Course Descriptions

All students are required to complete the following advanced honors courses.  All science courses are laboratory based.  Courses are listed on the transcript as Advanced Honors (AH) or Advanced Placement (AP). Some students may be accelerated in the mathematics sequence and have the option of taking university mathematics courses after completing AP Calculus.

Grade 9 Courses

AH Integrated Geometry

This project-oriented course provides a rich, rigorous foundation in geometry, uniquely blended with set theory, probability and statistics, and further work in algebra.  Problem solving and technology, including computers and graphing calculators, are integrated into each of these topics.

AH Research Biology

Topics include cell biology, genetics, structure and function of plant and animal kingdoms, comparative anatomy and physiology, and ecology/environmental studies.  Hands-on time with sophisticated instrumentation and procedural techniques culminate in a research project.

AH Computer Science I

This course introduces the student to the computer as a tool for writing, studying, and publication.  Basic knowledge of how computers work and of common computer terminology, including the understanding of the various applications of computers are included.  Students become immersed in multi-media applications.

 

Grade 10 Courses

AH Integrated Algebra II

The major component of this course is advanced topics in algebra.  The students continue the study of probability/statistics, including probability distribution and linear regression.  The course integrates geometry, algebra, statistics, discrete mathematics, polynomial functions, and problem solving with the use of graphing calculators and computers.

AH Analytical Chemistry

This course is the study of the composition of substances.  The course includes a broad range of chemical concepts producing a well-balanced preparation for college classes.  Classroom instruction is integrated with meaningful laboratory experiences in order to develop each student’s knowledge of analytical chemistry itself.

AH Computer Programming - CPTR 125-151 credit option 

This course emphasizes computer problem solving using structured design and programming.  Students learn to approach problems systematically and approach solutions using well-known techniques of proven effectiveness.  Students create modular programs using current programming languages.

AP Statistics

Students accelerated in mathematics beyond our normal sequence frequently take AP Statistics. The Advanced Placement Statistics course follows the Advanced Placement syllabus and students may take the AP test in May. Course study will include exploring data, planning a study, modeling patterns using probability and simulation, and statistical inference. (AP Statistics is offered by invitation only.)

 

Grade 11 Courses

AH Pre-Calculus - MATH 168 credit option

Course topic includes college algebra, advanced trigonometry, and analytic geometry of two and three dimension.   Students experience a thorough analysis of all elementary functions and curve-sketching.  Selected discrete mathematics topics including normal probability distributions and testing hypotheses are explored.  Practice with proofs, such as mathematics induction, are included.  Experiences with computer software and graphing calculators are incorporated.

AH Physics - Concepts and Applications in Physics - PHYS 107/108 credit option

Identifying and quantifying physics concepts that organize daily experience, selected from mechanics, waves, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics. Includes individual and collaborative development of abstract and practical problem solving skills and applications in the classroom and integrated laboratory experience. Intended to lay a foundation for pre-professional and calculus-based introductory physics courses.

 

Grade 12 Courses

AP Calculus

The Advanced Placement Calculus AB course follows the Advanced Placement syllabus and students may take the AP test in May.  Advanced students may follow the BC course.  Course study will include properties of functions, limits, differential calculus, and integral calculus.

AH Interdisciplinary Science (Biology II/Chemistry II) - BIOL 105/CHEM 195 credit option

BIOL 105 is an introduction to research. The students will be conducting a small research project involving brain cancer. Utilizing the technique of interference RNA, the students will explore the effect of the oncogene c-Rel has on cancer. The students will take his project from concept through execution during the semester. The emphasis of this class is laboratory but there will be a short introductory lecture explaining the topic posted for you to view prior to class. Techniques learned during this semester include: molecular cloning, DNA isolation and purification, PCR, RT-PCR, DNA sequencing, RNAi, restriction enzyme digestion, gel electrophoresis, cell culture, SDS-PAGE, and Western Blot.

CHEM 195 is a laboratory-based course designed to give high school students an early introduction to authentic research. Projects involve developing new products and processes using modern organic, synthetic, and analytical methods. Students are required to write a (1) research proposal, (2) technical final report, and (3) nontechnical newspaper article, in addition to maintaining a lab notebook. They are also expected to prepare a research poster and demonstrate the use of laboratory techniques and instruments at the end-of-the-semester research symposium.

University Courses

Students may choose an elective from a number of approved undergraduate university courses in mathematics, science, technology, and foreign languages.

Contact Information

Director: Kevin Clark
Tel: 269-471-7725 ext. 1347
Fax: 269-471-1221
kevin.clark@berrienresa.org
Coordinator: Tonya Snyder
Tel: 269-471-7725 ext. 1360
Fax: 269-471-1221
tonya.snyder@berrienresa.org
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