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Science

Lab Biology 1 (S200)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: Lab Bio 1)

Grade Level: 9 - 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of or current enrollment in Integrated Math 1

Meets the UC/CSU “D” requirement/Life Science    

Have you ever wondered what it means to say that something is “alive”? Do you know what all living things have in common? This Life Science course provides an overview of major biological themes:  structure and function in living organisms, genetics, ecological interactions with the environment, and evolution. Themes will be studied with emphasis on critical thinking and collaborative learning activities such as lab experiments, research projects, and scientific writing.


Lab Biology 1 Honors (S206)   

(Abbr. Transcript Title: Lab Bio 1 H)

Grade Level: 9 - 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of or current enrollment in Integrated Math 1

Meets the UC/CSU “D” requirement/Life Science           

This Life Science course will prepare students for future AP science courses. Major biological themes include structure and function in living organisms, genetics, ecological interactions with the environment, and evolution Themes will be studied with emphasis on critical thinking and collaborative learning activities such as lab experiments, student-designed activities, research projects, and scientific writing.

This course is intended for students who want to dig deeper into complex scientific subjects.


Chemistry 1 (S300)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: Chemistry 1)

Grade Level: 10 - 12

PrerequisiteSuccessful completion of Lab Biology 1 or Lab Biology 1 Honors and successful completion of Integrated Math 1

Meets the UC/CSU “D” requirement/Chemistry    

Chemistry 1 investigates the properties of matter through project-based learning and hands on activities helping students to develop an understanding of the world in which they live. Students will gain skills in critical thinking, deductive reasoning, and develop their ability to read and write in a scientific context.  Mathematical expressions will be used to explore many of the concepts. Activities will revolve around the use of chemical equations, bonding behaviors of atoms, properties of matter, energy, behavior of gases and solutions. Chemistry I is for the student who does not plan on taking AP sciences.


Chemistry 1 Honors (S310 & S311)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: Chemistry 1 H)

Grade Level: 10 - 12

PrerequisiteSuccessful completion of Lab Biology 1 or Lab Biology 1 Honors and Integrated Math 1

Meets the UC/CSU “D” requirement/Chemistry    

Do you want to be prepared for AP Sciences, especially AP Chemistry? Then Honors chemistry is for you. Use problem-solving strategies, mathematical reasoning, and computational skills to solve real-world chemistry problems. Lab work is an important part of the course which includes topics in Atomic Theory, Stoichiometry, Periodicity, Bonding, States of Matter, Energetics, Kinetics, Acids and Bases, Oxidation and Reduction.


Food Chemistry and Technology   (S320)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: Food_Chem/Tech)

Grade Level: 10 - 12

PrerequisiteSuccessful completion of Lab Biology or Lab Biology H 

Meets the UC/CSU “D” requirement/Chemistry

This college-prep course applies both scientific and engineering practices to the study of food chemistry and technology. Students will study the chemical, physical and microbial components of food and the changes they undergo during processing, handling and storage and the application of food chemistry to the selection, preservation, processing, packaging and distribution of safe food. The course will cover water, carbohydrates, protein, lipids, minerals and vitamins within foods in the context of nutrition, quality and safety. It will also explain how enzymes, food pigments and flavors and texture are changed or altered during food processing. In addition, color flavor additives and physical, chemical, nutritional and sensory changes in preparation, cooking and storage of food will be covered. There will be an emphasis on the applied aspects of food chemistry with the help of real-world examples, and lab experiments. Problem-based learning, group work, and lab experiments will be integrated into the course to help students apply scientific principles to the understanding of the chemical properties of foods. By applying their findings, students will develop safe, nutritious foods and innovative packaging that line supermarket shelves everywhere.


Physics 1 (S350)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: Physics 1)

Grade Level: 10 - 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Lab Biology 1 or Lab Biology 1 Honors and Integrated Math 2

Meets the UC/CSU “D” requirement/Physics    

Are you interested in Engineering; Medical; Computer Science; or other STEM fields?

Here you will discover the answers to why the sky can be blue or red, how fast you are moving and relativity concept, why astronauts feel weightless while the Moon is pulled by the Earth’s gravity, why the time on the Sun is slower than it is on the Moon, and can people someday travel through space or time? Gain an understanding of nature, universe, and technology at the most fundamental scientific level through Physics!

This course is a Math-based class in which you will learn measurements, vectors, linear kinematics and dynamics, energy, power, momentum, heat, waves and electromagnetism.




Science Department Electives

The courses below are Science Department Electives. These may not count toward Science graduation requirements or Science UC/CSU admission requirements but do earn elective credit and where indicated also count toward UC/CSU elective admission requirements.



