Students will be required to pass: 30 total credits of science, 5 credits in an earth science, 5 credits in a life science, 5 credits in physical science (physics focus) and 5 credits in physical science (chemistry focus). Students will need to pass 10 credits of a biology class prior to taking a chemistry class.
Most four year colleges require 3 years of science with at least 2 selected from Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Two classes must include laboratory instruction. All LHS science courses, except for the Basic Science* courses, meet admission requirements for science courses and laboratory instruction. *Students who are planning on post-secondary education should not consider the Basic Science Scope.
A Scope of Study is a plan outlining the courses which will prepare each student for their academic goals. The LHS Science department ascribes to four different scopes : B ASIC – meeting only LPS graduation requirements R EGULAR – technical, vocational schools or four-year programs requiring some science. D IFFERENTIATED – four-year schools, science-focused programs I NTERNATIONAL B ACCALAUREATE – students enrolled in the IB program
Students who are interested in earning graduation credits and not planning on any post-secondary education. Careers may include: food service, telemarketing, retail services/sales & labor services Suggested Courses*: Basic GeoScience, Basic Physical Science & Basic Life Science * These courses will not count as prerequisites for most post-secondary programs.
Students interested in community college, two-year associate programs or a four-year non-science program. Careers may include: electronics, cosmetology, legal-assistant, mechanics, HVAC, secretary, animal science, education, business, architecture, construction management, arts, communications, etc. Suggested Courses: Physical Science, GeoScience, Biology, Chemistry (Applied), Physics (Applied), Environmental Studies, Zoology, Botany, Animal Behavior, and Genetics.
Students interested in a four year post-secondary education with an emphasis in science, engineering, or medicine. Careers may include: medicine, engineering, sciences: chemist, physicist, meteorologist, biologist, veterinarian, food scientist, forensic scientist, etc. Suggested Courses: Honors Physical Science, Honors Biology or Differentiated Biology, Diff./AP Chemistry, Diff. Physics, Genetics, Anatomy/Physiology, & Advanced Chemistry *Students wishing to take Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate classes will need to register for Honors Physical Science & Honors Biology
Student enrolled in the IB program will take: 9 th grade- Honors Physical Science 10 th grade- Honors Biology IB program* (11 th & 12 th Grades) HL Chemistry (2 years), or SL Biology (1 year), or SL Physics (1 year) * Students need to see their counselor about registering for IB courses