Science Department Courses

  • The Diman science curriculum is aligned to the Massachusetts Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) frameworks. Students are enrolled in either biology or physics in their freshmen year, depending on their aptitude in science and math and their physical or life science related vocational interests. Students learn problem solving skills and gain hands on experience through lecture, demonstrations, and laboratory experiments that help prepare them for their vocational shops, post-secondary education, and their future careers. Diman students take the high school biology or physics Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test in the end of their sophomore year to meet high school science graduation requirements. Diman science teachers are highly qualified under NCLB and ESSA.

    NAME COURSE # GRADE LEVEL CREDITS
    Honors Physics First I 2331 9 1 5
    Honors Biology 9 2221 9 1 5
    Biology 9 2021 9 2 5
    Honors Physics First II 2332 10 1 5
    Honors Biology 10 2222 10 1 5
    Biology 10 2022 10 2 5
    Honors Chemistry I 2133 11 1 2.5
    Honors Applied Physics I 2333 11 1 2.5
    Anatomy & Physiology I 2303 11 2 2.5
    Applied Physics I 2053 11 2 2.5
    Chemistry I 2033 11 2 2.5
    Honors Applied Physics II 2324 12 1 2.5
    Honors Chemistry II 2134 12 1 2.5
    Honors Accelerated Biology 2300 11/12 1 2.5
    Anatomy & Physiology II 2304 12 2 2.5
    Applied Physics II 2054 12 2 2.5
    Chemistry II 2034 12 2 2.5
    Topics in Biology/Forensics 2224 11/12 2 2.5
    Marine Biology 2063 11/12 2 2.5

    2021 – BIOLOGY 9
    5 CREDITS
    This course is aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks and includes an overview of the chemistry of life, cell structure and function, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, genetics, evolution, and biodiversity. It is the first of two courses designed for students who must take the MCAS Biology Test.

    2221 – HONORS BIOLOGY 9
    5 CREDITS
    This course is aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks and includes an overview of the chemistry of life, cell structure and function, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, genetics, evolution, and biodiversity. The curriculum includes activities, labs and projects to enhance the learning of the student. Placement is based on the Diman honors criteria. It is the first of two courses designed for students who must meet the state requirement on the MCAS Biology Test as part of the graduation requirement for a high school diploma.

    2331 – HONORS PHYSICS FIRST I
    5 CREDITS
    This course is aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks and includes the study of Newton’s three laws of motion, potential and kinetic energy, work, power, momentum, impulse, conservation of energy and momentum, temperature, heat and heat transfer, simple machines, and machine efficiency. Placement is based on Diman’s honors criteria. It is the first of two courses designed for students who must meet the state requirements on the MCAS Physics Test as part of the graduation requirements for a high school diploma. In this exciting two part course, students explore the world of physics through demonstrations, hands-on activities, laboratories and projects. The topics explored in this course include projectile motion, Newton’s laws, energy, electricity, temperature and heat expansion, as well as discovery of the science of sound, waves, and light. In addition, students will learn about the architects of physics, such as Aristotle, Newton and Einstein and the methods scientists use to advance human understanding of the physical world around us and the physical laws that govern our universe.  

    2022 – BIOLOGY 10
    5 CREDITS
    Biology 10 is aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks and includes an overview of the classifications or organisms, populations, ecosystems, biological communities, the environment, introduction to body structure, and an in-depth study of eight organ systems. It is the second of two courses designed for students who must take the MCAS Biology Test.
    *Prerequisite: Biology 9

    2222 – HONORS BIOLOGY 10
    5 CREDITS
    This course is aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks and includes an overview of the chemistry of life, cell structure and function, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, genetics, evolution, and biodiversity. The curriculum includes activities, labs and projects to enhance the learning of the student. It is the second of two courses designed for students who must meet the state requirement on the MCAS Biology Test as part of the graduation requirement for a high school diploma.
    *Prerequisite: Honors Biology 9 (2221) or teacher permission

