Science

    • High school students continue to build upon the foundations of scientific phenomenon learned in the middle school grades and enhance the scientific knowledge and inquiry leading them toward potential careers. Students matriculate through the core science courses of biology, chemistry and physics, as well as engaging in a variety of science electives of their choosing. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Advanced Placement science courses including AP Biology, AP Physics 1 & 2, AP Chemistry, and AP Environmental Science. Through active engagement in science experiences, all students utilize evidence and engineering practices to design and defend conclusions based on experiences from the world around them.

  • Biology (4301/4302)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Science graduation requirement.

    Students will employ the scientific method to investigate the structures and functions of living systems; matter, energy and the interactions within ecosystems; heredity and change over time. Students will apply lab experiences and problem solving strategies to further explore the subject matter and to understand real-life biological complexities.

  • Biology (4401/4402)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9

    Prerequisite: This course will count toward the Science graduation requirement.

    Students will employ the scientific method to Investigate the structures and functions of living systems; matter, energy and the interactions within ecosystems; heredity and change over time, Students will adapt their lab experiences and knowledge to solve complex biological problems in real-world scenarios.

  • Physical Science (4205/4206)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Status.

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Science graduation requirement. This course is not open to students who have taken chemistry or physics.

    Students will strengthen their scientific and algebra skills through their application to topics such as the interactions of motion, forces, energy and matter.

  • Chemistry (4313/4314)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Biology, Algebra (grade of C or better).

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Science graduation requirement.

    Students will demonstrate and apply scientific inquiry and scientific techniques to solve chemistry problems, Some topics included are matter, atoms, the periodic table, bonding, chemicals, density, stoichiometry, gases, solutions, acids and bases.

  • Chemistry (4413/4414)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Biology, Algebra (grade of C or better).

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Science graduation requirement.

    Students will demonstrate and apply scientific inquiry and scientific techniques to solve chemistry problems. Topics will be explored qualitatively, but with a strong emphasis on quantitative analysis. Students must possess strong math and algebra skills.

  • Physics (4310/4311)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Biology, Algebra, Geometry.

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Science graduation requirement.

    Students will use data and apply mathematical principles to solve physics problems. Some topics included are scientific inquiry, vectors and displacement, motion, forces, astronomy, magnetism, electricity, sound and light.

  • Physics (4410/4411)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Biology, Algebra, Geometry.

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Science graduation requirement.

    Students will use data and apply mathematical principles to solve physics problems. Some topics included are scientific inquiry, vectors and displacement, motion, forces, astronomy, magnetism, electricity, sound and light.



  • AP Biology (4501/4502)

    Length: 2 semesters (this course is scheduled as a double period for a full year)

    Credit: 2.0 units 

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry.

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Strand 2 graduation requirement.

    This is a first year college biology course. The Advanced Placement Biology course will cover the set curriculum as described by the College Board. Students study molecules and cells, heredity, evolution, organisms, and populations. This course aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. Upon completion of the class, students are encouraged to take the AP Exam for possible college credit.

  • AP Chemistry (4513/4514)

    Length: 2 semesters (this course is scheduled as a double period for a full year)

    Credit: 2.0 units

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry.

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Strand 2 graduation requirement.

    This Is a first year college chemistry course. The Advanced Placement Chemistry course will cover the set curriculum as described by the College Board. Students study matter, bonding, acid- base reactions, red ox reactions, and electro chemistry. Upon completion of the class, students are encouraged to take the AP Exam for possible college credit.

  • AP Environmental Science (4523/4524)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry, Physics.

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Strand 2 graduation requirement.

    This is a college course in Environmental Science. The Advanced Placement Environmental Science course will cover the set curriculum as described by the College Board. Students study scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Students will identify and analyze environmental problems - both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and to examine alternate solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Upon completion of the class, students are encouraged to take the

  • Applied Microbiology (4861)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry.

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Strand 2 graduation requirement.

    Students will learn how emerging diseases, microbiomes, probiotics, and microbes on a variety of surfaces impact our health.

  • AP Physics 1 (4510/4511)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry.

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Strand 2 graduation requirement.

    This Is a first year college physics course. The Advanced Placement Physics course will cover the set curriculum of an algebra-based physics as described by the College Board. Students study mechanics, electricity, waves, fluids and thermodynamics. Upon completion of the class, students are encouraged to take the AP Exam for possible college credit. This course can be taken without prior Physics experience.

  • AP Physics 2 (4520/4521)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or AP Physics 1.

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Strand 2 graduation requirement.

    This is an algebra-based, introductory college level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through Inquiry based investigations as they explore topics such as fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory, PV diagrams and probability, electrostatics, electrical circuits and capacitors, magnetic fields, among others.

  • AP Physics C (4515/4516)

    Length: 2 semesters (this course is scheduled as a double period for a full year)

    Credit: 2.0 units

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Biology; Chemistry; Physics or AP Physics 1 or AP Physics 2; completion or concurrent enrollment in Calculus.

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Strand 2 graduation requirement.

    AP Physics C is equivalent to a two semester, calculus based, college level physics course, especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in physical science or engineering. Mechanics Is covered In Semester 1, while Semester 2 focuses on electricity and magnetism. Introductory differential and integral calculus are used throughout the course, and students should have taken or be concurrently enrolled in calculus.

  • Earth and Space Science (4842/4843)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Junior or senior status.

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Strand 2 graduation requirement, and in some cases the Science graduation requirement.

    The course Is designed for students to master the Earth and Space Science components of the Next Generation Science Standards, while giving students a rigorous third year science course to further their education and prepare them for college and career readiness.

  • Environmental Science (4820/4821)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Junior or senior status.

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Strand 2 graduation requirement, and in some cases the Science graduation requirement.

    Students will analyze and interpret information regarding how living organisms interact with each other and their environment, the earth and its resources, the geography of different earth blames and ecosystems, and the Impact of humans on the environment and ecosystems. Students will also develop and use the scientific method to inventory, compare and evaluate local ecosystems.

  • Forensic Science I (4841)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Biology, and one of the following: Physical Science, Chemistry, or Physics.

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Strand 2 graduation requirement.

    Students will examine and apply different forensic science procedures in order to properly Investigate a crime scene. Students will use scientific inquiry to solve problems that are presented. Biology, physics and chemistry are all incorporated to gain a full understanding of the techniques used by a forensic scientist.

  • Forensic Science II (4851)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: B or better in Forensics I.

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Strand 2 graduation requirement.

    Students will learn the same skills as in Forensics Science I but in more depth and with a career focus on forensics, law enforcement, and the military.

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (4828/4829)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in Biology and Chemistry or division head approval.

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Strand 2 graduation requirement.

    Students will analyze the systems of the human body, investigate health careers, and apply biological concepts to human anatomy and physiology. Dissection is utilized to examine the systems In greater detail.

  • Zoology (4831/4832)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in Biology and Chemistry or division head approval.

    Other Info: This course will count toward the Strand 2 graduation requirement.

    Students will examine the classification of animals by using microscopes and dissection to observe the structural differences of the animal kingdom.