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Course Descriptions

Earth Science AB

Earth Science is a one-year, lab based science course designed to allow freshman high school students the opportunity to learn about the role of physical and chemical processes that have formed the universe as we know it as well as the unique planet on which we live. This course is designed to serve as the physical science requirement for graduation as well as the first high school science course in a four-year science curriculum.

Credit: 10.00

Graduation Requirement: Physical Science 

A-G College Requirement: G

 

Biology AB

AP Biology is a one year course equivalent to a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. General areas included are biochemistry, cells, energy transformation, molecular genetics, heredity, evolution, taxonomy and systematics. Also covered are surveys of the five kingdoms (monerans, protists, fungi, plants, animals), human systems and ecology.

Credit: 10.00

Graduation Requirement: Life Science

A-G College Requirement: D

 

Honors Biology AB

Honors Biology is a rigorous year-long laboratory course for 9th and 10th grade students. The course is an accelerated college preparatory biology class for highly motivated students who have demonstrated excellent study skills and high aptitude in math.

Credit: 10.00

Graduation Requirement: Life Science 

A-G College Requirement: D

 

AP Biology

AP Biology is a one year course equivalent to a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. General areas included are biochemistry, cells, energy transformation, molecular genetics, heredity, evolution, taxonomy and systematics. Also covered are surveys of the five kingdoms (monerans, protists, fungi, plants, animals), human systems and ecology.

Credit: 10.00

Graduation Requirement: Life Science

A-G College Requirement: D

 

Chemistry AB

This course is an introductory course in basic chemistry, and fulfills the physical science requirement for the UC system. Chemistry 1AB is designed for the college bound student who has successfully completed a course in algebra. The student will gain a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts of chemistry and acquire basic laboratory skills.

Credit: 10.00

Graduation Requirement: Physical Science

A-G College Requirement: D

 

Honors Chemistry AB

Covered in this course is described in the Course of Study. Based upon student needs, teachers select appropriate materials from the Instructional Materials List. Classroom presentations of course content are determined by the instructor and described under Teacher Activities. A more detailed outline of this course can be obtained from the instructor. PREREQUISITES: The HNR Chemistry Course has prerequisites and these will be determined by individual sites. Any or parts of the following will be required: teacher recommendation, petition and recommendation by an honors committee, completion of summer work assignments, grade requirement in previous classes and/or work sample.

Credit: 10.00

Graduation Requirement: Physical Science

A-G College Requirement: D

 

AP Chemistry

The AP Chemistry course is equivalent to the first year of college level chemistry, including laboratory skills. This course is open to college bound students who are highly motivated and have good math skills. The goal of the course is to prepare students to achieve a passing score on the A.P. exam. Achieving a score of 3 or better out of a 5 on the College Board exam in May can result in college credit being granted. Many collegiate institutions promote a student with a score of *5* to sophomore level chemistry.

Credit: 10.00

Graduation Requirement: Physical Science

A-G College Requirement: D

 

Physics AB

Physics 1AB is a one year course designed for the college bound student. General areas included within the course are mechanics, heat, waves, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics.

Credit: 10.00

Graduation Requirement: Physical Science

A-G College Requirement: D

 

AP Physics

AP Physics 1 is divided into 8 units, covered in one year before the AP Exam. Concepts and problem-solving techniques are introduced through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, lab experiments, question & answer sessions, assignments from the textbook and teacher-generated worksheets. Trigonometry is used throughout and where appropriate. This course is equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. Content, inquiry and reasoning are all equally valued and stressed. The emphasis is on understanding the concepts and skills and using concepts and formulae to solve problems. Laboratory work is an integral part of this course. Students engage in inquiry-based activities to develop their understanding of the material of the course.

Credit: 10.00

Graduation Requirement: Physical Science

A-G College Requirement: D

 

AP Environmental Science

This course is a yearlong elective course offered through the Science Department. The prerequisites for this course are Biology and Chemistry. The goal of this course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Students will also learn to identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and artificial, to evaluate the possible risks associated with these problems, and to examine solutions for resolving or preventing them. This course is interdisciplinary, including topics from physics, geology, chemistry, political science, ecology and health.

Credit: 10.00

Graduation Requirement: Physical Science

A-G College Requirement: D

 

Physiology & Anatomy AB

Physiology is a rigorous year long laboratory course for 11th and 12th grade students who have successfully completed Biology. Other courses which are helpful but not required are chemistry and Physics. This course is designed for students planning a career in a health-related area and those who have a basic interest in the general structure and function of the human body. The curriculum of physiology integrates writing skills, critical-thinking skills, laboratory skills, and dissection skills as they apply basic framework of human anatomy and physiology. There is an emphasis on microscopic work and on long-term dissection of preserved mammalian specimens.

Credit: 10.00

Graduation Requirement: Life Science

A-G College Requirement: D

 

Marine Science AB

Students designed to examine the physical aspects of the oceans. Students will study the physical and chemical properties of sea water, geological processes that formed the ocean basins, sea floor and shoreline features. Students will learn the origin of the solar system and its water, the effects of moon and tides, waves and wave properties, Introduction to the major groups of marine organisms and their interaction with the physical and chemical aspects of the ocean will be stressed.

Credit: 10.00

Graduation Requirement: Life Science

A-G College Requirement: D

 

AP Computer Science Principles

AP Computer Science Principles introduces you to the foundations of computer science with a focus on how computing powers the world. Along with the fundamentals of computing, you will learn to analyze data create technology that has a practical impact; and gain a broader understanding of how computer science impacts people and society.

Credit: 10.00 | Graduation Requirement: TBD | A-G College Requirement: TBD

 

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