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Please read the below for the descriptions of the Sciences programs that are taught at John McCrae. 

 
Science - Academic SNC1D.
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. Throughout the course, students will develop their skills in the processes of scientifi c investigation. Students will acquire an understanding of scientifi c 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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Academic GRADE: 9
Science - French Immersion SNC1DF
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. Throughout the course, students will develop their skills in the processes of scientifi c investigation. Students will acquire an understanding of scientifi c 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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Academic GRADE: 9
Science - Essentials SNC1L.
This course prepares students for Grade 10 Locally-developed Science (SNC2L) and/or Grade 11 Workplace Science (SNC3E). This course reinforces and strengthens science-related knowledge and skills, including scientific inquiry, critical thinking and the relationship between science, society and the environment. Students explore a range of topics including Science in Daily Life, Properties of Common Materials, Staying Alive: Life Sustaining Processes, and Electrical Circuits.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Locally Developed GRADE: 9
Science - Applied SNC1P.
This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science to everyday situations. They are also given opportunities to develop practical skills related to scientifi c investigation. Students will plan and conduct investigations into practical problems and issues related to the impact of human activity on ecosystems; the structure and properties of elements and compounds; space exploration and the components of the universe; and static and current electricity.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Applied GRADE: 9
Science - Academic SNC2D.
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 scientifi c investigation skills. Students will plan and conduct investigations and develop their understanding of scientifi c 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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Academic GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: SNC1D. - Science - Academic or SNC1P. - Science - Applied or SNC1DF - Science - French Immersion
HPA Science SNC2D2
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 scientifi c 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.
COURSE NOTE: THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS IN THE HIGH PERFORMANCE ATHLETES PROGRAM. IF YOU SIGN UP FOR THIS COURSE AND ARE NOT IN HPA, YOU WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY REMOVED FROM THE COURSE.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Academic GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: SNC1D. - Science - Academic or SNC1DF - Science - French Immersion or SNC1P. - Science - Applied
Science - French Immersion SNC2DF
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 scientifi c investigation skills. Students will plan and conduct investigations and develop their understanding of scientifi c 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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Academic GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: SNC1D. - Science - Academic or SNC1DF - Science - French Immersion or SNC1P. - Science - Applied
Science - Essentials SNC2L.
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, in the workplace and in the Science Grade 11 Workplace Preparation course. 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. Recommended Preparation: A Grade 9 Science credit
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Locally Developed GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: SNC1L. - Science - Essentials or SNC1P. - Science - Applied
Science - Applied SNC2P.
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 scientifi c 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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Applied GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: SNC1D. - Science - Academic or SNC1P. - Science - Applied or SNC1DF - Science - French Immersion
Biology - College Preparation SBI3C.
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
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: College GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: SNC2D. - Science - Academic or SNC2P. - Science - Applied or SNC2DF - Science - French Immersion or SNC2D2 - HPA Science
Biology - University Preparation SBI3U.
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
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: SNC2D. - Science - Academic or SNC2DF - Science - French Immersion or SNC2D2 - HPA Science
HPA Biology SBI3U2
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
COURSE NOTE: THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS IN THE HIGH PERFORMANCE ATHLETES PROGRAM. IF YOU SIGN UP FOR THIS COURSE AND ARE NOT IN HPA, YOU WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY REMOVED FROM THE COURSE.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 11
Chemistry - University Preparation SCH3U.
This course enables students to 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 chemistry, physics, and mathematics in its consideration of geological and astronomical processes that can be observed directly or inferred from other evidence.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: SNC2D. - Science - Academic or SNC2DF - Science - French Immersion or SNC2D2 - HPA Science
HPA Chemistry SCH3U2
This course enables students to 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 chemistry, physics, and mathematics in its consideration of geological and astronomical processes that can be observed directly or inferred from other evidence.
COURSE NOTE: THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS IN THE HIGH PERFORMANCE ATHLETES PROGRAM. IF YOU SIGN UP FOR THIS COURSE AND ARE NOT IN HPA, YOU WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY REMOVED FROM THE COURSE.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 11
Physics - University Preparation SPH3U.
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 scientifi c investigation skills as they test laws of physics. In addition, they will analyse the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: SNC2D. - Science - Academic or SNC2DF - Science - French Immersion or SNC2D2 - HPA Science
Environmental Science SVN3E.
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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Workplace GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: Grade 9 Science, Academic or Applied, or a Grade 9 or 10 locally developed compulsory credit (LDCC) course in science
Environmental Science SVN3M.
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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University/College GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: SNC2P. - Science - Applied or SNC2PW - (online interest) Science or SNC2D. - Science - Academic or SNC2DF - Science - French Immersion or SNC2DW - (online interest) Science or SNC2D2 - HPA Science
Biology - University Preparation SBI4U.
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 refi nement of skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SBI3U. - Biology - University Preparation or SBI3U2 - HPA Biology
Chemistry - College Preparation SCH4C.
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 scientifi c analysis, and communicate scientifi c 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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: College GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SNC2D. - Science - Academic or SNC2P. - Science - Applied or SNC2DF - Science - French Immersion or SNC2D2 - HPA Science
Chemistry - University Preparation SCH4U.
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 scientifi c information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in everyday life and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SCH3U. - Chemistry - University Preparation or SCH3U2 - HPA Chemistry
Chemistry - Advanced Placement SCH4UR
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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SCH3U. - Chemistry - University Preparation or SCH3U2 - HPA Chemistry
Science - Medical and Social Issues in Public Health SNC4M.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HEALTH SCIENCES?
-Join us in SNC4M!
Why take this course?
This course will broaden your knowledge of the careers that are available in the health sciences, as well as the current issues in health care. It is aimed at students who want to go into health sciences or who simply have an interest in how the health sciences sector works in today’s world. We will explore various aspects of health sciences, including: healthy lifestyle choices;
the methods used to control the spread of pathogens and disease as well as control of pandemics; the ethical and legal issues surrounding genetic modification and cloning and how medical technologies can help patients better understand their treatment options.
SNC4M may be counted towards your admission average for both university and college!
Who can take this course?
You can take this course after completing 2D science, or after having completed any senior-level science. English 2P is highly recommended prior to taking this course.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University/College GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SPH3U. - Physics - University Preparation or SNC2D. - Science - Academic or SNC2DF - Science - French Immersion or SCH3U. - Chemistry - University Preparation or SBI3C. - Biology - College Preparation or SBI3U. - Biology - University Preparation or SCH4C. - Chemistry - College Preparation or SNC2D2 - HPA Science or SBI3U2 - HPA Biology or SCH3U2 - HPA Chemistry or SVN3MW - (Online Interest) Environmental Science
Physics SPH4C.
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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: College GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SNC2D. - Science - Academic or SNC2DF - Science - French Immersion or SNC2P. - Science - Applied
Physics - University Preparation SPH4U.
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 fi elds and electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientifi c investigation skills, learning, for example, how to analyse, 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.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SPH3U. - Physics - University Preparation

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