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Science Course Pathway

Science 10 (5 credits)

  • Recommended: 60% in Science 9 and Math 9 or co-requisite Math 10C

From atoms to reactions, organelles to organisms, velocity to energy and a quickly changing climate - experience the words of chemistry, biology and physical Science 10 is your first step towards understanding the basics that help society develop new technology and the workings of life and the universe.

Science 10 Transition (10 credits)

  • Prerequisite: 50-60% in Science 9 and Math 9 

Are you looking forward to taking 20-level science courses but need support to develop the necessary skills? Science 10 Transitions can provide you with an opportunity to develop key science and math skills before challenging Science 10 and allows you to have extended time to work on Science 10 course material. During the first semester, you’ll work on your science and math skills while preparing for success in Science 10. The second semester continues with the Science 10 curriculum with additional support to prepare you to challenge your choice of 20-level science courses.

Science 14/24 (10 credits)

  • Prerequisite: Science 9 and Math 9

Learning science can improve your quality and enjoyment of life. Having a basic understanding of how chemicals interact with each other, how your body works and how basic machines operate, will help you increase your level of safety and confidence and your ability to make educated decisions for your life. Explore the worlds of chemistry, physics and biology. Take a glimpse at how the human species affects the ecosystems of the globe. Enjoy the world of experimentation and exploration as you start to understand the basic workings of the things around you. Science 14 and Science 24 meet the minimum science required for an Alberta High School Diploma.

Science 20, 30 course pathway (5 credits)

  • Prerequisite: 50% in Science 10

The Science 20 and 30 program is for those who want a general science background without taking many courses. It is highly recommended for those who have an interest in the arts, NAIT programs or nursing.

Science 20 takes you into the depths of chemistry, physics, biology and geology. Learn how we use chemical reactions to create consumer products you enjoy, how to navigate in a two-dimensional world and then how to analyze car crashes. Learn what factors determine the survival of species and the impact humans have. Finally, explore how we uncovered the Earth’s history by studying rocks.

Science 30 is a diploma-level course that may be used for admission into some post-secondary programs. The course expands on the concepts and skills introduced in Science 10 and 20. The themes of this course revolve around how societies obtain and use energy and affect global systems. The units covered in this course include:

  • Living Systems Respond to their Environment,
  • Chemistry and the Environment,
  • Electromagnetic Energy, and
  • Energy and the Environment.

Biology 20, 30 course pathway (5 credits each)

  • Recommended: 60% in Science 10

Biology 20 takes an in-depth look into how energy and matter are obtained and used within organisms and ecosystems as a whole. The units studied in this course are:

  • Energy and Matter Exchange in the Biosphere,
  • Ecosystem and Population Change,
  • Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration, and
  • Human Systems.

Biology 30 explores the themes of change, diversity, equilibrium and systems. Discover how your body regulates in changing environments. Learn about reproduction, inheritance and DNA. Finally, learn what factors cause changes within this world’s many populations and communities. Biology 30 is a prerequisite for many post-secondary programs. It also has a diploma exam at the end of the course.

Chemistry 20, 30 course pathway (5 credits each)

  • Recommended: 60% in Science 10
  • Prerequisite: Math 10C

Chemistry 20 students explore the structure and behavior of matter as it forms and changes. They learn why substances have the properties they have and how to predict that a substance may react with others. The units taught in this course are:

  • Diversity of Matter and Chemical Change,
  • Forms of Matter as Gases,
  • Matter as Solutions, and
  • Quantitative Relationships in Chemical Changes.

Chemistry 30, students learn about the following topics:

  • Thermochemistry,
  • Electrochemical Changes,
  • Organic Chemistry, and
  • Chemical Equilibrium.

Explore the energy associated with chemical reactions. Learn how a battery works. Look at the many ways we use fossil fuels. Learn why one acid or base is stronger than another. Chemistry 30 is a prerequisite for many post-secondary programs. It has a diploma exam at the end of the course.

Physics 20, 30 course pathway (5 credits each)

  • Recommended: 60% in Science 10
  • Prerequisite: Math 10C

Physics 20 students learn to describe and explain why things move the way that they do. Then they are introduced to concepts of energy. The units covered in this course are:

  • Kinematics,
  • Dynamics,
  • Periodic Motion, and
  • Conservation of Energy.

Physics 30, students learn about the following topics:

  • Momentum and Impulse,
  • Forces and Fields,
  • Electromagnetic Radiation, and
  • Atomic Physics.

Explore how to analyze car crashes and explosions. Learn how electricity works. Get a deeper understanding of magnetism and light. Then, finally, look into the world of the very small to discover what makes up matter in our universe. Physics 30 is a prerequisite for many post-secondary programs. It has a diploma exam at the end of the course.