The high school Science program is designed to assist you in gaining the scientific understanding necessary to be an effective member of society. Learning opportunities are made meaningful so that students can relate science to their lives both inside and outside of the classroom.
The Science program consists of many courses, and students have several choices based on their interests, abilities, and future plans. Science courses provide you with facts, principles and concepts to give you a better understanding of the world around you. After Science 10, you can choose to take Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics depending on your interests, abilities and future goals. Students need to complete at least one Science course at the 20 level in order to obtain a high school diploma.
Science 10 is the prerequisite for all the academic sciences. This course provides you with a unified view of the biological, chemical, physical and earth sciences and an awareness of the connections among them. The four topics covered are energy and matter in chemical change, energy flow in technological systems, cycling of matter in living systems and energy flow in global systems. This course is also offered in French as part of the French Immersion program.
Biology 20 and 30 explore the interactions of living systems with one another and with their environment, and emphasize the context of science by considering the interrelationships among science, technology and society. In Biology 20, the underlying theme is energy and matter exchange. In Biology 30, the emphasis is on adaptation and change. These courses are also offered in French as part of the French Immersion program.
Chemistry 20 and 30 are the study of matter and its changes, and emphasize the context of science by considering the interrelationships among science, technology and society. You are given an opportunity to explore and understand the natural world and to become aware of the profound influence of chemistry on your life. These courses are also offered in French as part of the French Immersion program.
Physics 20 and 30 are the study of matter and energy and their interactions. This program considers the interrelationship between science, technology and society. Physics 20 and 30 will help you understand the physics principles behind natural events you might experience and the technology you use in your daily life. Physics 20 is also offered in French as part of the French Immersion program.
Science 20 and 30 are ideal if you are interested in science and plan to use the program for post secondary entrance. Science 20 and 30 integrate concepts related to physical, biological and earth sciences. These courses are also offered in French as part of the French Immersion program.
Science 14 and 24 are general programs that allow you to meet the credit requirements for an Alberta high school diploma. An Alberta High School diploma requires a minimum of 10 credits (two 5-credit courses) in approved science coursework.
For a more detailed breakdown of course descriptions and prerequisites, please view the Student Handbook 2021-2022.