To further muddy the waters of science curricula choices, it turns out that Canadian and American schools work on different systems. Despite all appearances of similarity I thought that years of watching sitcoms and Buffy had ascertained, we work on fairly different approaches.
Here is how science works in Canada:
In Gr 9 and 10, we take general science -a course which covers all 4 branches of science (chemistry, physics, environmental studies, biology). In Gr 11 and 12, the three main sciences split into independent courses. If you are planning to do more scientific or technical studies after school, you take all three. That makes a total of 8 credits for science. In Manitoba, the minimum graduating credit load is 32.
Here is what I believe science in the US is like:
Gr 9 students study environmental studies
Gr 10 students do biology
Gr 11 students do chemistry
Gr 12 students do physics
The order may be different, but that’s the sense I get of it. To graduate from high school you need 20 credits, I believe.
What this means is that as I find secular science materials, they are almost inevitably from the States and therefore have only one course per subject area.
I have a meeting tomorrow with the science admissions counsellor at the local university.
(As yet another example of school difference, Rainer points out that he’s long been baffled by the Canadian system since Germany separates the sciences in gr 7 for university-track students and you study all 3 for several years before starting to specialize into liberal arts orscientific areas. At least, that’s how it was when he did it.)