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Christine Boever
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Chad Caldwell
696-4132

Jayne Heier
696-4145
Joshua Johnson
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Human Anatomy 
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Biology
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Large Animal Science
Small Animal Science
Ag Mechanics
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Lori Olson
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Kelly Riedell
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Jane Syltie
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Jamie Tucker
696-4133
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PS Physics
Physics
Biology Redo
Physical Science Redo


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Honors Biology
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Intro to Engineering
Principles of Engineering
Geometry
AP Statistics

 


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Chemistry
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Michelle VanderWal
696-4177
 
Marcie Welsh
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Earth & Space Science
Zoology
Biology
ALC Biology

 

 

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What's Happening in SCIENCE?

April 2013
BHS Science Olympiad team takes 1st place at SD State Science Olympiad
. . . . travels to National Science Olympiad Tournament in Dayton, Ohio

 

Mrs. Riedell and  South Dakota Presidential scholar Gabe Erion attended the Presidential Scholar Recognition banquet June 19, 2011 in Washington D.C.

 

 

Mrs. Riedell chosen as 2008 Outstanding Biology Teacher for South Dakota

 

Mr. Caldwell receives the 2004 Milken Educator award

 

   

Mrs. Olson's Physics students build Rube Goldberg contraptions.

 

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  Course Descriptions

* BIOLOGY

HONORS BIOLOGY

Fundamentals of Biology-A

* Physical Science- C * Physical Science P
Zoology Earth & Space Science * Honors Physical Science C  * Physics:
Human Anatomy

Biotechnology

*Chemistry AP Physics
AP Biology *Honors Chemistry * Denotes a required course for BHS Graduation
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Biology - Resource
AP Chemistry Science flow chart

 

BHS GRADUATION REQUIRES:
1. Physical Science CL (Chem) and Physical Science PL (Physics)-1 semester each
2. Biology OR Honors Biology- 1 year
2. Chemistry (1 year) OR Physics (1 year)
DISTINGUISHED DIPLOMA/SD Opportunity scholarship requires one more year of Science- 4 credits total

 

* BIOLOGY L            .5 Credit/Sem     2511- First Semester       2512-Second Semester
Recommended for:  grades 9-12 (lab science).  First semester will examine molecular structure, cell structure and function, and cell reproduction.  Topics will include molecules found in living things, cell life cycles, cell organelles, homeostasis, transport, mitosis/meiosis, basic genetics, human genetic disorders, replication, transcription, and translation.  Second semester will examine topics including classification of organisms, overview of kingdoms (animals, plants, fungi, protista, monera), structure and function relationships, nitrogen, carbon, oxygen, and water cycles,  photosynthesis, respiration, and biotic/abiotic interactions in ecosystems and evolution.
This class is a prerequisite for: Zoology, AP BIO, & Human Anatomy

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* HONORS BIOLOGY L .5 Credit/Sem         2521- First Semester    2522-Second Semester
Recommended for/prerequisite: grades 9-12 (lab science)/ passed Honors Biology L first semester to be eligible for second semester/instructor permission.
Intended for students who are highly motivated and have excellent reading and math skills; students who plan to attend college and major in science or pursue a degree in engineering, health professions, and other science related careers. This class is a prerequisite for AP Biology.
First semester will examine molecular structure, cell structure and function, and cell reproduction.  Topics will include molecules found in living things, cell life cycles, cell organelles, homeostasis, transport, mitosis/meiosis, basic genetics, and human genetic disorders.  Second semester will examine topics including classification of organisms, overview of kingdoms (animals, plants, fungi, protista, monera), structure and function relationships, nitrogen, carbon, oxygen, and water cycles, replication, transcription, translation, photosynthesis, respiration, and biotic/abiotic interactions in ecosystems. Topics will be covered in both semesters in more depth and greater detail than in Biology L.
This class is a prerequisite for: Zoology, AP BIO, & Human Anatomy.

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Fundamentals of Biology-C     .5 Credit/Sem              
Recommended for: grades 9-12 (lab science).  Permission required   First semester will examine molecular structure, cell structure and function, and cell reproduction.  Topics will include molecules found in living things, cell life cycles, cell organelles, homeostasis, transport, mitosis/meiosis, basic genetics, and human genetic disorders, replication, transcription, and translation.  Second semester will examine topics including classification of organisms, overview of kingdoms (animals, plants, fungi, protista, monera), structure and function relationships, nitrogen, carbon, oxygen, and water cycles,  photosynthesis, respiration, and biotic/abiotic interactions in ecosystems and evolution.

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Zoology            .5 Credit/Sem            2520-Semester
Recommended for/prerequisite:  grades 10-12 (lab science)/passed Biology L.  
This semester course will examine animal taxonomy, invertebrates, and vertebrates.  Composition of this course will include classification, anatomy and physiology of worms, echinoderms, mollusks, and arthropods, with the dissection of the earthworm, clam, starfish, and crayfish.  This course also includes the anatomy and physiology of the fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, with the dissection of the perch, frog, turtle, pigeon, & rat.

