NSHS Science

North’s freshmen and sophomore science classes are designed to provide students with an opportunity to study all the biological and physical sciences. These classes prepare students to meet the State required tests, which include conducting scientific-based inquiry samples. Students can then determine areas of interest they would like to pursue in higher-level science classes. The goal of all science classes is to prepare students for post secondary education, and also to help students relate to science in personal and social perspectives. Freshmen level science courses are assigned based on 8th grade teacher recommendation. If you have any questions contact our science department lead Donovan Kim.

Suggested sequence based on grade

As our students become 11th and 12th graders the selection of science courses becomes more specific. Science courses can be complicated to navigate so this explanation of courses can help you to decide on the science you would like to participate in. Be mindful of the prerequisites of each course and if it is a year long class or semester long class. Remember to check-in with your science teachers or counselors as they are experienced in guiding students to their best options. 

9th grade

Physics and Chemical Systems Science Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 9

Physics and Chemical Systems is a yearlong course designed to build the academic capacity of students in the content area of chemistry and physics. Students will learn about the universe, its stars, and the history of planet Earth. Students will also use the periodic table to explain and predict the properties of elements, and apply these concepts to explain how substances combine or change (react) to make new substances. In the area of physics, students will build their understanding of forces, interactions, and Newton’s Second Law through the science and engineering practices. The overarching goal of this course is for students to be able to make the connection between the physical and chemical systems in our universe.

Prerequisite: None

Honors Physics and Chemical Systems  Science Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 9

Physics and Chemical Systems is a yearlong course designed to build the academic capacity of students in the content area of chemistry and physics. This class is targeted for students to have increased rigor and enrichment in the scientific studies. Students will learn about the universe, its stars, and the history of planet Earth. Students will also use the periodic table to explain and predict the properties of elements, and apply these concepts to explain how substances combine or change (react) to make new substances. In the area of physics, students will build their understanding of forces, interactions, and Newton’s Second Law through the science and engineering practices. The overarching goal of this course is for students to be able to make the connection between the physical and chemical systems in our universe.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

10th grade

Biological Systems  Science Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 9-12

Biological Systems is a yearlong course designed to build the academic capacity of students in biological and environmental studies. Students will evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning regarding interactions in the ecosystems and how changing conditions may result in new ecosystems. Students will also take an in-depth look at cells, photosynthesis, cellular division, and study the relationship between DNA and chromosomes applying that knowledge to natural selection and adaptations of organisms. The overarching goal of this course is for students to be able to make connections between biological and ecological systems that affect their daily lives.

Prerequisite: None

Honors Biological Systems  Science Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 10

Honors Biological System is a rigorous yearlong course designed to build the academic capacity of students in biological and environmental studies. Students will evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning regarding interactions in the ecosystems and how changing conditions may result in new ecosystems. Students will also take an in-depth look at cells, photosynthesis, cellular division, and study the relationship between DNA and chromosomes applying that knowledge to natural selection and adaptations of organisms. The overarching goal of this course is for students to be able to make connections between biological and ecological systems that affect their daily lives.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

11th and 12th grade science

Chemistry  Science Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

Chemistry is a one-year course designed to present the concepts and processes associated with the properties of matter. The curriculum includes problem solving, experimentation, and manipulative skills. It promotes an interest in science through experiments and technical application of chemistry

Prerequisite: Algebra I

Honors Chemistry  Science Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

Honors chemistry is a one-year course for college bound students designed to present the concepts and processes associated with the properties of matter. The curriculum includes problem solving, experimentation and manipulative skills presented in greater detail and complexity than in regular chemistry. It promotes an interest in science through experiments and technical application of chemistry.

Prerequisite: Algebra II

Field Biology  Science Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

Field Biology is a one-year course for students that are interested in Biology or plan to pursue biologically related careers in college. Students must be able to work independently on a variety of projects including a major research project. Major topics include field work, water quality, watersheds, land use, global food web, environmental issues and ethics, human impact, community service, research, and educational projects.

Prerequisite: Biology

Forensic Science  Science Credit=0.5 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

Forensics Science introduces and develops the skills, understanding and knowledge of scientific processes and their application to forensic science. Topics include physical evidence, crime scene analysis, fingerprint analysis, trace evidence, impression evidence, blood evidence, toxicology, DNA analysis. Students will learn the scientific techniques used in forensic investigation through a variety of class activities: reading, writing and note taking, with an emphasis on analysis through labs and group work.

Prerequisite: Physical Science and Biology

Human Anatomy & Physiology  Science Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

Human Anatomy & Physiology is a challenging one-credit course designed for juniors and seniors interested in health professions or just wanting to learn about the human body and how it works. Major unifying themes are the complementarities of normal structure and function and homeostasis. The course emphasizes laboratory experiences to introduce and/or reinforce concepts.

Prerequisite: Biology (C or better)

AP Physics B Science Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 9-12

This course provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and emphasizes the development of conceptual understanding and problem-solving ability using algebra and trigonometry. The B course provides a foundation in physics for students in the life sciences, pre medicine, and some applied sciences, as well as other fields not directly related to science.

Prerequisite: Algebra II (see math) 

Introduction to Horticulture  Science Credit=0.5 OUS: No NCAA: No Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

Introduction to Horticulture is a single semester class designed to introduce students to the science of Horticulture though basic concepts and skills associated with plants and their production. The course emphasizes laboratory and field experiences to introduce and reinforce the classroom instruction using scientific principles.

Prerequisite: Biology

Marine Science Science Credit=0.5 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

Marine Science provides students with an introduction to the chemical, physical, and biological aspects of the marine environment. Students will learn how various chemicals affect the ocean, how currents, tides, and structures in the ocean are interconnected, explore marine ecosystems and the animals that live there, and discuss various threats facing the oceans of the world.

Prerequisite: Biology

Marine Science II  Science Credit=0.5 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

Marine Science II builds on the topics of Marine Science, exploring ocean conservation issues in more detail and focusing on vertebrates in marine ecosystems. Students will learn about fish, whales, dolphins, seals, and sea turtles through independent and group projects. This class emphasizes research projects, current topic readings, and group work.

Prerequisite: Marine Science

Natural History of Oregon  Science Credit=0.5 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

This course is intended to give students the background in biology, geology, marine science, and ecology to understand the interactions of organisms and their environment. These relationships will be applied to the natural history of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

Prerequisite: Biology

AP Biology  Science Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 9-12

The AP Biology course is designed for the college-bound student who has an interest in pursuing a biological science or related career. The course will enable the student to understand: molecules and cells, genetics, evolution, organisms, ecology, populations and behavior.

Prerequisite: Biology/Chemistry

AP Environmental Science  Science Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

This is a college level course for high school students who seek to understand issues facing our environment on a global and local scale. Students must have completed two years of high school laboratory science—one year of life science and one year of physical science or chemistry.

Prerequisite: Biology, Algebra