All CBGS courses meet and/or exceed the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) requirements. Students take a combination of the following courses:

 

Sophomore Year

 

Biology – RCC BIO 101/102;  2 semesters

4 dual enrollment credits/semester (total 8 credits);  1 high school credit

2015seniorproject-2The biology course taught to the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School sophomores will focus on those major concepts or themes deemed to be essential to an understanding of life processes. Throughout the year, science as a process will be emphasized as students conduct laboratory studies to support classroom information, use inductive reasoning to discover key concepts, study the history of the development of our present understanding of biological concepts, and learn how to conduct their own research. Other major themes to be emphasized are genetics, evolution, energy transfer, the relationship between structure and function, ecological interrelationships, the regulation of processes at many levels, and the impact of science and technology on our society. These concepts are all encompassing as well as recurring in all topics that will be covered throughout the year. This course, in conjunction with the topics course, will adequately prepare our students to succeed in their next two years at CBGS, in college, and in their future endeavors, as they will learn to focus their efforts and master essential study skills. CBGS Biology students will also be able to succeed on the Virginia Standards of Learning End of Course Biology Exam.

 

College Algebra – RCC MTH 158;  1 semester

3 dual enrollment credits;  1/2 high school credit

This course covers the structure of complex number systems, polynomials, rational expressions, graphing, systems of equations and inequalities and functions, quadratic and rational equations and inequalities. The course is designed for sophomores. Students will typically take College Algebra in the fall semester of their sophomore year and MTH 163 Pre-Calculus in the spring semester.

 

Pre-Calculus I – RCC MTH 163;  1 semester

3 dual enrollment credits;  1/2 high school credit

This Pre-Calculus I course is taught during the spring semester of the sophomore year after taking College Algebra (MTH 158) in the fall semester. The course presumes a mastery of the material covered in MTH 115/116 (or its equivalent). During the course, students will discuss polynomial and rational functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; systems of equations, inequalities, and linear programming; matrices and determinants; and conic sections with analytic geometry.

 

Foundations in Science – RCC SCT 111/112;  2 semesters

4 dual enrollment credits/semester (total 8 credits);  1 high school credit

This course introduces the basic sciences which belleisleorientation2016-2describe our physical environment, including the fundamentals of geology, meteorology, physics, chemistry, and biology. Students will explore scientific principles through data acquisition and analysis with a focus on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and human impacts on the environment.

 

 

 

Junior Year

 

Chemistry – RCC 111/112;  2 semesters  

4 dual enrollment credits/semester (total 8 credits);  1 high school credit

Students taking Chemistry at the Governor’s School will come from a variety of high school backgrounds. Although no prior chemistry is necessary and all of the Virginia Standards of Learning for the basic high school chemistry curriculum are covered, the college level of this course requires that students process information at a faster pace and cover the principles in much greater depth. This course explores the fundamental laws, theories, and mac2H1A3534thematical concepts of chemistry and will cover the structure of matter, the characteristics of the states of matter, types of reactions, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, and electrochemistry. The lab component of the course, which counts approximately twenty percent of the overall grade, will focus on qualitative and quantitative support of the general chemistry concepts

 

Pre-Calculus II – RCC MTH 164;  1 semester

3 dual enrollment credits;  1/2 high school credit

This course will focus heavily on trigonometry, combining skills from both Geometry and Algebra. Topics will include evaluating trigonometric expressions (using both right triangle trigonometry and the unit circle), graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities, polar and parametric equations, and mathematical induction. Students will typically take Pre-Calculus II in their junior year.

 

Statistics – RCC MTH 240;  1 semester

3 dual enrollment credits;  1/2 high school credit

The Statistic course, typically taken in the junior year, will cover one semester and will present an overview of statistics, including descriptive statistics, elementary probability, probability distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and correlation and regression. Students will apply statistical methods to their two-year research paper.

 

Marine & Environmental Science I & II – RCC MAR 201/202 (Junior Year) & 101/102 (Senior Year);  4 semesters

4 dual enrollment credits/semester (total 16 credits);  2 high school credits 

2015seniorprojectA two-year lab and field science course for juniors & seniors designed to provide thematic unity to the CBGS program and immerse students in rich experiential learning. Students will explore the principles of general ecology, evolutionary biology, environmental science, and oceanography, with special emphasis on the natural history and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed as well as the Atlantic Ocean and east coast. The entire two-year course is interdisciplinary in spirit, stressing the importance of chemical, physical, and geological oceanography for understanding marine life and aquatic ecosystems, while making frequent connections to the mathematics and general sciences that students are learning in other CBGS courses. The curriculum will largely be driven by the data and investigations of real scientists, and students will design and conduct their own scientific research. In order to provoke critical thinking and creativity, the course will be organized around a set of abstract unifying concepts, vivid discovery experiences that require students to interpret their own careful observations, extended problem-solving missions, independent projects and presentations, and thorny environmental issues that compel thoughtful evaluation. A two–year research project will be required of all Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School students.

