The first day of classes in 2017-2018 will be August 30th!!


Science courses provide students with the facts, principles, and concepts for a better understanding of their environment. Inter-relationships among science, technology and society are illustrated in all courses. Students develop logical and critical thinking skills and scientific problem solving skills. Although a 20-level course is the minimum requirement for a High School Diploma, at least one 30-level course is required for the majority of faculties in post secondary institutions. All topics involve extensive laboratory work and STS (science, technology, society).



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Science 10

5 Credits

Science 10 is an integrated academic course which helps students understand and apply concepts and skills common to Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Strong math skills are essential, as each of the Science disciplines involves a level of mathematics.

Prerequisite: 65% in Grade 9 Science or 65% in Science 14.  Recommended Prerequisite: 65% in Math 9.


Science 10i

5 Credits

Science 10i is a semestered course similar to Science 10. Regular Alberta curriculum is presented in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with a core focus on Energy, Matter and Change. Additional skills are enhanced, such as those involved in lab activities, lab writing, data analysis, and project work.

Recommended Prerequisite: Honours in Grade 9 Science.


Science 14/24

5 Credit per course

Science 14/24 is a blended course that combines the curricular outcomes of Science 14 and Science 24. Students are given the unique opportunity to complete their Science graduation requirement in one semester. They will obtain scientific and technological knowledge and skills that can be applied to their current personal lives as well as their future careers.

Prerequisite: Grade 9 Science.


Science 20 & 30

5 Credits per course

The Science 20/30 program aims to provide students with opportunities to explore, analyze and appreciate the interrelationships between science, technology, society and the environment and to develop understandings that will affect their personal lives, their careers and their futures. The foundation of this science program is organized into several scientific disciplines: life science, physical science, and earth and space science. At the end of Science 30, the students must write a Provincial Diploma examination.

Prerequisite: 65% in Science 10 for Science 20; 65% in Biology 20/Chemistry 20/Physics 20/Science 20 for Science 30.


Biology 20 & 30

5 Credits per course

Biology is the study of the astounding variety of life on Earth and of the interactions of these organisms with each other and their non-living environment. Students will develop an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of many human systems and their role in maintaining a healthy body. In addition, students will study molecular biology and how the complex fabric of inheritance helps to determine a person’s physical and emotional being. At the end of Biology 30, the students must write a Provincial Diploma examination.

Prerequisite: 65% in Science 10 for Biology 20; 65% in Biology 20 for Biology 30.


Chemistry 20 & 30

5 Credits per course

Major units of study are the nervous and endocrine systems, reproduction and development, population and community dynamics, cell division, genetics, and molecular biology. Students must write a Provincial Diploma examination.

Prerequisite: 65% in Science 10 for Chemistry 20; 65% in Chemistry 20 for Chemistry 30.


Biology HL Years 1 & 2 and Chemistry SL Years 1 & 2

5 Credits for both Biology 20 & 30 and Chemistry 20 & 30

These advanced academic science courses will cover all topics in the Alberta Curriculum as well as additional materials specified by the IB Program. In Chemistry, Human Biochemistry is added to the curriculum and in Biology, topics related to Human Physiology are enhanced.

An extensive portfolio of labs will be generated throughout the program, which continues to the end of Year 2. Students will further advance their lab skills through completion of their Internal Assessment which is introduced and carried out in their Year 1. In addition, students will participate in a Group 4 Project that aims to connect the science disciplines. The IB exams for each course are written in May and students in Biology HL and Chemistry SL Year 2 will write the Biology 30 and Chemistry 30 Alberta Provincial Diploma Exams.

Recommended Prerequisite: Science 10i.


Physics 20 & 30

5 Credits per course

These courses continue the study of motion and energy using concepts and mathematical skills introduced in Science 10 and Math 10C. The description and causes of motion are studied through Newton’s Laws and Energy. These concepts are expanded upon in various societal and technological applications throughout the program. Communication and problem-solving skills are emphasized in order to prepare students for post-secondary programs. At the end of Physics 30, the students must write a Provincial Diploma examination.

Prerequisite: 65% in Science 10 for Physics 20; 65% in Physics 20 for Physics 30.


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