Cabrini High School

Science Department

Overall Objectives

The Cabrini High School Science Department provides students with a background in many different fields of science and experiences with the scientific method and laboratory techniques. Upon completion of their science requirements, students should be kno wledgeable of current science uses and meet the science requirements for admission to a university program. Three science credits are required of all students: Biology I and two electives. However, many students choose to elect a fourth credit. Science courses include: Pre-Freshman Science, General Science, Earth Science, Chemistry I, Biology II, Chemistry II Honors, Physics, Physics Honors, Environmental Science, Astronomy/Meteorology and Independent Study.


Department Course Offerings:

Courses noted with an asterisk (*) are also offered at the Honors level.

General Science
This course is an introduction to several fields of science including Chemistry, Astronomy, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Biology. The objectives of this course include bringing about an understanding of and an interest in science in our daily lives, recognizing names and works of various scientists, performing experiments based on scientific principles, and preparing students for future studies in science. Topics covered in General Science include scientific measurement, storms, ecology, food, shelter, disease, resources, and flight.
*Biology I
This is a required course whose purpose is to examine the many different aspects of life. The objectives of this course include gaining an understanding of the complexity and organization of living things, their classification and distribution in the world, and the interactions between living things and their environment. Topics covered include the characteristics of life, the cell, biochemistry and energy, human anatomy and physiology, genetics, classification and distribution, theories of evolution , and principles of ecology.
Earth Science
This is a one semester elective course focusing on applying general geological principals to the local New Orleans area. Students will gain an understanding of some basic geological hazards that affect the residents of this area such as land subsidence and flood problems. Aside from these geological hazards, students will investigate the occurance of fossils, rocks and earthquakes in Louisiana.
*Chemistry I
This science course deals with the composition of all matter and the changes in composition which matter undergoes. Facts are gathered and arranged in meaningful patterns which reveal regularities that lead to an understanding of nature. This course includes the fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry and a brief introduction to organic chemistry. Topics covered include measurement, basic concepts of matter, structure of the atom, periodic classification of the elements, the structure of compou nds, chemical nomenclature, calculations involving elements and compounds, chemical equations, gases, liquids, solids, acids and bases.
*Biology II
This course is designed for students thinking of medical or paramedical careers or for students who desire more than an elementary introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the body. Students will learn the names and functions of each of the orga ns in the systems of the human body and will gain an appreciation for the ways in which each of the body's systems interact. Emphasis is placed on health-related college majors and curricula, as well as other allied health professions.
Environmental Science
Environmental Science may be taken as a whole or half-credit elective. It is designed to explore the serious nature of major environmental problems. Its goal is to involve the students in understanding the consequences of those problems for the eart h and humankind.
Physics is designed to provide students with an understanding of the relationships between matter and energy and attempt to explain the ways in which the universe operates. It includes units on measurement, mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, an d waves. It emphasizes practical applications; however, Physics takes a conceptual approach, whereas, the Honors course takes a more mathematical approach.
This one-semester course examines the many different aspects of weather and how it affects our lives along with a survey of the sky, the planets, the stars, and the universe. Through the study of meteorology students will gain an understanding of the weather and the interactions between it and the environment. In astronomy the students will experience a sense of wonder of the universe, the remarkable knowledge we have of it, the mysteries yet to be solved, and the mysteries yet even to be perceived.
Independent Study
Comparative Anatomy
This one-semester course enables students to work independently researching the anatomical similarities and differences in the major phyla of the animal kingdom. It provides for an in-depth study of each body system.
A one-semester course providing students with an opportunity to review basic inheritance of traits and to apply this knowledtge in predicting the results of complex inheritance patterns, including genetic interactions. Students also research modern findings in DNA and genetic engineering.
Ecology and Biogeography
A one-semester course in which students explore the topics of behavioral ecology, population dynamics, interactions within ecological communities, ecosystems, biogeography, and conservation biology.
Environmental Chemistry
A one semester study of the chemistry of the atmosphere, atmospheric pollution, atmospheric changes, water pollution and solid waste problems. Students perform field experiments and observations and maintain a catalog of current events topics related to the chemistry of the environment.

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Date Updated: 10/4/01