There is a three to four year program in science.
Freshmen are required to take Introduction to Chemistry
and Physics. Students must then complete two additional
years of laboratory science. Normally, students
take Biology in sophomore year and Chemistry in
junior year. Most students also take Physics in
INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS
This course attempts to develop two fundamental
concepts of science, namely, the kinetic
theory and the Law of Conservation of Energy, which
serves as a base for subsequent offerings in Biology,
Chemistry and Physics.
The major objectives are accomplished through the
utilization of topics from
chemistry and physics. Experiments are performed
which allow for the acquisition of such skills as
observation, recording data, measurement, graphical
analysis and problem solving techniques. A major
attempt is made to allow students to think creatively,
substantiate or discard ideas and to ponder both
the accuracy and limitations of science.
The biology program offers a balance between textual
and investigative material. The textual
include a study of molecular biology, genetics,
evolution, and a survey of both plant and animal
life, with stress on the human life form as a whole
organism. These will be coupled with the investigation
into a vastly changing field, including recombinant
DNA technology, virology, and immunology. Each
lab will complement the material of the course
content and will emphasize science’s basic
methods and logical approaches to asking questions
This is an elective for highly motivated seniors
who wish to pursue a career in the biological sciences
at the university level. The course is meant to
parallel the objectives of a first-year college
biology course. Students will sit for the A.P. examination
at the conclusion of the course.
This course offers modern concepts and principles
of chemical science. The primary skills emphasized
are the acquisition of basic chemical knowledge,
the development of insights into chemical concepts
which are often best illustrated by an ability to
solve problems and the mastery of laboratory techniques
necessary for a sophisticated study of the science.
Students with outstanding aptitude and interest
in science may select A.P. Chemistry which follows
the comprehensive course of study designated by
the College Board. This course is a college-level
course in chemistry intended to provide an extensive
foundation and competence in dealing with chemical
principles. A complementary lab course is also completed.
This course is a part of the seven-year cooperative
program with the University of Scranton. Students
will also sit for the A.P. exam in chemistry offered
The emphasis of this course is acquisition of basic
chemical knowledge. The context of this acquisition
is the belief that chemical properties and principles
pervade nearly every aspect of a student’s
personal life and environment. The course seeks
to identify the connection between the student
the science. A laboratory experience accompanies
the descriptive material.
This college prep course is for students with widely
differing career plans (i.e., scientific or non-scientific
career plans). The course follows the traditional
approach to physics with major emphasis
on mechanics, light, electricity and magnetism.
Lecture topics are reinforced with a well-coordinated
laboratory program. Problem solving is emphasized
throughout the course.
The A.P. Physics syllabus is structured in accordance
with both the A.P. Program of studies and the Pre-Med
Physics course presently taught at the University
of Scranton. The syllabus is prepared by the science
department of Scranton Preparatory School. Students
are encouraged to solve problems through analyzing
and evaluating situations in order to arrive at
valid solutions/conclusions. Emphasis is placed
on the development of critical and analytical thinking
skills instead of memorization.
All students in this program must complete two projects:
(1) a research project which they will present orally,
and (2) construction of a model bass wood bridge
meeting certain design specifications which will
be tested in local competition.
All students will sit for the A.P. Physics examination
at the completion of the academic year. This course
is part of the seven-year cooperative program with
the University of Scranton.