Academics

Science

The Science Department aims at developing curious, open, independent, and thoughtful young men. As students progress throughout their 4 years in the program, they are introduced to the major achievements and insights of Western science; trained in the methodology that generated those insights; and challenged to apply the logic and critical thinking to solve complex problems. At each level, students are trained to use modern equipment and techniques to answer questions about the world around them. We believe that a scientific way of thinking will help our students successfully navigate through life, and help them continually develop their understanding of themselves and the world around them.

As members of the Science Department, we work together to progressively develop the analytical and critical thinking skills students will require to be successful in the next stage of their career. We seek to strengthen their leadership, communication, and teamwork skills through project designs and research presentations. Furthermore, students are introduced to current issues that are influenced and/or can be addressed by science and challenged to look for positive contributions they can make to the global community.

Dr. Todd Gruninger

Dr. Todd Gruninger

Teacher, Coach, Department Head

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Science [700]

The four credit Science requirement must include Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

HONORS BIOLOGY [711]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisites: Student achievement of better than the 80%ile on the Reading Comprehension and Verbal Aptitude portions of the entrance exam.

Description: This course covers the same material presented in Biology, but in greater depth. Testing in Honors Biology includes a larger number of application questions on tests and on homework.

BIOLOGY [712]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisites: None.

Description: This course entails the study of molecules, cells, genetics, evolution, microbiology, botany, invertebrates, vertebrates, human biology and ecology. In order to understand the application of these concepts, presentations are made to the students using graphic animations and computer presentations. Students are required to have lab on these topics once a week.

AP BIOLOGY [717]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisites: Senior status; 90 cumulative GPA and above. Some students will be expected to take the AP Biology exam.

Description: This course is taught at the same level of a major‘s class during the first year of college. All of the same topics are covered that are covered in the Introductory Biology course but to a greater depth. Some of the topics that are investigated at this level are cellular respiration, photosynthesis, Mendelian and biochemical genetics, and evolution. Since this class is taught at the college level, grades are derived from tests, essays, readings, and labs. This is a dual enrollment course with Brookhaven College, upon completion of course, students will receive 8 hours of Major’s Biology credit.

This class meets five days a week.

HONORS CHEMISTRY [723]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisites: Sophomore status; 93% cumulative GPA plus 90% average or better in second semester Algebra 1 or 85% average or better in Honors Algebra 1, Honors Geometry or Geometry.

Description: This honors chemistry course examines several fundamental topics in chemistry in greater detail than the regular chemistry course, providing a thorough preparation for the Advanced Placement Chemistry course. Students are expected to consult outside sources and integrate current events with the material from the textbook and class discussion. Students learn to apply the principles of chemistry in order to make well-reasoned predictions, develop and perform laboratory experiments, and support scientific conclusions through calculation. Topics discussed in the first semester include: scientific measurement, atomic theory, nuclear chemistry, the periodic table, bonding, nomenclature, reaction types, and stoichiometric calculations. Building upon the foundation of the first semester, in the second semester we consider each of the following: gas laws, solutions, thermochemistry and reaction kinetics, acid-base chemistry, chemical equilibria, and oxidation-reduction reactions. The long-term project for this course involves researching a chemical compound and constructing a molecular model to be presented during the spring semester.

CHEMISTRY [724]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisites: Sophomore status.

Description: This is an introductory chemistry course. Topics covered include such concepts as the writing and balancing chemical equations, chemical reactions, calculations involving chemical quantities, electron energy levels, bonding and periodicity. Properties of matter, thermochemistry, acid-base reactions, and chemical equilibria are also explored. Frequent laboratory experiments reinforce what is learned in lecture and small-group work. The major project involves researching a chemical compound and constructing a molecular model to be presented during the spring semester. The primary goal of the course is to empower students to become creative thinkers and problem solvers through the understanding and application of chemistry concepts.

AP CHEMISTRY [727]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisites: Junior* or Senior status with a 93% cumulative GPA. Students who do not meet these requirements may speak to the course instructor about possible enrollment. Students will be expected to take the AP Chemistry exam. *Juniors must also enroll in a Physics course either their Junior or Senior year to fulfill graduation requirements.

