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P.O. Box 668
201 Mountain View Drive
Gilchrist , OR 97737
Phone: 541-433-2295
Fax: 541-433-2688
Contact: Steve Prock
Email: procks@kcsd.k12.or. . .
Hours: 7:30 am to 4 pm


Science

Our Science teacher is Ms Whittle. 


LIFE SCIENCE

Length of Course: Year  Grades: 7     Credit Area: Science 
Prerequisite: completion of 6th grade
Life Science is a course oriented on the study of living organisms and their environment.  Topics of study will include the scientific method, characteristics of living things, homeostasis, cell biology, heredity, evolutionary mechanisms, diversity of life, and plant biology.


EARTH SCIENCE
Length of Course: Year  Grades: 8    Credit Area: Science
Prerequisite: completion of 7th grade
Earth Science is a course oriented on the study of the physical structures and processes of our living planet.  Topics of study will be the scientific method, rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, freshwater systems, and a brief introduction to astronomy.


PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Length of Course: Year  Grades: 9    Credit Area: Science
Prerequisite: completion of 8th grade
Physical Science is a course oriented on the introduction of topics included in Chemistry and Physics.  Topics will include the scientific method, introduction to matter, Newton’s Laws, fluids and pressure, the atomic theory, periodic law, and a brief introduction to chemical reactions. 


BIOLOGY 
Length of Course: Year   Grades: 10     Credit Area: Science
Prerequisite: Physical Science (or teacher consent)
Biology is a college preparatory, laboratory oriented science course about living things and their relationship to man. The course centers around the structure and function of living organisms. Topics include the scientific method, cell biology, plant biology, heredity, evolutionary theory, diversity of organisms, and ecology.


CHEMISTRY
Length of Course: Year   Grades: 10-12    Credit Area: Science
Prerequisite: Algebra, Biology
The purpose of this course is to increase the student’s knowledge and understanding of chemistry topics including: chemistry as an experimental science, the properties of matter, the language of chemistry, atomic structure, predicting chemical properties, chemical bonding, kinetic energy of matter, properties of solutions, chemical reactions and other selected topics. Chemistry is a laboratory oriented course for students with a strong interest in science.


FIELD BIOLOGY
Length of Course: Year    Grades: 11-12       (preferred but not required)     Credit Area: Science
Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry (preferred but not required)
Field Biology is a course designed for students who have a special interest in the biology of plants and animals in our local areas as well as statewide. Specific areas of study will include studies of local fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Ecology of Central Oregon and the Klamath Basin will also be discussed. Students will also learn to use keys for the identification of both plants and animals. This course will be taught by a lecture/discussion method with as much field experience as possible to supplement unit work. Several projects involving “in the field” studies will be required. Several field trips will be planned to tie together class work and practical experience.



 

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