Science and Computer Science

Earth and Space Science

This course studies the four primary Earth Systems--the Atmosphere, Biosphere, Geosphere, and Hydrosphere--and the interconnections between each system. Through various methods of scientific inquiry, students will examine the interactions of air, water, and other physical processes that shape the physical world. Students will also explore the Earth and its place in space as part a the solar system, galaxy, and the universe. (1 credit)

Earth and Space Science College Preparatory

Course material covers the same topics as General Earth Science, but with more emphasis on deep analysis and understanding. Topics will be explored in greater depth and detail. Students enrolling in this class must have good mathematical and strong critical thinking skills. (1 credit)

Biology

A systems approach to the important concepts and ideas of biology, this course is designed to lead students to an understanding and appreciation of the common characteristics of living systems. Topics include cells, genetics, organisms and ecosystems. This class includes many lab activities, which require analytical and communication skills. (1 credit)

Biology ESOL

This course is a systems approach to the important concepts and ideas of biology, that will include text and language adaptations to lessons that will help aid students to better comprehend the subject matter using the English language. This course is designed to lead students to an understanding and appreciation of the common characteristics of living systems.

Topics include cells, genetics, organisms and ecosystems. This class includes many lab activities, which require analytical and communication skills. In addition to learning science; reading, writing, and speaking skills will be strengthened through the development of academic language. (1 credit)

Biology College Preparatory

This course is an exploration of all life, from molecules to ecosystems. This course will study the structure and function and behavior of organisms on a changing planet. Students are required to solve problems using algebra, measure and compute accurately, research and write critically and design experiments. This class includes extensive lab work, which require math and reporting skills. (1 credit)

Advanced Placement (AP®) Biology with lab

This is a college-level course designated as an official AP course by the College Board. This course addresses all areas of modern biology through extensive reading, writing, computation and lab work. Taking the AP® exam (and payment of the AP exam fee by the student) is a requirement for successful completion of the course. Qualified students may receive AP exam fee assistance through The College Board. Summer work is required for all students. (1.5 credits)

Prerequisites: Grades of 80 or above in Biology, Chemistry and Algebra. It is highly recommended to have previously taken or be co-currently taking Anatomy and Physiology

Chemistry

This course is a basic high school chemistry course in which students focus on chemistry concepts and how chemistry touches all aspects of everyday life. Topics covered will include metric system measurement, classification of matter, physical and chemical changes, structure of the atom, the periodic table, chemical formulas, bonding, reactions and equations, as well as basic acid/base chemistry. (1 credit)

Chemistry with lab College Preparatory

This is a standard high school chemistry course in which students perform a variety of activities, lab experiments and research in order to explore and explain matter. Topics include classification and measurement of matter, atomic theory, structure of atoms, use of the periodic table, chemical bonding and formulas, the mole concept, and stoichiometry. (1 credit)

Prerequisites: Algebra I (completed with minimum grade of 80), Algebra II (may be taken concurrently)

Chemistry II with lab College Preparatory

This course is a continuation of College Prep Chemistry with Lab. Topics include gas laws, acids and bases, chemical equilibrium, thermochemistry & kinetics, redox reactions, and carbon chemistry. Chem II offers students an opportunity to deepen their understanding of, and further explore, chemistry concepts. (1 credit)

Prerequisites: CP Chemistry with Lab, Algebra II (both completed with minimum grade of 80)

Physics College Preparatory

This is primarily a course in mechanics and teaches experimental design with graphical and numerical analysis.

Experimental results are used to teach the fundamentals of linear motion and force and the analogous topics of rotational motion and torque. Students will also learn to solve problems using the conserved quantities of momentum and energy.

Students must have good mathematical skills. (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Algebra I (completed with minimum grade of 80), Algebra II or its equivalent (may be taken concurrently)

Advanced Placement (AP®) Physics I

This course is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. The course is intended as a first year physics course for high school students who have a strong interest in physical science. Students will develop critical thinking and reasoning skills through inquiry-based lab investigations, along with traditional classroom work. There will be an emphasis on student led discussions about experimental observations, and applying those ideas to answer real world questions.

Topics covered in this course are those that are typical of a first semester introductory college-level course. Topics include: kinematics; Newton's laws of motion; rotational motion; work, energy, and power; linear momentum; oscillations; mechanical waves and sound; and simple circuits. Taking the AP® exam (and payment of the AP exam fee by the student) is a requirement for successful completion of the course. Qualified students may receive AP exam fee assistance through The College Board. (1 credit)

Prerequisites: Geometry and Algebra II (may be taken concurrently)

Advanced Placement (AP®) Physics II

This course is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. The course is intended as a second year physics course for high school students who have a strong interest in physical science. Students will develop critical thinking and reasoning skills through inquiry-based lab investigations, along with traditional classroom work. There will be an emphasis on student led discussions about experimental observations, and applying those ideas to answer real world questions.

