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Core Science Curriculum 


Year

General

College Prep

Honors

9th

General Science*

Physics 9 (P)*

Physics 9 (H)*

10th

Physics 9 (P)

Chemistry (P)

Chemistry (H)

11th

Chemistry (P)

Biology (P)

Biology (H)

12th

Biology (P)

Elective

Elective

 

*Freshman science placement is determined by placement examination scores. Students placed in Geometry P or higher are eligible for Physics 9H. Students placed in Algebra I or Algebra IA are eligible for Physics 9P. Students placed general science can either continue in general level courses or move into CP level courses starting with Physics 9.

Chemistry H placement is determined by application and consent of instructor.

Biology H placement is determined by application and consent of instructor.


Science Electives


Course

Grade

Available

Prerequisites

Anatomy and Physiology

12

Completion of Biology P or Biology H

Biology AP

12

Completion of Biology H with a B or better and consent of instructor/ department chair

Chemistry AP

11

Completion of Chemistry H with a B or better and consent of instructor/ department chair

Physics 12P

12

Concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or higher

Physics 12H

12

Concurrent enrollment in Math Analysis or higher and consent of instructor/ department chair

Environmental Science

12

Completion of Biology P or Biology H


Core Computer Curriculum

Year     

All Students**

9th

Computer Applications

 

 

Computer Electives

Computer  Science  AP

 

11, 12 

Concurrent enrollment or completion of Algebra II and consent of instructor/ department chair

Science - Description of Courses Offered

 

DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS:

Students must successfully complete three (3) years of science: a freshmen level physics  course, a chemistry course, and a biology course. A fourth year of science is highly recommended for all students entering a four year institution.


PHYSICS 9 (P) is a freshman level laboratory physics course for students concurrently enrolled in Algebra I. The math is kept to a minimum while students investigate the concepts of physics. There are many labs and hands on activities including some work with computers. This course will introduce students to the concepts of motion, forces, work, energy, waves, light, sound, electricity and magnetism.
This course will fulfill the UC requirement.
Co-requisite: concurrent enrollment in Algebra I or higher.


PHYSICS 9 (H) is a fast paced freshman level laboratory physics course. It follows the basic curriculum of Physics 9 (P), but includes subject enrichment as time allows. There will be more mathematical analysis of physical concepts than in Physics 9 (P). A significant amount of out-of-class time will be required. 
This course will fulfill the UC requirement.

Co-requisite: concurrent enrollment in Geometry or higher or instructor approval.


CHEMISTRY (P)
 is a sophomore level laboratory chemistry course. This course includes the nature and classification of matter, structure of atoms, chemical bonds, molecular structure, chemical formulae, polyatomic ions, moles, types of chemical reactions, stoichiometry, enthalpy, entropy, colligative properties of matter, combined gas law, reaction rate, equilibrium, and acids and bases. An introduction to redox reactions will be added as time allows. 

This course will fulfill the UC requirement.
Co-requisite:
 73% or higher in Algebra I or higher and concurrent enrollment in Geometry(P) or higher 
Prerequisite: 73% or higher in Physics 9(P) or Physics 9(H)


CHEMISTRY (H) is a challenging and fast paced sophomore level science course. In addition to the material covered in Chemistry (P), Chemistry (H) will also include nuclear chemistry, entropy, redox reactions, and ethics in science as well as other topics. Students will do enrichment and critical thinking assignments.
This course will fulfill the UC requirement.
Co-requisite: concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or higher and instructor approval
Prerequisite: 
90% or higher in Physics 9 (P) or 80% or higher in Physics 9(H) or instructor approval.

