SCIENCE COURSES FOR 2016-2017

CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS (03151)

Recommended Grade Level: 9 Prerequisite: None Honors Option Available: No

Meets the UC/CSU "D" requirement

Physics is a science course that will provide students with a look at forces and energy and how they interact with the matter around them. Topics to be included can include motion, forces, electricity, magnetism, waves, and heat.  Students will be expected to participate in various laboratory activities that will include using the scientific method, experimental design, and laboratory inquiry procedures to improve deductions and analysis skills. The goal of the class is to have students be able to connect concepts of matter and energy to the word they live in.  

MEDICAL BIOLOGY (03063)

Recommended Grade Level: 10      Prerequisite: None Honors Option Available: No

Will meet the UC/CSU "D" requirement

Medical Biology is a two-semester course in introductory biology with a great emphasis on medical application for college preparatory students in grades 9-12 that may be interested in any one of the many health care professions. This laboratory-oriented course will cover concepts in biochemistry, cellular biology, cellular energy, genetics, human physiology, evolution, and ecology all with an emphasis on health and medicine meeting all the California state biology standards. Students also have the opportunity for field trips and guest speakers from the medical field.

CULINARY CHEMISTRY (31082)

Recommended Grade Level: 11  Prerequisite: Integrated Math II or higher     Honors Option Available: No

Will meet the UC/CSU "D" requirement

This yearlong course functions as a general introductory course in Chemistry and is designed to develop chemical principles and concepts from experimental observations and data and show how these principles can be used to explain phenomena in food preparation, spoilage processes and daily life. This course will cover all of the California State Standards in Chemistry.

ADVANCED PHYSICS (03152)

AVAILABLE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

Recommended Grade Level: 12  Prerequisite: Conceptual Physics or equivalent Honors Option Available: Yes

Will meet the UC/CSU "D" requirement

The course will use inquiry-based instructional strategies that focus on experimentation to develop students’ conceptual understanding of physics principles. The students begin studying a topic by making observations to build on existing understandings of physical processes, solving multistep problems, and designing investigations.  The focus is on engaging in scientific argumentation. Students will make and revise claims based on evidence, as well as in challenge other student’s claims.