Biology: The Living Earth
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.
Ag Bio: Sustainable Agriculture
This one year college-preparatory lab based course, organized into four major units: integrates biological science practices and knowledge into the practice of sustainable agriculture. The course addresses the questions: What is sustainable agriculture? How does sustainable agriculture fit into our environment? What molecular biology principles guide sustainable agriculture? and 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. Throughout the course, students are graded on participation in intra-curricular FFA activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program.
The course is aligned to the College Board curriculum guidelines and can be used to obtain college credit via the AP Biology exam. This course explores the 19 following topics introduced in Lab Biology in much greater detail: biotechnology, metabolism, anatomy, and physiology. Emphasis is placed on understanding the form and function in biological systems.
Physics in the Universe
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.
Chemistry in the Earth System
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.
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. This course is intended for students who want an accelerated Chemistry experience and are looking to prepare themselves for AP Chemistry in the future.
Chemistry and 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 a soil management plan that can be used by agricultural producers, demonstrating their knowledge of the soil chemistry content learned 20 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.
Viticulture & Plant Sciences
This course will provide the student with theories and principles related to viticulture and enology in a “learning by doing” approach. This course also provides methods in plant science and practical experiences associated with the topic. Throughout the course we will be meeting with local vineyard managers, winemakers, participating in industry tours, hosting guest speakers and explore related careers. This course is intended to successfully prepare those students who need high school science graduation credits as well as students interested in working in the viticulture industry. Throughout the course, students are graded on participation in intra-curricular FFA activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program.
The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. The course is aligned to the College Board curriculum guidelines and can be used to obtain college credit via the AP Chemistry exam. AP Chemistry covers topics such as the structure and behavior of matter, the mathematics of chemistry, chemical energy changes, reaction rates, electrochemistry, and understanding chemical equilibrium. Note: AP Chemistry is offered in alternating years.
AP Environmental Science
This course will provide students with the scientific principles and methodologies to understand the interrelationships of humans and the natural world. Students will identify and analyze environmental problems, evaluate risks, and examine alternative solutions for resolving those problems. 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. The AP Environmental Science course includes a strong laboratory and field investigation component, as well as individual research projects and environmental action projects. Students who complete the AP Environmental Science Exam in May with a score of 3 or higher may receive equivalent college units. Note: AP Environmental Science is offered in alternating years.
Advanced Interdisciplinary Science and Sustainable Agriculture
This integrated class combines an interdisciplinary approach to laboratory science and research with agricultural management principles. Using skills and principles learned in this 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 and experiment to solve a relevant agricultural issue. Final projects will be eligible for the Career Development Event completition 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.