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Academy of Medical Sciences Course Descriptions

HONORS BIOLOGY (PRE-REQUISITE: MIDDLE SCHOOL PERFORMANCE AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATION)
Grade 9, Credits 5.00
This accelerated course is offered to students in grade 9 who have demonstrated excellence in science and mathematics. Because of the extensive reading requirements, the course is recommended for only those 9th graders who are advanced proficient in Reading Comprehension. The unity and diversity of living things are explored. Laboratory investigations will promote higher order thinking, scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Oral and written reports and projects will be required. There is a summer reading requirement for the course with a writing assignment due in September. The course requires extensive reading, writing and research during the year. The state of New Jersey requires a standardized Biology Competency Test be given to all students taking a Biological science course.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY (PRE-REQUISITE: “B+” OR HIGHER IN BIOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY, TEACHER RECOMMENDATION, AND COMPLETION OF SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS)
Grades 11-12, Credits 8.00
The course content reflects the curriculum recommendations of the College Entrance Examination Board. Lectures and discussions are coupled with extensive laboratory preparations as a primary means of investigation. Material will include areas of cell and human physiology that are not covered in great detail in Biology. The course will meet 8 periods a week (double period three times a week). There is a summer reading requirement for the course with a writing assignment due during the summer. The course requires extensive reading, writing and research during the year. The curriculum and syllabus for this course have been approved by the College Board, which certifies the class as a true Advanced Placement level class. Students are invited to take the AP Exam in the spring
and the Board of Education will pay the fee for any student who maintains an A average.
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
Grades 11-12, Credits 6.00
This is an elective course designed for those students preparing to enter health-related professions or preparing to enter into a more advanced study in biology. Systems of the body and their specific parts will be studied. The dependency and coordination of these systems upon one another will be emphasized. The course will be taught through class discussions, specimen manipulation and dissection, laboratory experiences, field activities, computer simulations, and guest speakers. It is assumed that enrolled students will participate in all scheduled activities.
MEDICAL SCIENCE 1
Grade 10-12, Credits 1.25-5.00
Medical Science 1 is a full-year course offered to students in grades 10-12. The objective of this course is to provide students a basic understanding of the fundamental practice of medicine and its various disciplines. The student also receives a general background in the use of technology in medicine. Topics covered include: introduction to medical terminology, overview of basic anatomy and physiology, medico-legal issues, introduction to medical specialties, patient history taking, vital signs, causes of disease, general introduction to microbiology and diagnostic imaging. Student reports and projects will be required. The students will participate in field trips to health care facilities as well as listen to guest speakers.
MEDICAL SCIENCE 2 (PRE-REQUISITE: MEDICAL SCIENCE 1 AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATION)
Grades 11-12, Credits 8.00
Medical Science II is a one-year, two-period, laboratory science course offered to students in grades 11-12. The objective of this course is to provide the student a working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology. The aim is to prepare the student for further study or employment in a variety of medical and paramedical office positions. Topics covered include: Medical Terminology, study of blood, heart, lymphatic system, respirator system, digestive system, urinary system, microbiology, disease and medical imaging. Student reports and projects will be required. Students will participate in a shadowing program at area hospitals.
HONORS CHEMISTRY (PRE-REQUISITE: “B+” IN BIOLOGY OR HONORS BIOLOGY AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATION
Grades 10-11, Credits 5.00
This accelerated course is designed for students of high ability, to study chemistry in greater depth and speed than the college prep chemistry program. The topics are studied with the use of the Textbook, Lecture, Demonstrations, Supplemental Work sheets, Laboratory Inquiry and other appropriate means. Students are expected to be proficient in Algebra 1, Geometry, graphing, the use of a scientific calculator, report writing as well as independent and group study skills. There is a summer reading requirement for the course with a writing assignment due in September. The course requires extensive reading, writing and research during the year.
HONORS PHYSICS (PRE-REQUISITE/CO-REQUISITE: ALGEBRA 2 OR PRE-CALCULUS AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATION)
Grades 11-12, Credits 5.00
This course is an accelerated program dealing with the concepts of velocity and acceleration graphing; vectors; Newton’s three laws of motion; particle and wave motion; conservation of momentum and energy; light; sound; electro-magnetism and nuclear physics. The approach stresses physics from a mathematical point of view. Weekly laboratory experiences are provided to emphasize basic principles and to acquaint students with various measuring instruments. Skills in presenting, analyzing and interpreting experimental results are also emphasized. There is a summer reading requirement for the course with a writing assignment due in September. The course requires extensive reading, writing and research during the year.