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Science - Honors / AP 

PHYSICS 9 (Honors)
Course Description:
Physics 9 Honors is a freshman level laboratory physics course for students concurrently enrolled in Geometry. 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 and electricity and magnetism. Other topics will be introduced as time allows. Student not concurrently enrolled in Geometry or higher will not be permitted to take this course.
This course will fulfill the UC requirement.
Co-requisite: concurrent enrollment in Geometry or higher

Honors Course Differences
This course differs from the standard course in that it has a much heavier math component and includes more computer based laboratory experiences. Problem solving and critical thinking are emphasized.

CHEMISTRY (Honors)

Course Description:

Chemistry Honors is a more challenging and faster paced laboratory science course offered tosophomore students. Honors Chemistry covers topics in addition to those taught in college prep Chemistry. This course also stresses critical thinking, complex problem solving and enrichment assignments. This course fulfills the second year upper division science requirement. Students must apply for admission to Honors Chemistry and are accepted based on previous academic achievement and teacher recommendation.
Prerequisites:
    A) Overall GPA of 3.25
    B) Completion of an application form and contract by the date due. (In most cases, late applications are not accepted)
    C) Successful completion of Physics 9 H with a B or better or Physics 9 P with an A or better.
Co-requisite: Enrollment in Algebra II or higher

BIOLOGY (Honors)

Course Description:
Biology H is a challenging fast paced laboratory science course offered toJuniors only. This course is designed to provide an enriched Biology experience with an emphasis on laboratory methods and development of critical thinking and analytical skills. Content emphasis will be placed on biological chemistry, cells, energy transformations, molecular genetics, heredity, evolution, organisms and populations and ecology as well as an introduction to human physiology. A one semester commitment is required for enrollment and a schedule change will not, in most cases, be permitted until the end of the first semester. If a student receives less than a B- at the end of the first semester, (s)he will be expected to transfer to Biology P. A student must apply for admittance and the prerequisites are listed below.
Prerequisites:
    A) Overall GPA of 3.25
    B) Completion of an application form and contract by the date due. (In most cases, late applications are not accepted)
    C) Successful completion of Chemistry H with a B or better or Chemistry P with an A or better.
Co-requisite: Enrollment in Math Analysis or higher

BIOLOGY(AP)

Course Description:

AP Biology is a two semester college-level science course designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. AP Biology differs significantly from high school with respect to the kind of textbook used, the range and depth of topics covered, the kind of laboratory work done by students, and the time and effort required of students. This course fulfills a third year science requirement for the UC system.
Prerequisites:
    A) An overall GPA of 3.5 or better
    B) Completion of Biology P with a grade of A (or better) or Biology H with a grade of B+ (or better)
    C) Completion of Chemistry P with a grade of A (or better) or Chemistry Honors with a grade of B+ (or better)
    D) Completing and returning the application form for acceptance.
    E) Recommendation of the science department

PHYSICS (H)

A senior level laboratory science elective. This course is designed for students who are planning on majoring in a science in college. A college level test is used, and the pace is accelerated. 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. The science department faculty determines enrollment.
This course fulfills a third year science requirement for the UC system.
Prerequisites:
 
    Enrollment is determined by the science department faculty.
Co-requisite: concurrent enrollment in Math Analysis or higher

CHEMISTRY (AP)
AP Chemistry is a two semester college-level science lab course designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory chemistry course taken by science majors in their first year. AP Chemistry has specific labs designed to assist students on the AP exam. This course will require additional time and effort as it is accelerated. This course fulfills a third year science requirement for the UC system.
Prerequisites:
    A. Completion of Chemistry (H) with a B+ or better
    B. Completing and returning the application form for acceptance.
    C. Recommendation of the science department