The Science Department offers several exciting and diverse courses from which a student may choose. The NWT Experiential Science 10/20/30 courses meet the requirements for the NWT Diploma Program. If students intend to study at a Post Secondary level or into certain trades, it is recommended that they attain their Science 10. Following completion of Science 10, they may choose to take Biology 20 and 30; and/or Chemistry 20 and 30; and/or Physics 20 and 30. The science courses chosen at the 20 and 30 level will determine which areas of post-secondary study students will be accepted into.
All grade 9 students are required to take Science 9. Units of study include: biodiversity, chemical change, environmental chemistry, electricity and space. This is a practical, hands-on program designed to excite the grade 9 students and create a strong interest in furthering their science studies.
Experiential Science 10 is a hands-on approach to understanding the biotic and abiotic process of Northern Terrestrial Ecosystems.
The principal focus of Experiential 20 is the study of Marine ecosystems, the physical and chemical properties of the Marine ecosystems, as well as the effects of change on these properties in the ecosystems.
Experiential 30 is the study of the interconnectedness between the biotic and abiotic Northen Fresh Water Aquatic Environment and fragility.
Science 10 emphasizes three of the main concepts of Science: Energy, Matter and Change. Students will have the opportunity to experience a mixture of practical and theoretical applications of each of the main scientific disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. After the completion of this course student will be able to enter the 20/30 science level programs in these disciplines.
Biology is the science that involves the study of life. Students enrolled in Biology 20 and 30 explore the stucture and function of living systems through meaningful activities.
Prerequisite: Science 10. The major concepts explored in this course are Body Systems, equilibrium in the Biosphere and Bioenegetics. Each concept is studied within the evolutionary framework of modern Biology.
Prerequisite: Biology 20. The major concepts developed in this course are Body Systems, Molecular Biology (genetics) and Populations and Community Genetics. Each concept is studied within the evolutionary framework of modern biology.
Chemistry is an experimental science where students acquire knowledge and understanding by doing experiments and by applying general principles in the solution of problems.
Prerequisite: Science 10. Chemistry 20 takes students into the world of chemical reactions allowing students to develop a knowledge and appreciation for how and why chemical reactions take place and predicting qualitatively and quantitatively the outcome of chemical reactions.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 20. This course uses the basic skills and reaction theory acquired in Chemistry 20 to take a more indepth look at some very practical applications of Chemistry.
Physics is the "Queen of Sciences". It is the quest to understand the mysteries of the Universe. It runs the gamut from the subatomic to the astronomic.
Prerequisite: Science 10. Physics 20 is the beginning of a journey. It raises awareness regarding motion around us. It explores energy and forces that cause motion. Topics include Kinematics, Dynamics, Energy, and Mechanical Waves.
Prerequisite: Physics 20. Physics 30 topics include Momentum and Impulse, Forces and Fields, Electromagnetic Radiation, and Atomic Physics.