The science department at Wasatch Academy will:
- Challenge students to explore and think critically about scientific phenomena in the natural world through innovation, critical thinking, problem-solving, curiosity, inspiration, creativity, and imagination;
- Foster independent and critical thinking skills used in scientific inquiry in the field and in the laboratory: specifically in developing high order research, writing, experimentation, data formulation, statistics, and presentation;
- Collaborate with students, faculty, and staff across all areas of interests and departments by sharing and leading through an initiative, planning, and execution of scientific inquiry;
- Explore the physical world through project-based- and individualized learning using modern laboratory space, instruments, equipment, and techniques;
- Develop a fundamental understanding of, and ability to use the methods of scientific inquiry to prepare our students for solving problems in our local, national, and global communities;
- Promote and foster an environment that empowers students to develop academically, socially, emotionally, physically, morally, and ethically in preparation for college, graduate, and professional schools.
Students need a minimum of three (3) Science credits to graduate from Wasatch Academy. One of the three science credits MUST be Biology (usually taken in the Sophomore year, but could be fulfilled by transfer credit). Thus, a typical student might take (in order) “Physical Science (PS)” and “College Preparatory Biology,” and then any one of the following Science Elective courses in “Physics,” “Chemistry,” “Geology,” “Ecology,” “Western Water, Landscapes and Sustainability,” and “Human Anatomy & Physiology” or any of our 3 Advanced Placement (AP) science classes (Biology, Physics and Chemistry) to complete the graduation requirements. Be sure to check with your college counselor before enrolling in any elective classes.
Please note that 3 science classes is the minimum requirement for graduation, but it is highly recommended by college admissions departments, and by our WA college counselors that students should take four (4) or more science classes before graduation, with at least one Science class per year, especially if a student is planning on entering a science related field in college and graduate/professional school.
Once a student has completed the stated Science requirements, there are many outstanding Advanced Placement (AP) and Elective science courses to enhance and progress students’ understanding of science and its applications.
All classes are year-long (two semesters) unless otherwise noted:
Advanced placement (AP) courses
All AP courses are year-long elective classes that follow the curriculum provided by The College Board (http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/home) for the equivalent of a year of introductory college content. Students should adhere to all prerequisites and proficiencies advised for entry and success in these classes that are designed for students to “pass the AP exam” in early May each year. All students are encouraged to take the exams and score highly to increase their chances of admission to more selective colleges, even if they don’t plan to use AP credits for “placing out” of college freshmen classes, or as credits toward college graduation. These are necessarily fast-paced and deep-content classes for motivated and aspiring young science students.