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Welcome to the St. David Science Program Area.  Below the SIS links and the flow chart you will find descriptions of all the courses offered in Science.

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Please view the flow chart and course descriptions list below.


Science – Grade 9 Academic SNC1DI
This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Throughout the course, students will develop their skills in the processes of scientific investigation. Students will acquire an understanding of scientific theories and conduct investigations related to sustainable ecosystems; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the study of the universe and its properties and components; and the principles of electricity.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Academic GRADE: 9
 

Science – Grade 9 Applied

SNC1PI
This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science to everyday situations. They are also given opportunities to develop practical skills related to scientific investigation. Students will plan and conduct investigations into practical problems and issues related to the impact of human activity on ecosystems; the structure and properties of elements and compounds; space exploration and the components of the universe; and static and current electricity.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Applied GRADE: 9
 

Science – Grade 9 Essential

SNC1LI
This course prepares students for Grade 10 Locally-developed Science (SNC2L) and/or Grade 11 Workplace Science (SNC3E). This course reinforces and strengthens science-related knowledge and skills, including scientific inquiry, critical thinking and the relationship between science, society and the environment. Students explore a range of topics including Science in Daily Life, Properties of Common Materials, Staying Alive: Life Sustaining Processes, and Electrical Circuits.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Essential GRADE: 9
 

Science – Grade 10 Academic

SNC2DI
This course enables students to enhance their understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and of the interrelationships between science, technology, society, and the environment. Students are also given opportunities to further develop their scientific investigation skills. Students will plan and conduct investigations and develop their understanding of scientific theories related to the connections between cells and systems in animals and plants; chemical reactions, with a particular focus on acid–base reactions; forces that affect climate and climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.
COURSE NOTE: Students should have a minimum mark of 65% in SNC1DI or 75% in SNC1PI to be successful in this course.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Academic GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: SNC1DI – Science or SNC1PI – Science
 

Science – Grade 10 Applied

SNC2PI
This course enables students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science in real-world situations. Students are given opportunities to develop further practical skills in scientific investigation. Students will plan and conduct investigations into everyday problems and issues related to human cells and body systems; chemical reactions; factors affecting climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.
COURSE NOTE: Students should have a minimum mark of 70% in SNC1PI to be successful in this course and prepared for any 3U Science course, like SBI3UI, SPH3UI or SCH3UI.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Applied GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: SNC1PI – Science or SNC1DI – Science
 

Biology – Grade 11 University

SBI3UI
This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biodiversity; evolution; genetic processes; the structure and function of animals; and the anatomy, growth, and function of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation.
COURSE NOTE: Students should have a mark of at least 70% in SNC2DI to be successful in this course.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: SNC2DI – Science
 

Chemistry – Grade 11 University

SCH3UI
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of the properties of chemicals and chemical bonds; chemical reactions and quantitative relationships in those reactions; solutions and solubility; and atmospheric chemistry and the behaviour of gases. Students will further develop their analytical skills and investigate the qualitative and quantitative properties of matter, as well as the impact of some common chemical reactions on society and the environment.
COURSE NOTE: Students should have a mark of at least 70% in SNC2DI to be successful in this course.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: SNC2DI – Science
 

Physics – Grade 11 University

SPH3UI
This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore kinematics, with an emphasis on linear motion; different kinds of forces; energy transformations; the properties of mechanical waves and sound; and electricity and magnetism. They will enhance their scientific investigation skills as they test laws of physics. In addition, they will analyse the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
COURSE NOTE: Students should have a mark of at least 70% in SNC2DI to be successful in this course.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: SNC2DI – Science
 

Biology – Grade 11 College

SBI3CI
This course focuses on the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will learn concepts and theories as they conduct investigations in the areas of cellular biology, microbiology, genetics, the anatomy of mammals, and the structure of plants and their role in the natural environment. 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.
COURSE NOTE: Students should have a mark of at least 70% in SNC2PI to be successful in this course.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: College GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: SNC2PI – Science or SNC2DI – Science
 

Biology – Grade 12 University

SBI4UI
This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biochemistry, metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on the achievement of detailed knowledge and the refinement of skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.
COURSE NOTE: Students are recommended to attain 70% in SBI3UI to be successful in this course.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SBI3UI – Biology
 