Human Anatomy and Physiology (S260)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: Human Anat & P)

Grade Level: 11 - 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Lab Biology 1 or Lab Biology 1 Honors and Chemistry 1 or Chemistry 1 Honors 

Meets the UC/CSU “D” or "G" requirement/Biology/Life Science

Have you ever wondered what the doctor is actually talking about? Have you ever thought about going into the medical field or becoming a first responder? Human Anatomy and Physiology is designed to give students a foundation of names and of the functions of the primary body systems: skeletal system, nervous system, muscular system, cardiovascular/circulatory system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system and the reproductive system.  Each system will have an activity or a dissection to enhance the experience and aid learning. The class will culminate with a hands-on lab practical exam.


Astronomy (S475)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: Astronomy)

Grade Level: 10 - 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Lab Biology 1 or Lab Biology 1 Honors, Chemistry 1 or Chemistry 1 Honors and Integrated 1 (Preferred/Recomended: Integrated 2)

Meets the UC/CSU “D” or "G" requirement/Earth and Space Science

Space, the final frontier.  In this course, we will explore our solar system, galaxy, and the whole universe through the lens of physical sciences.  Astronomy is a rigorous physical science laboratory course dedicated to understanding and mastering concepts, including mathematical modeling, in the study of the universe.  Core topics will include the night sky, celestial mechanics, planets, stellar properties, stellar evolution, electromagnetic radiation, and cosmology.


AP Physics 1  (S362)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: AP Physics 1)

Grade Level: 10 - 12

PrerequisiteSuccessful completion of Lab Biology 1 or Lab Biology 1 Honors and Integrated Math 2

Meets the UC/CSU “D” or "G" requirement/Physics 

Are you interested in Engineering, Medical, Computer Science, or other STEM field?

Here you will discover the answers to how fast you are moving and relativity concept, why astronauts feel weightless in space while the Moon is pulled by the Earth’s gravity, how TV, your phone and radio work, how they measure compounds, temperatures and distances to distant planets and stars, why time on Sun is slower than it is on the Moon, and if people may be able to travel through space.

This course is an Algebra-based class and is equivalent to the first semester of an college-level physics course.  

In this class you will study:

Kinematics, Dynamics, Work & Energy, Momentum & Impulse, Torque & Rotational Dynamics, basic Circuits, Simple Harmonic Motion and Waves.


AP Physics 2  (S363)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: AP Physics 2)

Grade Level: 11 - 12

PrerequisiteSuccessful completion of Physics 1 or AP Physics 1 and Integrated Math 3

Meets the UC/CSU “D” or "G" requirement/Physics 

Are you interested in Engineering, Medical, Computer Science, or other STEM field?

Here you will discover the answers to how fast you are moving and relativity concept, why astronauts feel weightless in space while the Moon is pulled by the Earth’s gravity, how TV, your phone and radio work, how they measure compounds, temperatures and distances to distant planets and stars, why time on Sun is slower than it is on the Moon, and if people may some day travel through space or time.

This course  is equivalent to the second semester of college-level physics course.  

In this class you will study:

Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electrostatics & advanced Circuits, Electromagnetic (EM) Forces, EM Induction, Geometric & Wave Optics, some Quantum, Atomic & Nuclear Physics.


AP Biology 2 (S225)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: AP Biology)

Grade Level: 11 - 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Lab Biology 1 or Lab Biology 1 Honors and Chemistry 1 or Chemistry 1 Honors

Meets the UC/CSU “D” or "G" requirement/Biology/Life Sciences

Do you want to be a doctor? Does biological research interest you? Have you ever wondered WHY we need oxygen to survive? AP Biology is a college-level course designed to develop a thorough understanding of science as a process rather than as an accumulation of facts. You will apply personal experience in scientific inquiry; and application of biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns. It is a fast-paced, rigorous class meant to prepare students for the to take the AP Biology exam in May.


AP Chemistry 2 (S315)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: AP Chemistry 2)

Grade Level: 11 - 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry 1 or Chemistry 1 Honors and Integrated Math 3

Meets the UC/CSU “D” or "G" requirement/Chemistry

Are you thinking about taking science in college? Does learning how atoms interact to create the world around us intrigue you?

AP Chemistry is a college-level chemistry course designed to give students the college level lab experience. Students should develop a thorough understanding of foundational chemistry as a process rather than as an accumulation of facts.  The course has inquiry, critical thinking, problem-solving, writing and hands-on labs. It is a fast-paced, rigorous class meant to prepare students to take the AP Chemistry exam in May.


AP Environmental Science (S143)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: AP Envir Sci)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry 1 or Chemistry 1 Honors and Integrated Math 2

Meets the UC/CSU “D” or "G" requirement/Interdisciplinary Science

Have you ever wondered:

Why do gasoline prices fluctuate throughout the year? How much of our energy comes from sustainable resources? How does eating meat affect the global supply of food?

This AP course is an interdisciplinary science course that explores the interaction between humans and their environment and its relation to world socio-political and economic issues.

