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Science

Graduation Requirements: 25 Credit

(Note: CSU requires 1 year; UC requires 2 years; 3 years recommended)
  • 10 Credits must be taken in Biology
  • 35 credits in science is strongly recommended.
Please note: The abbreviations P, H and AP are all U.C. approved courses
P = U. C. approved; H = Honors; AP = Advanced Placement

Courses

Biotechnology - P

Biotechnology - P

REGISTRATION CODE: S586
STATUS: U.C. & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES: Completion of biology, chemistry and Algebra 1 with a minimum grade of C+
LEVEL: 12th grade

Are you considering a career in biosciences; a field with faster than average growth? The knowledge and skills gained in this course provide students with a broad understanding of biotechnology and the impact it has on society. Topics will include skills required in the biotech laboratory and the workplace, medical biotechnologies, genetic engineering and recombinant biotechologies, the role of biotechnology in developing implantable medical devices.


AP Physics 1

AP Physics 1

REGISTRATION CODE: S385
STATUS: U.C. & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS PREREQUISITES:
(1) B+ in Algebra 2 w/Trig or a B in Algebra 2 w/Trig (H)
(2) A- in Chemistry or a B+ in Chemistry (H) or a B in AP Chemistry
LEVEL: 11th and 12th grade

This course strengthens problem solving skills for those students who plan to major in science in college. The course uses the Advanced Placement curriculum which covers a variety of topics at an accelerated pace. Students should expect a minimum of one hour of homework per night. Students are expected to sit for the Advanced Placement examination.

 

 

AP Biology

AP Biology

REGISTRATION CODE: S471
STATUS: U.C. & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: 
(1) A in Core Principles in Physics, Chemistry & Biology
(2) No grade lower than an A- in any course taken
LEVEL: 10th grade

AP Biology is the study of life. This course covers a broad spectrum of topics including biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell growth, genetics, microbiology, classification, comparative anatomy of plants and animals, genetic engineering and ecology. This is an accelerated and comprehensive biology course covering the concepts of biology at a faster pace and more in-depth. Summer reading and science fair participation are required of all students

 

 

 

 

AP Environmental Science

AP Environmental Science

REGISTRATION CODE: S583
STATUS: U.C. & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES: (1) B+ in Biology and Chemistry or
(2) B in AP Biology and Chemistry or a B- in Honors Chemistry
LEVEL: 10th grade

Are you looking for a purposeful science class that will connect to everyday life and to your role in our planet? Do you think of yourself as someone who can make a difference? If so, APES is the place to be! AP Environmental Science provides students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships 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. The class will build on knowledge gained in biology and chemistry and is recommended for students who have an interest in pursuing science, or environmental topics in college. The textbook, materials and pace will be at a college freshman level. Organization and time management are necessary. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement exam. Field exploration occurs at least 3-5 times during the year.

Note: Summer reading requirement for this course will be announced in the spring via the CHS and DLS websites.

Core Principles in Physics, Chemistry & Biology – P

Core Principles in Physics, Chemistry & Biology - P

REGISTRATION CODE: S103
STATUS: U.C. & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None

LEVEL: 9th grade

This is a single semester course designed to prepare the student for future
science courses by introducing the basics of science methodology. The course
includes units on the scientific method, measurement, properties of matter,
atomic structure and periodic table, physical and chemical changes, solutions,

molecules of life, and the physics of light, fluids, sound and heat.

Biology - P

Biology - P

REGISTRATION CODE: S251
STATUS: U.C. & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 10th grade
 

Biology is the study of life. This course covers a broad spectrum of topics including biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell growth, genetics, microbiology, biotechnology, classification, plants, human anatomy and physiology, evolution and ecology. Students perform a variety of projects and labs as part of their investigation of the relationships between living things and their environment.

Physics - P

Physics - P

REGISTRATION CODE: S381
STATUS: U.C. & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS and CHS

PREREQUISITES:
1) Completion of Algebra I and Chemistry; completion of/or concurrent enrollment in Geometry
LEVEL: 11th and 12th grade

Physics is the study of how objects and energy interact. This course covers a broad spectrum of topics including motion, momentum, energy, gravity, sound, electricity, magnetism and light. This course uses laboratory, demonstration, lecture and discussion to provide students with a solid foundation as well as basic problem solving skills in physics. Connections between physics concepts and everyday life will be emphasized.

 

 

 

AP Chemistry

AP Chemistry

REGISTRATION CODE: S571
STATUS: U.C. & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10 CAMPUS:
DLS PREREQUISITES:
(1) A in Biology, A- in Biology (H) or a B in AP Biology
(2) A- in Geometry or a B+ in Geometry (H)
(3) Completion of AP Summer Assignment
LEVELS: 11th and 12th grade

Chemistry is the study of matter. In this course students will explore the following six big ideas of chemistry through lecture, problem solving and experience in the laboratory.
1. The chemical elements are the fundamental building materials of matter, and all matter can be understood in terms of arrangement of atoms.
2. Chemical and physical properties of materials can be explained by the structure and arrangements of atoms, ions or molecules and the forces between them.
3. Changes in matter involve the rearrangement and reorganization of atoms and the tranfer of electrons.
4. Rates of chemical reactions are determined by details of the molecular collisions.
5. The laws of thermodynamics describe the essential role of energy and explain and predict the direction of changes in matter.
6. Any bond that can be formed can be broken. These two processes are in dynamic competition, sensitive to initial conditions and external perturbations.

