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course pathway chart

Science (Academic) SNC1DI

This course enables students to understand basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics; to develop skills in the processes of scientific inquiry; and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Students will learn scientific theories and conduct investigations related to cell division and reproduction; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the universe and space exploration; and the principles of electricity.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Academic
GRADE: 9

Science (Pre AP) SNC1DP

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.
COURSE NOTE: This course is recommended for students seeking enrichment and whose average exceeds the provincial average of 75%. Advanced Placement is for highly able learners looking to be challenged, who are passionate about learning, and who are self-motivated learners with strong communication, organization, and critical thinking skills.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Academic
GRADE: 9

Science (Applied) SNC1PI

This course enables students to understand basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics; to develop practical skills in scientific investigation; and to apply their knowledge of science to everyday situations. Students will design and conduct investigations into practical problems and issues related to cell division and reproduction, the structure and properties of elements and compounds, astronomy and space exploration, and static and current electricity.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Applied
GRADE: 9
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: SNC1PX – ESL ONLY – Science is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.

ESL ONLY – Science SNC1PX

This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science to everyday situations. They are also given opportunities to develop practical skills related to scientific investigation. Students will plan and conduct investigations into practical problems and issues related to the impact of human activity on ecosystems; the structure and properties of elements and compounds; space exploration and the components of the universe; and static and current electricity.
COURSE NOTE: This course has been adapted to meet the needs of the ESL learner.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Applied
GRADE: 9
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: SNC1PI – Science (Applied) is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.

Science (Essential) SNC1LI

This course prepares students for Grade 10 Locally-developed Science (SNC2L) and/or Grade 11 Workplace Science (SNC3E). This course reinforces and strengthens science-related knowledge and skills, including scientific inquiry, critical thinking and the relationship between science, society and the environment. Students explore a range of topics including Science in Daily Life, Properties of Common Materials, Staying Alive: Life Sustaining Processes, and Electrical Circuits.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Essential
GRADE: 9

Science (Academic) SNC2DI

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.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Academic
GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: SNCDI (Gr. 9 Academic Science) or recommended minimum grade of 80% in SNC1PI (Gr. 9 Applied Science)
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: SNC2DP – Science (Pre AP) is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.

Science (Pre AP) SNC2DP

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.
COURSE NOTE: This course is recommended for students seeking enrichment and whose average exceeds the provincial average of 75%. Advanced Placement is for highly able learners looking to be challenged, who are passionate about learning, and who are self-motivated learners with strong communication, organization, and critical thinking skills.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Academic
GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: SNC1DI – Science (Academic) or SNC1PI – Science (Applied) or SNC1PX – ESL ONLY – Science
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take MPM2DP – Principles of Mathematics (Pre AP)
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: SNC2DI – Science (Academic) is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.

Science (Applied) SNC2PI

This course enables students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science in real-world situations. Students are given opportunities to develop further practical skills in scientific investigation. Students will plan and conduct investigations into everyday problems and issues related to human cells and body systems; chemical reactions; factors affecting climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Applied
GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: SNC1DI – Science (Academic) or SNC1PI – Science (Applied) or SNC1PX – ESL ONLY – Science

ESL ONLY – Science SNC2PX

This course enables students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science in real-world situations. Students are given opportunities to develop further practical skills in scientific investigation. Students will plan and conduct investigations into everyday problems and issues related to human cells and body systems; chemical reactions; factors affecting climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Applied
GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: SNC1PI – Science (Applied) or SNC1PX – ESL ONLY – Science

Biology SBI3UI

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.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: University
GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: SNC2DP – Science (Pre AP) or SNC2DI – Science (Academic)

Chemistry SCH3UI

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.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: University
GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: SNC2DP – Science (Pre AP) or SNC2DI – Science (Academic)

Physics SPH3UI

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 analyse the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: University
GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: SNC2DP – Science (Pre AP) or SNC2DI – Science (Academic)

Physics (Pre AP) SPH3UP

The Pre-AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore these topics: kinematics; dynamics; energy; mechanical waves and sound. Students will complete several inquiry activities and log their observations and analysis using a university level lab book.
This course is an accelerated version of the regular stream SPH3U course, and involves a faster pace with changes to the regular curriculum. It is designed to prepare students to write the College Board AP Physics 1 exam offered internationally in the month of May to achieve a university accredited credit. Students should also see this course as an invaluable experience to be immensely prepared to succeed in any university first year physics course. Students should only be taking this course of they have obtained a higher than average level in the grade 10 science and math classes. SPH3UP is a precursor to the SPH4UP. (SPH4UP starting in the fall of 2019-20)
COURSE NOTE: This course is recommended for students seeking enrichment and whose average exceeds the provincial average of 75%. Advanced Placement is for highly able learners looking to be challenged, who are passionate about learning, and who are self-motivated learners with strong communication, organization, and critical thinking skills.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Academic
GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: SNC2DI – Science (Academic) or SNC2DP – Science (Pre AP)

eLearn – Environmental Science SVN3ME

This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of and skills relating to environmental science that will help them succeed in life after secondary school. Students will explore a range of topics, including the role of science in addressing contemporary environmental challenges; the impact of the environment on human health; sustainable agriculture and forestry; the reduction and management of waste; and the conservation of energy. Students will increase their scientific and environmental literacy and examine the interrelationships between science, the environment, and society in a variety of areas.
COURSE NOTE: This eLearning course may be an alternative for students with strong independent work skills when the regular day school course is full or unavailable. A separate application is required. Make an appointment with your guidance counsellor to discuss suitability.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: College/University
GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: SNC2PI – Science (Applied) or SNC2PX – ESL ONLY – Science or SNC2DI – Science (Academic) or SNC2DP – Science (Pre AP)
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: SVN3MI – Environmental Science is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.