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Human Anatomy    1 Credit/Sem    2523- First Semester   2524-Second Semester
Recommended for/prerequisite:  grades 11-12 (lab science)/passed Biology L.  This year-long course examines organization of the body and all of the body systems, including the skeletal, muscular, nervous, integumentary, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and male and female reproductive systems.  Disease and wellness of each of these systems will be studied.  Course activities will include various dissections, including the dissection of the sheep brain, sheep heart, and fetal pig.

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AP BIOLOGY L     .5 Credit/Sem        2531-First Semester           2534-Second Semester  
Recommended for/prerequisite: grades 11-12/(lab science)/AP BIOLOGY TEACHER PERMISSION and 1 year of Biology with a "B" or better AND 1 year of Chemistry or Advanced Chemistry with a "B" or better. Concurrent enrollment in Human Anatomy is an advantage to students taking the AP Biology course. AP Biology is intended to provide a rigorous introductory college level biology course with laboratory activities for high school students.  Students must possess excellent reading and writing skills. The intensity of the coursework demands students put forth a significant amount of time and effort to succeed.  Students interested in AP Biology MUST take responsibility for their own learning, be able to communicate, and take the necessary time outside of class to be successful. Focus will be on 3 major areas: Molecules and cells (25%); Biochemistry, cells, energy transformations, genetics, and evolution (50%); taxonomy, plant structure and function, animal structure and function, embryology and development, behavior, and ecology (25%) PARENTS AND STUDENTS SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT A MINIMUM OF 90 MINUTES OF HOMEWORK PER NIGHT PER AP CLASS SHOULD BE EXPECTED! Upon successful completion of this course, the student should elect to take the AP Biology exam at an approximate cost of $95.00.  The score on this exam will determine if colleges will accept this course for college credit.

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BIOTECHNOLOGY L        .5 credit/Sem          1057-Semester
Recommended for/prerequisite:  Grades 10-12/passed 2 semesters of Biology L
This course can be used as an elective science credit towards graduation.  A comprehensive study of the history of biotechnology, DNA, genetic engineering and transfer, cloning of plants and animals, and reproductive biotechnology.  Students will also look at how biotechnology has transformed the food and health industries, as well as discuss consumer concerns and ethical issues that have surfaced.
Earth & Space Science               .5 Credit/Sem                   2505-Semester
Recommended for: grades 9-12 (lab science)  The semester course will examine earth in space, models of  the earth, plate tectonics, deformation of the crust, earthquakes, volcanoes, earth chemistry, minerals of the earth's crust, resources and energy, weathering and erosion, water and erosion, rock record, the atmosphere, weather, climate, stars and galaxies, sun, and the solar system.

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* Physical Science-C   .5 Credit/Sem     2535-Semester Recommended for:  grade 9 (lab science) 
Physical Science Chemistry is a one-semester laboratory science using the practical study of the relationship between matter and energy. The program offers an introduction to physical laws and chemical processes. Scientific principles are reinforced by activities. The course also provides experiences that help students develop and apply critical thinking process skills.

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HONORS PHYSICAL SCIENCE-C  L     (replaces Chem A)         .5 Credit/Sem           2532-Semester
Recommended for/prerequisite:  grades 9-12 (lab science)/enrolled or have completed Algebra I and on the Distinguished Diploma Path. Intended for students who are highly motivated, and have excellent reading and math skills:  students who plan to attend college and major in science or pursue a degree in engineering, health professions, other science related careers.  This class is a required prerequisite for Advanced Chemistry. Honors Physical Science-C L is a one semester lab course designed for the college or technical school bound student.  Concepts covered in this course include properties of matter, measurement, and the use of the International System of Measurement (SI) applied to mathematical operations, matter and energy, atomic theory, atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, chemical equations, and radioactivity.  While the units covered are the same for both physical science courses, honors will cover a larger quantity from the perspective of depth and breadth, more complex and more intensive curriculum per unit covered.  In addition, Honors Physical Science CL progresses at a rapid rate.  This course is a prerequisite for Honors Chemistry L.

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CHEMISTRY L      .5 Credit/Sem     2537-First Semester     2538-Second Semester

Recommended for/prerequisite:  grades 10-12 (lab science)/Physical Science-C L or Honors Physical Science-C L ; enrolled in or completed Algebra II or Advanced Algebra II

Intended for any student who plans to attend college and does NOT intend to major in science or related professions. Chemistry L will provide opportunities for students to develop and communicate an understanding of structure, physical and chemical properties and chemical change. Concepts covered in this course include measurement and use of the International System of Measurement (SI) applied to mathematical operations, bonding, nomenclature, chemical equations and reactions, the mole and stoichiometry, thermochemistry, gas laws and kinetic molecular theory, solutions, equilibrium, kinetics, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry. Laboratory experiences allow the student to manipulate compounds, observe change, collect and analyze data, and draw conclusions.  This course and all chemistry courses demand  that students effectively communicate results through various methods (summarizing data in a specified lab format, written presentations, graphs, charts, diagrams, etc).  Students will utilize technology (science equipment, calculators, CBL's, etc).  Safe practices by teachers and students will be followed and the uses of small-scale chemistry techniques will be used where appropriate.  Math skills are important, however, a less rigorous application of math will be used. 

