At Roosevelt High School, we offer a variety of courses designed to teach students about both classical and modern scientific concepts.  Students are required to pass a minimum of three (3) credits in Science to graduate. These must include one credit in a biological science (any 1-credit biology course), and one credit in a physical science (Physical Science, Chemistry, or Physics).

General/Comprehensive

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Comprehensive Biology
  • Comprehensive Physical Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Topics in Science

College Prep

  • CP Biology
  • CP Chemistry
  • CP Physical Science
  • CP Physics

Advanced/AP

  • Advanced Biology
  • Advanced Chemistry
  • Advanced Physics
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics C
  • AT Biology
  • AT Chemistry
  • AT Modern Physics

Common Course Sequences

Please note what are shown below are common sequences of courses students take. Variations on these sequences are possible to better meet the individual needs of students.


Course Descriptions

Standard Courses

Title: Comprehensive Physical Science (7001)
Length: Full Year
Credit: One
Grade Level: 9
Prerequisites: None
Fee: Required

Physical Science is a 9th grade science course which will provide a basic knowledge of all the physical science topics covered on the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) in science, including earth science, chemistry and physics. Students will be expected to operate independently in a laboratory setting, collecting and interpreting data to understand broader scientific concepts. Students are expected to complete quality work in a timely fashion, which will require some extra reading and work outside of class time.
This class will not count as a college-prep science course.

Course Title: CP Physical Science (7002)
Length: Full Year
Credit: One
Grade Level: 9
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation
Fee: Required

CP Physical Science is a college preparatory science course introducing concepts of physics, chemistry, and science. This course will stress an inquiry method that will require higher-level thinking, problem solving, and self-directed learning in a laboratory setting. The topics covered will provide a base knowledge that correlates with the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) standards. Students should have strong study skills which enable them to read and process information on their own. Students should also understand that most of the reading and writing assignments would be done outside of the normally scheduled class time.

Course Title: Comprehensive Biology (7003)
Length: Full Year
Credit: One
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisites: Successful completion of a Physical Science Course
Fee: Required

General Biology is a comprehensive biology course designed for the non-college-bound sophomore student. The basic aim of the course is to familiarize students with the processes and patterns of the living world. The course emphasizes a “hands-on” approach to learning that includes experimentation and collaborative group work. This class will not count as a college-prep. science course.

Course Title: CP Biology (7004)
Length: Full Year
Credit: One
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisites: Successful completion of a Physical Science Course and Teacher Recommendation
Fee: Required

CP Biology is a comprehensive biology course designed for the college-bound sophomore student. It requires that the student have strong study skills which enable them to read and process information on their own. It is recommended that the prior science grade be in the A – B range to be successful in this course. In this course, considerable emphasis is placed on analysis of laboratory work.

Course Title: Advanced Biology (7006)
Length: Full Year
Credit: One
Grade Level: 9-10
Prerequisites: Grade prerequisites and teacher recommendation
Fee: Required

This advanced college preparatory course is for students who are accelerating their science program. It emphasizes lab investigations, data gathering and problem solving applications in a scientific manner. The course focuses on life’s unifying patterns, which enables students to see biology as a meaningful organized body of knowledge. A year long research project will be required.

Course Title: CP Chemistry (7011)
Length: Full year
Credit: One
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisites: Successful completion of any Physical Science course & Algebra I
Fee: Required

This course offers a descriptive and mathematical approach to the study of matter and the changes it undergoes. This course is a college prep course that includes some applied mathematic skills, with an emphasis placed on preparing the student for real-life decisions and developing skills involving basic chemical knowledge. Big Ideas covered include the Nature of Science, the Law of Conservation of Mass, chemical notation and calculations, heat and energy, and the effects of chemistry on society. A major part of this course includes laboratory and hands-on activities. Good study habits and basic algebra skills are necessary for success in CP Chemistry.