Environmental Science SVN3MI

This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of and skills relating to environmental science that will help them succeed in life after secondary school. Students will explore a range of topics, including the role of science in addressing contemporary environmental challenges; the impact of the environment on human health; sustainable agriculture and forestry; the reduction and management of waste; and the conservation of energy. Students will increase their scientific and environmental literacy and examine the interrelationships between science, the environment, and society in a variety of areas.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: College/University
GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: SNC2DI – Science (Academic) or SNC2PI – Science (Applied) or SNC2DP – Science (Pre AP) or SNC2PX – ESL ONLY – Science
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: SVN3ME – eLearn – Environmental Science is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.

eLearn – Biology SBI3CE

This course focuses on the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will learn concepts and theories as they conduct investigations in the areas of cellular biology, microbiology, genetics, the anatomy of mammals, and the structure of plants and their role in the natural environment. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of concepts, and on the skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.
COURSE NOTE: This eLearning course may be an alternative for students with strong independent work skills when the regular day school course is full or unavailable. A separate application is required. Make an appointment with your guidance counsellor to discuss suitability.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: College
GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: SNC2DI – Science (Academic) or SNC2DP – Science (Pre AP) or SNC2PI – Science (Applied) or SNC2PX – ESL ONLY – Science
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: SBI3CI – Biology is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.

Biology SBI3CI

This course focuses on the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will learn concepts and theories as they conduct investigations in the areas of cellular biology, microbiology, genetics, the anatomy of mammals, and the structure of plants and their role in the natural environment. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of concepts, and on the skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: College
GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: SNC2DI – Science (Academic) or SNC2PI – Science (Applied) or SNC2DP – Science (Pre AP) or SNC2PX – ESL ONLY – Science
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: SBI3CE – eLearn – Biology is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.

eLearn – Environmental Science SVN3EE

This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of and skills relating to environmental science that will help them succeed in work and life after secondary school. Students will explore a range of topics, including the impact of human activities on the environment; human health and the environment; energy conservation; resource science and management; and safety and environmental responsibility in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on relevant, practical applications and current topics in environmental science, with attention to the refinement of students’ literacy and mathematical literacy skills as well as the development of their scientific and environmental literacy.
COURSE NOTE: This eLearning course may be an alternative for students with strong independent work skills when the regular day school course is full or unavailable. A separate application is required. Make an appointment with your guidance counsellor to discuss suitability.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Workplace
GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: Grade 9 Science, Academic or Applied, or a Grade 9 or 10 locally developed compulsory credit (LDCC) course in science

Biology SBI4UI

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.
COURSE NOTE: It is recommended that students enrolling in this course have also taken SCH3UI due to the high degree of Chemistry content within this course.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: University
GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SBI3UI – Biology

Chemistry SCH4UI

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.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: University
GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SCH3UI – Chemistry

Earth and Space Science (University Dual Credit) SES4UI

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 analyse 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.
COURSE NOTE: DUAL CREDIT COURSE – Students may earn a University of Waterloo science transfer credit. Please check with Science teachers or Guidance for more information.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: University
GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SNC2DP – Science (Pre AP) or SNC2DI – Science (Academic)

Physics SPH4UI

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 analyse, 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.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: University
GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SPH3UI – Physics

Chemistry SCH4CI

This course enables students to develop an understanding of chemistry through the study of matter and qualitative analysis, organic chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical calculations, and chemistry as it relates to the quality of the environment. Students will use a variety of laboratory techniques, develop skills in data collection and scientific analysis, and communicate scientific information using appropriate terminology. Emphasis will be placed on the role of chemistry in daily life and the effects of technological applications and processes on society and the environment.
COURSE NOTE: It is highly recommended that students complete their grade 11 mathematics before taking this course.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: College
GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SNC2DI – Science (Academic) or SNC2PI – Science (Applied) or SNC2DP – Science (Pre AP) or SNC2PX – ESL ONLY – Science

Physics SPH4CI

This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore these concepts with respect to motion; mechanical, electrical, electromagnetic, energy transformation, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems; and the operation of commonly used tools and machines. They will develop their scientific investigation skills as they test laws of physics and solve both assigned problems and those emerging from their investigations. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
COURSE NOTE: It is highly recommended that students complete their grade 11 mathematics before taking this course.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: College
GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: SNC2DI – Science (Academic) or SNC2PI – Science (Applied) or SNC2DP – Science (Pre AP) or SNC2PX – ESL ONLY – Science

Science (Workplace) SNC4EI

This course provides students with fundamental science knowledge and workplace skills needed to prepare them for success beyond secondary school. Students will explore hazards in the workplace, chemicals in consumer products, disease and its prevention, electricity at home and at work, and nutritional science. Emphasis is placed on current topics in science and relevant, practical activities that develop students’ literacy and mathematical literacy skills and enhance their scientific literacy.
CREDIT: 1
TYPE: Workplace
GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: Grade 10 Science, Applied, or a Grade 10 locally developed compulsory credit (LDCC) course in science

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