Topics covered in this course are those that are typical of a second semester introductory college-level course. Topics include: fluids; thermodynamics; electric forces, fields, and potential; electric circuits; magnetism and electromagnetic induction; geometric and physical optics; quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics. Taking the AP® exam (and payment of the AP exam fee by the student) is a requirement for successful completion of the course. Qualified students may receive AP exam fee assistance through The College Board. (1 credit)

Prerequisites: AP Physics 1, Algebra II, and Precalculus (may be taken concurrently)

Anatomy and Physiology

Course material focuses on the structure and function of the major human body systems. Semester 1 includes the introduction, histology, skeletal, muscular and part 1 of the nervous system. Semester 2 is part 2 of the nervous system, cardiovascular, digestive and reproductive system. Labs for this class are integrated throughout each unit. An emphasis is placed on learning proper terminology, as well as the integration of body systems. (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Biology

Advanced Anatomy and Physiology

Course material focuses on the structure and function of the eleven human body systems. It is a fast paced, content focused class with a small lab section. An emphasis is placed on learning proper terminology, as well as the integration of body systems. For an additional fee, this course may be taken as a dual enrollment course in which students earn both high school and university credits. Four college credits will be awarded by University of Maine at Fort Kent upon successful completion of each semester for a total of 8 college credits. (1 MCI credit)

Prerequisite: Biology

Environmental Science 

This course provides students with a foundation in the principles and concepts of environmental science. Topic selection is based on current environmental science issues and includes: sustainability, population, recycling, waste management, alternative energies, agricultural practices, and human relationships with environmental change. Students are required to work in the student garden and participate in the campus recycling program and greenhouse. (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Biology

Advanced Placement (AP®) Environmental Science

This course is a college-level, introductory environmental science course devoted to integrating our understanding of biological, physical and social sciences through the study of environmental interactions. Students will examine the causes, consequences, and potential solutions for both natural and human created environmental problems along with the interrelationships that living things have with each other and with their environment. These concepts are explored through laboratory activities, environmental case studies, and student projects. Considerable emphasis is placed on field investigations as well as on laboratory study. Taking the AP® exam (and payment of the AP exam fee by the student) is a requirement for successful completion of the course. Qualified students may receive AP exam fee assistance through The College Board. (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Earth/Space Science and Biology (grade point average of 85 or above)

Sustainable Living

This course investigates the challenges of implementing sustainability in a variety of forms: home energy use, recycling/reusing/reducing/precycling, climate change and pollution, natural resource use, gardening and ecosystems/land use. This class is a hands-on approach to learning how to reduce the environmental impact of your living area, home, and here at MCI. Class size is limited, and enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors. (.5 credit)

Prerequisites: Biology or equivalent and instructor permission

Botany

This course examines the vital role of plants on Earth along with plant anatomy, growth and development and the characteristics of major groups of plants. Students will engage in hands on projects with plants. As a part of the class students will participate in the maintenance and growth of plants in the garden, around campus and in the greenhouse. (.5 credit)

Prerequisites: Biology (may be concurrently taking)

Laboratory Science: Watershed Investigations

This course explores how healthy water is by investigating local watershed by land use, field work at the Sebasticook River and performing lab tests. The course also includes a survey of clean water laws, how cities and towns clean their water and careers in municipal water management. This course is offered in the Fall semester only. (.5 credit)

Prerequisite: Biology

Laboratory Science: Wildlife Forensics

This course covers the multi-billion dollar world of illegal wildlife trade and the efforts of wildlife forensic specialists to police it. You will learn how to conduct investigations using real-life cases of poaching and illegal trade. The course includes training in forensic lab techniques and a survey of current laws and job opportunities. This course is offered in the Spring semester only. (.5 credit)

Prerequisite: Biology

Forensic Science

This course explores the scientific aspect behind crime scene investigations. Major topics include fingerprint analysis, hair/fiber evidence, blood and DNA evidence, toxicology, handwriting and document analysis, ballistics and impressions.

