Upper School Course Guide
Course Descriptions

Sciences

Course Pathway

    • Crescent Course Guide Science

General Science

List of 2 items.

  • Science, Grade 9, Academic

    SNC1D
    This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Throughout the course, students will develop their skills in the processes of scientific investigation. Students will acquire an understanding of scientific theories and conduct investigations related to sustainable ecosystems; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the study of the universe and its properties and components; and the principles of electricity.
    Prerequisite: None
  • Science, Grade 10, Academic

    SNC2D
    This course enables students to enhance their understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and of the interrelationships between science, technology, society, and the environment. Students are also given opportunities to further develop their scientific investigation skills. Students will plan and conduct investigations and develop their understanding of scientific theories related to the connections between cells and systems in animals and plants; chemical reactions, with a particular focus on acid–base reactions; forces that affect climate and climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.
    Prerequisite: Science, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

Biology

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  • Biology, Grade 11, University Preparation

    SBI3U
    This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biodiversity; evolution; genetic processes; the structure and function of animals; and the anatomy, growth, and function of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation.
    Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic
  • AP Biology, Grade 12, University Preparation

    SBI4U1
    This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biochemistry, metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on the achievement of detailed knowledge and the refinement of skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.
    Prerequisite: Biology, Grade 11, University Preparation

Chemistry

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  • Chemistry, Grade 11, University Preparation

    SCH3U
    This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of the properties of chemicals and chemical bonds; chemical reactions and quantitative relationships in those reactions; solutions and solubility; and atmospheric chemistry and the behaviour of gases. Students will further develop their analytical skills and investigate the qualitative and quantitative properties of matter, as well as the impact of some common chemical reactions on society and the environment.
    Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic; Students planning to enrol in Grade 12 AP Chemistry are strongly encouraged to take Grade 11 Physics
  • AP Chemistry, Grade 12, University Preparation

    SCH4U1
    This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, the structure and properties of matter, energy changes and rates of reaction, equilibrium in chemical systems, and electrochemistry. Students will further develop their problem- solving and investigation skills as they investigate chemical processes, and will refine their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in everyday life and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.
    Prerequisite: Chemistry, Grade 11, University Preparation; Grade 11 Physics is strongly recommended.

Physics

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  • Physics, Grade 11, University Preparation

    SPH3U
    This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore kinematics, with an emphasis on linear motion; different kinds of forces; energy transformations; the properties of mechanical waves and sound; and electricity and magnetism. They will enhance their scientific investigation skills as they test laws of physics. In addition, they will analyze the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
    Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic; Students planning to enrol in Grade 12 AP Chemistry are strongly encouraged to take Grade 11 Physics
  • AP Physics, Grade 12, University Preparation

    SPH4U1
    This course enables students to deepen their understanding of physics concepts and theories. Students will continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces that affect motion, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientific investigation skills, learning, for example, how to analyze, qualitatively and quantitatively, data related to a variety of physics concepts and principles. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
    Prerequisite: Physics, Grade 11, University Preparation

Earth and Space Science

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  • Earth and Space Science Grade 12, University Preparation


    SES4U
    This course develops students’ understanding of Earth and its place in the universe. Students will investigate the properties of and forces in the universe and solar system and analyze techniques scientists use to generate knowledge about them. Students will closely examine the materials of Earth, its internal and surficial processes, and its geological history, and will learn how Earth’s systems interact and how they have changed over time. Throughout the course, students will learn how these forces, processes, and materials affect their daily lives. The course draws on biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics in its consideration of geological and astronomical processes that can be observed directly or inferred from other evidence.
    Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic

Upper School Sciences Faculty

List of 8 members.

  • Photo of Michael Jansen

    Mr. Michael Jansen 

    Upper School Faculty and Director, Summer Academic Program
    416-449-2556 ext 355
  • Photo of Bryan Balkissoon

    Mr. Bryan Balkissoon 

    Upper School Faculty
  • Photo of Rachel Carr

    Ms. Rachel Carr 

    Upper School Faculty
    416-449-2556 ext 454
  • Photo of Christa Chisholm

    Ms. Christa Chisholm 

    Upper School Faculty
    416-449-2556 ext 406
  • Photo of Glenn Connors

    Mr. Glenn Connors 

    Upper School Faculty
    416-449-2556 ext 632
  • Photo of Ryan Misener

    Mr. Ryan Misener 

    Upper School Faculty
    416-449-2556 x448
  • Photo of Donald Morrison

    Mr. Donald Morrison 

    Director of Robotics
    416-449-2556 ext 435
  • Photo of Sheryl Murray

    Ms. Sheryl Murray 

    Director of Outreach
    416-449-2556 ext 209