Biology: The Living Earth
This is the first year of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) three-year science pathway. Biology: The Living Earth is a college preparatory, lab science class aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. NGSS performance expectations are used to blend core ideas with scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts. Throughout the course, students build their understanding of how living Earth systems interact and influence living organisms and populations, and how these populations in turn influence Earth systems. Inquiry-driven laboratory exercises are an integral part of the curriculum. The course focuses on Ecology, Earth’s Climate, Cellular Structure and Function, Genetics, and Evolution. A “C” or better in both semesters earns the student one unit for the “D” requirement on the UC/CSU A-G list. Students will need to successfully complete Biology: The Living Earth, order to complete the first year of the two-year science graduation requirement.
Physics In The Universe
Physics in the Universe is the second course in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) three-year science pathway. The principles of forces, motion, waves, energy conversion, and nuclear processes will be explored through both Earth and space science phenomena such as plate tectonics, electromagnetic radiation, evidence for Earth’s geologic history, and the composition and life cycle of stars. Inquiry based laboratory investigations and engineering solutions are an integral part of the course and require some mathematical and writing skills. A “C” or better in both semesters earns the student one unit for the “D” requirement on the UC/CSU A-G list. Students will need to successfully complete Physics in the Universe in order to complete the 2nd year of the two-year science graduation requirement.
anatomy and physiology
The course focuses on Human Anatomy and Physiology. The Advanced Biology course is for students who are interested in learning the systems of the human body and how they work together. Coursework includes lecture, lab activities, computer simulations, and dissections of organs.
Advanced Placement Biology
The AP Biology course is designed to meet two primary goals, first to provide students with the equivalent breadth and rigor of a college introductory Biology course taken by Science majors, and second to prepare students for the successful completion of the AP Biology examination. This will demand a tremendous commitment of time and sustained focus by the student to recognize the unifying themes that integrate the major topics of Biology; to engage in the process of scientific inquiry; to apply biological knowledge and critical thinking to the solving of environmental and societal problems. The College Board designed AP Biology around 4 big ideas, Evolution, Ecology, Genetics and Energy. A variety of instructional strategies including lectures, student presentations, class discussions, laboratory investigations and outside readings will be utilized to prepare students for these goals. Course is offered if there is sufficient enrollment. This course will culminate in taking the AP Exam in order to measure student success & determine whether college credit is awarded.
Chemistry In The Earth System
Chemistry in the Earth System is the third course in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) three-year science pathway. This course explains how chemical processes help drive Earth’s systems. Students will explore topics including Combustion, Heat and Energy in the Earth System, Patterns among Atoms, Elements, and Molecules, Chemical Reactions, the Chemistry of Climate Change, and the Dynamics of Chemical Reactions and Ocean Acidification. This course emphasizes discussions, inquiry activities, and laboratory investigations, which promote the understanding of the behavior of matter at the macroscopic and the molecular-atomic levels.depth, involve more computation, and more advanced lab procedures than regular chemistry. Sophomores can be concurrently enrolled in Physics in the Universe and Chemistry in the Earth System.
This course is an excellent preparation for college chemistry. The course emphasizes inorganic chemistry and stresses the fundamental concepts of chemistry such as atomic and molecular structure, thermodynamics of reaction rate and equilibrium, and reaction types such as acid/base and oxidation/reduction. All these topics will also be viewed within the context of chemistry in the Earth system by exploring topics such as ocean acidification, plate tectonics, and fossil fuels. These topics will be studied in more depth, involve more computation, and more advanced lab procedures than regular chemistry. Sophomores, with accelerated math only, can take Physics in the Universe and Honors Chemistry Concurrently.
Advanced Placement Physics 1
AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. This course is intended to be a yearlong course with time to foster
deep conceptual understanding through student-centered, inquiry-based instruction. Although the Physics 1 course includes basic use of trigonometric functions, this understanding can be gained either in the concurrent math course or in the AP Physics 1 course itself. Students will have time to master foundational physics principles while engaging in science practices to earn credit or placement. The students are expected to take the AP exam, which is administered in the spring.
Advanced Placement Environmental Science
The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester introductory college course in environmental science. The goal of the course is to provide students with the scientific principles and methodologies to understand the interrelationships of humans and the natural world. Through hands-on laboratory and field investigations, students will identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human made, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Topics covered include: ecosystem ecology, human population, soil and agriculture, renewable and nonrenewable resource management,urbanization, air and water pollution, climate change, and waste management. This course will culminate in taking the AP Exam in order to measure student success and determine whether college credit will be awarded.
Biology & Sustainable Agriculture
This one year course, organized into four major units, integrates biological science practices and knowledge into the practice of sustainable agriculture. Unit one addresses the question, What is sustainable agriculture? Unit two, How does sustainable agriculture fit into our environment? Unit three, What molecular biology principles guide sustainable agriculture? Unit four, How do we make decisions to maximize sustainable agricultural practices within a functioning ecosystem? Within each unit, specific life science principles integrate with agricultural principles, as students gain knowledge of how the two disciplines inform each other, culminating in the development of a sustainable farm model and portfolio of supporting student research. Throughout the course, students will be graded on participation in intracurricular FFA activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program.
Chemistry & Agriscience
This course explores the physical and chemical nature of soil as well as the relationships between soil, plants, animals and agricultural practices. Students examine properties of soil and land and their connections to plant and animal production. Using knowledge of scientific protocols as well as course content, students develop an Agriscience research program to be conducted throughout the first semester of the course. To complete that whole project each student will investigate and test an Agriscience research question by formulating a scientific question related to the course content, formulating a hypothesis based on related research, conducting an experiment to test the hypothesis, collecting quantitative data, and forming a conclusion based on analysis of the data. The result of this research program is an in depth research and experimentation paper that is technically written, based on scientific protocol, and cited using APA formatting. Additionally, students develop and present a capstone soil management plan for agricultural producers, demonstrating their knowledge of the soil chemistry content learned throughout the course. Throughout the course, students are graded on participation in intracurricular FFA activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program.
Advanced Interdisciplinary Science For Sustainable Agriculture
This integrated class combines an interdisciplinary approach to laboratory science and research with agricultural management principles. Using skills and principles learned in the course, including the chemical and biological principles that govern plant science and crop production, students design systems and experiments to solve agricultural management issues currently facing the industry. Additionally, students connect the products created in this class with industry activities to link real world encounters and implement skills demanded by both colleges and careers. The course culminates with an Agriscience experimental research project in which students design and conduct an experiment to solve a relevant agricultural issue. Final projects will be eligible for Career Development Event competition at FFA events. Throughout the course, students will be graded on participation in intracurricular FFA activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program.