A focus will be on how this evidence is collected from a crime scene and its use in determining guilt or innocence. The class will have a heavy lab focus and end with a mock crime scene investigation. This course is offered in the Fall semester only. (.5 credit)

Diseases and Disorders

This course is an exploration into the various illnesses that affect the human body. There will be a large focus on infectious diseases which will include a history of various pandemics, current epidemics, the development and use of antibiotics, and the effects of vaccinations as well as the current controversy surrounding their use. The course will also look at different degenerative, autoimmune, deficiency and hereditary diseases. A study of mental disorders will also be included. This course is offered in the Spring semester only. (.5 credit)

Prerequisite: Biology

Technology and Engineering

Introduction to Design

This course is a semester long course for students interested in learning basic fundamentals of modeling, scaling, and 3D printing. This course will provide students with a foundation of designing and modeling skills that will incorporated in future STEM classes here at Maine Central Institute. Students will learn the principles of design, how a 3D printer works, and how to successfully print models that can be tested in the lab setting. As students explore the capabilities of 3D printing, there will be a focus on real life application for the models they design and print. Tinkered is one platform that will be used to design models for 3D printing, but a variety of other printing app's will be introduced as well. This course is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. (.5 credit)

Students who are interested in taking Intro to Engineering and Physics of Sports will be given priority for the class.

Introduction to Engineering

This is a first year engineering course intended to build upon the skills developed in Introduction to Design. Students will apply this knowledge into to design and creation of various civil, mechanical, and environmental engineering project. This course is offered in the Spring semester only. (.5 credit)

Prerequisite: Introduction to Design

Physics in Sports

This is a semester long course intended for students interested in studying physics and its role in athletics. This course will cover introductory level physics concepts with a focus on conceptual understanding. Students will also explore the science behind sports equipment and how engineering has lead to advancements in sports over time. A major component of this course will be designing and testing 3D models. Topics covered in this course will include: kinematics; force and Newton's laws, work, energy, and power; momentum; rotational motion; mechanical waves; fluids; and simple circuits. This course is offered in the Spring semester only. (.5 credit)

Prerequisite: Introduction to Design

Advanced Placement (AP®) Computer Science A

This AP course teaches students to design and implement computer programs that solve problems relevant to today’s society, including art, media, and engineering. AP Computer Science A teaches object-oriented programming using the Java language and is meant to be the equivalent of a first semester, college-level course in computer science. It will emphasize problem solving and algorithm development, and use hands-on experiences and examples so that students can apply programming tools and solve complex problems. Taking the AP® exam (and payment of the AP exam fee by the student) is a requirement for successful completion of the course. Qualified students may receive AP exam fee assistance through The College Board. (1 credit Science or Math)

Prerequisite: if taking as a 4th year Math course, students must have successfully completed Algebra II.

Advanced Placement (AP®) Computer Science Principles

This course offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The year-long course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles will give students the opportunity to use technology to address real-world problems and build relevant solutions. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science. Taking the AP® exam (and payment of the AP exam fee by the student) is a requirement for successful completion of the course. Qualified students may receive AP exam fee assistance through The College Board. (1 credit Science OR Math)

Prerequisite: if taking as a 4th year Math course, students must have successfully completed Algebra II.

Introduction to Python

This is an introductory course on the basics of coding using Python, a powerful language known for its ease of use. This project-based class will explore writing code to solve everyday problems. Students also learn how to build simple games with Python and explore the vast library of Python games and apps available online. While this course is introductory, it is designed for students of all abilities and can be adapted for students to work at different paces. (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Algebra I

Introduction to Web Design

This is a project-based course will introduce students to basic and advanced concepts of HTML and CSS. Students will learn the languages and then create their own homepages. By the end of the course students will be able to explain how web pages work, analyze and fix errors that might occur on a website, understand the foundations of user centered design, and understand prototyping and user testing. By the end of the course, student will produce a professional, mobile responsive website. (.5 credit)

Video Game Design

This course uses a team-based approach to allow students to each contribute talents needed to construct a quality video game. From the narrative storyline to sound design to voice-over acting to concept art to coding, each unit is designed to help students find their niche in the technical world. The class will begin by dissecting quality games to understand their value, and then apply their findings to their own games. At the end of the semester, each team will complete their own complex game to share with the world. This course is designed for any student interested in art, music, drama, creative writing, and of course coding! Enrollment restricted to Junior/Senior standing or teacher recommendation. (.5 credit)

Computer Science Discoveries

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of computational thinking. This course will take students on an adventure examining the concepts of abstraction, algorithms, and basic programming. Along the way students will create games in Javascript, design functioning apps, learn the basics of web design, and build programs to control circuit boards.

This course is designed for anyone who has ever wanted to peek inside a computer to understand just how it works. (.5 credit)