Description: The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. For some students, this course enables them to undertake, as freshmen, second-year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register in other fields where general chemistry is the prerequisite. For other students, the AP Chemistry course fulfills the laboratory science requirement and frees time for other courses. Students in this course should attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The course should contribute to the development of the student‘s abilities to think clearly and to express his ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic. This college course in general chemistry differs qualitatively from the usual first secondary school course in chemistry with respect to the kind of textbook (college level), the topics covered, the emphasis on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles, and the kind of laboratory work done by the students. Quantitative differences appear in the number of topics treated, the time spent on the course by students, and the nature and the variety of experiments done in the laboratory.

This class meets five days a week.

AP PHYSICS 1 [734]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisites: This two semester course is open to junior and senior students. Juniors must have a cumulative 90% GPA and a 90% average in regular Math courses or 85% average in honors Math courses. Seniors must have a cumulative 90% GPA and a 90% average in regular Math courses or an 85% average in honors Math courses. Concurrent enrollment in Honors Algebra II is required. Students enrolling are required to take the AP Physics 1 exam at the end of the spring semester.

Description: This course provides a systematic development of the principles of physics by emphasizing problem solving and helping students develop a deep understanding of physics through conceptual and quantitative aspects utilizing interactive lectures, demonstrations, videos, and laboratory experiences. Topics covered include Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits.

This class meets five times a week.

PHYSICS [736]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisites: Junior status.

Description: Utilizing open formatted labs and project based learning, this introductory Physics course emphasizes independent thought and investigation of issues with real-world applications. Students will make judgments and interpret information while forming their own unique solutions. The course integrates concepts from the following topics: one and two dimensional motion, Newton‘s Laws, forces, energy, waves, optics, electricity, and magnetism. Both conceptual and quantitative aspects of the material will be covered. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts through several projects.

AP PHYSICS C MECHANICS AND ELECTROMAGNETISM [737, 739]

Credit: 2.00

Prerequisite: This double period, two semester course is open to seniors who have completed AP Physics 1 or regular physics/ AP Chemistry with current science teacher and AP Physics C instructor approval. Concurrent enrollment in Calculus is required. Students are expected to take both the AP Mechanics and Electromagnetism tests at the end of the spring semester.

Description: This course corresponds to the first year college course taken by students majoring in engineering or physics, with a separate laboratory and lecture component. Students who plan on studying engineering or physics in university are strongly recommended to take this course. This course is taught by two instructors.

This course meets 4 days a week, 2 periods per day.

AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE [762]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisites: This two-semester course is open to Juniors and Seniors.

Description: The Advanced Placement Environmental Science course is designed to aid students in exploring the interrelationships of the natural world. The course requires students to identify and analyze natural and anthropogenic (human-made) environmental problems as well as solutions for evaluating those problems. Environmental science is interdisciplinary; including topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry and geography.
Advanced Placement Environmental Science will fulfill students interests in that student have demonstrated interests in various topics presented. For example, student who have participated in the marine biology trip may find additional interest in the aquatic ecology unit. Additionally, there are several bridges to the engineering curriculum in the third rock from the sun, biodiversity, nonrenewable and renewable energy units.
This class meets four days a week.

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY [745]

Credit: 1.00

Prerequisites: This two semester course is open to seniors.

Description: This class will introduce students to the anatomical structures and the physiological processes that make human life possible. Topics include: levels of organization in the human body, all of the human body systems (skeletal, muscular, and reproductive), metabolism and energy transfer, development and inheritance and medical terminology. Several human systems will be studied in fetal pigs. This class is designed for students who are interested in health sciences such as medicine, nursing, nutrition, physical /occupational therapy, sports medicine, athletic training, exercise physiology, and general fitness. This class is taught at the same level as an entry level college course, therefore expectations are that students will ascribe to mature behavior. Grades are derived from tests, essays, and readings.

This class meets four days a week.

