Science

There is a rigorous menu of science courses are available for Winona Senior High School students at the general level, to challenge, to advanced placement. From the basic elements of chemistry, environmental science, forensics study and much more, students gain a solid knowledge of the natural world around them.

9th Grade Required

Science 9

This lab based science course will be a transition from middle school science to high school science. It is intended to provide the student a solid background into the terminology of science topics in physics, chemistry and biology. A look into general science tools and the metric system will be covered. Lab safety, lab procedures, designing labs, lab analysis and writing lab reports will be introduced. Overall, the topics will prepare the student for success in scientific inquiry for future high school science courses.

Pre-AP Science 9

This lab based science course is designed to provide the accelerated freshman science student with an intense experience in the concepts and lab skills associated with biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics. This will facilitate success in the Advanced Placement (AP) science courses offered at WSHS. Laboratory confidence, independent thinking and critical thinking skills will provide students the path to higher level AP courses. After successful completion of the Pre-AP Science 9 course, students will be prepared to take AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, and AP Environmental Science in grades 10-12.

Science Electives

Aerospace Science

Grades: 10, 11, 12 An introductory course for the student who may be interested in the science of airplanes, rocketry, and flight. Topics include the history of flying, fundamentals of flight, aircraft, and weather. This is not considered a lab science for college-bound students.

AP Environmental Science

Grades: 11, 12 The goal of this course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Students will be able to identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and manmade, to evaluate the risks associated with these problems and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. In addition, students prepare for and take the National Advanced Placement Environmental Science Examination, which determines college credit and/or advanced placement eligibility. Successful completion requires participation in both/all terms. Participation in activities outside of the regular school day is required. Honors Biology is highly recommended prior to taking this course.

Chemistry

Chemistry in the Community

Grades: 10, 11, 12 This is a laboratory-oriented chemistry course designed for non-science oriented students who will need to have some science proficiency. There will be an emphasis on applying chemical principles to practical problems. The course will have a wider range of topics and not prevent anyone from taking any other chemistry course.

Chemistry

Grades: 10, 11, 12 Students will be able to apply how 1) the periodic table illustrates how patterns in the physical and chemical properties are related to atomic structure, 2) chemical and physical properties of matter result from the ability of atoms to form bonds, 3) chemical reactions describe a chemical change in which the reactants are transformed into the products, 4)States of matter can be described in terms of motion of molecules and properties and behavior of gases can be explained using the kinetic molecular theory, states of matter can be described in terms of motion of the molecules and the properties and the behavior of gases can be explained using kinetic molecular theory, 5) the solar system formed over billions of years, 6) the big bang theory states the universe expanded from a hot, dense chaotic mass to eventually form the stars and galaxies

Honors Chemistry

Grades: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra.

Honors Chemistry covers many of the same topics as Chemistry, but in a greater depth and with a strong mathematical emphasis. Students taking this course should be currently enrolled or have completed Algebra I. The course will focus on the chemical concepts including measurement, chemical nomenclature, stoichiometry, atomic structure, the gas laws, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, chemical bonding, equilibrium, and acid-base chemistry. Students taking this course will be prepared for continued study in AP Chemistry

AP Chemistry

Grades: 11, 12 Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra.

This second year chemistry course will prepare students to take the AP Chemistry exam. Colleges may offer a chemistry credit to students who score a four or five. Topics covered will include Chemical Reactions, Chemical and Physical Properties, Rates of Reactions, Thermodynamics, Bond and Intermolecular Attractions.

CSI Winona

Grades: 10, 11, 12 Forensic Science is the application of science to those criminal and civil laws that are enforced by police agencies in a criminal justice system. It has become a comprehensive subject incorporating Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Entomology, Earth Science, Anatomy & Physiology, as well as other aspects of Science. Major topics include processing a crime scene, collecting and preserving evidence, identifying types of physical evidence, organic and inorganic analysis of evidence, biotechnology skills, DNA, fingerprints, and document analysis. The main focus of this course will be to emphasize the evidential value of crime scene and related evidence and the services of what has become known as the crime laboratory. This course combines basic theory and real laboratory experiments, creating an experiment based situation for the better understanding of the students. The experiments used reinforce previously learned scientific principles rooted in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

General Organic and Biochemistry

Grades: 11, 12 This course is intended as a broad introduction to the basic principles of general, organic, and biochemistry. Atomic structure, radioactivity, ionic and covalent compounds, reactions, oxidation-reduction, solutions, acids and bases are covered through descriptive, theoretical, and laboratory topics. These principles are related to organic and biological chemistry throughout the course as it is a foundational course for students enrolled in health related programs and for any student interested in chemistry.

Students must complete an application to MN State SE prior to the first day of class. Also, prior to the first day of class, students must pass the Accuplacer Exam. Up-on earning a C or higher in the course, the student will be awarded college credit.

Human Biology

Grades: 10, 11, 12 Have you ever wondered about how your body is assembled? What organs you have and what those organs do? This course is designed to answer some of those basic questions. This course will introduce students to structures (Anatomy) and functions (Physiology) in an easy to understand way. Focus will be on detailed study with appropriate exploration activities. This course should be taken by a student who wants to learn more about themselves, but also for those students who want to prepare for a medical related field. Students who plan to take Human Anatomy are highly encouraged to take this course first, but are not required to do so.

Physics

Physics

Grades: 10, 11, 12 Students will apply physics principles to real life situations. Students will be able to explain 1) effects of forces and mass on the motion of an object, 2) work, power, and energy in systems, 3) sound waves are mechanical oscillations carried in a medium, 4) how electrons respond to electric fields and voltages, 5) how magnetic and electric field interactions produce electromagnetic waves, 6) how heat energy is transferred.

Honors Physics

Grades: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra.

Students will use laboratory experiences to explore and apply concepts of mechanics, energy transfer, sound and light, waves, electricity and magnetism. This course is a math based course and students taking it should be currently enrolled or have completed Algebra I before signing up. It is a course intended for students who plan on attending a four year college. Students, on completion, will be prepared to continue their studies in AP Physics.

AP Physics

Grades: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Successful completion of Adv. Algebra.

This second year physics course will prepare students to take the AP Physics exam. Colleges may offer a physics credit to students who score a four or five. Topics covered will include Newtonian Physics, Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Physics, Electricity & Magnetism, Waves & Optics, and Atoms and Nuclear Physics.

Robotics

Grades: 10, 11, 12 Using robotics, we will cover the fundamentals of problem solving, program design, algorithms and programming using a high-level language. A robot is an embedded system of software and hardware. Programming and building robots applies science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) concepts. This course introduces the fundamental concepts of programming and robotics.

William Braun

Science Teacher

Sandra Bussian

Science Teacher

Jon Feldhake

Science Teacher

Kenneth Mann

WSHS Science Teacher

Kimberly Truchan

Science Teacher

Peter Weess

Science Teacher