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Required: 2 Units / Graduating Class of 2015 and 2016
Required: 3 Units / Starting with the Class of 2017 
Recommended: 3-4 Units for College Prep

Physical Science
Grade 9
Duration Year
Prerequisite: None
A first course in science designed to help the student understand the nature of doing science. Topics covered are measurement and the metric system, the scientific method, motion, energy, waves, light, electricity and magnetism, and radioactivity. Everyday applications and doing experiments will be emphasized.

Biology
Grades: 9, 10
Duration: Year
Prerequisite: None
This course describes the structure of living organisms and the functions of their parts. During the first semester, topics revolve around the building blocks of living material such as the cell, its organelles, and how these organelles work. The second semester covers the anatomy and histology of the whole organism from the simplest single celled organism to humans.

Chemistry
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Duration: Year
Prerequisite: Biology and Algebra I
This is a course that investigates substances, their properties, and the nature of the processes by which they interact. The emphasis is to show how observations relate to the interpretations and theories of science. Students will learn how chemistry and chemical principles influence their everyday lives and interpret their world from a molecular point of view.

Honors Chemistry
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Duration: Year
Prerequisite: B or better in biology and Algebra I and instructor's approval.
Honors chemistry is a course intended to challenge those students with a strong math and science interest. It is an accelerated program with a greater emphasis on using mathematics and understanding the theories of chemistry. It is strongly recommended for those students considering a math/science major in college.

Chemistry Semester 3
Grades: 11, 12
Duration Semester
(Advanced Topics in First Year Chemistry)
Prerequisite: Chemistry or Honors chemistry
This course continues the study of chemistry topics from the first year of chemistry. It will allow students a more in-depth study of chemistry after the first year of chemistry without the rigor of AP Chemistry. Topics covered will include - Organic Chemistry, Review of Stoichiometry, Thermo chemistry, Chemical Kinetics & Equilibrium, Acids & Bases, Electrochemistry, and Nuclear Chemistry.

AP Biology
Grades: 11, 12
Duration: Year
Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry and instructor's approval.
A course designed to mirror a first year college biology class. Areas of study will be: biochemistry, protein synthesis, DNA structure, experimental procedures and analysis, principles of genetics, photosynthesis and respiration, classification of organisms, plant and animal form and function, plant growth studies and animal dissection. This course is suggested for college prep and advanced placement testing.

Honors Anatomy and Physiology
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry, and Instructor's Approval
A course designed for the upper level student in the study of the human body. Areas of study will be: introduction to medical terminology, extensive study of the systems of the human body, and extensive lab study of a representative mammal. The textbook is used as a first year college anatomy and physiology text. The course is suggested for college prep.

General Physics
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Duration: Year
Prerequisite: Geometry
A course designed to acquaint the student with the laws of nature in areas of motion, forces, energy, waves, electricity and magnetism. An emphasis will be placed on the qualitative approach in the development of these concepts. Suggested for college prep.

AP Physics
Grades: 11, 12
Duration:Year
Prerequisite: Adv. Algebra and instructor's approval
A course designed to acquaint the student with the practical applications in the areas in the areas of motion, forces, momentum and energy, waves, light and electricity and magnetism. An emphasis is placed on solving problems. Suggested for college prep.

Earth Science
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Duration: Semester
Prerequisite: Biology
A course designed to acquaint the student with the natural forces that shape planet earth and the solar system, Areas of study include  astronomy (Solar System and Earth's motion), meteorology (weather, climate), and geology (land formation and earth structure).

Environmental Science
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Duration: Semester
Prerequisite: Biology
A course designed for the student interested in the basic ecological concepts and the many impacts upon the environment.  Areas of study include: ecological principles, water cycle and groundwater,  air and water pollution and population studies.

AP Chemistry 
   Grades: 11, 12
Duration: Year
Prerequisite: Honors chemistry or Chemistry with instructor's approval
This is a second year chemistry course that studies stoichiometry, thermochemistry, bonding, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry in greater detail. An emphasis is placed on lab procedures and experimentation especially using computers to obtain and analyze data, The Advanced Placement Exam may be taken at the end of the program for possible college credit. This course is intended for those students with a strong science interest.


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