CSN Science 10/20/30
Science 10, 20, and 30 are general science courses intended for students who want to study science without specialization. They combine the study of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics into one course. All students must take Science 10; from here they can continue on in Science 20 and 30, or specialize into Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics. These courses are recommended for students who plan on attending university, college, and select technical school programs. Students should earn a 55% in Science 9 and a 60% in high school prerequisite courses to continue in this course sequence (see chart below). All 30-level courses in this academic course stream have a Provincial Diploma worth 30% of the final grade.
Science 14 and 24 concentrate on hands-on and practical science concepts. These courses are geared for students who do not plan on attending university, but will be entering trade schools and select college programs, and for students entering the work force directly from high school. This route satisfies the requirements for a high school diploma but does not have a Provincial Diploma Exam at the conclusion of the program.
CSN Biology 20/30
Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy. Some topics covered in Biology 20 and 30 include ecosystems and populations, human systems, cells, reproduction and development, genetics, and the nervous and endocrine systems. Biology 20 and 30 are requirements for pursuing further study at post- secondary institutions in areas such as general sciences, dental assistant, kinesiology, nursing, physiotherapy, medicine, and radiation technology.
Physics is the study of matter, energy, and the interactions between them. Students may wish to take Physics 20 and 30 if they have a desire to investigate and understand how things work, and have a strong mathematical background. Physics 20 and 30 is recommended for students who plan on entering post- secondary fields such as power-engineering, ultrasound and x-ray technician, engineering, and medicine.
Chemistry provides an ordered way of learning about the nature of matter, based on observation and evidence, through laboratory discovery and course work. Chemistry 20 and 30 courses explore the science of fizz, pop, flame, and BOOM! through the study of bonding, gases, solutions, acids and bases, titration, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, equilibrium, and organic chemistry. Chemistry 20 and 30 are recommended for students who plan on entering a science-based post-secondary field such as animal studies, IT and electronics, engineering, nursing, sciences, and trades.
Forensic Science 25
Pre-requisite: Science 10, 14, or 24
This course explores topics such as: Types of crime scene evidence, fingerprint, trace evidence, and bodily fluid analysis, DNA evidence in investigating and prosecuting crimes, document analysis in investigating and prosecuting crimes, polygraph testing, impaired driving and blood alcohol testing.
Forensic Science 35
(3 or 5 Credits)
Prerequisite: Forensic Science 25
Forensic Science 35 explores topics such as: The investigative process, law enforcement equipment and police canines, criminal profiling, forensic anthropology, and forensic entomology, forensic toxicology, arson, explosives, and ballistics, footwear, tire, and tool mark impressions.