Science

The science department at Wasatch Academy will:

  • challenge students to explore and think critically about scientific phenomena in the natural world through innovation, critical thinking, problem-solving, curiosity, inspiration, creativity, and imagination;

  • foster independent and critical thinking skills used in scientific inquiry in the field and in the laboratory: specifically in developing high order research, writing, experimentation, data formulation, statistics, and presentation;

  • collaborate with students, faculty, and staff across all areas of interests and departments by sharing and leading through an initiative, planning, and execution of scientific inquiry;

  • explore the physical world through project-based- and individualized learning using modern laboratory space, instruments, equipment, and techniques;

  • 雷速体育都是在哪投注的develop a fundamental understanding of, and ability to use the methods of scientific inquiry to prepare our students for solving problems in our local, national, and global communities;

  • 雷速体育都是在哪投注的promote and foster an environment that empowers students to develop academically, socially, emotionally, physically, morally, and ethically in preparation for college, graduate, and professional schools.

Requirements:

  • 雷速体育都是在哪投注的students need a minimum of three (3) science credits to graduate from wasatch academy. one of the three science credits must be biology (usually taken in the sophomore year, but could be fulfilled by transfer credit). thus, a typical student might take (in order) “physical science (ps)” and “college preparatory biology,” and then any one of the following science elective courses in “physics,” “chemistry,” “geology,” “ecology,” “western water, landscapes and sustainability,” and “human anatomy & physiology” or any of our 3 advanced placement (ap) science classes (biology, physics and chemistry) to complete the graduation requirements. be sure to check with your college counselor before enrolling in any elective classes.

  • please note that 3 science classes is the minimum requirement for graduation, but it is highly recommended by college admissions departments, and by our wa college counselors that students should take four (4) or more science classes before graduation, with at least one science class per year, especially if a student is planning on entering a science related field in college and graduate/professional school.

  • once a student has completed the stated science requirements, there are many outstanding advanced placement (ap) and elective science courses to enhance and progress students’ understanding of science and its applications.

  • all classes are year-long (two semesters) unless otherwise noted.

Advanced placement (AP) courses
All AP courses are year-long elective classes that follow the curriculum provided by  for the equivalent of a year of introductory college content. Students should adhere to all prerequisites and proficiency advised for entry and success in these classes that are designed for students to “pass the AP exam” in early May each year. All students are encouraged to take the exams and score highly to increase their chances of admission to more selective colleges, even if they don’t plan to use AP credits for “placing out” of college freshmen classes, or as credits toward college graduation. These are necessarily fast-paced and deep-content classes for motivated and aspiring young science students.


AP Biology
雷速体育都是在哪投注的AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics like evolution, energetics, information storage and transfer, and system interactions.

Students are expected to take the AP exam in May at the end of the school year.

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AP Chemistry
雷速体育都是在哪投注的AP Chemistry is an introductory college-level chemistry course. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based lab investigations as they explore the four Big Ideas: scale, proportion, and quantity; structure and properties of substances; transformations; and energy.

Students are expected to take the AP exam in May at the end of the school year.

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AP Environmental Science
雷速体育都是在哪投注的Students cultivate their understanding of the interrelationships of the natural world through inquiry-based lab investigations and field work as they explore concepts like the four Big Ideas; energy transfer, interactions between earth systems, interactions between different species and the environment, and sustainability.

Students are expected to take the AP exam in May at the end of the school year. This is a year-long class.

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AP Physics C: Mechanics
雷速体育都是在哪投注的AP Physics C: Mechanics is a one-semester, calculus-based, college-level physics course, especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in one of the physical sciences or engineering. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through classroom study and activities as well as hands-on laboratory work as they explore concepts like change, force interactions, fields, and conservation.

