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View Sciences on pgs. 43-44 in the 2023-24 WCDSB Course Calendar 
 
OR see below for course descriptions and prerequisites.
GRADE 9 SCIENCE (DESTREAMED - SNC1W1)
This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Students will develop their skills in the processes of scientific investigation. Students will acquire an understanding of scientific theories and conduct investigations related to sustainable ecosystems; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the study of the universe and its properties and components; and the principles of electricity.

GRADE 9 SCIENCE (LOCALLY DEVELOPED – SNC1L1)
This course reinforces and strengthens science-related knowledge and skills, including scientific inquiry, critical thinking and the relationship between science, society, and the environment, to prepare students for success in everyday life and in the workplace. Students explore a range of topics including science in daily life, properties of common materials, life-sustaining processes in simple and complex organisms, and electrical circuits. Students have the opportunity to extend mathematical and scientific process skills and to continue developing their skills in reading, writing, and oral language through relevant and practical science activities.
GRADE 10 SCIENCE (ACADEMIC – SNC2D1) PREREQUISITE: SNC1D1 OR SNC1P1
This course enables students to enhance their understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry,
earth and space science, and physics, and of the interrelationships between science, technology,
society, and the environment. Students are also given opportunities to further develop their scientific investigation skills. Students will plan and conduct investigations and develop their understanding of scientific theories related to the connections between cells and systems in animals and plants; chemical reactions, with a particular focus on acid–base reactions; forces that affect climate and climate change; and the interaction of light and matter. 

GRADE 10 SCIENCE (APPLIED – SNC2P1)
PREREQUISITE: SNC1D1 OR SNC1P1
This course enables students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science in real-world situations. Students are given opportunities to develop further practical skills in scientific investigation. Students will plan and conduct investigations into everyday problems and issues related to human cells and body systems; chemical reactions; factors affecting climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.

GRADE 10 SCIENCE (LOCALLY DEVELOPED – SNC2L1)
PREREQUISITE: SNC1P1 OR SNC1L1
This course emphasizes reinforcing and strengthening science-related knowledge and skills, including scientific inquiry, critical thinking and the environmental impact of science and technology, to prepare students for success in everyday life and in the workplace. Students explore a range of topics including science in the media, interactions of common materials, interdependence of organisms in communities, and using electrical energy. Students have the opportunity to extend mathematical and scientific process skills and to continue developing their skills in reading, writing, and oral language through relevant and practical science activities.
GRADE 11 BIOLOGY (UNIVERSITY PREPARATION – SBI3U1)
PREREQUISITE: SNC2D1
This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biodiversity; evolution; genetic processes; the structure and function of animals; and the anatomy, growth, and function of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation.
 
GRADE 11 CHEMISTRY (UNIVERSITY PREPARATION – SCH3U1)
PREREQUISITE: SNC2D1
Students will deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of the properties of chemicals and chemical bonds; chemical reactions and quantitative relationships in those reactions; solutions and solubility; and atmospheric chemistry and the behaviour of gases. Students will further develop their analytical skills and investigate the qualitative and quantitative properties of matter, as well as the impact of some common chemical reactions on society and the environment.

GRADE 11 PHYSICS (UNIVERSITY PREPARATION – SPH3U1)
PREREQUISITE: SNC2D1
This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore kinematics, with an emphasis on linear motion; different kinds of forces; energy transformations; the properties of mechanical waves and sound; and electricity and magnetism. They will enhance their scientific investigation skills as they test laws of physics. In addition, they will analyze the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
This course may be offered as an in-class or online course.

GRADE 11 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – SVN3M1)
PREREQUISITE: SNC2P1 OR SNC2D1
This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of and skills relating to environmental science that will help them succeed in life after secondary school. Students will explore a range of topics, including the role of science in addressing contemporary environmental challenges; the impact of the environment on human health; sustainable agriculture and forestry; the reduction and management of waste; and the conservation of energy. Students will increase their scientific and environmental literacy and examine the interrelationships between science, the environment, and society in a variety of areas. There will be an extensive use of Guelph Lake.

GRADE 11 BIOLOGY (COLLEGE PREPARATION – SBI3C1)
PREREQUISITE: SNC2D1 OR SNC2P1
This course focuses on the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will learn concepts and theories as they conduct investigations in the areas of cellular biology, microbiology, genetics, the anatomy of mammals, and the structure of plants and their role in the natural environment. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of concepts, and on the skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.

