Science Department

 Science Department

*Students who take Biology during the 9th grade year will not be able to take the Biology HL exam.

**Non-college prep science courses will count toward graduation , but not CSU/UC entrance requirements.

 

CUSD GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

Physical Science .........................10.0 credits             Life Science .......................10.0 credits

 

9th

10th

11th

12th

IB

CP Science 9 (elective)

 

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Biology*

Chemistry

 

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Chemistry

 

IB Biology HL1

 

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IB Biology HL2 (SL exam)

Or

IB Chemistry SL

IB Biology HL2

(HL exam)

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IB Chemistry SL

Or

IB Biology HL2

(SL exam)

**optional Chemistry SL exam can be taken Jr or Sr year.

UC Preparatory

AP Program

 

CP Science 9 (elective)

Biology

 

Biology

Chemistry

 

Chemistry,

AP Chemistry

AP Biology

Anatomy/Physiology

Physics

Biotechnology

AP Biology

Anatomy/Physiology

AP Chemistry

Physics

Biotechnology

CSU Preparatory

CP Science 9 (elective)

Biology

Biology

Chemistry

CP Earth Sci(elective)

Chemistry

CP Earth Sci (elective)

Physics

Anatomy/Physiology

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

Biotechnology

AP Biology

Anatomy/Physiology

AP Chemistry

Physics

Biotechnology

CP Earth Sci (elective)

 

Community

College/

Vocational

Preparatory

Physical Science**

 

Life Science**

 

Physical Science**

Life Science**

CP Earth Science (elect)

 

Physical Science**

Life Science**

CP Earth Science (elect)

 

 

 Science Course Descriptions

 

COURSE TITLE

COURSE DESCRIPTION

TERM

GRADE

A-G REQ

CREDITS

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

This is an introductory non-college preparatory level course. No credit can be earned if Biology, Chemistry, CP Earth & Space Science, or College Prep Science 9 has been passed with a "C-" or better.

Physical Science is a one-year course of study in which students will explore principles of science through a variety of scientific disciplines. Students will study and experience the process of science, motion and forces, energy and matter, astronomy, weather, climate, plate tectonics, California geology, and the human impact on resources. Laboratory and field experiences will be used to develop the students' skills. Successful completion of this yearlong course will earn 10 credits in physical science.

 

Year

9-12

 

Physical science credit

LIFE SCIENCE

This is an introductory non-college preparatory level course for students to earn Life Science credits. No credit can be earned if Biology, Chemistry, CP Earth & Space Science, or College Prep Science 9 has been passed with a "C-" or better.

Life Science is a one-year course of study in which students will explore principles of science through a variety of scientific disciplines. Students will study cell biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, microbiology, human biology, plant biology, and the physiology. Laboratory experiences will be used to develop the student's skills. Successful completion of this yearlong course will earn 10 credits in life science.

 

Year

9-12

 

Life Science credit

COLLEGE PREP SCIENCE 9-P

Prerequisite: Pass IM-1 and English with a grade of “C” or better. May also pass Math C with a grade of “B.”

This is a physical science course that is designed to prepare students for college preparatory science classes (Chemistry and Honors Biology) in tenth and eleventh grades. One semester will include the study of physics: motion, waves and sound, light and nuclear physics. The other semester will include instruction in basic chemistry: atomic & molecular structure, mixtures & solutions, organic chemistry, and chemical reactions. The course includes a considerable amount of reading, writing, and analysis of data using mathematical equations in a laboratory setting.

Year

9

‘G’

UC/CSU

Physical Science credit

BIOLOGY-P

Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in previous college prep Science and English courses or a “B” or better in non-college prep science courses.

Students will study cell biology (biochemistry, cell structure, energy transfer, and usage), genetics, ecology, evolution, microbiology, human biology, plant biology, and physiology. The course involves considerable reading, writing, and laboratory work. Successful students can expect to complete three hours of homework and studying per week.

Year

9-12

‘D’

UC/CSU

Life Science credit

AP BIOLOGY-P

Prerequisite: Completion of Biology with a grade "B" or better and a grade of a “C” or better in Chemistry.

This course is designed to assist the student in challenging the Advanced Placement Exam in Biology for university credit. Course content includes studies in biochemistry, the cell, energetics, taxonomy and evolutionary theory, an overview of the animal kingdom, human biology, immunology, botany, and ecology. Students will learn through lecture, laboratory activities, methods of gaining data, and analysis of data. A significant number of labs are student designed. Successful students will spend a considerable amount of time outside of class preparing for this course.

Year

11-12

‘D’

UC/CSU

 

UC approved for honors credit

Life Science credit

BIOLOGY IB HL1-P

Prerequisite: Grade of "B" or better in previous science courses and have passed or be concurrently enrolled in IM-2.

