• Science Courses

    High school science courses play an important, unique and essential role in today’s ever changing world. Students’ knowledge of earth, space, life and physical sciences is critical to becoming scientifically literate citizens. All science courses are laboratory and activity-oriented to help develop important skills.

     

    Students who are on a track to earn a Standard Diploma must earn three science credits in at least two science areas (biological, physical, or earth sciences). Students may choose first level courses such as Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, or second level courses such as Geology, Oceanography, Anatomy and Physiology. One verified credit must also be obtained by passing an End of Course Standards of Learning test in Earth Science, Biology or Chemistry.

     

    Those students planning on an Advanced Studies Diploma must earn four science credits in at least three science areas (biological, physical, or earth sciences). Students may choose a variety of upper level science courses including Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Geology, Oceanography, AP Physics, AP Environmental, AP Biology, or Dual Enrollment Biology. Two verified credits must be obtained by passing an End of Course SOL test in Earth Science, Biology, or Chemistry or earning verified credit through substitute tests. These substitute tests are listed in the VDOE document entitled “Substitute Tests for Verified Credit”. Weighted grades are designated by a (#) with the credit notation for AP, DE, and IB courses. All classes may not be offered at all schools due to enrollment and availability.

     

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS IN SCIENCE:

    Advanced Studies Diploma: student must earn 4 standard credits, 2 of which are verified credits, by passing

    an End-of-Course (EOC) SOL test or additional test for that course as approved by the Board of Education. Standard Diploma: student must earn 3 standard credits, 1 of which is a verified credit, by passing an End- of-Course (EOC) SOL test or additional test for that course as approved by the Board of Education.

    Science Academic Programs are broken into several categories:

    GCS GENERAL COURSE SEQUENCE
    APDE AP/DE COURSE SEQUENCE
    IB IB COURSE SEQUENCE
    EC ELECTIVE COURSE