 

Senior Year

 

Physics – RCC PHYS 201/202;  2 semesters  

4 dual enrollment credits/semester (total 8 credits);  1 high school credit

This is a 2 semester, college level, laboratory Physics course taught in the senior year, covering fundamental Physics principles, and their qualitative and quantitative applications. Topics include: mechanics; harmonic and wave motion; sound; optics; electromagnetism; thermodynamics; nature of matter; nuclear and quantum physics and relativity. Additional topics may be pursued dependic2H1A3554ng upon time and interest. In addition to qualitative and quantitative understanding of topics, students will be required to use them for problem solving in laboratory applications. Strong mathematical skills are essential, particularly in Algebra and Trigonometry. In addition to strong math skills, the ability to handle independent reading and study is crucial. Pre-Calculus is a pre-requisite for this course. Calculus is a co-requisite, taken during this year, and may help with quantitative conceptualization.

 

Calculus with Analytic Geometry I – RCC MTH 173;  2 semesters

5 dual enrollment credits;  1 high school credit

This yearlong course presents analytic geometry and the calculus of algebraic and transcendental functions including the study of limits, derivatives, differentials, and introduction to integration along with their applications. Designed for mathematical, physical and engineering science programs. Most CBGS students will take MTH 173 in their senior year.

 

Outdoor Adventures – RCC PED 183;  6 semesters

2 dual enrollment credits awarded senior year

Outdoor Adventures introduces outdoor activities with an emphasis on basic skills, preparation, personal and group safety, equipment selection and use. Over the three years at CBGS students will explore the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay watershed while camping, kayaking, and hiking on three overnight trips and several day trips. In addition, students will be required to keep a journal of their field studies. Students must attend all 3 major field studies.

 

All CBGS courses meet and/or exceed the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) requirements. Students take a combination of the following courses:

 

Sophomore Year

 

Biology – RCC BIO 101/102;  2 semesters

4 dual enrollment credits/semester (total 8 credits);  1 high school credit

2015seniorproject-2The biology course taught to the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School sophomores will focus on those major concepts or themes deemed to be essential to an understanding of life processes. Throughout the year, science as a process will be emphasized as students conduct laboratory studies to support classroom information, use inductive reasoning to discover key concepts, study the history of the development of our present understanding of biological concepts, and learn how to conduct their own research. Other major themes to be emphasized are genetics, evolution, energy transfer, the relationship between structure and function, ecological interrelationships, the regulation of processes at many levels, and the impact of science and technology on our society. These concepts are all encompassing as well as recurring in all topics that will be covered throughout the year. This course, in conjunction with the topics course, will adequately prepare our students to succeed in their next two years at CBGS, in college, and in their future endeavors, as they will learn to focus their efforts and master essential study skills. CBGS Biology students will also be able to succeed on the Virginia Standards of Learning End of Course Biology Exam.

 

College Algebra – RCC MTH 158;  1 semester

3 dual enrollment credits;  1/2 high school credit

This course covers the structure of complex number systems, polynomials, rational expressions, graphing, systems of equations and inequalities and functions, quadratic and rational equations and inequalities. The course is designed for sophomores. Students will typically take College Algebra in the fall semester of their sophomore year and MTH 163 Pre-Calculus in the spring semester.

 

Pre-Calculus I – RCC MTH 163;  1 semester

3 dual enrollment credits;  1/2 high school credit

This Pre-Calculus I course is taught during the spring semester of the sophomore year after taking College Algebra (MTH 158) in the fall semester. The course presumes a mastery of the material covered in MTH 115/116 (or its equivalent). During the course, students will discuss polynomial and rational functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; systems of equations, inequalities, and linear programming; matrices and determinants; and conic sections with analytic geometry.

 

Foundations in Science – RCC SCT 111/112;  2 semesters

4 dual enrollment credits/semester (total 8 credits);  1 high school credit

This course introduces the basic sciences which belleisleorientation2016-2describe our physical environment, including the fundamentals of geology, meteorology, physics, chemistry, and biology. Students will explore scientific principles through data acquisition and analysis with a focus on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and human impacts on the environment.

