Science Department


The role of science education is to provide students with; opportunities to think and work like scientists, to help them understand the role of science in society and to provide them with guidance so that they are able to analyze and apply scientific knowledge.  Through this process, students will learn that an evolution of ideas is brought about through inquiry, observation, investigation and analysis.  As a result they will develop an appreciation of our attempts to explore our natural world and its place in the universe.  The ECA science department course work in grades 9 and 10 prepares students to pursue the either IB Diploma Program or certificate.

Science Department

Integrated Science 9

Integrated Science 9 involves the exploration of key elements of biology, chemistry and physics. The course contains concepts and practices that provide the foundation for future studies in the field of sciences. Content will be taught to allow students to understand and apply scientific processes in a real world context. There is a strong focus on the ability to design, conduct and evaluate scientific investigations. These skills will provide a foundation for future studies in the IB Sciences. The course contains several exciting units that will provide the opportunity for students explore science in a robust and engaging style and allow them to discover which field most appeals to them..

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: Required of all students attending ECA during Grade 9.

Standards and Benchmarks: Grade 9 & 10 Science Stds & Bench May 2011

Integrated Science 10

Physics 10 is a semester course in the discipline of physics. It is intended to develop the essential practical skills necessary for students to understand the physical world around them, while at the same time deliver a thorough understanding of scientific concepts. Assessment consists of lab reports, projects, investigations, experiments and tests.

The following topics will be covered in this course: velocity and acceleration, mechanics, momentum, work, energy, and graphing relationships.

Credits: 0.5
Prerequisites: Grade 10.

Standards and Benchmarks: Grade 9 & 10 Science Stds & Bench May 2011

IB Biology SL

IB Biology SL is a two year course designed to help students understand living organisms and their environments. Students will develop their ability to analyze, evaluate and synthesize scientific information. The major topics studied are: Cells, Biochemistry, Ecology and Evolution, Genetics and Biotechnology, and Human Health and Physiology. One other options will be selected in addition to the core IB Biology curriculum. IB Biology students work with students in chemistry and physics to complete the interdisciplinary and collaborative Group IV Project during the second semester of the first year of the course

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: Grades 11-12.

Standards: IB Sciences Reporting Standards

IB Biology HL

IB Biology HL is a two year course designed to help students understand living organisms and their environments. Students will develop their ability to analyze, evaluate and synthesize scientific information. The core topics are: Cells, Biochemistry, Ecology and Evolution, Genetics and Biotechnology, Plant Science, and Human Physiology. Covered in greater detail than in the SL course are Respiration and Photosynthesis, Human Physiology, Genetics and Molecular Biology. One other option will be selected in addition to the core IB Biology curriculum and Advanced Higher Level topics. IB Biology students work with students in chemistry and physics to complete the interdisciplinary and collaborative Group IV Project during the second semester of the first year of the course.

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: Grades 11-12.

Standards: IB Sciences Reporting Standards

IB Chemistry SL

IB Chemistry SL is a two year course designed to help students develop a general understanding of the chemical principles that underpin the physical and living world and the ability to analyze, evaluate and synthesize scientific information. The topics studied in the first year are: Atomic Structure, Periodicity, Quantitative Chemistry (Stoichiometry), Chemical Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibrium, and Acids and Bases. The topics studied in the second year are: Hefty review of 1st year material, Oxidation and Reduction, Organic Chemistry, and one optional topic (Materials, Biochemistry, Energy, Medicinal Chemistry, )Additionally, through practical work, students will develop experimental and investigative skills.

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: Grades 11-12.

Standards: IB Sciences Reporting Standards

IB Chemistry HL

IB Chemistry HL is a two year course designed to help students develop a general understanding of the chemical principles that underpin the physical and living world and the ability to analyze, evaluate and synthesize scientific information. The HL curriculum will cover all of the SL material as well as dive a bit deeper into each topic presented. The topics studied in the first year are: Atomic Structure, Periodicity, Quantitative Chemistry (Stoichiometry), Chemical Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibrium, and Acids and Bases. The topics studied in the second year are: Hefty review of 1st and Reduction, Organic Chemistry, and one optional topic (Materials, Biochemistry, Energy, and Medicinal Chemistry). Additionally, through practical work, students will develop experimental and investigative skills.

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: Grades 11-12.

Standards: IB Sciences Reporting Standards

IB Physics SL

IB Physics SL is a two year course in which students will develop a general understanding of the physical world and the ability to analyze, evaluate and synthesize scientific information. The topics covered in the class include: measurement, mechanics, thermal physics, waves, electricity and magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics, energy production, relativity and/or astrophysics. Additionally, through practical work, students will develop experimental and investigative skills.

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in Mathematics SL or Mathematics HL in order to register for this course. Grades 11-12.

Standards: IB Sciences Reporting Standards

IB Physics HL

IB Physics HL is a two year course in which students will develop an understanding of the physical world and the ability to analyze, evaluate and synthesize scientific information. The HL course covers topics similar to the SL course; however, these topics are explored in much greater depth. The topics covered in the class include: measurement, mechanics, thermal physics, waves, electricity and magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics, energy production, quantum physics, relativity and/or astrophysics. Additionally, through practical work, students will develop experimental and investigative skills.

Credits: 0.5 / semester

Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in Mathematics SL or Mathematics HL in order to register for this course. Grades 11-12.

Standards: IB Sciences Reporting Standards