• SCI Tech

    Masconomet’s Science, Technology and Engineering (STE) Program is designed to enable all our students to become literate citizens in science and technology. To achieve this goal, STE courses promote the development of scientific reasoning skills, guide students in acquiring a functional body of scientific knowledge, and enhance students’ appreciation of the role technology plays in society. Students will be engaged with the eight science and engineering practices that were derived from  the work of scientists and engineers. These practices include: asking questions/defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using math and computational thinking, constructing explanations/solutions, engaging in argument from evidence and communicating information. Honors students are expected to be more independent and have the ability to work with more abstract concepts. The STE Program prepares students for a wide range of majors/careers requiring a strong science, technology and/or engineering background. Three years of lab science are REQUIRED for graduation. One lab course must be first year biology and one must be a lab course in one of the physical sciences.

    TYPICAL COURSE PROGRESSIONS

    Students may elect STE courses at different levels, based on their interests, teacher recommendation, and completion of prerequisite courses. Teacher or department head approval is necessary for a student to move to a higher level in science.This approval is based on prerequisites and on student characteristics shown to be necessary for success at a more rigorous level.

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Course List

  • Program of Studies

    • 1.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Applying Algebra to Intro Physics (CP)
      • 3123
      • This course prepares students for the Introductory Physics MCAS Exam and is aligned with the Massachusetts content standards. Topics include motion and forces, conservation of energy and momentum, waves, electromagnetism, electromagnetic radiation, and heat transfer. In this course students spend time developing and reinforcing physics concepts while incorporating science skills and practices.
      • Recommendation of eighth grade math and eighth grade science teachers.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9
      • CP
      • All years
      • A1, A2, A3, S1, S2
    • 2.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Bioethics (CP)
      • 3031
      • This semester elective focuses on ethical dilemmas resulting from emerging scientific knowledge and applications. Students examine current issues such as scientific experimentation, genetic engineering, cloning, stem cell research, gene therapy, reproductive technology and pollution. Students participate in discussions/debates, present projects and write position papers. Students must maintain a journal and read primary source materials.
      • Successful completion of a full year of Biology. This course is also offered at the honors level.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 11,12
      • CP
      • CCC, Global, STEAM
      • 20-21, 22-23
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2
    • 3.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Bioethics (H)
      • 3041
      • This semester elective focuses on ethical dilemmas resulting from emerging scientific knowledge and applications. Students examine current issues such as scientific experimentation, genetic engineering, cloning, stem cell research, gene therapy, reproductive technology and pollution. Students participate in discussions/debates, present projects and write position papers. Students must maintain a journal and read primary source materials.
      • A minimum grade of B- in Biology.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 11,12
      • H
      • CCC, Global, STEAM
      • 20-21, 22-23
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2
    • 4.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Biology (CP-2)
      • 3211
      • This course is a survey of biology with emphasis on understanding biological issues that are necessary for informed citizenship as well as those that relate to personal well being. The units of study in this course align with the four content areas of the Massachusetts State Framework for Biology: molecules to organisms, ecosystems, heredity and biological evolution. This course prepares eligible students for the Biology MCAS exam.
      • This course counts towards the lab science requirement for graduation.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 10,11
      • CP2
      • All years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, C1
    • 5.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Biology (CP)
      • 3221
      • The units of study in this course align with the four content areas of the Massachusetts State Framework for Biology: molecules to organisms, ecosystems, heredity and biological evolution. Students will apply the eight science and engineering practices in a variety of content related laboratory exercises. These experiences will enable students to assess and understand the living world and their place in it. This course prepares eligible students for the Biology MCAS exam.
      • This course counts towards the lab science requirement for graduation.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 10
      • CP
      • All years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, C1
    • 6.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Biology (H)
      • 3331
      • This course includes a survey of the diversity, complexity and interconnectedness of life by exploring major topics in biology. These topics are: molecules to organisms, ecosystems, heredity and biological evolution. Success in this course requires a strong, independent work ethic as well as advanced reading and writing skills. Honors biology emphasizes investigative, inquiry based laboratory experiences and prepares students for the Biology MCAS Exam.
      • Students must have maintained a minimum of an A- in current science course. This course counts towards the lab science requirement for graduation.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9
      • H
      • All years
      • A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2
    • 7.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Biology AP
      • 3541
      • This is a rigorous college level biology course intended for students interested in majoring in the biological sciences. Students will explore the four major themes of biology as prescribed by the College Board: evolution, energy, information transfer, and ecology. Inquiry based investigations will require students to remain in class until 3:00 pm, periodically. Students are REQUIRED to contact the instructor for their summer assignment and are expected to take the AP Biology exam.
      • Minimum grade of A- in both Biology CP and Chemistry CP or B in both Biology H and Chemistry H. This course counts towards the lab science requirement for graduation.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 11,12
      • AP
      • STEAM
      • All years
      • A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2