 

 

 

Junior Year

 

Chemistry – RCC 111/112;  2 semesters  

4 dual enrollment credits/semester (total 8 credits);  1 high school credit

Students taking Chemistry at the Governor’s School will come from a variety of high school backgrounds. Although no prior chemistry is necessary and all of the Virginia Standards of Learning for the basic high school chemistry curriculum are covered, the college level of this course requires that students process information at a faster pace and cover the principles in much greater depth. This course explores the fundamental laws, theories, and mac2H1A3534thematical concepts of chemistry and will cover the structure of matter, the characteristics of the states of matter, types of reactions, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, and electrochemistry. The lab component of the course, which counts approximately twenty percent of the overall grade, will focus on qualitative and quantitative support of the general chemistry concepts

 

Pre-Calculus II – RCC MTH 164;  1 semester

3 dual enrollment credits;  1/2 high school credit

This course will focus heavily on trigonometry, combining skills from both Geometry and Algebra. Topics will include evaluating trigonometric expressions (using both right triangle trigonometry and the unit circle), graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities, polar and parametric equations, and mathematical induction. Students will typically take Pre-Calculus II in their junior year.

 

Statistics – RCC MTH 240;  1 semester

3 dual enrollment credits;  1/2 high school credit

The Statistic course, typically taken in the junior year, will cover one semester and will present an overview of statistics, including descriptive statistics, elementary probability, probability distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and correlation and regression. Students will apply statistical methods to their two-year research paper.

 

Marine & Environmental Science I & II – RCC MAR 201/202 (Junior Year) & 101/102 (Senior Year);  4 semesters

4 dual enrollment credits/semester (total 16 credits);  2 high school credits 

2015seniorprojectA two-year lab and field science course for juniors & seniors designed to provide thematic unity to the CBGS program and immerse students in rich experiential learning. Students will explore the principles of general ecology, evolutionary biology, environmental science, and oceanography, with special emphasis on the natural history and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed as well as the Atlantic Ocean and east coast. The entire two-year course is interdisciplinary in spirit, stressing the importance of chemical, physical, and geological oceanography for understanding marine life and aquatic ecosystems, while making frequent connections to the mathematics and general sciences that students are learning in other CBGS courses. The curriculum will largely be driven by the data and investigations of real scientists, and students will design and conduct their own scientific research. In order to provoke critical thinking and creativity, the course will be organized around a set of abstract unifying concepts, vivid discovery experiences that require students to interpret their own careful observations, extended problem-solving missions, independent projects and presentations, and thorny environmental issues that compel thoughtful evaluation. A two–year research project will be required of all Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School students.

 

Senior Year

 

Physics – RCC PHYS 201/202;  2 semesters  

4 dual enrollment credits/semester (total 8 credits);  1 high school credit

This is a 2 semester, college level, laboratory Physics course taught in the senior year, covering fundamental Physics principles, and their qualitative and quantitative applications. Topics include: mechanics; harmonic and wave motion; sound; optics; electromagnetism; thermodynamics; nature of matter; nuclear and quantum physics and relativity. Additional topics may be pursued dependic2H1A3554ng upon time and interest. In addition to qualitative and quantitative understanding of topics, students will be required to use them for problem solving in laboratory applications. Strong mathematical skills are essential, particularly in Algebra and Trigonometry. In addition to strong math skills, the ability to handle independent reading and study is crucial. Pre-Calculus is a pre-requisite for this course. Calculus is a co-requisite, taken during this year, and may help with quantitative conceptualization.

 

Calculus with Analytic Geometry I – RCC MTH 173;  2 semesters

5 dual enrollment credits;  1 high school credit

This yearlong course presents analytic geometry and the calculus of algebraic and transcendental functions including the study of limits, derivatives, differentials, and introduction to integration along with their applications. Designed for mathematical, physical and engineering science programs. Most CBGS students will take MTH 173 in their senior year.

 

Outdoor Adventures – RCC PED 183;  6 semesters

2 dual enrollment credits awarded senior year

Outdoor Adventures introduces outdoor activities with an emphasis on basic skills, preparation, personal and group safety, equipment selection and use. Over the three years at CBGS students will explore the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay watershed while camping, kayaking, and hiking on three overnight trips and several day trips. In addition, students will be required to keep a journal of their field studies. Students must attend all 3 major field studies.

 

SCHOOL LOCATIONS

Administration

Terri L. Perkins, Director
P. O. Box 1410
202 South Church Lane
Tappahannock, VA 22560
Phone: 804-443-0267
Fax: 804-443-4039
Bowling Green Site

16221 Richmond Turnpike
Bowling Green, VA 22427
Phone: 804-633-3406
Fax: 804-633-5579
RCC Glenns Site

12745 College Drive
Glenns, VA 23149
Phone: 804-758-6788
Fax: 804-758-5434
RCC Warsaw Site

52 Campus Drive
Warsaw, VA 22572
Phone: 804-333-1306
Fax: 804-333-1306
The Chesapeake Bay Governor's School is a partnership between the Virginia Department of Education, participating School Divisions and Rappahannock Community College, and a member of NCSSSMST (National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology).
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