FORENSIC SCIENCE [750]

Credit: 0.50

Prerequisites: This one semester course is open to seniors.

Description: Forensic Science is a one-semester course based on college level introductory criminalistics. It is designed to introduce evidence analysis, data collection and advanced scientific methods for the application of science to law. Forensic Science will focus on crime-scene techniques and applications including data collection and collation, processing of trace evidence, and how to present findings. This course will also focus on specialized lab based techniques and applications including chemical detection, how to process biological and chemical evidence and how to generate a scientific report. Tentative Field

Trips: UNT Forensic Science Dept, Dallas Police Dept., Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The main goal of the course is to understand how precepts of biology, chemistry and physics are used in the processing of crime scenes and to apply that knowledge to collect evidence, analyze data, present findings and defend a conclusion.

This class meets four days a week.

ENGINEERING ACE [753]

Credit: 0.50

Prerequisites: This one semester course is open to seniors.

Description: Engineering ACE is a one-semester introduction to engineering with a business perspective. Students design, test, optimize, and market products over the course of the semester. The course focuses primarily on aeronautics, electrical, and civil engineering. Students will strengthen understanding of concepts using hands on labs and industry standard software. Central concepts are reinforced through design challenges including earthquake proof sky scrapers, gliders, soldering labs, and virtual instrument constructions. In addition, students will participate in site visits to various industries, engineering firms, or lectures with experts in the field. The goal of the course is to gain an understanding of how components of our world function and interact as well as the impact of engineering on daily life.

This class meets four days a week.

ENGINEERING PMM [754]

Credit: 0.50

Prerequisites: This one semester course is open to seniors.

Description: Engineering PMM is a one-semester course which explores some of the most dynamics topics in engineering today. Throughout the course, students probe underlying issues to complex problems including the global energy crisis, public policy as it relates to advancements in medical research, and the impact of emerging technologies on various economies. In addition, students will strengthen their leadership, communication, and team work through project designs, rapid prototyping, and research presentations. This course challenges students to look for positive contributions they can make to the global community. Focusing on biomedical, petroleum, and mechanical engineering, key understandings will be reinforced through robot challenges, gel electrophoresis labs, solar car construction, and hydraulic arm challenges. In addition, students will participate in site visits to various industries, engineering firms, or lectures with experts in the field.

This class meets four days a week.

MARINE BIOLOGY 1 [752]

Credit: 0.50

Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed regular or honors chemistry before participating in this course.

Description: In partnership with Dive British Virgin Islands and Project Aware, students will engage in discussions about research techniques and validity, human impacts on coral reefs and Caribbean marine ecosystems, fish identification and anatomy, and the application of science. This course is hands-on and will include research projects, video diaries, blog submissions, and group activities. It will incorporate content and understandings from previous science experiences. This summer-only course will take place on the Jesuit Dallas campus and Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands.

Additional tuition and fees required.

Number of students is limited.

MARINE BIOLOGY 2 [753]

Credit: 0.50

Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed Marine Biology 1 before participating in this course.

Description: In partnership with Dive British Virgin Islands, students will advance their understandings of research techniques and human impacts on Caribbean ecosystems. This course is hands-on and will include research projects, video diaries, blog submissions, and group activities. Students will direct a research project that involves species present on various islands in the BVI. This summer-only course will take place on the Jesuit Dallas campus and Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. Additional tuition and fees required.

Additional tuition and fees required.

Number of students is limited.

MECHANICAL DESIGN AND FABRICATION [797]

Credit: .50 Pass/Fail – Summer only

Description: This course offers the opportunity for Jesuit Robotics team members to be exposed to hands-on projects utilizing CAD and the machine shop in the robotics lab. Topics discussed are mechanical design, CAD design, hole tolerance, machine tolerance, material and hardware selection, individualized instruction on many of the following machines: Vertical knee mill, gunsmith lathe, metal chop saw, plasma cutter, TIG welder, assorted hand tools, and cordless tools.

The course meets Monday through Friday from 1PM to 5PM June 20th through July 1st.

Instructor Approval is required before registering for this course

This course does not satisfy graduation requirements.