Science 10 (SCN1270)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: Science 9
Required for: Science 20, Biology 20, Chemistry 20, Physics 20

This course involves the study of our major units:

  • Energy Flow in Technological Systems
    Students investigate mechanical energy conversions and transfers in systems to recognize that while energy is conserved, useful energy diminishes with each conversion
  • Energy and Matter in Chemical Change Overview
    Students classify, name compounds and write balanced chemical equations to represent chemical changes
  • Cycling of Matter in Living Systems Overview
    The understanding of fundamental life processes at the cellular level can also be applied to multi-cellular organisms
  • Energy Flow in Global Systems Overview
    Students will gain an understanding that the absorption and transfer of thermal energy at and near the Earth’s surface results in a variety of climate zones with characteristic weather patterns and biomes

As Science 10 is a general science course, performance on individual units will help determine a student’s selection of the 20 level sciences. For example, a student that does well in the Biology unit in Science 10 may want to pursue Biology 20.

Teacher recommendations will be made to help guide students’ selections.

Science 14 (SCN1288)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: None
Required for: Science 24

This course involves the study of four major units:

  • Investigating Properties of Matter
    The safe handling of chemicals encountered in everyday life and classification of elements on the periodic table. The atom is introduced.
  • Understanding Energy Transfer Technologies
    Energy transfers, machines, heat and temperature, and force.
  • Investigating Matter and Energy in Living Systems
    The cell, the digestive and circulatory systems, and diet.
  • Investigating Matter and Energy in the Environment
    Energy from the Sun, the biosphere, populations, and global energy use.

Science 20 (SCN2270)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: Science 10
Required for: Science 30

This course is designed to provide the non-science-oriented student with an academic science credit. This course consists of four major units of study:

  • Geology and Earthquakes
  • Biology and Evolution
  • Chemistry
    Solutions and Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
    Focus on Vectors

Science 24 (SCN2288)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: Science 10 or 14
Minimum Requirement: AB High School Diploma

This course includes four major units of study:

  • Applications of Matter and Chemical Change
    Investigation and classification of commonly used materials, and chemical change in everyday life; i.e. combustion and rusting, acid-base and simple composition reactions, writing and interpreting word and chemical equations.
  • Understanding Common Energy Conversion Systems
    Investigation of a variety of energy conversions occurring in biological, chemical, physical and technological systems, including those used to convert fossil fuels into forms for human use.
  • Disease Defense and Human Health
    Investigation of environmental, pathogenic, genetic and societal factors that relate to the health of the human organism.
  • Motion, Change and Transportation Safety
    Investigation of safety systems and practices designed to protect travelers. Based upon an understanding of speed, distance, time, force and the laws of conservation of momentum.

Science 30 (SCN3270)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: Science 20

Students in this course will write an Alberta Education Diploma Exam valued at 50% of their final grade.

Science 30 is an excellent choice for students who know that they will not be pursuing a career in Engineering or the Sciences but who still wish to include a 30-level Science course in their high school program. The program is designed to help students develop their levels of scientific understanding, appreciation and enjoyment, and in the process, to attain a level of scientific awareness essential for all citizens in a scientifically literate society.

Course content includes:

  • Chemical Changes
    Investigation of aqueous solutions, redox processes and hydrocarbon characteristics to understand how numerous useful materials are produced.
  • Changes in Motion
    Investigation of the effects of force on motion to understand their application on different technological applications such as safer road engineering, sports equipment design and traffic accident investigation.
  • The Changing Earth
    Investigation of evidence of natural causes of climate change for changing life forms and the Earth’s surface.
  • Changes in Living Systems
    Investigation of different aspects of ecosystems and their change with focus on balancing the interests of a growing human population.