12th Grade Courses

Courses available for seniors.  Most classes can also be selected in the junior year as electives.

  • AP Calculus BC
    • AP Calculus BC is primarily concerned with developing the student’s understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with this methods and applications.  The courses emphasize a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally.  Technology will be used regularly to reinforce the relationships among the multiple representations of functions, to confirm written work, to implement experimentation, and to assist in interpreting results.  Through the use of unifying themes of derivatives, integrals, limits, approximation, and applications and modeling, the course becomes a cohesive whole rather than a collection of unrelated tops.
  • AP Statistics
    • AP Statistics is a full year course that is designed to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data.  Students are exposed to four broad themes: Exploring Data (Describing patterns and departures from patterns), Sampling and Experimentation (Planning and conducting a study), Anticipating Patterns (Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation), and Statistical Inference (Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses).  Students will be expected to use Graphing Calculators on a daily basis.  Students who successfully complete the course and perform well on the AP exam may receive college credit, advanced placement or both for a one-semester introductory college statistics course.
      Source: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com
  • AP Computer Science
    • AP Computer Science is an introductory course in computer science.  AP Computer Science represents content covered in a first semester college computer science course.Because the development of computer programs to solve problems is a skill fundamental to the study of computer science, a large part of the course is built around the development of computer programs or parts of programs that correctly solve a given problem. The course also emphasizes the design issues that make programs understandable, adaptable, and when appropriate, reusable. At the same time, the development of useful computer programs and classes used as a context for introducing other important concepts in computer science, including the development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, and the study of standard algorithms and typical applications. In addition, an understanding of the basic hardware and software components of computer systems and the responsible use of these systems are integral parts of the course.The full course description can be found at the following website: http://www.collegeboard.com/apstudents 
  • AP Environmental Science
    • The AP Environmental Science course will provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. It is a rigorous and highly interdisciplinary course that as it integrates the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to the study of environmental systems. The goal of this course is to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. The course will cover areas of environmental testing, sustainability and resource management.

      Students will be expected to participate in group projects, case studies, lab work, and hands-on activities that relate to different aspects of environmental science.  This rigorous Advanced Placement course will require a  commitment  of both time and interest.

  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
    • This one-semester course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of Genetics with emphasis on Human Heredity.  Topics will include the history of genetics, genes and chromosomes, nucleic acids and proteins, approaches to the study of genetics, and the impact of genetics on society.   Students will be introduced to basic lab techniques and learn about current issues in genetics.
  • Topics in Chemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology
    • This is a full-year course that covers the body systems and structures.  This is a lab based class with dissections and technology is incorporated.  This is a great class for science and medical related fields.
  • Forensic Science
    • Forensic Science is a one-semester integrated science course covering topics in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. In this course, we will focus on forensic techniques used by scientists and law enforcement officials to observe, collect, and analyze data that may be used to solve a crime.  Topics of study include fingerprints, DNA, blood, etc.  Students will analyze a mock crime scene by gathering and collecting evidence in order to solve the crime.  Additionally, students will learn what is and isn’t possible through critical analysis of forensic techniques utilized in current TV shows.
  • Introduction to Mathematical Thinking
    • Introduction to Mathematical Thinking transforms mathematics into an engaging, relevant experience. Students are introduced to  important and interesting ideas in mathematics that go beyond what is taught in a normal mathematics classroom while inspiring them to actively engage in mathematical thinking.  Topics include topics such as counting infinite sets of numbers, cryptography, Geometrical correspondences, Non-Euclidean geometries, and Julia and Mandelbrot Sets.
  • Drafting
  • 2D Design
    • Drawing & illustration skills, design composition, color theory, graphic design, web & animation, advertising, communication design, using Photoshop, Illustrator & Flash.
  • 3D Design
    • 3-D drawing, rendering & illustration skills, design process, 3D aesthetics & sculpture design, 3D modeling and product design using Rhino 3D modeling software.
  • Directed Study / Research
    • All teachers are willing to work with individual students on a topic of their choice to complete research in and compete in the Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit (SEFMD).  The student must be an independent worker, trustworthy, and get teacher approval.
  • Dual Enrollment
    • Students are invited to take college classes at HFCC or U of M Dearborn that will count for both high school and college credit during their Junior and Senior years.  In order for a Dual Enrollment class to be considered a DCMST “STEM” elective, it must be on the approved course list that is available from Mrs. Parks.

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