Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Laboratory Science I
In Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Laboratory Science I, students explore the building blocks that make up matter, from nuclear reactions to macromolecules. With a basic understanding of matter, they investigate forms and flow of energy. They discover forces, motion, and show how human body mechanics can be compared to simple machines. Finally, they investigate the role that organization in biological organisms and systems plays in the cycling of matter.
Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Laboratory Science II
In Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Laboratory Science II, students explore these topics with more depth. Students investigate waves and energy transfer. They see them in a whole new light as the physics of waves informs us about biology, chemistry and our physical world. They investigate types of bonds and how they influence biochemical and intermolecular reactions. Momentum, collision theory, and chemical reactions are studied conceptually and mathematically. Students apply their knowledge of bonds and chemical reactions as they examine DNA and the role genetic variation plays in evolution. Finally, they catapult into their junior year by ending with the kinematics of projectile motion.
IB Physics I & II—SL/HL
Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences and it strives to understand the essence of matter and energy that transcends everything between the microscopic and the macroscopic universe. Learning through experimentation is stressed so that students construct meaning by designing, conducting, and reflecting on scientific investigations. Understanding the scientific process through collaboration, hands-on experience, inquiry, and critical thinking, enables students to connect science to other areas of life. IB physics covers measurements and uncertainties, newtonian mechanics, thermal physics, waves, electricity and magnetism, circular motion and gravitation, atomic, nuclear and particle physics, energy systems and production, and a choice of one of the following options: relativity, engineering, imaging or astrophysics. Students may take the IB Physics exam possibly earning college credits and/or placement.
IB Biology I & II—SL/HL
This two-year, pre-university biology course includes classroom study and 60 hours of laboratory work. In the first year, students study cell size, cellular structure, biochemistry, cellular processes, DNA, genetics, and genetic engineering. In addition, students select a research and laboratory project of their choice and pursue it in depth. In the second year, students study ecology, evolution, plant science, human anatomy and physiology. Students also complete their “group four” research and laboratory project. Sitting for the IB Biology exam may earn college credits and/or placement.
IB Chemistry I & II—SL/HL
IB Chemistry SL is an advanced, two-year, lab-based chemistry curriculum. Students complete a study of the IB Chemistry curriculum (SL) which builds on concepts discussed in their first-year chemistry. The course focuses on the study of chemical reactions and the different branches of chemistry. This course culminates with students taking the IB Chemistry exam (SL) for which colleges may award credits and/or placement. In addition, students select and pursue an in-depth “group four” research and laboratory project of their choice.
Advanced Science Research
The advanced science research program aims to place highly-motivated, self‑disciplined, and inquisitive MCDS students with science researchers at partnering institutions such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the summer before their senior year. From this experience, students experience authentic research and careers in science, dig deeper into topics of interest, and pursue academic passions that extend beyond current MCDS offerings.
Science Olympiad is an academic decathlon of science and engineering prowess. Students compete in up to 23 different events that involve building, learning, and testing. MCDS competes at the regional and state level depending on interest and qualification.