Science

Science

Science

Science is a way of knowing that seeks to describe and explain the natural and physical world. The goal at C.V.D.C.S. is to support high-quality learning while giving students the opportunity to choose programs that suit their skills and interests.

Every course in the secondary science program focuses on three main goals. These goals, act as the three pillars of the C.V.D.C.S science department’s assessment and evaluation of student achievement to:

  • relate science to technology, society, and the environment
  • develop the skills, strategies, and habits of mind required for scientific inquiry
  • understand the basic concepts of science

Within these goals the C.V.D.C.S. science department prepares students for a variety of avenues including post-secondary and apprenticeship opportunities.

Science Courses

At C.V.D.C.S., students are given an opportunity to branch off into specific areas such Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Enviromental Science.

Grade 9

Science (Academic) SNC 1D1

This course enables students to understand essential concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics; to develop skills in the processes of scientific inquiry and to relate science knowledge to technological, social, and environmental knowledge. Students will learn about scientific theories and pursue inquiries related to ecology and sustainable ecosystems, atomic and molecular structures, properties of elements and compounds, the universe and its properties and components, and the principles of static and current electricity.
Science (Applied) SNC 1P1

This course enables students to understand essential 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 plan and conduct investigations into the problems and issues related to the impact of human activity on ecosystems, the structure and properties of elements and compounds, astronomy and space exploration, and static and current electricity.

Grade 10

Science (Academic) SNC 2D1

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: the connection between cells and systems in animals and plants; chemical reactions with an emphasis on acids and bases; forces that affect climate and climate change and the interaction of light and matter.

Science (Applied) SNC 2P1

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 the connection between cells and systems in animals and plants; chemical reactions with an emphasis on acids and bases; forces that affect climate and climate change and the interaction of light and matter.

Grade 11

Biology
Biology, Grade 11 (University Preparation) SBI3U1

This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes involved in biological systems. Students will study evolution, genetic processes, 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.
Prerequisite: SNC2D

Biology, Grade 11 (College Preparation) SBI3C1

This course focuses on the processes involved in biological systems. Students will learn concepts and theories as they conduct investigations in the areas of cell biology, microbiology, animal anatomy and physiology, plant structure and physiology, and genetics. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of concepts and skills needed for further study in the various branches of life sciences and related fields.
Prerequisite: SNC2P or SNC2DGrade 12

Chemistry
Chemistry, Grade 11 (University Preparation) SCH3U1

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.
Prerequisite: SNC2D

Physics
Physics, Grade 11 (University Preparation) SPH3U1

This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will study kinematics, 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 and its importance in society. 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 analyze the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
Prerequisite: SNC2DGrade 12