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Science Department

Course Descriptions

Science, Grade 9, Academic (SNC1D)

This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology,
chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to relate science to technology,
society, and the environment. Throughout the course, students will develop their skills
in the processes of scientific investigation. Students will acquire an understanding of
scientific theories and conduct investigations related to sustainable ecosystems; atomic
and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the study of
the universe and its properties and components; and the principles of electricity.

Prerequisite: None


Science, Grade 9, Applied (SNC1P)

This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology,
chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science to
everyday situations. They are also given opportunities to develop practical skills related
to scientific investigation. Students will plan and conduct investigations into practical
problems and issues related to the impact of human activity on ecosystems; the structure
and properties of elements and compounds; space exploration and the components of the
universe; and static and current electricity.

Prerequisite: None

 

Science, Grade 10, Academic (SNC2D)

This course enables students to enhance their understanding of concepts in biology,
chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and of the interrelationships between
science, technology, society, and the environment. Students are also given opportunities
to further develop their scientific investigation skills. Students will plan and conduct
investigations and develop their understanding of scientific theories related to the
connections between cells and systems in animals and plants; chemical reactions, with a
particular focus on acid–base reactions; forces that affect climate and climate change; and
the interaction of light and matter.

Prerequisite: Science, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

 

Science, Grade 10, Applied (SNC2P)

This course enables students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts in biology,
chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science
in real-world situations. Students are given opportunities to develop further practical
skills in scientific investigation. Students will plan and conduct investigations into
everyday problems and issues related to human cells and body systems; chemical
reactions; factors affecting climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.

Prerequisite: Science, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

 

Science, Grade 10, Locally Developed (MAT2L1)

 

Biology, Grade 11, University Preparation (SBI3U)

This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes that occur in biological
systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of
biodiversity; evolution; genetic processes; the structure and function of animals; and the
anatomy, growth, and function of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of
the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation.

Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic

 

Biology, Grade 11, College Preparation (SBI3C)

This course focuses on the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will learn
concepts and theories as they conduct investigations in the areas of cellular biology,
microbiology, genetics, the anatomy of mammals, and the structure of plants and their
role in the natural environment. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of
concepts, and on the skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences
and related fields.

Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

 

Chemistry, Grade 11, University Preparation (SCH3U)

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the
study of the properties of chemicals and chemical bonds; chemical reactions and
quantitative relationships in those reactions; solutions and solubility; and atmospheric
chemistry and the behaviour of gases. Students will further develop their analytical
skills and investigate the qualitative and quantitative properties of matter, as well as
the impact of some common chemical reactions on society and the environment.

Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic

 

Physics, Grade 11, University Preparation (SPH3U)

This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students
will explore kinematics, with an emphasis on linear motion; different kinds of forces;
energy transformations; the properties of mechanical waves and sound; and electricity
and magnetism. They will enhance their scientific investigation skills as they test laws
of physics. In addition, they will analyse the interrelationships between physics and
technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society
and the environment.

Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic

 

Biology, Grade 12, University Preparation (SBI4U)

This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts
and processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct
investigations in the areas of biochemistry, metabolic processes, molecular genetics,
homeostasis, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on the achievement of
detailed knowledge and the refinement of skills needed for further study in various
branches of the life sciences and related fields.

Prerequisite: Biology, Grade 11, University Preparation

 

Chemistry, Grade 12, University Preparation (SCH4U)

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the
study of organic chemistry, the structure and properties of matter, energy changes and
rates of reaction, equilibrium in chemical systems, and electrochemistry. Students will
further develop their problem-solving and investigation skills as they investigate
chemical processes, and will refine their ability to communicate scientific information.
Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in everyday life and on
evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.

Prerequisite: Chemistry, Grade 11, University Preparation

 

Chemistry, Grade 12, College Preparation (SCH4C)

This course enables students to develop an understanding of chemistry through the
study of matter and qualitative analysis, organic chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical
calculations, and chemistry as it relates to the quality of the environment. Students will
use a variety of laboratory techniques, develop skills in data collection and scientific
analysis, and communicate scientific information using appropriate terminology.
Emphasis will be placed on the role of chemistry in daily life and the effects of
technological applications and processes on society and the environment.

Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

 

Physics, Grade 12, University Preparation (SPH4U)

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of physics concepts and
theories. Students will continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces
that affect motion, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields and
electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum
mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientific investigation
skills, learning, for example, how to analyse, qualitatively and quantitatively, data related
to a variety of physics concepts and principles. Students will also consider the impact of
technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

Prerequisite: Physics, Grade 11, University Preparation

 

Physics, Grade 12, College Preparation (SPH4C)

This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will
explore these concepts with respect to motion; mechanical, electrical, electromagnetic, energy
transformation, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems; and the operation of commonly used
tools and machines. They will develop their scientific investigation skills as they test laws of
physics and solve both assigned problems and those emerging from their investigations.
Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and
the environment.

Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

 

Science, Grade 12,Workplace Preparation (SNC4E)

This course provides students with fundamental science knowledge and workplace skills
needed to prepare them for success beyond secondary school. Students will explore
hazards in the workplace, chemicals in consumer products, disease and its prevention,
electricity at home and at work, and nutritional science. Emphasis is placed on current
topics in science and relevant, practical activities that develop students’ literacy and
mathematical literacy skills and enhance their scientific literacy.

Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Applied, or a Grade 10 locally developed compulsory
credit (LDCC) course in science


 

 

 

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