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Science & Engineering Course Descriptions

Science Department Chairperson: Ms. Angela Curry

 

Biology

Prerequisite: 9th graders–Composite score of 40 or above on the Placement Test / 10th graders – This course is required of all 10th graders who did not take Biology or Honors Biology in 9th grade and who are not taking A.P. Biology or Honors Biology in 10th grade.

 

(9-10) A course designed to provide students with a background in scientific processes and the nature of living systems. It involves the study of biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, genetics, the classification of organisms, ecology and an overview of human body systems.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “d” requirement)

 

Honors Biology

Prerequisite: 9th graders–Composite score of 70th percentile or higher on the Placement Exam; 10th graders–“C” or better in Honors Chemistry OR Department approval.

 

(9-10) This course is a more intensive survey of the material covered in the college prep Biology course.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “d” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement Biology

Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and a “B” or better in Chemistry or Honors Chemistry or a passing score on a biology skills test and approval from the Science Department.

 

(10-12) A course comparable to a first-year college course, designed to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. Additional lectures, readings and research will be required.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “d” requirement)

 

Chemistry in the Community

Prerequisite: Required of all students who do not qualify for Chemistry or Honors Chemistry, Additionally, students must have earned a “C” or better in Algebra 1 (2nd Semester) or Algebra 1B.

 

(10-11) This course explores chemistry as it relates to household, local and global environments. It is a lab and project oriented course that explores chemistry concepts such as: atomic structures, states of matter, chemical reactions and energy.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “d” requirement)

 

Chemistry

Prerequisite: A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a “B” or better in Algebra 1 or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2.

 

(10-11) This course involves the study of matter and its properties and interactions. Students will learn the fundamentals of problem solving in chemistry. They will study atomic theory, chemical bonding, chemical reactions and energy, the concept of the mole, and stoichiometry.

(Meets CSU/UC “d” requirement)

 

Honors Chemistry

Prerequisite: 9th graders – Composite score of 88th percentile or higher on the Placement Exam and concurrent enrollment in Honors Geometry or higher Math course. 10th graders – an “A” in Honors Biology and an “A” in Algebra 1 both semesters.

 

(9-10) This course is a more intensive survey of the material covered in the college prep Chemistry course.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “d” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement Chemistry

Prerequisite: A cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, a “B” or higher in Chemistry or Honors Chemistry, completion of a physics course, and completion of or concurrent enrollment in Precalculus.

 

(12) This course is designed to be the equivalent of a first year college chemistry course. It requires extensive outside reading and preparation. This course offers an in-depth exploration of the fundamentals of chemistry, focusing primarily on competence in dealing with chemical problems and laboratory situations.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “d” requirement)

 

Physics

Prerequisite: “B” or higher in Algebra 2 or Honors Algebra 2 and a “C” or better in Chemistry or Honors Chemistry.

 

(10-12) Physics is a quantitative laboratory science that deals with the fundamental concepts concerning matter, energy, space, time and their interrelationships. Specific areas of study will include mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity, and magnetism, atomic and nuclear energy.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “d” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement Physics 1: Algebra-based

Prerequisite: A culumative GPA of 3.5 or higher, completion of a Chemistry course, and “B” or better each semester of Precalculus (OR “A” each semester in Honors Algebra 2).

 

(10-12) This course is the equivalent of the first semester of an introductory, algebra-based, college level physics course. It will include an exploration of topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific and critical thinking and reasoning skills.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “d” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement Physics 2: Algebra-based

Prerequisite: A culumative GPA of 3.5 or higher and a “B” or better in AP Physics 1.

 

(11-12) This course is the equivalent of the second semester of an introductory, algebra-based, college level physics course. It will include an exploration of topics such as electricity, magnetism, light and optics, fluids, thermodynamics, and topics in modern physics. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific and critical thinking and reasoning skills.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “d” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement Physics C: Mechanics

Prerequisite: Completion of/or concurrent enrollment in AP Calculus BC.

 

(12) This course is designed to be the equivalent of a first-year, calculus based college physics course in mechanics. Students will acquire an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of physics and its application to mechanics problems.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “d” requirement)

 

Earth Science

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Biology.