BIOLOGY (P) is a junior level laboratory life science course. The content is comprehensive with up-to-date coverage of organic chemistry, molecular biology, cellular biology, genetics, evolution, animal diversity, ecology, and development. The labs are designed to practice lab skills, graphing, and to enhance inquiry and exploration.
This course will fulfill the UC requirement.
Prerequisites: 
70% or higher in Chemistry P or H


BIOLOGY (H) is a junior level laboratory life science course that moves quickly and covers the areas of biochemistry, cell structure, cell functions, cellular metabolism, genetics, gene expression, evolution, ecology, and animal diversity. Biological concepts are emphasized and reinforced. A term paper may be required, and a significant amount of out-of-class time will be required. This course includes a final exam that covers all material from both semesters.
This course will fulfill the UC requirement and is a UC approved honors course.
Co-requisite: 
concurrent enrollment in Math Analysis or higher
Prerequisites: successful completion of Chemistry (P) with an A- or higher or Chemistry (H) with a B- or higher or instructor approval.


PHYSICS 12 (P) is a senior level elective laboratory science elective course. Topics covered include motion, forces, work, energy, heat, waves, light, sound and electricity and magnetism. Other topics will be introduced as time allows. This course uses an age appropriate text and it is more math based than the Physics 9 courses.. 
This course fulfills a third year science requirement for the UC system.
Co-requisite: 
concurrent enrollment in Math Analysis or higher
Prerequisites: passing grades in Chemistry and Biology

PHYSICS  12 (H) 
Honors Physics is a senior level laboratory science elective. This course is designed for students who are planning on majoring in a science in college. Extensive time out-of-class will be required. This is a non-calculus based course, but concurrent enrollment in Calculus or Math Analysis is required.

This course fulfills a third year science requirement for the UC system.
Co-requisite
: concurrent enrollment in Math Analysis or higher
Prerequisites: Enrollment is determined by the science department faculty.

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (P) is a senior level, biological laboratory science course. The course emphasis is the study of human anatomy and physiology. It builds on biology course instruction on cell biology. Histology is introduced to bridge the concepts of the cell and the subsequent organ systems. Labs, which include dissection, illustrate the unique and specialized function of each system. 
This course fulfills a third year science requirement for the UC system. 
Prerequisites:
 passing grades in Chemistry and Biology

BIOLOGY (AP) AP Biology is a college level course offered to seniors. This course is equivalent to an introductory biology course taken by biology majors during the freshman year of college. Biology (AP) differs significantly from the biology courses offered to juniors. The main objective of the course is to prepare students for the AP Exam offered each May. Significant time outside of class and dedication are required. 
This course fulfills a third year science requirement for the UC system.
Prerequisites:
 B or better in Chemistry (P) or (H) and B or better in Biology (H).

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (P) focuses on the environment and human impact. Local field trips, field work, and data collection allow students to apply biological, ecological, and environmental concepts to the local environment. Course emphasis is on the environmental challenges that our community faces. Through field and laboratory activities, the course builds on experience in graphing, data collection, and mapping.
Prerequisites: Completion of Biology (H) or Biology (P) and consent of instructor.

CHEMISTRY (AP) is a college level chemistry course offered to juniors. The course is designed to be equivalent to a first year majors level chemistry course. Topics covered in AP Chemistry include atomic structure, physical and chemical properties of elements and compounds, changes in matter and energy, reaction rates (kinetics), thermodynamics, and equilibrium. The main objective of the course is to prepare students for the AP Exam offered each May. Significant time outside of class and dedication are required. 

Prerequisites: Completion of Chemistry (H) with a B or better and consent of the department chair.

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (1 semester)
Course Description:

Computer Applications is one-semester course (5 credits) that focuses on learning Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The purpose of this course is to enable students to become computer literate and to demonstrate skills necessary to be successful in their future education. Students will learn Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and become more proficient at touch typing, and learn standard MLA formatting.

COMPUTER SCIENCE (AP)
AP Computer Science is designed to introduce the student to the object-oriented programming paradigm using the Java language. This course teaches students to use the standard Java library classes from the AP Java subset delineated in Appendices A and B of the AP Computer Science Course Description. Concepts such as classes, objects, inheritance, polymorphism, and code re-usability are studied.  An in-depth study of the design, implementation, and analysis of commonly used computer algorithms is also covered.