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HONORS CHEMISTRY L     .5 Credit/Sem     2533-First Semester    2534-Second Semester

Recommended for/prerequisite:  grades 10-12; Honors Physical Science-C L & enrolled in or completed Algebra II or Adv. Algebra II, Physical Science C L with a grade of "A" or "B", and Honors Chemistry instructor's permission.

Intended for students who are highly motivated, and have excellent reading and math skills:  students who plan to attend college and major in science or pursue a degree in engineering, health professions, other science related careers.  This full year laboratory science course is intended to be an intensive academic preparation for college level chemistry courses and the student should expect to spend at least four hours per week in individual study and review. The course will move at a faster pace than Chemistry L, and will include more in-depth learning of a greater number of concepts. In addition, the quality and quantity of work will be held to higher standards of expectation reflecting greater complexity, novelty, acceleration, and/or pacing. While both Chemistry L and Honors Chemistry L cover the same units, Honors Chemistry L differentiates itself by being greater in breadth and depth of study of topics. This course will approach chemistry using a strong application of math to study the topics of matter, thermochemistry, stoichiometry, gas laws, solution ,equations, equation relationships, kinetic theory, equilibrium, acid-base concepts, and reaction rates. Students should have strong math skills including proportions, graphing, and algebra.  This course will provide a strong introduction to chemistry and will be very helpful for students who go on to college-level chemistry. This course is a prerequisite for those students opting to take AP Chemistry and other advanced science courses.

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AP CHEMISTRY L   
2547-First Semester     2548-Second Semester   
1 Credits/1st Sem
      .5 Credit/2nd Sem 

Recommended for/prerequisite:
grades 11-12 (lab science)/Honors Chemistry L, Algebra II or Adv.Alg II and AP Chemistry Instructor's permission. AP Chemistry L is designed to be the equivalent of a first year college general chemistry course and follows the College Board's AP Chemistry syllabus.  As such, the course is suitable only for high school students who exhibit high levels of commitment, motivation, and academic maturity. This course presents a rigorous treatment of the following concepts: The nature of matter, gas laws, thermodynamics, stoichiometry, bonding, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibria, and more. Students are expected to be motivated and spend extra time studying outside of class.  PARENTS & STUDENTS SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT A MINIMUM OF 90 MINUTES OF HOMEWORK PER NIGHT PER AP CLASS SHOULD BE EXPECTED!
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should elect to take the AP Chemistry exam at an approximate cost of $95.00 The score on this exam will determine if colleges will accept this course for college credit.

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PHYSICAL SCIENCE- P L     .5 Credit/Sem    2550-Semester 

Recommended for:  grades 9-10 (lab science)/passed Algebra I or Algebra IA  The Physical Science P L course at Brookings High School provides a basic understanding of physics.  It includes topics such as measuring, motion, forces and their effects and machines.  This course is required for graduation from BHS and is a prerequisite to all other physics classes.

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PHYSICS - L     .5 Credit/Sem     2553-First Semester     2554-Second Semester

Recommended for/prerequisite:  grades 10-12/passed Physical Science P L, Geometry with a "C" or higher, and Adv. Algebra II or higher or enrolled in Advanced Algebra II.  Physics involves the study of matter and energy, force and motion, work, power, heat, sound, light electricity and magnetism.  This course is strongly recommended for college bound students.  The study of physics helps to develop a logical thought process that the student will use throughout life. 

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AP PHYSICS L    .5 Credit/Sem       2557-First Semester   2558-Second Semester
Recommended for/prerequisite:  grades 11-12/passed Algebra II or Adv. Algebra II & Physics L with Bís or higher AND a signature of AP Physics Instructor. Students interested in AP Physics MUST take responsibility for their own learning, be able to communicate, and take the necessary time outside of class to be successful.  Advanced Placement Physics is an advanced study of Physics at a level equivalent to college Physics.  Upon completion of the course the student will be able to take the Advanced Placement Physics TEST and earn up to 8 college credits.  This course will include topics such as: mechanics, electricity, magnetism, kinetics, and thermodynamics, wave mechanics, acoustics, and modern physics.  The class will include lectures, laboratories, group work, and outside work. PARENTS & STUDENTS SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT A MINIMUM OF 90 MINUTES OF HOMEWORK PER NIGHT PER AP CLASS SHOULD BE EXPECTED!   Students should plant on taking  the AP exam at an approximate cost of $95.00.  The AP exam will replace the spring semester test.  Students opting out of the PA exam will be required to take the spring semester test. 

 

SCIENCE- R   .5 Credit/Sem           3841-First Semester         3842-Second Semester
Recommended for:  grades 9-12 permission needed for enrollment.  This is a semester course that can be taken two semesters.  This class will include the basic concepts of life, physical, and earth science.

BIOLOGY - R        .5 Credit/Sem         3843-First Semester        3844-Second Semester
Recommended for: grades 9-12.  Permission needed for enrollment.  This full-year course will include the basic concepts of cell biology, botany, and microbiology.  The course will examine the structure and function of cells, bacteria, viruses, and related diseases.  The study of plants, plant growth and plant uses will also be part of the course.

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