 

(10-12) The essential goal of Earth Science is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methods to understand and interpret basic topics in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “g” requirement)

 

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Prerequisite: “C” or better in Biology and “C” or better in Chemistry, Chemistry in the Community, or Earth Science.

 

(11-12) This course stresses the structure and functions of the human body. An anatomical overview of the 11 body systems including the integumentary, muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, lymphatic, urinary, respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine and reproductive systems is combined with how those systems perform their required functions.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “d” requirement)

 

Advanced Placement Environmental Science

Prerequisite: A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, a “B” or better in Biology, and completion of a Chemistry course.

 

(11-12) AP Environmental Science is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college class in environmental science. This class will prepare students to take the AP Environmental Science exam. The goal of the class is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand the inter-relationships of the natural world; to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made; to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems; and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “d” requirement)

 

Introduction to Sports Medicine

Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.5 and completion of an Earth Science or Chemistry course. Prerequisite may also be met by permission of instructor.

 

(11-12) This course is designed to provide students with scientific and hands-on introduction into the field of Sports Medicine. This course will include topics such as: general health, first aid, CPR, structural and functional anatomy, taping and wrapping techniques and orthopedic assessment and treatment of many athletic injuries. This class will also require hours of outside of the classroom to work in the athletic training room, under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer, to observe athletic injuries and treatment.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “d” requirement)

 

Athletic Training

Prerequisite: Intro to Sports Medicine or Anatomy & Physiology completed with a “B” average, or membership in the Sports Medicine Club with Mrs. Truax’s signature for approval.

 

(11-12) This one year course is designed to provide students with a hands-on introduction to the basics of first aid, CPR and orthopedic evaluation of injuries within the athletics population. Human anatomy and physiology or Intro to Sports Medicine must be completed before or simultaneously because this class will use that background knowledge as the basis for this class. This class will introduce the learning of orthopedic assessment of injuries, types of injuries, and what to do as a first responder to a medical emergency using multiple teaching strategies to address all forms of learning, but focusing on the hands on approach through practicum. Multiple laboratory activities are included to further aid in the learning process. Students from this class are encouraged to join the Sports Medicine Club and work as student athletic trainers after school to bring their new learned skills to life.

 

(CSU/UC approval pending)

 

Introduction to Design (Project Lead the Way)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Geometry or Honors Geometry. $25 Course Fee Required; No textbook is required; Notebook is included in the fee.

 

(9-12) The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation. IED gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity-, project-, and problem-based (APPB) learning. Used in combination with a teaming approach, APPB-learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities and understanding of the design process. It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)

 

Principles of Engineering (Project Lead the Way)

Prerequisite: Completion of a C or better in IED (Introduction to Engineering Design). $25 Course Fee Required; No textbook is required; Notebook is included in the fee.

 

(10-12) This survey course of engineering exposes students to some of the major concepts they’ll encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high-tech careers and to develop skills and understanding of course concepts. The problems presented are seeking to engage and challenge while students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “g” requirement)

 

Digital Electronics (Project Lead the Way)

Prerequisite: A cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and “B” or better each semester in Pre-calculus (OR “A” each semester in Honors Algebra 2). Prerequisite may also be met by with a “C” or better in each semester of POE (Principles of Engineering). $25 Course Fee Required; No textbook is required; Notebook is included in the fee.

 

(11-12) This course of engineering provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.

 

(Meets CSU/UC “g” requirement)

 

Engineering Design and Development (Project Lead the Way Capstone Course)

Prerequisite: : “B” or better in one of the following courses: Digital Electronics, AP Computer Science A, or AP Computer Science Principles. Prerequisite may also be met by permission of instructor.. $75 Course Fee Required; No textbook is required; notebook is included in the fee.

 

(12) Engineering Design and Development (EDD) is the capstone course in the PLTW high school engineering program. It is an engineering research course in which students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process, ultimately presenting their solution to an outside panel of engineers. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science and technology. The EDD course provides an opportunity for students to apply all the skills and knowledge learned in previous Project Lead The Way courses including the use of 3D design software to develop and document design solutions to the problem their team has chosen. This course also engages students in time management, presentation and teamwork skills.