Advanced Placement Biology – Grade 12 University

SBI4UP
This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biochemistry, metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on the achievement of detailed knowledge and the refinement of skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.
COURSE NOTE: This AP (Advanced Placement) course is for students who want to take the AP Exam in May to be considered for Advanced Placement at university. Please talk with your Science teacher or Guidance Counsellor.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SBI3UI – Biology
 

Chemistry – Grade 12 University

SCH4UI
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, the structure and properties of matter, energy changes and rates of reaction, equilibrium in chemical systems, and electrochemistry. Students will further develop their problem-solving and investigation skills as they investigate chemical processes, and will refine their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in everyday life and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.
COURSE NOTE: Students should have a mark of at least 70% in SCH3UI to take this course.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SCH3UI – Chemistry
 

Earth and Space Science – Grade 12 University

SES4UI
This course develops students’ understanding of Earth and its place in the universe. Students will investigate the properties of and forces in the universe and solar system and analyse techniques scientists use to generate knowledge about them. Students will closely examine the materials of Earth, its internal and surficial processes, and its geological history, and will learn how Earth’s systems interact and how they have changed over time. Throughout the course, students will learn how these forces, processes, and materials affect their daily lives. The course draws on biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics in its consideration of geological and astronomical processes that can be observed directly or inferred from other evidence.
COURSE NOTE: DUAL CREDIT COURSE – get a University of Waterloo or Wilfrid Laurier University course credit by meeting the mark criteria. Students who attain 75% or better in course material and final UW/WLU – approved summative will get the UW Earth Science 0.5 credit or the WLU Anatomy of Earth GL101 course. Please check with Science teachers or Guidance for more information.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SNC2DI – Science
 

Physics – Grade 12 University

SPH4UI
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of physics concepts and theories. Students will continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces that affect motion, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientific investigation skills, learning, for example, how to analyse, qualitatively and quantitatively, data related to a variety of physics concepts and principles. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
COURSE NOTE: Students should have a mark of at least 70% in SPH3UI to take this course.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SPH3UI – Physics
 

 

Chemistry – Grade 12 College – NOT OFFERED IN 2015-2016

SCH4CI
This course enables students to develop an understanding of chemistry through the study of matter and qualitative analysis, organic chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical calculations, and chemistry as it relates to the quality of the environment. Students will use a variety of laboratory techniques, develop skills in data collection and scientific analysis, and communicate scientific information using appropriate terminology. Emphasis will be placed on the role of chemistry in daily life and the effects of technological applications and processes on society and the environment.
COURSE NOTE: NOT offered in 2015-2016!
Offered again in 2016-2017
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: College GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SNC2PI – Science or SNC2DI – Science
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: This course is NOT OFFERED 2015-2016. Delete this course from your course selections now. Course WILL be offered in 2016-2017.
 

Physics – Grade 12 College –  NOT OFFERED IN 2016-2017

SPH4CI
This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore these concepts with respect to motion; mechanical, electrical, electromagnetic, energy transformation, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems; and the operation of commonly used tools and machines. They will develop their scientific investigation skills as they test 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.
COURSE NOTE: This course will be offered in the 2015-2016 school year. This course will NOT be offered in the 2016-2017 school year. Please see your Science teacher or Guidance Counsellor if you have any questions.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: College GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SNC2PI – Science or SNC2DI – Science
 

Science – Grade 12 Workplace

SNC4EI
This course provides students with fundamental science knowledge and workplace skills needed to prepare them for success beyond secondary school. Students will explore hazards in the workplace, chemicals in consumer products, disease and its prevention, electricity at home and at work, and nutritional science. Emphasis is placed on current topics in science and relevant, practical activities that develop students’ literacy and mathematical literacy skills and enhance their scientific literacy.
COURSE NOTE: This is a Workplace Level course designed for students who have and SNC1LI. Please talk with your Guidance Counsellor about this course.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Workplace GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: Grade 10 Science, Applied, or a Grade 10 locally developed compulsory credit (LDCC) course in science