The Bethalto School Board has passed two proposed changes to the science curriculum at Civic Memorial High School in hopes of better preparing students for college and the work force. Starting next fall freshman will be limited to only taking either biology or physical science.

Frank Graser, who teaches several science classes at CM, says that separating the freshman from older students, will help prevent them from picking up bad habits.

After their freshman year, students would create their own path by choosing a science class from a list of options that include environmental and earth sciences, physics or chemistry.

Graser also says that this change will fix another problem they had identified within the science department.

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One other change to the curriculum was approved to the science curriculum at the high school but won't take affect for a few years. Starting in 2017, all students will be required to complete three years of science classes before they can graduate, which teachers say will allow students to gain more exposure to the various types of sciences, allowing them to further develop skills that will help them if they chose to pursue a college degree or enter the work force.

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