Students are expected to take the AP exam in May at the end of the school year. This course would be an excellent option for those students considering a college major in Physical Science or Engineering

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Biology
This is a mandatory 2-semester course and is a requirement for graduation. The curriculum progresses through cell biology, cellular respiration and photosynthesis, genetics, heredity, evolution, and ecology, and ends with a survey of the diversity of life in 3 domains, emphasizing the 9 animal kingdoms. We will explore major themes of biological diversity as an experimental science, using interactive labs and a variety of computer and web-based activities, movies, videos, and other resources to supplement the hands-on curriculum.

Chemistry
This is a year-long science class with labs that study the properties, structure, and composition of physical matter. Throughout this course, students will develop an understanding of how matter interacts with itself to form new materials through a process of calculations, critical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving. Students will apply their critical thinking and calculations through hands-on, inquiry-based laboratory activities. Topics explored throughout this course include the Periodic Table of the Elements, subatomic particles, naming compounds, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, aqueous and organic solutions, and chemical reactions. Due to the emphasis and frequent integration of mathematical calculations in this course, students must have a strong foundation in math. Suggested academic preparation could include Algebra II.

Ecology

Not Offered for the 2020-21 Academic Year

have you ever been outside in nature and observed birds and fish, or flowers and trees, and seen the way living things interact with their environment? and have you ever noticed that everything in our world is interconnected and wondered where do i fit into all this? how do i impact my environment? this new course will focus on the scientific principles that are involved with the various systems that interact in both natural and man-made environments. ecology is the study of the interactions of living organisms and their environment. this course will begin by providing a background in the fundamental principles of ecological science, including concepts of natural selection, population and community ecology, biodiversity, and sustainability. by studying ecosystems both in the classroom and outside in natural settings, students will begin to understand how the natural world works, and to comprehend how scientific methods are used to develop ecological knowledge of our planet. once a solid foundation is established the course will then delve into the topics of today’s major ecological challenges our planet is facing, and explore the research being done to address these concerns. throughout this course, students will examine ecology through different scopes and perspectives, from small and individual organisms to the entire biosphere of earth and its systems and how they interact to create this amazing and life-sustaining place we call home. come join on this journey that will help to make you a more knowledgeable and prepared citizen of planet earth. this is a full-year class.

Geology
This course is designed to help students interpret and understand the physical world around us. We will investigate and study the interactions between the Earth’s four spheres including the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere to explain Earth’s formation, natural processes, history, landscapes, and changes over time. The first semester will discuss topics on the Earth’s Formation and History, along with a basic look at different rocks and minerals and the processes that cause them to form. The second semester will look at Earth’s changes, focusing on plate tectonics, and then looking at more specific information about the formation of specific landforms of plate boundaries as well as the effects of plate movement such as earthquakes. Students will participate in laboratory exercises, field trips, small group activities, class discussions, and many research projects throughout the year. This is a full-year class.

Human Anatomy & Physiology

Not Offered for the 2020-21 Academic Year

this upper-level elective course requires biology and either physics or chemistry as prerequisites. the course focuses on structure and function in the human body, using organ systems to integrate concepts of anatomical location; cellular and whole body growth and development; movement, metabolism, and nutrition; injuries and rehabilitation; genetic and acquired diseases with diagnoses and treatments. this course has applications and prepares students for college-level courses in the medical field such as nursing, physical therapy, dentistry, optometry, sports and emergency medicine, and athletic training. the class is taught with a hands-on approach using animal dissection, human cadaver observations, physiology labs, videos/films, in-class and off-campus activities, field trips, individual and small group research projects, discussions, and presentations.

Physical Science
This is a lower-level mandatory class for 8th and 9th-grade students, and incoming students without similar class content to prepare them for Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. Classical and project-based learning (PBL) approaches are combined with lab and class activities, field trips, and internet-based active participation in physical science projects and experimentation. Skills are taught alongside content, and the relationship between the sciences and mathematics are emphasized.


Questions? We invite you to contact the Registrar by phone at (435) 462-1425 or email for personalized guidance to support you in the college admissions process.