"More than a body of knowledge, Science is a way of thinking, of skeptically interrogating the Universe."

-Carl Sagan

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This website exists to provide the viewer a glimpse into the various science courses taught at Tahoma High School.  Each "page" includes a brief (catalog) description. A power point giving specific details, essentially a virtual tour of the course...topics, units, field experiences, etc. can be downloaded from the link: Course Power points.  Hope you find it useful.  NOTE: the power points run about half-n-half, auto:manual...they are designed to run automatically for a spell, then require you to click to keep it moving.  Don't try skimming through the thumbnail version...RUN the ppt, don't be impatient...let it flow.

 

SCHOLARSHIP MONIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR REQUIRED COURSE FEES TO STUDENTS WHO NEED FINANCIAL AID.  CONTACT THE COUNSELING OFFICE FOR ASSISTANCE.

 

It is important to note that SCIENCE CREDIT can be earned through a variety of options.  They include (but may not be limited to);  Animal Science, Plant Science, Sports Medicine, and Health,  Check the CTE Dept for cross-crediting (2-for-1) options.

 

Four semesters (2 years) of science are required for graduation.  Most 4-year colleges require students to have 2 or more years of a "lab science" with AT LEAST ONE of those being Biology (Inquiry), Chemistry, or Physics.  The sequencing of science courses at THS occurs as shown below;

 

Level 1:    Inquiry Science I-II (typically taken in the ninth grade)

 

Level 2:     Inquiry Science III-IV (aka Biology)

                 Outdoor Academy (integrated program that runs an optional AP Environmental Science strand) ...Science/Language Arts/PE

                 Global Academy (integrated program)...Science/Language Arts/Social Studies

                 Plant and/or Animal Science  (while these classes fulfill graduation requirements they may not meet 4-year college entrance requirements)

 

Level 3:    Chemistry

                 Physics

                 College Geology (University of ??? credit available)

                 AP Environmental Science

                 Oceanography (Fall semester only)

                 Marine Biology (Spring semester only)

                 Environmental Biology

                 Sports/Health Sciences and/or Sports Medicine (while these classes fulfill graduation requirements they may not meet 4-year college entrance requirements)

                 Robotics

 

Level 4:   

                AP Physics (Physics C - Mechanics)

                AP Biology

                AP Chemistry

 

NOTE:  Enrollment in Inquiry III-IV IS REQUIRED FOR ALL 10th GRADE STUDENTS (that are not enrolled in either an Academy or taking Chemistry as a sophomore).