Designed for college-preparatory students who need an experimental life science. This course encourages student responsibility for learning through a variety of experiences that include developing biological literacy, working cooperatively in lab groups, applying science skills to everyday life, recognizing and evaluating relationships between technology and society, and developing processing and concept-mapping skills. Topics studied include cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, and diversity of organisms.
A second-year advanced level biology course designed to be equivalent to a college introductory biology course. This course differs from CP Biology in the pacing, depth of study and amount of quantitative analysis in the laboratory work. The course is intended to prepare students to pass the AP exam.
This course is designed for highly motivated college-bound students. This course provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with those problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Students will be engaged in the study and monitoring of our local community both in the laboratory and in the field. These studies will include population studies of local ecosystems and air, water, and soil analysis.
A science elective for students who have successfully completed Biology. This course will provide students with extensive field study opportunities in the local area to learn and apply the principles of environmental science and fish and wildlife management. Students will study wetlands, habitat maintenance, species identification, and diversity studies, and careers in State Fish and Game, U.S. Forest Service, State Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and many other related careers. Students will spend much of their time in hands-on field studies and related lab applications.
This course is designed to prepare students for success in the academic, college-preparatory science courses required for college entrance, and also fulfills the district high school physical science requirement. This predominantly physical science course emphasizes those techniques needed to prepare students for chemistry and physics while integrating with their algebra and geometry sequence. General topics investigated will be earth science, basic physics concepts and introductory chemistry. Students will engage in hands-on projects in cooperative groups. This course does NOT meet the laboratory science requirement in the UC “D” category.
Designed to provide college-preparatory students with a mathematical and laboratory-oriented instruction in basic chemistry. Chemistry includes formula and equation writing, atomic theory, stoichiometry, gas laws, nuclear chemistry, acid-base reactions, qualitative analysis, and an introduction to organic chemistry. Students are expected to have algebra and problem-solving skills and will be required to prepare lab reports, complete problem sets, and participate in laboratory and discussion exercises.
Designed for college-preparatory students who are planning to major in science, math or engineering. This course examines the composition and properties of substances as well as the reactions by which substances are produced from or converted into other substances. Concepts studied in a more in-depth study of those in CP Chemistry plus oxidation-reduction and bonding geometry. Students need advanced algebra, exponential and logarithm skills. Students must prepare lab reports, complete problem sets, and participate in laboratory and discussion exercises.
A second-year chemistry course designed to be equivalent to general college chemistry. The emphasis here is the frequency and individual design of quantitative and qualitative lab work to complement a more in-depth discussion of topics not covered in CP or Honors Chemistry in order to prepare students for the AP Chemistry exam in May which may entitle them to college credit.
This course is designed for the student who would like to study physics conceptually. All of the major concepts are studied including states of matter, energy (light, sound, heat, mechanical), kinetics (force, gravity, work, motion), power, electricity and magnetism. Students will be expected to use basic Algebra to solve problems.
Designed for college preparatory students who perform at honors level in the fields of math and science. Major concepts in physics to be studied, include energy, kinetics (force, work, motion), electricity and magnetism. This course will require mastery of advanced mathematical skills as an integral part of the course and labs.
The course covers the classic physics topics of motion (including rotation), forces, momentum, work, energy and power. Waves and sound are also covered and electric circuits are introduced. Students will also experience hands-on, computer-based labs using “live” sensors to collect and analyze data to gather evidence to support specific claims. Students will also design, build, use and evaluate projects to solve real-life problems.