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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) Honors Biology Curriculum Map

 

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)