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BIOLOGY (Biology)

1 year (10 credits)

** 2 years of Science required for graduation (1 year Physical & 1 year Life Science)**

Open to Grades: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

 Biology is a general Life Science course with a Lab.  It covers the structure and function of cells, genetics, ecology, some physiology and evolution.  This course meets the “D” (Lab Science) requirement for admission to UC/CSU schools.  It is recommended that students take Biology before Anatomy/Physiology or Marine Biology.


EARTH SCIENCE (Earth Science)

1 year (10 credits)

** 2 years of Science required for graduation (1 year Physical & 1 year Life Science)**

Open to Grades: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

Earth Science is a general Physical Science course.  It covers the structure and function of rocks and the earth.  Other topics include: the solar system, weather patterns, volcanic activity and plate tectonics.  This class may include some field trips for field geology and map-making and map-reading skills.


CHEMISTRY (Chemistry)

1 year (10 credits)

** 2 years of Science required for graduation (1 year Physical & 1 year Life Science)**

Open to Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

Chemistry is a college preparatory physical science course meeting the requirements of the University of California.  Theoretical, quantitative, and laboratory approaches are used so the student may understand the basic concepts of chemistry.  Students will need a calculator for homework.


CHEMISTRY AP (Chemistry AP)

1 year (10 credits)

** 2 years of Science required for graduation (1 year Physical & 1 year Life Science)**

Open to Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

The Advanced Placement Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year; this course prepares students for the College Board Advanced Placement Chemistry Test.  Advanced Placement Chemistry is an in depth study of the chemical nature of matter, its composition and its chemical and physical changes.  Mathematics is used to gain a better understanding of the chemical concepts studied.

Laboratory experimentation is extensive and comprehensive, and involves the application of chemical concepts and qualitative and quantitative laboratory methods at the college level.

PHYSICS (Physics)

1 year (10 credits)

** 2 years of Science required for graduation (1 year Physical & 1 year Life Science)**

Open to Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

Physics is a lab science course surveying motion and forces, energy and momentum, heat and thermodynamics, waves and optics, and electronic and magnetic phenomena.  The course is designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of individuals.  It is a rigorous course for the college bound individual pursuing a career in math, science or engineering.  It may also be useful for students intending to attend a trade or technical school, or pursuing a career in a technical field after graduation.


PHYSICS 1 AP (Physics 1 – AP)

1 year (10 credits)

** 2 years of Science required for graduation (1 year Physical & 1 year Life Science)**

Open to grades:  11-12

Prerequisites:  Concurrent enrollment or completion of Algebra II and science teacher recommendation.

Physical Science credit; UC “A-G” Lab Science credit

AP Physics is a college level introductory course in Physics.  It covers the topics of Newtonian Mechanics, Statics, Thermodynamics, Wave Motion, Sound, Light, Electricity, Magnetism, and Modern Theory, and includes laboratory work.  It is intended for the serious student who wishes to obtain college credit by taking the AP Physics B Exam.  There is a fee for the AP exam.



RECOMMENDED SCIENCE MODEL

 

 

GRADUATION or COMMUNITY COLLEGE


 

 

4-year COLLEGE


4-year COLLEGE for SCIENCE MAJORS

 

FRESHMAN YEAR

 

 

 

 

 

Biology or Earth Science




 

Earth Science

 

 



Biology

 

 


 

Biology

SOPHOMORE YEAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biology or Chemistry

 

 

 

Biology

 

 

 

Chemistry

 

 

 

Chemistry

 

JUNIOR YEAR

 

 


 

 




No science required



 







Chemistry









 

Physics

 

 



 

Physics and Science Elective

 

SENIOR

YEAR

 

 


 



 


No science required

 

 

 



Science Elective

 

 

 



Science Elective

 

 

 



2 Science Electives

*college level course, have the opportunity to acquire college credit based on AP Test results