This is the first year of the two-year sequence of the IB Biology course. It includes coursework in the following areas: biochemistry, the cell, photosynthesis, genetics, taxonomy and evolutionary theory, viruses, bacteriology, human biology, botany, and ecology. The course will include considerable reading and writing (i.e. short essays and detailed lab reports). Students that have already taken Biology may not take this class.

 

Year

11

‘D’

UC/CSU

 

 

Life Science credit

BIOLOGY IB HL2-P

Prerequisite: Completion of Biology IB HL1 with a grade "B" or better and a grade of a “C” or better in chemistry.

 

This course is designed to assist the student in challenging the IB Higher Level Exam in Biology for university credit. Course content includes studies in biochemistry, the cell, energetics, taxonomy and evolutionary theory, an overview of the animal kingdom, human biology, immunology, botany, and ecology. Students will learn through lecture, laboratory activities, methods of gaining data, and analysis of data. One interdisciplinary group project is required for the first semester. One internal assessment project is required for the second semester.

Year

12

‘D’

UC/CSU

 

UC approved for honors credit

Life Science credit

 

 

ANATOMY

PHYSIOLOGY-P

Prerequisite: Completion of Biology, and Chemistry or College Prep Earth & Space Science with a grade of “C” or better.

This course will introduce the student to the anatomy and functions of the eleven systems of the human body. Students interested in any of the health fields will find this class invaluable in their education. The class also includes a study of the causes, effects, and treatment of many diseases and also includes animal dissection and laboratory investigation. This course involves a great deal of memorization.

Year

11-12

‘D’

UC/CSU

Life Science credit

COLLEGE PREP EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE – P

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in IM-2, IM-3, or successful completion of any one of these courses with a grade of "C" or better.

This science course is designed to expose the student to scientific methods, concepts, and vocabulary relating to exploration of the Earth. Earth Science is the study of our earthly (and beyond) habitat, a synthesis of systems like geology, chemistry, hydrology, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, and space science. Laboratory experiments and field studies will develop students' reasoning power, the ability to apply system principles, as well as acquaint students with laboratory and field study techniques.

 

Year

10-12

‘G’

UC/CSU

Physical Science credit

CHEMISTRY-P

Prerequisite: Grade “C” or better in previous college prep science course (both semesters), and concurrent enrollment in IM-2 or IM-3, or successful completion of any these courses with a grade of “C” or better.

A year course designed to allow students to master basic principles of chemistry. Topics covered include atomic structure, bonding, organic chemistry, types of chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, reaction mechanisms, equilibrium, states of matter, and acids and bases. Requires approximately 3-5 hours of homework/study time per week outside of class.

 

Year

10-12

‘D’

UC/CSU

Physical Science credit

AP CHEMISTRY-P

Prerequisite: “B” or better in Chemistry and IM-2.

This course is designed to help a student master material for the AP exam in Chemistry and is taken during the second year of a two-year sequence of chemistry curriculum. There is a strong emphasis on laboratory manipulation and interpretation. Some labs will require time outside of the class period to complete. The first semester topics include: atomic structure, bonding, types of chemical reactions, stoichiometry, periodic table, nuclear chemistry, states of matter, thermochemistry, and solutions. The second semester topics include: gases, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acid, bases, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.

Year

11-12

‘D’

UC/CSU

 

UC approved for honors credit

Physical Science credit

CHEMISTRY IB SL-P

Prerequisite: “B” or better in Chemistry and IM-2.

This course is designed to help students master material for the IB exam in Chemistry and is taken during the second year of a two-year sequence of chemistry curriculum. The first semester topics include: atomic structure, bonding, types of chemical reactions, stoichiometry, periodic table, nuclear chemistry, states of matter, thermochemistry, and solutions. The second semester topics include: gases, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acid, bases, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. One interdisciplinary group project is required in the first semester for IB students. A large number of labs are student designed.

Year

11-12

‘D’

UC/CSU

Physical Science credit

PHYSICS-P

Prerequisite: Completion of IM-3 with a grade of “B” or better.

This is a year-long course designed to learn the following concepts of physics: mechanics, heat, energy, waves, sound, light, electricity, relativity, and magnetism.

 

Year

11-12

‘D’

UC/CSU

Physical Science credit

BIOTECHNOLOGY -P

Prerequisite: “C” or better in Biology and Chemistry, or “B” in College Prep Earth and Space Science.

This course introduces students to the fundamental scientific principles of biotechnology bioethics, the variety of careers in biosciences, as well as the commercial and regulatory characteristics of the biosciences. Students will also explore forensics – the application of science for solving crimes during the second semester. A significant part of the course involves actual and simulated research being done in actual laboratories world-wide, which gives students the unique opportunity to carry out the world changing experiments about which they are learning. To accomplish this goal, the course is especially laboratory intensive, and students spend approximately 50% of class time carrying out actual experiments.

Year

11-12

‘D’

UC/CSU

Life Science credit