SWVGS Courses


All face-to-face courses are dual-enrolled with either New River Community College (NRCC) or Radford University (RU). In the fall of 2014, SWVGS began a pilot extended day, comprehensive program in which students also qualify for enrollment in the Talent Development program at Northwestern University (NU). Through the Center for Talent Development (CTD), students take specialized online Advanced Placement courses at SWVGS, including STEM-focused English classes and Social Science courses which satisfy requirements for advanced studies diplomas. Students earn a minimum of ten high school credits in the two year extended day, comprehensive program at SWVGS. Students have the opportunity to earn a minimum of 45 and a maximum of 53 dual-enrolled college credits in their two years at SWVGS. The comprehensive extended day program allows students to document success in multiple types of academically challenging courses while building unique academic records including transcripts from their home high school, the Southwest Virginia Governor's School, Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development, New River Community College, and Radford University. The number of earned college credits, and the associated college, is indicated beside each course description below.

Science


The science curricula are designed to build a strong foundation in the basic sciences, while also providing students with the knowledge necessary to conduct research investigations and to understand and appreciate the connections among different fields of science as well as the interdisciplinary nature of advanced scientific explorations.

Course Number Course Name Description Credits Enrolled Through
Science
BIO
101
General Biology I Explores fundamental characteristics of living matter from the molecular level to the ecological community with emphasis on general biological principles. Introduces the diversity of living organisms, their structure, function and evolution. Part I of II. 4 NRCC
BIO
102
General Biology II Explores fundamental characteristics of living matter from the molecular level to the ecological community with emphasis on general biological principles. Introduces the diversity of living organisms, their structure, function and evolution. Part II of II. 4 NRCC
BIO
141
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Integrates anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Integrates concepts of chemistry, physics, and pathology. Part I of II. 4 NRCC
BIO
142
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Integrates anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Integrates concepts of chemistry, physics, and pathology. Part II of II. 4 NRCC
BIO
253
Biotechnology Concepts Explores the growing field of biotechnology ranging from basic cellular and molecular biology concepts to both basic and advanced laboratory techniques. Emphasizes the application of biotechnology to medicine, agriculture, environmental science, and forensics. Includes discussion of the business, regulatory/legal, ethical, and societal issues of this topic as well as bioinformatics. 3 NRCC
CHM
111
College Chemistry I Explores the fundamental laws, theories, and mathematical concepts of chemistry. Designed primarily for science and engineering majors. Requires a strong background in mathematics. Part I of II. 4 NRCC
CHM
112
College Chemistry II Explores the fundamental laws, theories, and mathematical concepts of chemistry. Designed primarily for science and engineering majors. Requires a strong background in mathematics. Part II of II. 4 NRCC
ENV
100
Basic Environmental Science Presents and discusses basic scientific, health-related, ethical, economic, social and political aspects of environmental activities, policies/decisions. Emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of environmental problems and their potential solutions. 3 NRCC
PHY
201
General College Physics I Teaches fundamental principles of physics. Covers mechanics, thermodynamics, wave phenomena, electricity and magnetism, and selected topics in modern physics. Part I of II. 4 NRCC
PHY
202
General College Physics II Teaches fundamental principles of physics. Covers mechanics, thermodynamics, wave phenomena, electricity and magnetism, and selected topics in modern physics. Part II of II. 4 NRCC
PHY
231
General University Physics I Teaches principles of classical physics. Includes mechanics, wave phenomena, heat, electricity, magnetism, and optics, with extended coverage of selected topics. Includes recitation as part of the lecture. Part I of II. 5 NRCC
PHY
232
General University Physics II Teaches principles of classical physics. Includes mechanics, wave phenomena, heat, electricity, magnetism, and optics, with extended coverage of selected topics. Includes recitation as part of the lecture. Part II of II. 5 NRCC
ASTR
151
Intermediate Solar System Astronomy The astronomy within a solar system is discussed including star formation, solar system formation, planet formation, our solar system, and making observations of the cosmos. 3 RU
ASTR
152
Intermediate Galactic Astronomy Discusses astronomy on the galactic scale including the Milky Way galaxy, foundations of modern cosmology, Galaxy evolution, dark matter and dark energy, and the formation of the universe. 3 RU
SCT
198
Junior Science and Technology Seminar and Project Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field. 3 NRCC
SCT
298
Senior Science and Technology Seminar and Project Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field. 3 NRCC
BIO
146
Human Heredity Surveys basic principles of classical and molecular genetics as applied to humans. 3 NRCC
BIO
220
Immunology Provides students with and in-depth understanding of the mammalian immune system. Students begin with a detailed study of the immune system components and move on to an integrated look at the immune response with respect to clinical applications and human health. 3 NRCC
BIO
285
Biological Problems in Contemporary Society Discusses major biological problems facing society which may include environmental and health concerns such as pollution, bioengineering, drug abuse, conservation, famine and others. 3 NRCC


Math


The study of mathematics is highly differentiated to meet the varied needs and interests of the students served. An exhaustive range of courses is offered and instructors focus on ensuring that students develop strong math skills, independent of a calculator, so that they are able to complete required calculations in a given field of science or research.

