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Junior Science Courses


SCIENCE 9                                                                                                                                       MSC--09

Prerequisite: Science 8 or Science 8 Enriched


The grade 9 Science course builds on the principles, skills and concepts learned from Science 8. In the life science unit, students will learn about cell reproduction as well as reproduction in various organisms. In the physical science unit, students will learn about the relationships between atoms, elements, and compounds, as well as the characteristics of electricity. In the space science unit, students will be introduced to the study of astronomy, and learn about space exploration. Students who successfully pass Science 9 will be promoted to Science 10.


SCIENCE 9 ENRICHED                                                                                                                  MSC--09E

Prerequisite: Science 8 + Teacher recommendation


This honours course offers enrichment above and beyond the regular curriculum and is designed to help students get ahead in the Sciences.  Enrichment may be explored through project-based learning, field trips, contests, guest speakers, and presentations at the discretion of the instructor.  Successful candidates will require a teacher recommendation and a good academic record.


SCIENCE 10                                                                                                                                     MSC--10

Prerequisite: Science 9


The grade 10 Science course builds on the principles, skills, and concepts learned from Science 9. In the life science unit, students will learn about the study of sustainability of an ecosystem. The physical science unit will teach students about chemical reactions, radioactivity, as well as the study of motion. In the earth science unit, students will learn about how energy is transferred in natural systems, and will be introduced to the theory of plate tectonics. Following the successful completion of Science 10 AND the provincial exams, students may choose from the various grade 11 Science courses offered at Templeton.


Grade 11 Science Courses


Engineering 11 - See course description in Technical Studies area on page 16.


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 11                                                                                                        MSCT-11

Prerequisite: Science 10 Adapted or Science 10 + teacher recommendation


This course uses model building and teamwork to explore the technologies that surround us, both old and new.  Half of the course is focused on the construction and understanding of structures like bridges, buildings, cars, and boats.  Other topics vary but include renewable energy, conservation, and plants.  Mathematics has been kept to a minimum and good attendance and participation is a key to success in this course.


ASTRONOMY 11                                                                                                                             YPLS-1B


This introductory course has two main components - theories of space (astrophysics) and general night sky observation (practical astronomy).  Students will learn how to navigate the "celestial sphere" including the study of the constellations, the moon planets, stars, clusters, galaxies, and nebulae.  Although the class does not meet at night, a class set of powerful telescopes are available for home use so that you can study the night sky!  Optional practice sessions will be offered when learning how to use a telescope.  The second part of the course studies current theories on how the universe was formed, how it is changing, as well as the structure of all the things in it - stars, galaxies, clusters, black holes and the like!






BIOLOGY 11                                                                                                                                    MBI--11

Prerequisite: Science 10 or Science 9 Enriched


This introductory biology course examines the diversity of life. The course contains 7 major units: processes of science, taxonomy, the theory of evolution, ecology, microbiology, botany, and zoology. Course content will be taught using preserved and live specimens, microscope slides, field studies, field trips, and projects. Students will also have a chance to visit the Intertidal Marine Biology Lab at the Vancouver Aquarium in the spring to see some of the invertebrate animals they have been studying. Biology 11 is a course that satisfies the Grade 11-12 Graduation Program science requirement.


CHEMISTRY 11                                                                                                                              MCH--11

Prerequisite: Science 10 or Science 9 Enriched


This course is an introduction to the basic concepts involved in the study of chemistry. Topics introduced in this course include: skills and processes in chemistry, the nature of matter, mole concept, chemical reactions, atomic theory, solution chemistry, and organic chemistry. It is strongly advised that students enrolled in chemistry 11 have completed or are concurrently taking Principles of Mathematics 10 or above.  Chemistry 11 is a course that satisfies the Grade 12 Graduation Program science requirement.


PHYSICS 11                                                                                                                                    MPH--11

Prerequisites: Science 10 and Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10, with a grade of C+ or higher in both courses strongly recommended


Ever wondered how the universe works?  This course is an introduction to the laws that govern all motion in the universe.  Using demonstrations, experiments, and mathematics students will explore the physical relationships and interactions between objects and their surroundings.  Engineering projects will be included each term to highlight the application of physics to everyday life.  This highly enjoyable and hands-on course is becoming a requirement for many post-secondary programs.  Physics 11 is a course that satisfies the Grade 12 Graduation Program science requirement.

Grade 12 Science Courses


BIOLOGY 12                                                                                                                                    MBI--12

Prerequisites: Chemistry 11 and C+ in Biology 11 strongly recommended


In Biology 12, students will develop a basic understanding of biochemistry, cell biology, and human biology. In the cell biology unit, students will learn how the chemistry of biological molecules affects cellular processes such as protein synthesis, DNA replication, and enzymatic reactions. In the human biology unit, students will learn in depth some of human’s major body systems, such as the digestive, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, urinary, and reproductive system. Towards the end of the course, students will have the opportunity to dissect a fetal pig to review the major body systems they have learned throughout the year. Please note: a strong chemistry and biology background are required for success in this course. Students who have not taken Chemistry 11 and/or Biology 11 are NOT recommended to choose Biology 12 as a science elective.




CHEMISTRY 12                                                                                                                              MCH--12

Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus 11, Chemistry 11, Foundations of Math 11 (completed or taken concurrently)


Chemistry 12 builds on and covers the following topics in chemistry: reaction kinetics, dynamic equilibrium, solubility equilibria, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction, and applications of redox reactions. Laboratory work is designed to enhance the specific areas of studies.


PHYSICS 12                                                                                                                                    MPH--12

Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus 11, Physics 11 and Foundations of Math 11, with a grade of C+ or higher in both courses strongly recommended


In the first half of this course, the fundamentals covered in Physics 11 are expanded to include more interesting and realistic motion using vectors.  The second half of the course gives a thorough treatment of electricity and magnetism.  The application of E&M is a key feature in modern society and there will be many demonstrations and experiments of various topics, including:  circuitry, generators, transformers, and electromagnetism.  This course is a must-have for future engineers and physicists.




Advanced placement courses are equivalent to first term university courses.  AP courses provide the student with several advantages:

        successful students will receive university credit for the course work

        difficult subjects are introduced in a more supportive environment

        AP courses are considered desirable on university applications

        gifted/advanced students will have more challenging/appropriate course work

These courses are very challenging and should only be considered by students who have taken the necessary prerequisites and have a mature attitude toward course work.  The College Board exams are in early May.  For more information visit the website  

The following AP courses will be offered starting in September 2013:

            AP Biology (ABIO-12)

            AP Chemistry (ACHE-12)

            AP Physics C (APHC-12)