Valley View School District 365U approved adding two new, upper-level high school science courses to its curriculum last month.
Students at Bolingbrook High School and Romeoville High School will be able to take zoology or physics in the 2013-2014 school year.
Both courses were designed by current Valley View teachers. While zoology is a new topic offering, Valley View already offers three other physics classes: Conceptual Physics, Honors Physics and AP Physics.
The new physics course will be Algebra-based; Conceptual Physics is not. Offering both provides opportunities for students to "take a course that best meets their interests and career pathways, rather than exclude or discourage students who have not mastered advanced mathematical skills and readiness to be successful in an algebra based Physics course," according to board documents.
The zoology course is an "inquiry-based science course designed to encourage the study of animals (both vertebrate and invertebrate) and conservation issues many are facing."
The course will involve several dissections and an environmental stewardship requirement. Students must have taken three years of science prior to this course.
Valley View encourages all students to take a minimum of biology, chemistry and physics. Both courses require students to receive a "B" in biology and chemistry or a "C" in honors.