The chemistry occurring in living organisms.
Biochemistry is the branch of science concerned with the chemical and physicochemical processes and substances that occur within living organisms. In order to grasp biochemistry concepts, a strong foundation in chemistry and knowledge of organic chemistry is essential. Therefore, this course will be broken into three main components: chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. In addition, the course will include opportunities to strengthen student lab skills by completing topic related labs and writing lab reports. A strong foundation in mathematics is essential for this honors level course.
Sample Topics: Chemistry - Periodic Table, Nomenclature, Reactions, Mole, and Stoichiometry.
Organic Chemistry - Hydrocarbons and Functional Groups.
Biochemistry - Carbohydrates, Amino Acids, Peptides, Proteins, Enzymes, Lipids, Nucleic Acids, and Metabolism.
Study environmental disasters, our climate, and predict what the future will hold for our planet.
Students first gain an overview of Environmental Science basics, then apply those to research projects on environmental disasters. Students take a robust look at how planetary climates establish their equilibrium temperature. Seniors also look at historical data and compare and contrast with the modern anthropogenic warning trend. They analyze the current warning, greenhouse gas emissions, and the future impacts climates change will have on our planet.