Spruce Grove Composite
High School (10–12)

Science

Students will be enrolled based upon their Grade 9 Science Teacher recommendation.  A minimum of 10 credits in Science is required to earn an Alberta High School Diploma. There are several routes available in order to obtain these credits: it is highly recommended that students pursue two of the four available routes in Grades 11 and 12 should they wish to ensure all post-secondary options remain available to them.

Students will be enrolled based upon their Grade 9 Science teacher recommendation.

Please note: Forensic Science 25/35 credits cannot be applied toward the minimum 10 credits in Science required to earn an Alberta High School Diploma.

Science 10

5 Credits

Recommended Prerequisites: Grade 9 Science

To receive credits in Science 10, you will need 50% in the course, however, in order to take Chemistry 20, Biology 20 or Physics 20, a mark of 60% or higher is highly recommended.

The four topics covered in Science 10 are:

  • Chemistry: Energy and Matter in Chemical Change
  • Climate: Energy Flow in Global Systems
  • Physics: Energy Flow in Technological Systems
  • Biology: Cycling of Matter in Living Systems

Science 10 will be offered as a full year course (paired with a math course) and as a semestered course to allow for increased timetable flexibility.

Science 20

5 Credits

Recommended Prerequisites: Minimum 50% in Science 10; Math 10C (recommended)

The Science 20-30 program is designed for the student who is interested in science but does not require specialty courses for admission to their chosen post-secondary program of study.   

The four topics covered in Science 20 are:

  • The Changing Earth
  • Changes in Living Systems
  • Chemical Changes
  • Changes in Motion

Students who have not met the prerequisites for this course at the time of registration must have a recommendation from their Science 10 teacher.

Science 30

5 Credits

Recommended Prerequisites: Minimum 50% in one of Science 20, Biology 20, Chemistry 20, or Physics 20; completion of Pure or Applied Math 20

The four topics covered in Science 30 are:

  • Living Systems Respond to Their Environment
  • Chemistry and the Environment
  • Electromagnetic Energy
  • Energy and the Environment

Students who have not met the prerequisites for this course at the time of registration must have a recommendation from their Science 20 teacher. Completion of Science 30 requires the writing of a provincial diploma examination worth 50% of the student’s final mark. 

Science 10-4

5 Credits

Recommended Prerequisites: Grade 9 Science

The four topics covered in Science 10-4 are:

  • Investigating Properties of Matter
  • Understanding Energy Transfer Technologies
  • Investigating Matter and Energy in Living Systems
  • Investigating Matter and Energy in Environmental Systems

Science 20-4

5 Credits

Recommended Prerequisites: Minimum 50% in Science 10-4

The four topics covered in Science 24 are:

  • Applications Matter and Chemical Change
  • Understanding Common Energy Conversion
  • Disease Defence and Human Health
  • Motion, Change and Transportation Safety

Students who have not met the prerequisites for this course at the time of registration must have a recommendation from their Science 10-4 teacher.  

Science 14

5 Credits

Recommended Prerequisites: Grade 9 Science

The four topics covered in Science 14 are:

  • Investigating Properties of Matter
  • Energy Transfer Technologies
  • From Life to Lifestyles
  • Matter and Energy In The Biosphere

Science 14 will be offered as a full year course (paired with a math course).

Science 24

5 Credits

Recommended Prerequisites: Minimum 50% in Science 14

The four topics covered in Science 24 are:

  • Matter and Chemical Change
  • Energy Transformations
  • Disease Defence and Human Health
  • Safely In Transportation

Students who have not met the prerequisites for this course at the time of registration must have a recommendation from their Science 14 teacher.  

Biology 20

5 Credits

Recommended Prerequisite: Minimum 50% in Science 10

This academic program explores the interactions of living systems with one another and with their environment. In Biology 20, the underlying theme is energy and matter exchange.

The four units of study are:

  • Energy and Matter Exchange in the Biosphere
  • Ecosystems and Population Change
  • Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
  • Human Systems

Students who have not met the prerequisite for this course at the time of registration must have a recommendation from their Science 10 teacher.

Biology 30

5 Credits

Recommended Prerequisite: Minimum 50% in Biology 20

In Biology 30, the thematic emphasis is on adaptation and change.

The four units of study are:

  • Systems Regulating Change in Human Organisms
  • Reproduction and Development
  • Cells, Chromosomes and DNA
  • Change in Populations and Communities

Completion of Biology 30 requires the writing of a provincial diploma examination worth 50% of the student’s final mark. 

Students who have not met the prerequisite for this course at the time of registration must have a recommendation from their Biology 20 teacher.

Chemistry 20

5 Credits

Recommended Prerequisite: Minimum 50% in Science 10; Math 10C (recommended)
 
This academic program is designed to study matter and its changes. Throughout the study of Chemistry 20, students are given an opportunity to explore and understand the natural world and to become aware of the profound influence of chemistry on their lives.

The four units of study are:

  • The Diversity of Matter and Chemical Bonding
  • Forms of Matter and Gases
  • Matter as Solutions: Acids and Bases
  • Quantitative Relationships in Chemical Changes

Students who have not met the prerequisites for this course at the time of registration must have a recommendation from their Science 10 teacher. 

Chemistry 30

5 Credits

Recommended Prerequisite: Minimum 60% in Chemistry 20; completion of Pure Math 20 (preferred) or Applied Math 20

In Chemistry 30, the thematic emphasis is on change, energy and systems.

The four units of study in Chemistry 30 are:

  • Thermochemical Changes
  • Electrochemical Changes
  • Chemical Changes of Organic Compounds
  • Chemical Equilibrium focusing on Acid-Base Systems

Completion of Chemistry 30 requires the writing of a provincial diploma examination worth 50% of the student’s final mark.

Students who have not met the prerequisites for this course at the time of registration must have a recommendation from their Chemistry 20 teacher.

Physics 20

5 Credits

Recommended Prerequisite: Minimum 50% in Science 10; Math 10C (recommended)  

This academic program is designed to study matter and energy and their interactions. Physics 20 helps students understand the principles behind the natural events they experience and the technology they use in their daily lives.

The four units of study are:

  • Kinematics
  • Dynamics
  • Circular Motion, Work and Energy
  • Oscillatory Motion and Mechanical Waves

Students who have not met the prerequisites for this course at the time of registration must have a recommendation from their Science 10 teacher.

Physics 30

5 Credits

Recommended Prerequisites: Minimum 60% in Physics 20; completion of Pure Math 20 (recommended) or Applied Math 20

The diversity of energy and matter are the predominant themes of Physics 30.

The four units of study are:

  • Momentum and Impulse
  • Forces and Fields (Electric and Magnetic)
  • Electromagnetic Radiation
  • Atomic Physics

Completion of Physics 30 requires the writing of a provincial diploma examination worth 50% of the student’s final mark.

Students who have not met the prerequisites for this course at the time of registration must have a recommendation from their Physics 20 teacher.