• SCIENCE Courses

    Approved Science Courses meet the (d) requirement for admission to the UC/CSU system. All Science courses are aligned to the California Science Content Standards.

    LIFE SCIENCE

    Grade Level: 9-12
    Course # 3037
    Prerequisite: By placement
    Length: Year
     
    This course meets UC/CSU elective and life science graduation requirements.
    This is the first year of a science program designed to prepare students for more advanced science courses. The emphasis of the course is to study scientific

    concepts and processes that apply to living organisms, both plant and animal. Students will also gain practical knowledge in the proper technique and use of scientific instruments, tools and measuring devices. Students will complete investigative projects and activities designed to reinforce the principles of the scientific method. A minimum of 20% of class time will be spent on laboratory experiences.

    COLLEGE PREPARATORY BIOLOGY (CP Biology)

    Grade Level: 9-12
    Course # 3025
    Prerequisite: By placement
    Length: Year
     
    This course meets UC/CSU laboratory and District life science graduation requirement.
     
    This course is designed to prepare the college-bound student for the rigors that they will encounter as they enter college science courses and satisfies the laboratory

    science requirement for entrance into most colleges. The emphasis of study will be on biological concepts and processes as they apply to various biological systems. Students will gain experience in the use of various scientific instruments, tools, and measuring devices as well as the proper techniques in their use. A minimum of 20% of class time will be spent on laboratory experiences.

    EARTH SCIENCE

    Grade Level: 10-12
    Course # 3500
    Prerequisite: By placement
    Length: Year
     
    This course meets District physical science graduation requirements.
     
    This course fulfills UC/CSU requirements for elective credit. This course is designed to allow students to examine the Earth’s dynamic geochemical processes as well as

    exploring Earth’s relationship to the solar system and beyond. Students will learn topics such as geology, oceanography, climatology, and astronomy from a dynamic perspective which focuses on the processes that have and continue to shape our Earth. In addition to our broader perspective, students will learn about California’s fascinating geologic history. A minimum of 20% of class time will be spent on laboratory experiences.

    INTEGRATED PHYSICAL SCIENCE

    Grade Level: 11-12
    Course # 3035
    Prerequisite: By placement
    Length: Year
     
    This course meets UC/CSU elective and District physical science graduation requirement.
     
    An integrated approach will be utilized to stimulate interest and motivate students toward successful completion of the learning outcomes in the physical and earth

    sciences. Students gain practical knowledge of scientific instruments, tools and a variety of measuring devices and techniques. In addition, students complete several investigative projects, which are designed to reinforce the principles of the scientific method. A minimum of 20% of class time will be spent on laboratory experiences.

    CHEMISTRY

    Grade Level: 10-12
    Course # 3525
    Prerequisite: By placement
    Length: Year
     
    This course meets UC/CSU laboratory and District physical science graduation requirements. This course deals with the quantitative and qualitative study of elements, compounds and molecules. Students will study the basic laws of chemistry,

    chemical bonds, chemical reactions, chemical equations and stoichiometry, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry and acid-base theories. A minimum of 20% of class time will be spent on laboratory experiences.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY

    Grade Level: 11-12
    Course # 3528
    Prerequisite: Grade B or better in Chemistry with teacher recommendation and signed AP contract
    Length: Year
     
    This course meets UC/CSU laboratory and District physical science graduation requirements. This course deals with the quantitative and qualitative study of elements, compounds and molecules. Students will study the basic laws of chemistry,

    chemical bonds, chemical reactions, chemical equations and stoichiometry, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, thermochemistry, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, electrochemistry and acidbase theories. A minimum of 20% of class time will be spent on laboratory experiences. Students are required to take the AP exam.

    ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

    Grade Level: 10- 12
    Course # 3040
    Prerequisite: Grade C or better in CP Biology
    Length: Year
     
    This course meets UC/CSU laboratory and District life science graduation requirements. This course is designed to give students an understanding of the structure and function of the systems of the human body and their interrelationships. Students will examine the basic framework of the human body and study of the following systems: histology, skeletal, muscular, digestive, cardiovascular and nervous. A minimum of 20% of class time will be spent on laboratory experiences.

     

    ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

    Grade Level: 12
    Course # 3100
    Prerequisite:
    Grade C or better in Biology or Life Science
    Length: Year
     
    This course meets approval for UC/CSU elective and one year of District science graduation requirements.
     
    In this course students will gain an understanding of ecological concepts and processes and how they apply to the natural world. They will learn how to

    identify present day environmental problems, evaluate the risks associated with these problems and propose possible solutions to prevent or resolve them. During the course students will gain practical knowledge in the use of scientific tools and instruments used for measurement and experimentation. A minimum of 20% of class time will be spent on laboratory experiences.

    PHYSICS

    Grade Level: 11-12
    Course # 3530
    Prerequisite: Grade C or better in Algebra II and/or Chemistry
    Length: Year
     
    This course meets UC/CSU laboratory and District graduation physical science or elective credit requirements.
     
    This course deals with the study of mechanics, heat, light, sound, electromagnetism,

    and waves. This is a challenging course with an emphasis on problem solving and requires the student to have strong math skills. A minimum of 20% of class time will be spent on laboratory experiences.

    ADVANCED BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE

    Grade Level: 11-12
    Course # 3555
    Prerequisite: Grade C or better in Anatomy and Physiology
    Length: Year
     
    This course meets UC/CSU laboratory and District life science graduation requirements.
     
    Advanced Biomedical Science is a continuation of the Anatomy and Physiology course seeking to relate the Biological and Medical Sciences. Classroom activities

    will include training in the use of medical equipment, drug and dosage calculations, comprehensive dissections, diagnostic testing and urinalysis. Medical professionals will serve as guest lecturers as well as mentors to the students. A minimum of 20% of class time will be spent on laboratory experiences.

    MARINE BIOLOGY

    Grade Level: 11-12
    Course # 3010
    Prerequisite: Grade C or better in Biology or Life Science
    Length: Year
     
    This course meets UC/CSU elective and District life science graduation requirements.
     
    Marine Biology is a laboratory based science elective studying our world's oceans and life within them. The first semester of the course focuses on oceanography, the

    study of the properties and processes that define the ocean realm. The second semester focuses on marine plant and animal life, from the smallest one cell organisms to the largest mammals on earth. A minimum of 20% of class time will be spent on laboratory experiences.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY

    Grade Level: 11-12
    Course # 3031
    Prerequisite: Grade B or better in Biology and Chemistry with teacher recommendation and signed AP contract
    Length: Year
     
    This course meets UC/CSU laboratory and District graduation requirements for life science or elective credit.
     
    Advanced Placement Biology is a rigorous course designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory Biology course usually taken by Biology majors in their first year of college. The aim of the course is to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of Biology. The course is designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Biology examination Colleges may give advanced placement and/or college credit based on the result of the examination. A minimum

    of 20% of class time will be spent on laboratory experiences. Students are required to take the AP Exam.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS

    Grade Level: 11-12
    Course # 3531
    Prerequisite: Grade B or better in Chemistry with teacher recommendation and signed AP contract
    Length: Year
     
    This course meets UC/CSU laboratory and District physical science graduation requirements.
     
    Advanced Placement Physics is a rigorous course designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory Physics course usually taken by non-calculus based Physics majors. The focus is to provide students with a broad conceptual background in Physics and necessary problem solving skills to apply those concepts in practical situations. This course is a laboratory-based course with an emphasis on practical hands on experience. This course is designed to prepare students to take the AP Physics examination. Colleges may give AP and/or college credit based on the result of the examination. A minimum of 20% of class time will be spent on laboratory experiences. Students are required to the take the AP Exam. 
Last Modified on May 25, 2010