Science

Welcome to the Bosse Science Department

Science Department Staff

Monisha Woodruff, Department Chair
Chemistry
812-435-8888, ext. 41182

Emil Fleck
Integrated Chemistry Physics
812-435-8888, ext. 41135

Amy Hood
Biology, Biology IB H1, Biology IB H2
812-435-8888, ext. 41165

Crystal Steinmetz
Earth, Space, and Science; Biology
812-435-8888, ext. 41138

Greg Gallagher
Physics I, Physics IB
812-435-8888, ext. 41150

Cathy Hammersley
Sports Ex. Health Science IB
812-435-8888, ext. 41133

Chris Rowe
Biology
812-435-8888, ext. 41164

Related Clubs and Extra Curricular Activities

By George, It's Science!
Please see Ms. Hood in room 205

Chess Club
Please see Mr. Fleck in room 202

Science Academic Team
Please see Ms. Steinmetz in room 201

Course Offerings

Biology
Biology should provide, through regular laboratory and field investigations, study of the structures and functions of living organisms and their interactions with their environment. This course includes explorations of the functions and processes of cells, tissues, organs, and systems within various species of living organisms and the roles and interdependencies of organisms within populations, communities, ecosystems, and the biosphere. Students should have opportunities to gain an understanding of the history of the development of biological knowledge, to explore the uses of biology in various careers, and to cope with biological questions and problems related to personal needs and social issues.

Biology H1
This course is a survey of biology topics, including biochemistry, cytology, molecular and applied genetics, organism diversity, human anatomy and health, and ecology. In addition to mastering the content in preparation for the required IB Biology examination, students will participate in a rigorous practical program of laboratory activities. Students in this course will participate in a 10-hour project with all IB science students in addition to the regular program of practical study.

Biology H2
The course is designed for highly motivated students with scientific aptitude and interest. Topics covered and practical assessment are similar to the IB Biology (SL) course, but are studied in greater breadth and depth. Included is the study of nucleic acids / proteins, cell respiration / photosynthesis, genetics, human reproduction, infectious disease defenses, the nervous / muscle / excretory systems, and plant science. The course also has the flexibility to offer four additional topics such as ecology / conservation, additional cellular biology / metabolism, and additional plant / animal science. More classes and hours for practical activities are required of the HL course than the SL course. Like the Biology (SL) students, participation in a 10-hour project with all IB science students will be required.

Chemistry
Students synthesize useful models of structure and mechanisms of interactions through lab investigations of matter and its chemical reactions. Students will have the opportunity to explore chemistry in various careers, explore the history of chemistry and learn practical laboratory experiments. This course includes demonstrations, hands-on and small-group activities, and laboratory investigations.

Earth/Space Science
Study of the earth’s atmosphere and celestial environment. Emphasizes study of energy at work in forming landforms and continents through geological time. Topics include volcanoes, earthquakes, rocks, minerals, erosion, fossils and astronomy. In addition, students will perform hands-on activities and lab investigations and use interactive software programs.

Integrated Chemistry/Physics (ICP)
Integrated Chemistry/Physics introduces the fundamental concepts of scientific inquiry, the structure of matter, chemical reactions, forces, motion and the interactions between energy and matter. The course will serve students as a laboratory-based introduction to possible future course work in chemistry or physics while ensuring a mastery of the basics of each discipline. The ultimate goal of the course is to produce scientifically literate citizens capable of using their knowledge of physical science to solve real-world problems and to make personal, social, and ethical decisions that have consequences beyond the classroom walls.

Physics
Physics should aid students in synthesizing the fundamental concepts and principles concerning matter and energy through the laboratory study of mechanics, wave motion, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics. Students should have opportunities to: (1) acquire an awareness of the history of physics and its role in the birth of technology, (2) explore the uses of its models, theories, and laws in various careers, and (3) cope with physics questions and problems related to personal needs and social issues.

Lab Rules

1. Know the lab activity, especially safety issues, BEFORE coming to lab.
2. Students may not work in the laboratory without a teacher present.
3. Never perform experiments not assigned by the teacher.
4. Never eat, drink, or chew gum in lab. Never taste, smell, or touch chemicals.
5. Do not wear contacts lenses when chemicals are being used in lab.
6. Before beginning: tie back long hair, roll up loose sleeves, put on required protective equipment.
7. Keep work area clean and organized. Clean your work area at the end of lab.
8. Report ALL accidents, incidents, or hazards to the teacher immediately.
9. Know and follow all safety procedures.
9.1 Know the location of all safety equipment.
9.2 The teacher is the only one permitted to clean up or handle broken glass.
9.3 Turn off all equipment during any school fire or other drill.