Group 4: Sciences
IB DP Biology SL
This course is a broad and rigorous study of biological concepts. Topics studied include cells, biochemistry, genetics and heredity, evolution, ecology, and human and plant physiology. Laboratory activities are inquiry-based and assist students in developing their skills in designing experiments and analyzing data. Students who successfully complete this course are eligible to take the IB Biology SL examinations. This course is part of the Bioscience Pathway
IB DP Physics SL1
This IB DP Standard Level physics course exposes students to this most fundamental experimental science, which seeks to explain the universe itself—from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies. Students develop traditional practical skills and techniques and increase facility in the use of mathematics, the language of physics. They also develop interpersonal skills as well as information and communication technology skills, which are essential in modern scientific endeavors—and are important life-enhancing, transferable skills in their own right. Topics covered include kinematics, mechanics including force and motion, projectile and circular motion, gravity and energy. Lab is an essential part of the course. This course is the first of two courses leading to the Standard Level IB exam.
IB DP Physics SL2
IB Physics SL2 completes the IB Physics SL program. Additional topics include laboratory IB Internal Assessment, error analysis, waves, sound, light, electrostatics, electric circuits, atomic physics, quantum and nuclear physics, and one extended area of study in astrophysics or engineering physics. The Group Four project, “integrating physics with other sciences,” will be completed. Students completing the appropriate laboratory activities and the two years of the program requirements are eligible to take the IB Physics SL exam.
IB DP Sports, Exercise, and Health Science SL
The IB DP course in sports, exercise and health science standard level (SL) involves the study of the science that underpins physical performance. The course incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition. Students cover a range of topics and carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings. This provides an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific principles and critically analyse human performance. Where relevant, the course will address issues of international dimensions and ethics by considering sport, exercise and health relative to the individual in a global context.