Dual Credit Courses

DUAL CREDIT ENGLISH

Level: 12
Semesters: 2
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Junior Composition & Literature or American Heritage
Credit: SHS (1) + Kishwaukee College (6)
Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards ENG 103 and ENG 104 class at Kishwaukee College)

The objective of the course is to provide an introduction to college-level writing that develops awareness of the writing process; provides invention, organization and revision strategies; stresses a variety of uses for writing; emphasizes critical skills in reading, thinking, and writing; and develops reasoning and argumentation skills.

Dual Credit Senior English counts for both Sycamore High School and Kishwaukee College credit. While staying on SHS’s campus, students will take Kishwaukee College’s English 103 first semester and English 104 second semester of their senior year. Unless graduating early, students are required to enroll in both semesters. The 6 credit hours earned from the successful completion of these courses (in which the student earns a C or higher) are transferable to any college or university that accepts Kishwaukee College credit.

DUAL CREDIT COLLEGE ALGEBRA

Level: 11, 12
Semesters: 1
Prerequisites: Algebra II
Credit: SHS (1/2) + Kishwaukee College (4)
Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards MAT 150 at Kishwaukee College)
First Semester

A senior level course that focuses on the study of linear and quadratic functions, inequalities, mathematical induction, binomial theorem, matrices and determinants, logarithmic and exponential functions, complex numbers and topics in the theory of equations. Credit for the course is earned both at Sycamore High School and Kishwaukee College. An additional fee is paid directly to Kishwaukee College. The TI-83 or higher calculator is required.

DUAL CREDIT COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY

Level: 11, 12
Semesters: 1
Prerequisites: Algebra II
Credit: SHS (1/2) + Kishwaukee College (3)
Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards MAT 155 at Kishwaukee College)
Second Semester

A senior level course that focuses on the study of trigonometric functions and their graphs, radian measure, equations and identities, logarithms, inverse functions, and applications. Credit for the course is earned both at Sycamore High School and Kishwaukee College. An additional fee is paid directly to Kishwaukee College. The TI- 83 or higher calculator is required.

DUAL CREDIT GENERAL BIOLOGY

Level: 11, 12
Semesters: 2
Prerequisites: Completion of biology or biology AB and chemistry and appropriate placement test scores on the Compass test at Kishwaukee College
Credit: SHS (1) + Kishwaukee College (4)
Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards BIO 103 and BIO 105 at Kishwaukee College)

An introductory course of study of biological science being offered first semester that combines Biology 103 (lecture) and Biology 105 (lab) from Kishwaukee Community College. This course includes an investigation of the basic principles of the study of life including; molecular biology, cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Not recommended for students intending to major in biology. Enrollment in this class will require students to purchase required texts and pay fees associated with Kishwaukee Community College.

DUAL CREDIT GOVERNMENT/CIVICS

Level: 12
Semesters: 1
Prerequisites: AP U.S. History strongly recommended, teacher recommendation
Credit: Credit: SHS (1/2) + Kishwaukee College (3)
Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards PLS 140 at Kishwaukee College)

This one semester course is designed to provide college level instruction and credit while staying on SHS’s campus. The content of the course is similar to the required government course for seniors but with an emphasis on college level abilities such as critical skills in reading, thinking, writing, reasoning and argumentation. Upon completion of the course with a grade of C or higher the student will receive 3 credit hours transferable to any college or university that accepts Kishwaukee College credit. Student will also receive 1 credit at SHS.

DUAL CREDIT U.S. HISTORY

Level: 12
Semesters: 1
Prerequisites: AP U.S. History strongly recommended, teacher recommendation
Credit: SHS (1/2) + Kishwaukee College (3)
Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards HIS 220 at Kishwaukee College)

A dual credit course similar to the Government course will be available for the 2015-16 school year. The logistics of this course have not yet been determined. Please see administration, councilor, or department chair for information.