Science Department

Course Descriptions

 

Grade 9

SNC1D (Academic)
This course enables students to understand basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics; to develop skills in the processes of scientific inquiry; and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Students will learn scientific theories and conduct investigations related to cell division and reproduction; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the universe and space exploration; and the principles of electricity.

SNC1P (Applied)
This course enables students to understand basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics; to develop practical skills in scientific investigation; and to apply their knowledge of science to everyday situations. Students will design and conduct investigations into practical problems and issues related to cell division and reproduction, the structure and properties of elements and compounds, astronomy and space exploration, and static and current electricity.

SNC1L (Locally Developed)
This course emphasizes reinforcing and strengthening science-related knowledge and skills, including scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and the relationship between science, society, and the environment, to prepare students for success in everyday life, in the workplace, and in the Science Grade 11 Workplace Preparation course. Students explore a range of topics, including science in daily life, properties of common materials, life-sustaining processes in simple and complex organisms, and electrical circuits. Students have the opportunity to extend mathematical and scientific process skills and to continue developing their skills in reading, writing, and oral language through relevant and practical science activities.

Grade 10

SNC2D (Academic)
This course enables students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics; to develop further their skills in scientific inquiry; and to understand the interrelationships among science, technology, and the environment. Students will conduct investigations and understand scientific theories related to: ecology and the maintenance of ecosystems; chemical reactions, with particular attention to acid-base reactions; factors that influence weather systems; and motion.

SNC2P (Applied)
This course enables students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics; to develop further their practical skills in scientific investigation; and to apply their knowledge of science to real-world situations. Students will design and conduct investigations into everyday problems and issues related to ecological sustainability, chemical reactions, weather systems, and motion.

Grade 11

SBI3C – Biology (College)
This course focuses on the processes involved in biological systems. Students will learn concepts and theories as they conduct investigations in the areas of cellular biology, microbiology, animal anatomy and physiology, plant structure and physiology, and environmental science. 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.

SBI3U – Biology (University)
This course furthers students” understanding of the processes involved in biological systems. Students will study cellular functions, genetic continuity, internal systems and regulation, the diversity of living things, and the anatomy, growth, and functions of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation.

SCH3U – Chemistry (University)
This course focuses on the concepts and theories that form the basis of modern chemistry. Students will study the behaviours of solids, liquids, gases, and solutions; investigate changes and relationships in chemical systems; and explore how chemistry is used in developing new products and processes that affect our lives and our environment. Emphasis will also be placed on the importance of chemistry in other branches of science.

SPH3U – Physics (University)
This course develops students” understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will study the laws of dynamics and explore different kinds of forces, the quantification and forms of energy (mechanical, sound, light, thermal, and electrical), and the way energy is transformed and transmitted. They will develop scientific-inquiry skills as they verify accepted laws and solve both assigned problems and those emerging from their investigations. Students will also analyse the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

SVN3E – Science (Workplace)
This course provides students with the science-related knowledge and skills they need to help them make informed decisions in the workplace and in their personal lives. Students will explore a range of topics, including materials and safety; electrical circuits; micro-organisms; the human immune system and defences against disease; and the impact of humans on the environment. Emphasis is placed on relating these topics directly to students” experiences both in the world of work and in daily life.

Grade 12

SBI4U – Biology (University)
This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes associated with biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, evolution, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on achievement of the detailed knowledge and refined skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.

SCH4C – Chemistry (College)
This course introduces students to the concepts that form the basis of modern chemistry. Students will study qualitative analysis, quantitative relationships in chemical reactions, organic chemistry and electrochemistry, and chemistry as it relates to the quality of the environment. Students will employ a variety of laboratory techniques, develop skills in data collection and scientific analysis, and communicate scientific information using appropriate terminology. Emphasis will be

SCH4U – Chemistry (University)
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, energy changes and rates of reaction, chemical systems and equilibrium, electrochemistry, and atomic and molecular structure. Students will further develop problem-solving and laboratory skills as they investigate chemical processes, at the same time refining their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in daily life, and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.

SPH4C – Physics (College)
This course develops students” understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore these concepts as they relate to mechanical, electrical, fluid (hydraulic and pneumatic), and communications systems, as well as to the operation of commonly used tools and equipment. They will develop scientific-inquiry skills as they verify accepted 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.

SPH4U – Physics (University)
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of the concepts and theories of physics. Students will explore further the laws of dynamics and energy transformations, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields; electromagnetic radiation; and the interface between energy and matter. They will further develop inquiry skills, learning, for example, how the interpretation of experimental data can provide indirect evidence to support the development of a scientific model. Students will also consider the impact on society and the environment of technological applications of physics.

Enrichment Opportunities

The Brock University Science Mentorship Program

This unique program links senior secondary school students to Brock mentors from various disciplines including Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Health Sciences, Neuroscience and Physics. The Brock University Science Mentorship Program offers the opportunity to pursue a real-life scientific investigation under the supervision of a faculty or staff member in a university laboratory environment.

Secondary school science and co-op teachers from across Niagara annually encourage and nominate gifted students to participate in this program. Applications are received in the spring with placements commencing the following fall semester of the secondary school year. Students are matched with mentors who are conducting research in subject areas that are of interest to the student. The supervising secondary school teacher maintains a continual dialogue with the student and periodically meets with the mentor. The primary goal of this program is to encourage these mentored students to consider a career in the sciences. This one-on-one commitment by Brock faculty and staff is truly an exceptional opportunity.

For more information, visit https://brocku.ca/mathematics-science/mentorship/ or talk with Mr. Ivanko (Program Chair of Science)

The Denis Morris Science Olympics

The Science Olympics is a one day event, for grades 9, 10, and 11 students, made up of a series of problem solving events that require teams to apply their knowledge of science and engineering in creative and fun ways. Compete in a team of four, and win a prize! There’s an Olympian in everyone!

Chemistry Contests

  • Grade 11 and 12 University of Waterloo chemistry contests are run in May each year.  These contests are open to any student in grade 11 or 12 by signing up with their chemistry teacher. For more information, practice material and past contests please visit:
  • Grade 12 University of Waterloo contest take place in April every year.  This contest is open to our Calculus students only.  For more information about the contest please visit: https://uwaterloo.ca/chemistry/about-chemistry/community-outreach/chemistry-high-school-exams

Physics Contests

  • Grade 11 and 12 physics contests are run yearly.  These contests are open to any student in grade 11 or 12 by signing up with their chemistry teacher. For more information, practice material and past contests please visit:

Online Resources

Looking for extra help or just interested in furthering your learning? Here are some helpful online resources that cover concepts in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Khan Academy

Bozeman Science

Physics Classroom

Extra help

  • P3 Program (P3 is our extra help/homework club.  It runs Monday – Thursday from 2:30-3:30pm in our school’s library.  There is a science teacher on duty on Thursdays.  No registration is necessary.  Stop by after school, get extra help or simply complete your homework in a quiet setting.
  • Peer Tutoring Program (Peer tutoring is an excellent tutoring program provided for students requiring help in various grades and subject areas from students that are strong in those areas.  For more information or to request a tutor or become a tutor, please see Mr. Pullar in Student Services)