Course Title: Advanced Chemistry (7012)
Length: Full year
Credit: One
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisites: Algebra I & Advanced Biology or teacher recommendation
Fee: Required

This chemistry course is offered to students who have successfully completed Advanced Biology and are accelerating their science program. The science of chemistry deals with the properties, structure and reactions of matter. This course assumes higher mathematical skills and student motivation than Chemistry and prepares students for entry into college level science courses. A major emphasis will be placed on problem solving in a laboratory setting.

Course Title: CP Physics (7015)
Length: Full year
Credit: One
Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisites: Algebra I & Geometry
Fee: Required

Physics is offered to seniors or to juniors accelerating their science program. This course is an exploration of the physical universe. Motion is studied in depth, along with, light, sound, energy, and electricity. Emphasis is on the development of the concepts and basic laws of physics that unify all these separate topics. Laboratory work is an important part of the course.

Course Title: Advanced Physics (7016)
Length: Full Year
Credit: One
Fee: Required
Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisites: MUST be enrolled in Pre-Calculus or Advanced Pre-Calculus and have a graphing calculator, the TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus only.

This course is intended primarily for juniors who are accelerating their science program and want to take a challenging advanced physics course. Physics concepts are presented at a faster pace and with greater depth than in CP Physics. Advanced problem solving skills are emphasized including the use of trigonometry. Students MUST be enrolled in Pre-Calculus or Advanced Pre-Calculus to take this course, otherwise they will not have the math skills necessary to be successful. Labs and activities allow students to gather data via computer interfaced probes and analyze the data using the graphing calculator. The first semester topics include the study of forces, motion, energy, collisions, and rotation. The second semester deals with electricity, magnetism, light, and sound. If you are not enrolled in Pre-Calculus or Advanced Pre-Calculus you will probably not be able to do well in this course!

Course Title: Topics in Math and Science (7042)
Length: Full Year – two periods
Credit: One each semester
Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisites: None
Fee: None

Topics in Math and Science is a course that addresses scientific concepts in an applied performance oriented way. A wide variety of topics are covered such as motion, work, action of forces, weather, astronomy, and the scientific method.
Math in this class is presented in two forms. One in which math concepts required for the science applications are addressed, and the other where students do individualized work at their math level. Levels offered include Integrated I, Integrated II, Integrated III, and Algebra I.
Students in this class are given an opportunity to use computers for some of their work, such as Internet research, compiling data on spreadsheets, and individualized math work. Two credits (one for math and one for science) are earned upon successful completion of this course.

Course Title: Anatomy and Physiology (7044)
Length: Full year
Credit: one
Fee: required
Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisites: One credit in either CP or Comprehensive physical science and one credit in any biology course

It’s the most complicated, most intricate, most amazing machine you’ll ever use! In this course you’ll learn the basics about the structure and systems of your body (anatomy) and how your body works (physiology). Please Note: students must be willing to actively participate in the dissection on a cat. This course is intended for the student who may not have the math skills necessary to be successful in chemistry and/or physics.

Course Title: Environmental Science (7051)
Length: Full year
Credit: one
Fee: required
Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisites: One credit in either CP or Comprehensive physical science and one credit in any biology course

Some of the most important decisions being made today are influenced by environmental issues. Designed by Roosevelt students, this class will prepare you to understand the most critical issues of our time and prepare you to take action on behalf of our planet. Big ideas covered in this class include global warming, pollution, overpopulation, and species loss. In the spirit of thinking globally but acting locally, we will apply what we’ve learned by testing local wetlands and the Cuyahoga River. This course is intended for the student who may not have the math skills necessary to be successful in chemistry and/or physics.

Advanced Topics Courses

Grade Level: *12 or 11 with permission
Prerequisites: **Two credits in science: chemistry, biology or physics and two credits in math or special permission of the instructor.

The Advanced Topics courses are intended for the student who has completed the regular courses in science. Advanced Topics provides an opportunity to review, study and investigate modern topics in science on a more advanced level than is possible in the introductory courses. The Advanced Topics courses may also allow the student to do an independent project and become acquainted with basic methods of science research.