GRADE 11 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (WORKPLACE PREPARATION – SVN3E1)
PREREQUISITE: SNC1D1, SNC1P1, SNC1L1, or SNC2L1
This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of and skills relating to environmental science that will help them succeed in work and life after secondary school. Students will explore a range of topics, including the impact of human activities on the environment; human health and the environment; energy conservation; resource science and management; and safety and environmental responsibility in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on relevant, practical applications and current topics in environmental science, with attention to the refinement of students’ literacy and mathematical literacy skills as well as the development of their scientific and environmental literacy. There is extensive use of Guelph Lake.
GRADE 12 BIOLOGY (UNIVERSITY PREPARATION – SBI4U1)
PREREQUISITE: SBI3U1
This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biochemistry, metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on the achievement of detailed knowledge and the refinement of skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.

GRADE 12 CHEMISTRY (UNIVERSITY PREPARATION – SCH4U1)
PREREQUISITE: SCH3U1
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, the structure and properties of matter, energy changes and rates of reaction, equilibrium in chemical systems, and electrochemistry. Students will further develop their problem-solving and investigation skills as they investigate chemical processes, and will refine their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in everyday life and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.

GRADE 12 PHYSICS (UNIVERSITY PREPARATION – SPH4U1)
PREREQUISITE: SPH3U1
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of physics concepts and theories. Students will continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces that affect motion, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientific investigation skills, learning, for example, how to analyze, qualitatively and quantitatively, data relating to a variety of physics concepts and principles. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
This course may be offered as an in-class or online
course.

GRADE 12 EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE (UNIVERSITY PREPARATION – SES4U1)
PREREQUISITE: SNC2D1
This course develops students’ understanding of Earth and its place in the universe. Students will investigate the properties of and forces in the universe and solar system and analyze techniques scientists use to generate knowledge about them. Students will closely examine the materials of Earth, its internal and surficial processes, and its geological history, and will learn how Earth’s systems interact and how they have changed over time. Throughout the course, students will learn how these forces, processes and material affect their daily lives. The course draws on biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics in its consideration of geological and astronomical processes that can be observed directly or inferred from other evidence.
This course is offered as an online course only.
 
GRADE 12 SCIENCE  (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – SNC4M1)
PREREQUISITE: SNC2D1 OR ANY GRADE 11 UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE OR COLLEGE PREPARATION COURSE IN SCIENCE
This course enables students, including those pursuing post-secondary programs outside the sciences, to increase their understanding of science and contemporary social and environmental issues in health-related fields. Students will explore a variety of medical technologies, pathogens and disease, nutritional science, public health issues, and biotechnology. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study and helps refine students’ scientific investigation skills.
This course may be offered as an in-class or online
course.

GRADE 12 CHEMISTRY (COLLEGE PREPARATION – SCH4C1)
PREREQUISITE: SNC2P1 OR SNC2D1
This course enables students to develop an understanding of chemistry through the study of matter and qualitative analysis, organic chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical calculations, and chemistry as it relates to the quality of the environment. Students will use a variety of laboratory techniques, develop skills in data collection and scientific analysis, and communicate scientific information using appropriate terminology. Emphasis will be placed on the role of chemistry in daily life and the effects of technological applications and processes on society and the environment.

GRADE 12 PHYSICS (COLLEGE PREPARATION – SPH4C1)
PREREQUISITE: SNC2D1 OR SNC2P1
This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore these concepts with respect to motion; mechanical, electrical, electromagnetic, energy transformation, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems; and the operation of commonly used tools and machines. They will develop their scientific investigation skills as they test laws of physics and solve both assigned problems and those emerging from their investigations. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

GRADE 12 SCIENCE (WORKPLACE PREPARATION – SNC4E1)
PREREQUISITE: SNC2P1 OR SNC2L1
This course provides students with fundamental science knowledge and workplace skills needed to prepare them for success beyond secondary school. Students will explore hazards in the workplace, chemicals in consumer products, disease and its prevention, electricity at home and at work, and nutritional science. Emphasis is placed on current topics in science and relevant, practical activities that develop students’ literacy and mathematical literacy skills and enhance their scientific literacy.
HELPFUL LINKS
PhET Interactive Simulations Canadian Space Agency
Lab Equipment Memory Game NASA
The Periodic Table of the Elements - by webelements
StudyJams! Science Activities Natural Resources Canada
The Physics Lab - Charging Interactive  
TWITTER FEEDS
Canadian Space Agency (@csa_asc) / Twitter  
NASA (@NASA) / Twitter  
Environment Canada (@environmentca) / Twitter  
AMAZING YOUTUBE CHANNELS FOR SCIENCE
Amoeba Sisters - YouTube  
CrashCourse - YouTube  
60 years of The Nature of Things - YouTube  
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