Science Course Description
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (UC.d)
Grade:  10 11 12
Length: Year
 
Prerequisite: Placement in this course is predicated on teacher recommendation, historical performance in Biology or Chemistry, including prior year
grades and standardized testing assessment.
 
Comment: Meets Life Science graduation requirement.
 
Description: The course offers a detailed study of the structures and functions of the human--body systems, how and why they work, and what they do. Preserved specimens are dissected to observe body systems.
 
ASTRONOMY (UC.g)
Grade: 10 11 12
Length: Semester
 
Prerequisite
Placement in this course is predicated on teacher recommendation, historical performance in Science and Algebra 1, including prior year grades and standardized testing assessment.
 
Comment: Meets Physical Science graduation requirement.
 
Description: This course provides a history of astronomy and the development of the physical laws pertaining to astronomy. The galaxies and the universe, quasars, pulsars, black holes, and other astronomical phenomenon are studied.
 
BIOLOGY (UC.d)
Grade: 9 10 11 12
Length: Year
 
Prerequisite: Placement in this course is predicated on teacher recommendation and "C" or better in previous Science.
 
Comment: Meets Life Science graduation requirement.
 
Description: Development, relationships, and interrelationships of organisms, cell structure, energetics, genetics, evolution, and taxonomy are studied. Preserved specimens are examined to compare structure and function.
 
Biology - Advanced Placement (UC.d)
Grade: 10 11 12
Length: Year
 
Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry.
 
Comment: Meets Life Science graduation requirement.
 
Description:
Advanced Placement Biology is equivalent to a freshman-level college course in biology. Students will be engaged in an in-depth study of cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, organic diversity, and ecology. Successful completion of this course is considered adequate preparation for the AP Biology exam. Students may earn college credit, provided they pass the comprehensive college board exam.
 
BIOTECHNOLOGY (UC.g)
 
Grade: 11 12
Length: Year
 
Prerequisite: Placement in this course is predicated on teacher recommendation and B or better in Biology and Chemistry.
 
Comment: Meets Life Science graduation requirement.
 
Description: This course is a lecture/laboratory course that provides an overview of biotechnology, covering theory, applications, and hands-on skills. Topics include DNA and protein analysis, genome mapping, the human genome project, applications to medicine, industry, forensics, and social issues
 
CHEMISTRY (UC.d)
 
Grade: 10 11 12
Length: Year
 
Prerequisite: Placement in this course is predicated on teacher recommendation,"C" or better in Algebra, Geometry, prior year's Science grade and standardized testing assessment.
 
Comment: Meets Physical Science graduation requirement.
 
Description: Atomic theory, chemical bonding, and reactions are studied in this course of inorganic chemistry.
 
CHEMISTRY - ADVANCED PLACEMENT (UC.d)
 
Grade: 11 12
Length: Year
 
Prerequisite: Algebra 2 or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2, one year in Chemistry, and Chemistry teacher approval.
 
Comment: Meets Physical Science graduation requirement.
 
Description: Advanced Placement Chemistry is equivalent to a freshman-level college course in chemistry. Students study the structure of matter, states of matter, chemical reactions, and descriptive chemistry with an emphasis on chemical calculations. The laboratory segment of the course includes both qualitative and
quantitative components. Successful completion of this course is considered adequate preparation for the Advanced Placement Chemistry exam.
 
CHEMISTRY - HONORS (UC Lab Science)
 
Grade: 10 11 12
Length: Year
 
Prerequisite: Algebra 1, concurrent Algebra 2, Biology, teacher recommendation.
 
Comment: Meets Physical Science graduation requirement.
 
Description: This course is an introduction to the nature of matter and change. It will cover scientific measurement, unit conversions, atomic structure, nuclear chemistry, bonding, nomenclature, chemical reactions, the mole, stoichiometry, states of matter, periodic properties, gas laws, acids and bases, simple equilibrium and oxidation/reduction. Honors chemistry is a lab-based course based on the complete list of California state science standards. After completion of the course, students will be prepared to take higher level chemistry courses such as advanced placement chemistry and college chemistry.
 
EARTH SCIENCE - INTRODUCTION TO
 
Grade: 9 10 11 12
Length: Year
 
Prerequisite: None
 
Comment: Meets Physical Science graduation requirement.
 
Description: This course is designed to prepare the student for further high school science courses; to provide an overview of the coordination between biology, chemistry, phystry, physics, and the earth sciences; to provide experimental tools to develop the student's scientific and critical thinking skills; and to provide the
student with a broad-based background and appreciation of their ever-changing plant and its place in the universe.
 
EARTH SCIENCE (UC.g)
 
Grade: 9 10 11 12
Length: Year
 
Prerequisite: "C" or better in previous science course or teacher approval.
 
Comment: Meets Physical Science graduation requirement.
 
Description: Students investigate the chemical and physical behavior of the planet Earth. A laboratory approach helps students become aware of the Earth’s diminishing resources.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
 
Grade 9 10 11 12
Length: Semester
 
Prerequisite: None
 
Comment: Meets one semester of Life or Physical Science graduation requirement.
 
Description: Students study the interrelationships of plants, animals, energy, people, and pollution. Problems and solutions are examined.
 
HEALTH SCIENCE
 
Grade: 9 10 11 12
Length: Semester
 
Prerequisite: None
 
Comment: Required for graduation.
 
Description: Students are taught how to achieve personal safety and family health. Avoidance of substance abuse is included.
 
LIFE SCIENCE  (UC.g)
 
Grade: 10 11 12
Length: Year
 
Prerequisite: Not open to students with credit in more advanced biological science.
 
Comment: Meets two semesters of the Life Science graduation requirement.
 
Description
This course is designed as an introductory life science course that includes the core fundamentals of Biology/Life Science.
 
OCEANOGRAPHY
 
Grade 9 10 11 12
Length: Semester
 
Prerequisite: "C" average or better in previous science course.
 
Comment: Meets one semester of the Physical Science graduation requirement.
 
Description: Plants and animals of the sea, currents, chemistry, and other physical aspects of the ocean, and man's dependence on the ocean are studied.
 
PHYSICS (UC.d)
 
Grade: 11 12
Length: Year
 
Prerequisite: Algebra 2 or concurrent enrollment and teacher approval.
 
Comment: Meets the Physical Science graduation requirement.
 
Description: Force, work, energy, nuclear energy, machines, heat, waves, magnetism, electricity, and relativity are studied. Problem-solving and lab activities are used by students. This course is academically challenging and designed for the college-bound student.
 
PHYSICS - ADVANCED PLACEMENT (UC.d)
 
Grade: 11 12
Length: Year
 
Prerequisite: Algebra 2, a passing grade in a previous lab science class or teacher approval.
 
Comment: Meets the Physical Science graduation requirement.
 
Description: Advanced placement Physics is equivalent to a college freshman level Physics course. Student will be engaged in an in-depth study of force, work, energy, kinematics, magnetism, and electricity. Problemsolving techniques will be emphasized.