Co-ordinating Teacher (CT)
Mr. Curtis Stappler
One major challenge entering High School is making the right decisions for your academic goals in science. Saint Francis offers a variety of courses in science to facilitate numerous student needs:
SCIENCE 10 – The prerequisite for this course is successful completion of Grade 9 Science with a recommended mark above 65%. This academic science program builds on the knowledge, skills and attributes developed in junior high science. This course is suitable for students seeking a general knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics and climate. Science 10 is a prerequisite course for Chemistry 20, Biology 20, Physics 20 and Science 20.
SCIENCE 14 and 24 – Prerequisite is completion of Grade 9 Science. This general science program is designed for students seeking diploma requirements in science. The major goal of Science 14 is to introduce students to the processes and general topics in science. This course offers four major units of instruction; properties of matter, understanding energy transfer technologies, investigating matter and energy in living systems and investigating matter and energy in the environment.
SCIENCE 10-4 and 20-4 – Knowledge and employability courses promote the development of the four major foundations in science; science, technology and society, knowledge, skills and attitudes. Knowledge and employability courses offer students the opportunity to experience success in becoming well prepared for employment, further studies, citizenship and lifelong learning.
For more information on programs of study please go to the Alberta Education website http://education.alberta.ca/ or the Saint Francis homepage at schools.cssd.ab.ca/stfrancis
Following the successful completion of Science 10 students may continue in general science or branch off into specialized areas of science.
Science 30 is a course recognized for entrance into many universities, but often overlooked as a 30-level option for students. The course consists of four units:
- Living Systems Respond to Their Environment
- Chemistry and the Environment
- Electromagnetic Energy
- Energy and the Environment
Students have multiple routes into Science 30:
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Biology is the study of life and living systems. In biology students will study life from the molecular level all the way through to the biosphere. In Biology 20 the focus is on helping students to understand the biological principles behind the natural events we all experience, the technology we use and the influence biology has on our lives. Biology 20 is the prerequisite for biology 30. Biology 30 is accepted by many faculties in post-secondary institutions for admission to science related programs.
Chemistry students will investigate chemical bonding and learn about the diversity of matter. Students will observe chemical changes, properties of solutions and investigate the laws of gases. Chemistry 20 is recommended for students in Grade 11 in preparation for Chemistry 30. Chemistry 30 is accepted by many faculties in post-secondary institutions for admission into science related programs.
In physics students will continue to explore the major themes of change, diversity, energy, equilibrium, matter and systems as they interconnect and unify within the realm of physics. Students may elect to take Physics 20 in Grade 11 however, Physics 20 and 30 is recommended in Grade 12. Physics 30 is required for many science, technology and engineering fields in post-secondary education.
The general science program at Saint Francis is an integrated academic program designed to help students better understand and apply fundamental concepts and skills to ecology, geology, energy and the environment, biology, chemistry and physics. Science 20 helps prepare students for the Science 30 course offered in Grade 12. Science 30 is for students seeking a 30 level diploma in science. Science 30 is accepted by many post-secondary institutions as a 30 level science.
Do you need to take all three sciences? No. Taking the “right” two sciences will open many doors for post-secondary education. Choosing the correct science(s) depends entirely on your post-secondary goals.
Do you need to take a second science in Grade 10? You do not need a second science in Grade 10, however students may enroll in Biology 20 in Grade 10. Students may not enroll in Chemistry 20 or Physics 20 in Grade 10. Post-secondary institutions do not require three sciences.