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BIOLOGY

                    Course number: 5031                  
Credit: 1 unit
                  Grade level: 10, 11, 12               
Prerequisite: Physical Science

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course provides the basic concepts and principles of biology as they apply to the six major biological kingdoms.  Included will be survey of life characteristics, the cell, basic life chemistry, cell reproduction and metabolism, genetics, protein synthesis, cell structure and functions, as well as the techniques for laboratory study.

 

 


BIOLOGY (HONORS) 

                    Course number: 5290                  
Credit: 1 unit
                    Grade level: 10, 11, 12               
  Prerequisite: Physical Science & Teacher's signature

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   This course provides the basic concepts and principles of biology as Biology I with serious college-bound students in mind.  This course requires a two semester biological concepts scientific project. 

 



AP BIOLOGY

                  Course number: 5035                  
                       Credit: 1 unit                        
                    Grade level: 11,12                    
Prerequisite:  Physical Science, Biology (Honors) & teacher’s signature
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This Advanced Placement Biology course is designed as an introductory Biology course usually taken the first year of college.  The AP Biology textbook used will be college level and cover the chemistry of life, the cell, genetics, ecology, plants and their function, animals and their functions, and biological diversity.  An AP test will be given at the end of school.  You must pass this test or a CLEP test to receive college credit.  This course requires outside research and a good deal of homework.

 



BIOLOGY II

                 Course number: 5032                 
Credit: 1 unit
                       Grade level: 11,12                     
  Prerequisite: Biology I

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course takes the basics learned in Biology I and applies them to the in-depth study of plants and animals.  Many lab activities including dissections are included.  

 

 

                              BOTANY (Honors)                                  

             Course number: 5040          
Credit: 1 unit
                       Grade level: 11,12                     
      Prerequisite: Biology I  
                       

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will provide an in-depth study into the life processes of the plant kingdom.  Included will be a survey of the structures, functions, systems, and reproductive processes of the plants from algae, bacteria, fungi, lower and higher non-vascular and vascular plants.  Laboratory study and some fieldwork will be involved.  

AP CHEMISTRY

                 Course number: 5055                  
Credit: 1 unit
                   Grade level: 11,12                    
  Prerequisite: Chemistry 1 or Honors Biology or Teacher Approval

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year.  For some students, this course enables them to undertake, as freshmen, second-year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register for courses in other fields where general chemistry is a prerequisite.  For other students, the AP Chemistry course fulfills the laboratory science requirement and frees time for other courses. AP Chemistry should meet the objectives of a good general chemistry course.  Students should attain a depth of understanding of fundamental and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems.  The course should contribute to the development of the student’s abilities to think clearly and to express his/her ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic.  The college course in general chemistry differs qualitatively from the usual first secondary school course in chemistry with respect to the kind of textbook used, the topics covered, the emphasis on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulations of principles, and the kind of laboratory work done by students.  Quantitative differences appear in the number of topics treated, the time spent on the course by students, and the nature and the variety of experiments done in the laboratory.  Secondary schools that offer an AP Chemistry course must be prepared to provide a laboratory experience equivalent to that of a typical college course.  The AP Chemistry course is designed to be taken only after the successful completion of a first course in high school chemistry.  In addition, the recommended mathematics prerequisite for an AP Chemistry class is the successful completion of a second-year algebra course.  The advanced work in chemistry should not replace any other part of the student’s science curriculum.    

 



CHEMISTRY I

                   Course number: 5051                  
Credit: 1 unit
                Grade level: 10, 11, 12              
Prerequisite:  Physical Science or tests out of Physical Science or complete Essential of Biology, and Algebra 1
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course covers the use of the Periodic Table, safe lab skills, use of math calculator to calculate exponents, conversions, mole-mapping and/or factor-label method, metrics, chemical processes of bonding, formulas, equations, gases, solutions, acids/bases, and organic chemistry.

 



CHEMISTRY
 I (HONORS)

                Course number: 5050                  
 Credit:  1 unit   
       Grade level: 10, 11, 12      
                                            Prerequisite: Teacher Approval                                           

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  You will be required to do additional labs and research that is not required in Chemistry 1.  (See Chemistry 1 description)

 


PHYSICAL SCIENCE

 5160 Course number
 Credit: 1 unit
                        Grade level: 9,10                      
Prerequisite: Required for graduation

 
COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This class is designed to give an introduction to Chemistry and Physics.  Basic concepts of chemistry using conversions and S.I. will be studied as well as beginning physics formulas of motion and work.  All freshmen are required to enroll in this course, with the exception of those students enrolling in Honors Physical Science or Essentials of Biology.  No signature is required for enrollment in this course. 

 

 

General Science

                 Course number: 5133                  
Credit: 1 elective credit
              Grade level: 9,10,11,12              
 Prerequisite: Teacher Approval

 
COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Elective that teaches general science vocabulary and techniques to Ell.  It does not count for science credit.

 

 

PHYSICAL SCIENCE (HONORS) 

Course number: 5161 
Credit: 1 unit
                            Grade level: 9                            
Prerequisite: Teacher Signature

 
COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This class is designed to give an introduction to A.P. Chemistry and/or Physics courses.  Basic concepts of chemistry and physics will cover at an accelerated rate in order to prepare students for the atmosphere of A.P. courses. Students will be exposed to more laboratory situations and will be required to complete a science project/projects. Results of these experiments will be recorded in lab books similar to those required in A.P. courses.  Students enrolling in this course must meet one or more of the following requirements:  an A average in all Jr. high science and math courses, required percentile on test scores, and a signature from a recommending jr. high science teacher.

 

FORENSIC SCIENCE

                   Course number: 5334                  
Credit: 1 unit
         Grade level: 11, 12        
Prerequisite:  Physical Science and
Biology I – Teacher Approval

 
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Do you want to know more about crime scene investigation?  This class will teach you the techniques of forensic science.  Learn hair, blood, fiber analysis, fingerprinting, handwriting analysis DNA extraction and more. 

 

  

PHYSICS (HONORS)

 
                  Course number: 5211                
Credit: 1 unit
                     Grade level: 11, 12                    
  Prerequisite: Physical Science, Algebra II, and teacher's signature

 
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will provide an in-depth study of mechanics, thermodynamics, vibrations and wave phenomena, optics, and electromagnetism.  The study of mechanics will include the study of motion, Newtonian laws, energy conservation, and the conservation of momentum.  There will be an introduction to relativity and quantum mechanics.  This course focuses heavily on mathematics; it involves algebraic skills as well as knowledge of trigonometry.  A science project will be required.

 

 

HUMAN ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY (Honors)


                   
5333 Course number                 
Credit: 1 unit
                       Grade level: 11,12                    
   Prerequisite: Biology 
(College bound)

 
COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course includes an in-depth study of the anatomy and development of organ systems of the human body.  Three unifying themes are to organize, unify, and set the tone for this class; inter-relationships of body systems, homeostasis, complementary of structures and function are emphasized.  This course requires a two semester scientific project.




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