    • 8.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Biopsychology: The Science of Psychological Disorders
      • 3811
      • Biopsychology is a co-taught interdisciplinary laboratory science course that explores the complex relationships between biology and psychology. It explains the roles of biological, anatomical, and physiological factors of the human nervous system on neurological and psychological processes. Students will examine the contributions of recent scientific advancements in an effort to understand the origins underlying certain developmental disorders and common psychological issues.
      • This course counts towards the lab science requirement for graduation.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • H
      • CCC, STEAM
      • 19-20, 21-22
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2
    • 9.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Biotechnology (CP)
      • 3423
      • Biotechnology explores technologies at the molecular and cellular level. In this course, students will explore the techniques used in biotechnology and its implications through laboratories, readings and discussions. The course examines applications of biotech that have contributed to industrial processes, agriculture, forensics and medicine as well as its role in managing environmental wastes and pollution. Students will examine potential careers and emerging applications in biotechnology.
      • A minimum grade of B- in Biology. This course is also offered for Honors credit. This course counts towards the lab science requirement for graduation.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 11,12
      • CP
      • Global, STEAM
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2
    • 10.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Biotechnology (H)
      • 3432
      • Biotechnology explores technologies at the molecular and cellular level. In this course, students will explore the techniques used in biotechnology and its implications through laboratories, readings and discussions. The course examines applications of biotech that have contributed to industrial processes, agriculture, forensics and medicine as well as its role in managing environmental wastes and pollution. Students will examine potential careers and emerging applications in biotechnology.
      • A minimum grade of A- in Biology. This course counts towards the lab science requirement for graduation. This course is also offered for CP credit.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 11,12
      • H
      • Global, STEAM
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2
    • 11.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Chemistry (H)
      • 3231
      • This is a rigorous course for high achieving science students with strong analytical and mathematical skills. The course moves at a faster pace and provides more advanced treatment of the topics taught in Chemistry CP. Students must also demonstrate mastery of prerequisite math skills through a diagnostic assessment.
      • Minimum requirements are: Grades of B or higher in Honors Algebra I , Honors Geometry and concurrent enrollment in Honors Algebra II and a minimum of B- in Biology H or minimum of an A- in Biology CP. This course counts towards the lab science requirement for graduation.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 10,11
      • H
      • STEAM (after 2 years of science)
      • All years
      • A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2
    • 12.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Chemistry (CP)
      • 3321
      • Students explore chemistry concepts through laboratory experiences and achieve conceptual mastery through class discussions and collaborative problem solving. Students with strong algebra skills are more successful in CP Chemistry.
      • Minimum requirements are: Grades of C or higher in Algebra I. This course counts towards the lab science requirement for graduation.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • STEAM
      • All years
      • A1, A2, A3, S1, S2
    • 13.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Chemistry (AP)
      • 3441
      • This is an advanced, second year course for students considering a college major in science or engineering. AP Chemistry provides a thorough treatment of the chemistry topics as outlined in the College Board approved AP Chemistry syllabus. Students enrolled in AP Chemistry are expected to prepare for and take the AP Chemistry and SAT II Chemistry exams.
      • Miniumum grade of B in Chemistry H or a A in Chemistry CP and minimum grade of B+ in Honors Algebra II with concurrent enrollment in Honors Pre-calculus. This course counts towards the lab science requirement for graduation.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 11,12
      • AP
      • STEAM
      • All years
      • A1, A2, A3, S1, S2
    • 14.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Computer-Aided Modeling
      • 6521
      • This course introduces fundamental concepts, principles, and practices of 2D and 3D design, digital modeling, assemblies, rendering, and rapid prototyping. Students will also learn about 3D printing and 3D animation. Software platforms include SolidWorks and Blender.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Computer Science, STEAM
      • All years
      • A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, C1
    • 15.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Conceptual Chemistry (CP)
      • 3315
      • Conceptual chemistry focuses on basic chemistry concepts. Students explore concepts through laboratory experiences and collaborative problem solving. Students should be able to work independently and in group settings. There is less emphasis on the mathematical aspects of chemistry, as compared to a traditional chemistry course, but basic algebraic skills are necessary. Conceptual chemistry is appropriate for college bound students who are not planning to major in science or engineering.
      • This course counts towards the lab science requirement for graduation.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • STEAM (after 2 years of science)
      • All years
      • A1, A2, A3, S1, S2, C1, C2
    • 16.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Engineering
      • 6941
      • This semester elective is a project based course intended to teach students the fundamentals of different types of engineering. Students will learn engineering skills through applications of mechanical, civil, aeronautical and electrical engineering. Success in this course is directly related to students having a strong work ethic and math background.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 11,12
      • H
      • Computer Science, STEAM
      • All years
      • A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, C1
    • 17.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Env Science (H)
      • 3611
      • Environmental Science examines humanities relationship to the natural world. This course will increase student knowledge of today's environmental challenges while cultivating scientific thinking skills. The following will be studied: pollution, natural resources, energy (sources/consumption), land/water use, population/ecosystem dynamics, biogeochemical cycles, earth systems and global changes. Course is taught concurrently with AP Environmental Science. Students may elect to take the AP exam.