    2332 – HONORS PHYSICS FIRST II
    5 CREDITS
    This course is aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks and includes the study of electricity, magnetism, electromotive forces, parallel and series circuit design, Ohms law, Kirchhoff’s law, waves, electromagnetic waves (light), and optics. The curriculum includes demonstrations, activities, and labs to enhance the learning of students. Placement is based on the Diman’s honors criteria. It is the first of two courses designed for students who must meet the state requirements on the MCAS Physics Test as part of the graduation requirements for a high school diploma.
    *Prerequisite: Honors Physics First 9 (Course #) or teacher permission

    2303 – ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
    2.5 CREDITS
    This course includes a study of structures, functions, and dysfunctions of major systems of the body. Topics include an introduction to structural units, tissues and membranes, the skeletal system, the integumentary system, and nutrition. Career opportunities in medicine- related fields are examined.  

    2053 – APPLIED PHYSICS I
    2.5 CREDITS
    This course is part of a hands-on physics program that studies four unifying concepts and systems: mechanical, fluid, electrical, and thermal. Experiments include levers and pulleys, thermometers, conveyor belts, and electrical circuits.

    2033 – CHEMISTRY I
    2.5 CREDITS
    This course is the study of matter. The content of this course includes modern atomic theory, how chemicals combine, formulas and equations, quantum theory, electron arrangement, chemical and physical properties, and states of matter.

    2333 – HONORS APPLIED PHYSICS I
    2.5 CREDITS
    This course is a hands-on physics program that studies four unifying concepts and systems: mechanical, fluid, electrical, and thermal. Experiments include levers and pulleys, thermometers, conveyor belts, and electrical circuits.

    2133 – HONORS CHEMISTRY I
    2.5 CREDITS
    This course is the study of matter. The content of this course includes modern atomic theory, how chemicals combine, formulas and equations, quantum theory, electron arrangement, chemical and physical properties, and states of matter.  

    2304 – ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
    2.5 CREDITS
    This course includes a study of structures, functions, and dysfunctions of major systems of the body. Topics include blood, the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the excretory system, and the reproductive system. Career opportunities in medicine-related fields are examined.
    *Prerequisite: Anatomy & Physiology I.

    2054 – APPLIED PHYSICS II
    2.5 CREDITS
    This course is a continuation of Applied Physics I.
    *Prerequisite: Applied Physics I.

    2034 – CHEMISTRY II
    2.5 CREDITS
    This course continues the study of chemical techniques and principles.
    *Prerequisite: Chemistry I.

    2034 – CHEMISTRY II
    2.5 CREDITS
    This course continues the study of chemical techniques and principles.
    *Prerequisite: Chemistry I.  

    2034 – CHEMISTRY II
    2.5 CREDITS
    This course continues the study of chemical techniques and principles.
    *Prerequisite: Chemistry I.

    2300 – HONORS ACCELERATED BIOLOGY
    2.5 CREDITS
    This one-year course will cover the major concepts associated with Biology 9 and Biology 10. As this course will occur in a one-year format (as opposed to a two-year design), Honors Accelerated Biology will be fast-paced and rigorous. Students enrolled in this course should be prepared for several hours of homework per week. Most reading for this course will take place at home, and discussions/ application will be covered in class.
    *Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    2063 – MARINE BIOLOGY
    2.5 CREDITS
    This course is an elective science course for upperclassmen. This course covers the basic principles of marine science, marine organisms, and the different marine ecosystems

    2224 – TOPICS IN BIOLOGY/FORENSICS
    2.5 CREDITS
    This course gives the student instruction in forensic science. Topics to be covered include evidence collection, the court system, fingerprint evidence, blood evidence, forensic anthropology, and what occurs to the body after death. Students will be certified to serve in Fall River Youth Court and be required to perform at least four hours of community service at the Youth Court.