SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
An introductory course designed to allow students to explore the basic concepts of physics and chemistry. Students will explore the nature of these sciences through the application of the science and engineering practices.
*standard and honors available
Biology is the study of life. This course will help us all to better appreciate the creatures around us, understand the marvels of the human body, and realize the magnificent processes of life. This informed position will also provide a platform for decision-making that reflects a protection and stewardship of our natural environment.
*standard and honors available
Oceanography covers a wide range of topics. Half the class will be more oceanography topics such as physical and chemical properties of the ocean such as ocean circulation, tsunamis, plate tectonics and the geology of the seafloor. The other half of the class is more marine biology including marine organisms and ecosystems.
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of Chemistry. The course includes a study of measurement skills, atomic structure, and the periodic table, bonding, stoichiometry, solutions, acids, bases, and simple chemical and nuclear reactions. These topics are also studied under experimental conditions and in problem-solving situations. The course includes laboratory experiments designed to reinforce course content. It aligns with the Tennessee State Science Standards.
*standard and honors available
Environmental Science Honors
The study of organic cycles, and patterns in the natural world and how they are affected by human activities. This class will examine the impact humans have on the environment and the sustainability of the human population at the current rate of interference with natural resources.
Principles of Physics
Principles of Physics helps students recognize the nature and scope of physics and its relationship to the other sciences. Students will learn about basic topics such as motion, forces, energy, momentum, waves, and electricity. Students will be engaged in scientific inquiry, investigations and labs so that they develop a conceptual understanding and basic scientific skills. This class is mostly project based and hands-on.
Physics Honors covers a broad range of topics in physics including kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, waves, simple harmonic motion, optics, electric fields and electric circuits. Laboratory experiences are used to introduce and reinforce basic physics concepts, centering on engineering projects and application of physics formulas and concepts to real-world examples. There is an emphasis on mathematical rigor.
Aquatic Biology course is interdisciplinary and is designed to be a rigorous science course that stresses scientific principle, analysis, and includes a laboratory/field investigation component. The goal of the Aquatic Biology course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both man-made and natural, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. The class includes a research project that is completed over the course of the semester.
This course is an in depth exploration of the field of genetics. It will build on and go beyond Biology I. Foundational topics such as cell components and processes, protein synthesis, mutations, and basic heredity and genetics principles will be reviewed before moving on to more advanced studies in the course. The chemical structure of genetic material, mendelian inheritance, and gene combination will be studied. Models of gene expression and regulation will be explored and simulated. Students will explore current advances in genetics and biotechnology through provided texts, scientific literature, lab exercises, and other resources. Ethical, social, and environmental implications of genetic technologies and their roles in society will be evaluated during the course.
Human Anatomy and Physiology Honors
Anatomy and physiology is a course that involves the structure and function of the human body, as it pertains to how the body systems relate to one another in organization, adaptation, and homeostasis. This course will involve laboratory activities, projects, dissections, textbook material, models, diagrams, journal writings, and clinical studies. The material learned in this course can be applied to medical field careers, health and fitness careers, and biological research careers.
The AP Chemistry course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced coursework in chemistry. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations, as they explore content such as: atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium.
Pre-requisite: Chemistry Honors
Math Department Course Descriptions
All students are required to complete four credits in mathematics. Students must earn credit in Math I, Math II, and Math III, and another mathematics course beyond Math III. Students must be enrolled in a mathematics course each school year. The Bridge Math course is designed for students who have not scored 19 or higher on the ACT by the beginning of the senior year. TNReady End of Course assessments will e given in Math I, Math II, and Math III. These examinations will be factored into the student’s semester average at a percentage determined by the State and Bradley County Board of Education.
REQUIREMENTS PERTAINING TO THE INCOMING FRESHMEN
Students are placed in mathematics courses which best fit their needs based on the chosen path and past performances in mathematics. All students will be placed in Math I their freshman year, which is a year-long course, unless he or she has been a part of an accelerated program and meets the requirements to enter in Math IB.
INTGERGRATED MATH CURRICULUM
The Integrated Math program is an alternate approach to achieve mathematical understanding. The content provides the foundation for future work in mathematics and science. An understanding of integrated mathematics is essential in preparation for careers that utilize or depend upon mathematics. It provides students with tools to represent and solve problems in a variety of ways. Students will better understand the language and abstract symbols of mathematics and how to use that language in real life application.
INFORMATION FOR CALCULATORS
Calculators are deemed handheld technology and will be necessary for student use in the appropriate courses. Since students will need to use these calculators on college entrance examinations, students are encouraged to purchase their own graphing calculators during high school. This will enable students to utilize these calculators for homework, projects and to become familiar with their own calculator. Currently, the TI-84 calculators are the models used in all Walker Valley High School mathematics courses. There are other brands available, but parents should make sure that the other brand offers the same features.
*SENIOR and UPPER LEVEL MATH OPTIONS*
ELA Course Offerings
WORLD LANGUAGE OFFERINGS
World Language Department
All world language courses use methods and strategies that are based on research in language acquisition. We use these best practices to integrate culture and authentic resources in order to improve listening, reading, writing and speaking. Grammar is embedded in and taught through level-appropriate materials. Courses are aligned with Tennessee State Standards.
All level V courses (not listed below) are taught by a College Board© trained AP teacher. These classes are designed to prepare the students to take the Advanced Placement (AP) test for German Language and Culture or Spanish Language and Culture or French Language and Culture. The syllabi for these courses are theme-based as well as aligned with College Board© standards. Please ask the individual teacher for a syllabus.Walker Valley High School offers the Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency (Intermediate High/Advanced Low in Spanish, French or German) in two or more languages by high school graduation. Visit this link to learn more https://www.volstateseal.org/