All science courses at Fishburne use laboratories to stimulate interest among the younger students and to provide the older Cadets with every convenience possible. The Science Department offers a coordinated, solid curriculum for college preparation. Science classes are offered at the basic and honors levels. Three science laboratories, containing the most modern laboratory equipment, are used by the physical science, earth science, biology, chemistry and honors science classes. These facilities offer complete lecture and laboratory space and are equipped with all safety requirements.
Life Science covers a variety of topics, including: the discussion of the nature of science; the structure and function of cells; heredity; and, evolution. In addition, a foundation is established in genetics and DNA; the classification of organisms; and, the ecology of plants and animals.
Physical science is the study of matter and energy. Students frequently employ the use of the scientific method in hands-on laboratories. Students are provided with numerous opportunities to conduct experiments and learn the proper procedures for reporting the results of their findings. The study of
matter and energy explores various areas of physical science: motion, forces, energy, work and machines, electricity, light magnetism, sound, mirrors and lenses, the classification of matter, and properties of atoms and the periodic table, among other topics.
In this course, students learn that Earth science is a blend of many sciences including geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. Students explore the processes that change our planet. The course includes an introduction to rocks and structures that formed millions of years ago as a result of many interactions among some of Earth’s systems. Hands-on laboratory experiments, including video and computer technologies, enhance this course with varied approaches to understanding our planet and its place in the universe.
The main objective of biology is to give students a better understanding of the life forms that inhabit the earth and how they function, develop, and depend on each other. Learning why life exists as it does involves ecology, evolution, biochemistry, taxonomy, botany, photosynthesis, reproduction, genetics, respiration, human anatomy and physiology. Activities used to reinforce the concepts taught include lab experiments, computer based activities, and special projects.
The course involves the composition of matter and the changes it undergoes. Emphasis is placed on man’s control of his environment by controlling changes in matter. The course covers chemical formulas, equations, calculations, reactions and the elements. It concludes with an introduction to organic chemistry. Activities used to reinforce the concepts taught include lab experiments, computer based activities and special projects. Prerequisites: Algebra I, Biology.
Physics is a study of energy and the changes in energy forms associated with man’s control of environments through controlling changes in matter. The interactions of matter and energy also include the specialized fields of mechanics, acoustics, optics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, atomics, astronomy, and biometrics. Activities used to reinforce the concepts taught include lab experiments, computer based activities, and special individual projects. Prerequisites: Algebra II, Chemistry.
This is an elective course that focuses on environmental issues such as air, water and land pollution and the proper use of the earth’s resources. Students have the opportunity to do case studies on major environmental issues.
Anatomy and Physiology
The course is designed such that the students will get an understanding of the human body as a whole as well as how all of the different systems operate individually. Topics will be designed to build vocabulary and knowledge of:
- How cells play a role in body organization;
- How body organs interact in body systems; and,
- How body systems interact in the body as a whole.
Students will also engage in discussion and physical activities to observe and be aware of how different activities affect body systems.
Dual Enrollment Biology
DE Biology is a two-semester course offered in coordination with Shenandoah University through which recommended seniors can receive credit for BIOL101/102 while still enrolled in high school. The course will cover basic concepts and applications pertinent to biology at a detail consistent with what one would expect from an introductory college course. Topics covered will include:
- The Scientific Process
- Classification of Organisms
- Cell Biology
- Population Genetics
- Human Impact on the Environment
Scientific reading/writing will be introduced, and lab activities will be submitted in a lab report format.