completing this course will be able to use different contexts to investigate the nature of matter, to identify common patterns and the processes by which matter and systems are modified. Chemistry 20 is a prerequisite for Chemistry 30. Students with less than 70% in Science 10 should consider taking this course in their grade 11 year. Recommendation for Success – 60% in Science 10.

Physics 20 IB

5 credit

Students enrolled in this course will receive the first portion of the combined Alberta Education and International Baccalaureate physics program of study. An increase in laboratory work and process skill development will be emphasized as students work through the areas of kinematics, dynamics, waves and optics.

Physics 20

5 credit

Students completing this course will have a practical understanding of the non-living world. Mathematics is used throughout the course to help understand the mechanics of our universe. Students are involved with experimentation, research and classroom presentations. Physics 20 is a prerequisite for Physics 30. Recommendation for Success – 60% in Science 10.

Science 30

5 credit

Students enrolled in Science 30 complete this combined science course with advanced topics in biology, chemistry, and physics. The emphasis of this course is on the application of science to our everyday lives. An Alberta Learning diploma examination is written at the conclusion of this course.

Biology 30 IB

5 credit

This course is the completion of the IB Biology program that starts with Biology 20 IB and continues with the regular Biology 30 program. Students completing the Biology 30 Programme of studies will build on the topics covered in Biology 20 and will also receive a solid foundation in the principles of genetics and molecular biology. An Alberta Learning diploma examination is written at the conclusion of this course.

Biology 30

5 credit

Students completing the Biology 30 program of studies will build on the topics covered in Biology 20 and will also receive a solid foundation in the principles of genetics and molecular biology. An Alberta Learning diploma examination is written at the conclusion of this course. Recommendation for Success – 60% in Biology 20.

Biology 35 IB

5 credit

This course is the completion of the IB Biology program, that starts with Biology 20IB and continues with the regular Biology 30 program. In Biology 35 IB students work on the optional segments of the IB curriculum. These are topics necessary for an IB Diploma but that are not included in the regular Alberta Ed. Biology 20 and 30 programs. Additional laboratory work is completed as well as preparation for the IB Biology Exam in May.

Chemistry 30 IB

5 credit

This course is taken in semester two as a package with Chemistry 20IB. The Chemistry IB program covers the Chemistry 20 and 30 programs. In addition, students will have the opportunity to expand their chemistry knowledge through a number of advanced modules including organic chemistry and fuels and energy. During this course, students will become more aware of the global issues that are linked to chemistry. Students will be required to participate in the group IV project. It is a laboratory intensive program (minimum 40 hours of laboratory instruction) in which the students gain the skills to succeed at their future university level courses. An Alberta Learning diploma examination as well as the Chemistry IB exam is written at the conclusion of this course.

Chemistry 30

5 credit

Students enrolled in Chemistry 30 build upon the foundations set out in Chemistry 20. Chemical energetics, electrochemistry, and acid-base and organic chemistry are highlights of this program. An Alberta Learning diploma examination is written at the conclusion of this course. Recommendation for Success – 60% in Chemistry 20

Physics 30 IB

5 credit

Physics 30 IB is a 5 credit course that introduces the student to the physics of the 20th century. The major themes of electricity and magnetism, along with atomic models make up the majority of the units of study in this course. The Alberta Education program of studies is blended with the IB program throughout with extra emphasis on “student design” laboratory activities. An Alberta Education diploma examination is taken in June.

Physics 30

5 credit

Students completing this program will add the physics of the 20th century to their list of science studies. Electricity and magnetism along with atomic models and quantum theory are highlights of this program of studies. An Alberta Learning diploma examination is written at the conclusion of this course. Recommendation for Success – 60% in Physics 20.

Physics 35 IB

5 credit

Physics 35 IB is a 3 credit course that focuses on the required topics of the IB higher level course not previously covered in the Alberta Programme of studies. Thermal physics, advanced optics, climate change physics and digital technology are the main components of this course. Laboratory work is included with each topic. A final IB examination is written in May.