      • Minimum grade of A- in Biology CP or B- in Biology H. Chemistry is recommended but not required. Students who have not completed a chemistry course should meet with the department head. This course counts towards the lab science requirement for graduation.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • H
      • Global, STEAM
      • All years
      • A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2, C2
    • 18.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Env Science (CP)
      • 3621
      • Environmental Science examines humanities relationship to the natural world. This course will increase student knowledge of today's environmental challenges while cultivating scientific thinking skills. The following will be studied: pollution, natural resources, energy (sources/consumption), land/water use, population/ecosystem dynamics, biogeochemical cycles, earth systems and global changes. Students examine alternative solutions for preventing or resolving environmental issues.
      • Successful completion of a full year Biology course. This course counts towards the lab science requirement for graduation.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 11,12
      • CP
      • Global, STEAM
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C3
    • 19.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Env Science (AP)
      • 3631
      • Prepares students for the AP Exam in Environmental Science and follows a syllabus approved by the College Board. This course will increase student knowledge of today's environmental challenges while cultivating scientific thinking skills. The following will be studied: pollution, natural resources, energy (sources/consumption), land/water use, population/ecosystem dynamics, biogeochemical cycles, earth systems & global changes. Students are expected to take the AP Environmental Science exam.
      • Minimum grade of A- in Biology H and Chemistry CP or B- in Biology H and Chemistry H. This course counts towards the lab science requirement for graduation.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 11,12
      • AP
      • Global, STEAM
      • All years
      • A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2, C2
    • 20.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Forensic Science
      • 3021
      • Forensic science is an interdisciplinary science that includes: biology, anatomy/physiology, chemistry and physics content. This course focuses on the collection, identification and analysis of crime scene evidence. Emphasis will be placed on the methods that link suspect, victim and crime scene. Laboratory exercises may include fingerprinting, handwriting analysis, ballistics, blood typing, hair/fiber examination and DNA analysis. Case studies and current events will be explored.
      • Successful completion of a full year of Biology. This course counts towards the lab science requirement for graduation.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 11,12
      • CP
      • STEAM
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C2
    • 21.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Hum Ant/ Phs (H)
      • 3523
      • This is a rigorous biology course for students seeking challenging, engaging experiences as they learn about the precise structures and functions of the human body. Students will learn the fundamental concepts of human anatomy, the inner workings of human physiology, and their relationships to homeostasis. Major topics include an orientation to the human body, tissues and form and function of the body systems. Participation in dissections is required.
      • Minimum grade of B- in Biology H and Chemistry H or A- in Biology CP and Chemistry CP. This course counts towards the lab science requirement for graduation.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 11,12
      • H
      • STEAM, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2
    • 22.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Prometheus Unleashed: Science and Society
      • 2013
      • This co-taught course takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining scientific and historical content. Students learn about scientific discoveries and historical events in isolation, which inhibits understanding of cause/effect relationships between natural and social sciences. This course provides students with a holistic approach to understanding the world around them while challenging them to think critically across disciplines. Topics may include the atom bomb, chocolate and black plague.
      • S
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 11,12
      • CP
      • CCC, Global,STEAM
      • 19-20, 20-21
      • A1,A3,A4,S1,S2,C1,C2
    • 23.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Prometheus Unleashed: Science and Society
      • 2014
      • This co-taught course takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining scientific and historical content. Students learn about scientific discoveries and historical events in isolation, which inhibits understanding of cause/effect relationships between natural and social sciences. This course provides students with a holistic,approach to understanding the world around them while challenging them to think critically across disciplines. Topics may include the atom bomb, chocolate, and black plague.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 11,12
      • H
      • Global, STEAM
      • 19-20, 20-21
      • A1,A3,A4,S1,S2,C1,C2
    • 24.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering, Math
      • Mission Mars: An Introduction to STEAM
      • 3122
      • Have you ever thought about the challenges humans will face when traveling or colonizing the red planet? If so, this project based learning experience was designed for you. This semester elective will be co-taught by a science and math teacher. In this course you will design, test and evaluate models with real life applications that integrate science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. We will also explore various careers associated with this mission. We are going to Mars, are you in?
      • Credit earned in this course does not count toward the 15 – credit graduation requirement in math or science
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9, 10
      • CP
      • STEAM
      • All years
      • A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2
    • 25.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Physics (CP)
      • 3421
      • This course applies science and engineering practices in laboratory experiments and demonstrations to guide student understanding of the physical laws fundamental to all sciences. Course topics include motion in one and two directions, momentum, work and energy, wave theory, light, and sound. Students planning to major in engineering in college should consider taking Physics H.
      • This course counts towards the lab science requirement for graduation.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 12
      • CP
      • STEAM
      • All years
      • A1, A2, A3, S1, S2