In addition, the course will also prepare you for the AP Environmental Science AP test if you’re into that sort of thing


BMS 1 - Principles of Biomedical Sciences (S630)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: Prin of Bio Sci)

Grade Level: 9 - 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in Lab Biology 1 or Lab Biology 1 Honors

Meets the UC/CSU “D” requirement/ Biology/Life Science

Course 1 in the BioMed sequence.

Do you want to use science to solve medical mysteries?  Are you interested in pursuing a career in healthcare? Learn about the biomedical sciences through exciting hands-on projects and problems.  Determine what factors led to the death of a fictional person while investigating human body systems and various diseases.


BMS 2 - Human Body Systems (S270)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: Human Body Sy)

Grade Level: 10 - 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of BMS 1 Principles of Biomedical Sciences and successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 1 or Chemistry 1 Honors 

Meets the UC/CSU “D” requirement/Biology/Life Science

Course 2 in the BioMed sequence. 

Are you ready to learn more about the human body through the 2nd course in the PLTW Biomedical Science pathway?  Examine the processes, structures and interactions of the human body systems.  Explore how they work together to maintain homeostasis and good health.  Work through real-world cases and play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.


BMS 3 - Medical Interventions (S550)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: Medical Interve)

Grade Level: 10 - 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of BMS 2 Human Body Systems  

Meets the UC/CSU “D” requirement/Biology/Life Science

Course 3 in the BioMed sequence.

Students investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis Medical Interventions is articulated with Miramar College Biology 131- Introduction to Biotechnology.  Students can earn 4 college units that transfer to CSU/UC for free.  To earn the college credit students must receive an A or B in the course and an A or B on the college level exam.and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. The course is a “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body as students explore: how to prevent and fight infection; how to screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer; and how to prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios, students are exposed to the wide range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. 


BMS 4 - Biomedical Innovation (S635)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: Biomedical Inno)

Grade Level: 11 - 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of BMS 3 Medical Interventions

Meets the UC/CSU "G" requirement/Interdisciplinary

Course 4 in the BioMed sequence. In this course students solve problems related to the biomedical sciences. Students will design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century.  Problems include designing more effective emergency room or as forensic pathologists students will examine a fetal pig using the same protocol as a human autopsy.  They may consult with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, physician’s office, or industry as they complete their work. Students are expected to present the results of their work to an adult audience, which may include representatives from the local healthcare or business community or the school’s PLTW® partnership team.


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PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design (S160)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: PLTW Engr Intro)

Grade Level: 9 - 12

PrerequisiteSuccessful completion of Integrated Math 1

Meets the UC/CSU “G” requirement

Get prepared for a career in STEM with team design projects, Computer Aided Design, and explorations into Science and Technology.  This course provides an introduction into the exciting world of Engineering with sketching, drawing, modeling, teamwork, and communication.  This is the 1st course in the Project Lead the Way Engineering pathway/PLTW Engineering diploma and is a prerequisite for POE and AE and is optional for DE.


PLTW Principles of Engineering  (S670)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: PLTWPrncipEng)

Grade Level: 10 - 12

PrerequisiteSuccessful completion of Introduction to Engineering Design

Meets the UC/CSU "G" requirement

Time to get hands-on with tools, machines, electricity, robotics, programming, bridges, materials, and much more.  This course puts basic Engineering skills to work while designing, building, and testing solutions in teams.  This is the 2nd course in the Project Lead the Way Engineering pathway/PLTW Engineering diploma and is a prerequisite for AE and is optional for DE.


PLTW Aerospace Engineering  (S660)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: PLTW Aero Eng)

Grade Level: 10 - 12

PrerequisiteSuccessful completion of Principles of Engineering

Meets the UC/CSU "G" requirement

Slip the surly bonds of Earth in gliders, rockets, and electric R/C planes as you apply Engineering to bigger, faster, and higher projects than ever before.  Use computers for modeling, testing, and simulating to prepare for multiple flights and epic failures.  Perform satellite mapping and navigate a simulated Mars terrain too.  This is an elective 3rd course in the Project Lead the Way Engineering pathway/PLTW Engineering diploma alongside DE.


PLTW Digital Electronics  (S680)

(Abbr. Transcript Title: PLTW Eng: D.E.)

Grade Level: 10 - 12

PrerequisiteSuccessful completion of Principles of  and Integrated Math 3

Meets the UC/CSU "G" requirement

What will I learn in DE class?

Digital Electronics (DE) is the study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals as opposed to analog signals that are varying. Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras, high definition televisions, etc.

What will I do in DE Class?

  • Solder

  • Work effectively in a team.

  • Build various circuits based upon a desired outcome;

  • Learn how to use Boolean Algebra to simplify circuits;

  • Learn how to create circuit simulations using Multisim software;

  • Learn how to use binary, octal, and hexadecimal numbering systems;

  • Learn electronic components;

 


 

 

Last Updated 9.5.18