Course Number Course Name Description Credits Enrolled Through
Mathematics
MATH
140
Trigonometry and AnalyticGeometry This course presents exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, complex numbers and polar coordinates. Fundamental concepts of plane trigonometry and of plane analytic geometry are covered along with trig functions, trig identities, solving triangles, analytic geometric proofs, conics, parametric equations. 3 RU
MTH
158
College Algebra Covers the structure of complex number systems, polynomials, rational expressions, graphing, systems of equations and inequalities and functions, quadratic and rational equations and inequalities. 3 NRCC
MTH
163
Precalculus I Presents college algebra, matrices, and algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions. 3 NRCC
MTH
164
Precalculus II Presents trigonometry, analytic geometry, and sequences and series. 3 NRCC
MTH
166
Precalculus with Trigonometry Presents college algebra, analytic geometry, trigonometry, and algebraic exponential and logarithmic functions. 5 NRCC
MTH
173
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 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. 4 NRCC
MTH
174
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Continues the study of analytic geometry and the calculus of algebraic and transcendental functions including rectangular, polar, and parametric graphing, indefinite and definite integrals, methods of integration, and power series along with applications. Designed for mathematical, physical, and engineering science programs. 4 NRCC
MTH
285
Linear Algebra This course covers matrices, vector spaces, determinants, solutions of systems of linear equations, basis and dimension, Eigen values, and Eigen vectors. 3 NRCC
MTH
181
Finite Mathematics I Introduces set theory, systems of linear equations, matrices, linear programming, probability, and game theory. 3 NRCC
MTH
182
Finite Mathematics II Introduces logic, counting techniques, probability and statistics, and mathematics of finance. 3 NRCC
MTH
241
Statistics I Covers descriptive statistics, elementary probability, probability distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing. 3 NRCC
MTH
242
Statistics II Continues the study of estimation and hypothesis testing with emphasis on correlation and regression, analysis of variance, chi-square tests, and non-parametric methods. 3 NRCC
MTH
271
Applied Calculus I Presents limits, continuity, differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions with applications, and an introduction to integration. 3 NRCC
MTH
272
Applied Calculus II Covers techniques of integration, multivariable calculus, and an introduction to differential equations. 3 NRCC
MTH
277
Vector Calculus Presents vector valued functions, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and topics from the calculus of vectors. Designed for mathematical, physical, and engineering science programs. 4 NRCC
MTH
279
Ordinary Differential Equations Introduces ordinary differential equations. Includes first order differential equations, second and higher order ordinary differential equations with application. Designed for mathematical, physical, and engineering science programs. 4 NRCC


Career Development


Students develop skills in active learning, consistent study practices, and time-management to maximize their success. They also shadow someone in an occupation that interests them during the eight week junior internship program. This opportunity assists students in finalizing college major choices and, for many, cements their decision to pursue a science and math related career.

Course Number Course Name Description Credits Enrolled Through
Student Development
SDV
104
Study Skills Assists students in planning strategies to overcome nonproductive study habits and in implementing positive study behaviors. Includes management, memory improvement, note taking, and test taking. 2 NRCC
SDV
107
Career Education Surveys career options available to students. Stresses career development and assists in the understanding of self in the world of work. Assists students in applying decision-making to career choice. 1 NRCC


Computer Science


Technology and computer programming are part of numerous devices used on a daily basis. Many SWVGS students design fully functional electronic devices incorporating skills in engineering, electronics, design, and programming. Laser alarm clocks, automatic sheet music advancers, and an electrocardiogram monitor are examples of equipment students created using skills acquired in Governor's School courses.

Course Number Course Name Description Credits Enrolled Through
Computer Science
ITP
100
Software Design Introduces principles and practices of software development. Includes instruction in critical thinking, problem solving skills, and essential programming logic in structured and object-oriented design using contemporary tools. 3 NRCC
CSC
201
Computer Science I Introduces algorithm and problem solving methods. Emphasizes structured programming concepts, elementary data structures and the study and use of a high level programming language. Corequisite MTH 173 or equivalent or divisional approval. 4 NRCC
ITEC
145
Data Ethics, Privacy, and Security This course is designed to foster ethical online behavior, introduce students to privacy and security issues of their personal data on mobile devices and social media. The course is designed for non-majors with limited background in Information Technology, so students do not need prior computer science course or experience with coding to succeed. 3 RU


STEM Focused English Courses


Strong communication skills are fundamental to success in many fields of work. STEM focused English courses provide opportunities for development of critical reading and technical writing skills. Techniques and approaches learned in these classes also support student progress in other courses such as the Science and Technology Seminar and Project courses.

Course Number Course Name Description Credits Enrolled Through
STEM Focused English Courses
401B AP English Language & Composition for STEM Students Introduces principles and practices of software development. Includes instruction in critical thinking, problem solving skills, and essential programming logic in structured and object-oriented design using contemporary tools. AP CTD at NU
402B AP English Literature & Composition for STEM Students Introduces algorithm and problem solving methods. Emphasizes structured programming concepts, elementary data structures and the study and use of a high level programming language. Corequisite MTH 173 or equivalent or divisional approval. AP CTD at NU


Social Science Courses


These courses complement other required coursework and allow the Southwest Virginia Governor's School to offer a comprehensive academic program which includes specific courses that satisfy requirements for Advanced Studies Diplomas in Virginia.

Course Number Course Name Description Credits Enrolled Through
Social Science Courses
403 AP U.S. History Introduces principles and practices of software development. Includes instruction in critical thinking, problem solving skills, and essential programming logic in structured and object-oriented design using contemporary tools. AP CTD at NU
406 AP Government and Politics Introduces algorithm and problem solving methods. Emphasizes structured programming concepts, elementary data structures and the study and use of a high level programming language. Corequisite MTH 173 or equivalent or divisional approval. AP CTD at NU