Course Title: Advanced Topics Biology (7021S)
Grade Level: *See Introduction
Length: Semester
Prerequisites: Successfully completed Biology and Chemistry
Credit: one-half
Fee: Required

The Advanced Topics in Biology course focuses on four major topics: Ecology, Genetics, Bacteriology, and Mammalian Anatomy/Physiology. This is a laboratory/inquiry-based course with emphasis on projects and experiments. Students should have junior or senior standing, good math skills, good laboratory skills, and mastery of the contents of both college preparatory biology and chemistry.

Course Title: Advanced Topics Chemistry (7022S)
Grade Level: *See Introduction
Length: Semester
Prerequisites: **See Introduction
Credit: one-half
Fee: Required

The Advanced Topics in Chemistry course is roughly equivalent to the laboratory section of a freshman college chemistry course. Major chemistry concepts are reviewed. The emphasis is on laboratory work. Students enrolling in this course need to have very good math skills and laboratory techniques.

Course Title: Advanced Topics Modern Physics (7024S)
Grade Level: 12
Length: Semester
Prerequisites: **See Introduction
Credit: one-half
Fee: Required

This course explores electromagnetism, radioactivity, nuclear power, elementary particles and other ideas from modern physics. Besides helping students prepare for college work, the course provides a forum for discussing modern physical theories on a more advanced level than is possible in introductory Physics.

Advanced Placement Courses

Course Title: Advanced Placement Biology (7031)
Grade Level: 11-12
Length: Full Year
Prerequisites: Successful completion of a first course in biology & chemistry (A-B avg.)
Credit: one
Fee: Required

The Advanced Placement (AP) Biology course is the equivalent of an introductory college biology course for those students interested in the medical profession or a biology major. Although topics may be similar to those covered in high school biology, this course differs significantly with respect to the textbook used, the range and depth of topics covered, the kind of laboratory work done, and the time and effort required by students. The major aim of this course is to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically this the rapidly changing science of biology. There are additional benefits to those who successfully pass the Advanced Placement Examination. These may include college credit and/or permission to take upper-level biology courses as a college freshman. AP biology is designed for high school juniors or seniors who have successfully completed a course in college preparatory biology and chemistry (A-B average). Historically, students have been most successful in AP Biology as seniors, after completing AP Chemistry their junior year.

Course Title: Advanced Placement Chemistry (7032)
Grade Level: 11-12
Length: Full Year
Prerequisites: Successful completion of a first course in biology & chemistry (A-B avg)
Credit: one
Fee: Required

Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry is a year long course designed to be the equivalent of a first year college chemistry. This course is open to juniors and seniors with a strong background (B-A average) in biology and chemistry. While the topics are similar to those covered in the high school course, the number of topics is significantly greater as is the intensity of study. The text is a college chemistry text and will be covered at an accelerated speed. While a main goal of this course is to pass the AP examination (thus possibly receiving college credit), this course will be helpful to any student wishing to strengthen his/her science/ problem solving skills. Because of the class time involved in covering the subject material and the length of time required to complete college level experiments (a part of the AP examination), we highly suggest con-currently taking the semester course Advanced Topics in Chemistry which meets this laboratory requirement.

Course Title: AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism (7033) and AP Physics C: Mechanics (7033)
Grade Level: 12
Length: Full Year
Credit: one
Prerequisites: Must have completed a first course in physics and be enrolled in Calculus or teacher recommendation
Fee: Required

This course is intended for the student who is planning a career that depends heavily on advanced math and physics (e.g. physics, engineering, astronomy, etc.). The course follows the AP Physics-C, calculus based physics, curriculum. This course is roughly equivalent to a college level introductory sequence of the first two semester courses for physics majors. The emphasis of the course is on advanced problem solving in the areas of mechanics, electricity, and magnetism. This course should be taken only after an introductory physics course has been successfully completed at the high school level. Advanced Topics Modern Physics would be a beneficial supplement to this course. If students elect to take the Advanced Placement test in May there is an additional fee.