 

Chemistry - P

Chemistry - P

REGISTRATION CODE: S361
STATUS: U.C. & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: (1) C in Algebra 1 (a grade of B is recommended
due to the math content) (2) C in Biology (3) Completion of Core Principles and Biology
LEVEL: 11th and 12 grade

 

Chemistry is the study of matter. This course covers a broad spectrum of topics including atomic structure, the periodic table, bonding, gas laws, stoichiometry, and chemical reactions. The class stresses the development of critical thinking and laboratory skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anatomy & Physiology - P

Anatomy & Physiology - P

REGISTRATION CODE: S261
STATUS: U.C. & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: CHS only
PREREQUISITES:
(1) B- in Biology and chemistry; or approval of the department chair
LEVEL: 11th and 12th grade

The knee bone is connected to the....do you know? Are you interested in how your body works? Thinking of going into a medical profession? This is the class for you. Anatomy & Physiology explores both the structures of the human body along with how those structures work. The curriculum will include the study of the following human body systems: skeletal, muscular, integumentary, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive and urinary. Lectures will be supplemented with laboratory activities including dissections.

 

 

 

AP Physics C: Mechanics

AP Physics C Mechanics

REGISTRATION CODE: S386
STATUS: U.C. & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS PREREQUISITES:
(1) B in AP Calc AB
(3) A- in Chemistry or a B+ in Chemistry (H) or a B in AP Chem
LEVEL: 11th and 12th grade

This course strengthens problem solving skills for students who plan to major in engineering or science in college. The course uses the Advanced Placement Physics C: Mechanics curriculum which covers: kinematics, Newton’s Laws, work, power, and energy; linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; oscillations and gravitation. This course fosters the development of critial thinking skills and requires introductory differential and integral calculus. Students are expected to sit for the Advanced Placement examination.

 

Robotics, Engineering & Programming - P

Robotics, Engineering & Programming - P

REGISTRATION CODE: S590
STATUS: U.C. & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS

PREREQUISITES:
1) Completion of Algebra I and Biology and completion of/or concurrent enrollment in Geometry
LEVEL: 10th, 11th and 12th grade

This is a course in robot design, engineering, building and programming robotic systems. Systems studies include mechanics, power transmission, control, sensing, navigation and manipulation. This course is designed primarily to teach computer programming and mechanical engineering skills. In addition, it teaches and reviews physical science concepts in a robotics context. It cannot, nor is it intended to, replace a regular physics course.

Forensics - P

Forensics - P

REGISTRATION CODE: S585
STATUS: U.C. & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES:Completion of Biology, Chemistry
and Algebra 1 with a minimum grade of C
LEVEL: 12th grade

Do you have a little Sherlock Holmes in you? Then forensics would be a great fourth year, elective science. Come to the class where science and logic meet law. Travel down the road of crime scene investigators as you cover topics such as crime scene analysis, analysis of evidence and fingerprints, microscopy, hair analysis, fiber, serology, wounds, glass, drug toxicology, entomology, soil samples and DNA analysis.

Chemistry (H)

Chemistry (H)

REGISTRATION CODE: S561
STATUS: U.C. & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS

PREREQUISITES:
(1) A- in Algebra 1
(2) A in Biology,  A- in Biology (H) or a B in AP Biology
LEVEL: 11th and 12th grade

Chemistry is the study of matter. This course covers a broad spectrum of topics including atomic structure, the periodic table, bonding, gas laws, stoichiometry, and chemical reactions. This is an accelerated and comprehensive chemistry course covering the concepts of chemistry at a faster pace and more in-depth. It is especially geared toward the student who shows greater ability and interest in science.

 

 

 

Marine Biology-P

Marine Biology - P

REGISTRATION CODE: S271
STATUS: U.C. & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES:
Completion of Biology with a B and Algebra 1 with a C or higher
LEVEL: 12th grade

Did you know that 95% of the oceans are unexplored? Some believe that the oceans are the life-blook to our planet. Come join marine biology to learn why this deep, dark place is so important to our planet’s well-being and why we must pat attention to this precious resource. Topics that will be covered include: chemical oceanography, physical oceanography, geological oceanography, evolution of marine organisms, ecology and biodiversity of the oceans and humans and the ocean.

BIOLOGY (H)

Biology (H)

REGISTRATION CODE: S451
STATUS: U.C. & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: (1) A- in core Principles in Physics, Chemistry & Biology, B+ in Algebra 1 or Algebra 1 (H)
(2) no grade lower than a B+ in any course taken

LEVEL: 10th grade

This course is for students with an interest in pursuing biological topics in more depth and breadth than in the regular biology class. We will be using a college-level textbook in addition to various other supplemental materials. There will be an emphasis on laboratory experiments involving inquiry-based hands on learning and independent research projects throughout the year. Topics covered include: molecular biology, cell structure and function, energy transformations, cellular reproduction, genetics, evolution and the diversity of life, ecosystems, and human biology. Second semester, we will be incorporating field work as we are studying the Diversity of Life and Ecology. Students will complete an environmental service project as part of their final exam for second semester.