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Science
The University of California and California State University system requires minimum grades of "C" in a minimum of two courses selected from laboratory courses: Anatomy and Physiology, AP Environmental Science, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics and Robotics. The CSU/UC requirement is a C- (some cases C) or better in 2 laboratory sciences - one year physical and one year biological.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY: Full year course, 5 units each semester, grade 11-12
Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra 2 Honors with a "B" or better, completion of Honors Chemistry with a "B" or better, or completion of Chemistry 1-2 with an A, and teacher recommendation.
Description: This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. As such, it is a demanding course that requires frequent use of advanced mathematical techniques. Topics will include the Structure of Matter (atomic theory, chemical bonding, and nuclear chemistry); States of Matter (gases, liquids and solids, solutions); Reactions (types, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics); Descriptive Chemistry and Laboratory Skills. Students are expected to take the AP Chemistry exam in May. Individual study guides are provided. This course meets UC/CSU Physical lab requirement.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Full year course, 5 units each semester, grades 11-12
Prerequisites: Grade of "B" or better in Biology. Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, Chemistry. See page 9 for application process.
Description: This course is an Advancement Placement course equivalent to a college-level course. The student will use laboratory or field investigations and independent research to understand topics such as water quality, pollution, and interdependence of earth’s systems, global warming, and environmental ethics. Students are encouraged to take the national AP Exam in Environmental Science in May. Individual study guides are provided for preparation for the AP Environmental Science exam. This course meets UC/CSU Life Science lab requirement.

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY: Full year course, 5 units each semester, grades 11-12
Prerequisites: Completion of Biology 1-2 and Algebra 1-2 with a "C" or better. Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, Chemistry with a "C" or better.
Description: Anatomy and Physiology is designed to be a second year Biological Science course for students who are interested in biology or the medical professions. It is a rigorous laboratory science that will focus on the structure and function of human body systems. In the laboratory there is an emphasis on learning through dissection and hands on activities. This course meets UC/CSU Life Science lab requirement.

BIOLOGY 1-2: Full year course, 5 units each semester, grades 9-12
Prerequisites: Completion of most recent science course with a "C" or better. Concurrent enrollment in Geometry strongly recommended.
Description: This course uses a conceptual laboratory approach to investigate contemporary concepts and principles of biology. Major emphasis of the course includes molecular chemistry and genetics, evolutionary patterns, systems physiology, and ecosystems. Course includes observations of living and preserved organisms. Strong writing, reading, reasoning, and mathematical skills are necessary for successful comprehension of course concepts and completion of laboratory investigations. This course meets UC/CSU Life Science lab requirement.

BIOLOGY 1-2 HONORS: Full year course, 5 units each semester, grades 9-12
Prerequisites: "B" or better in last science class. Concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 strongly recommended. Students should be motivated and independent learners with strong reading comprehension skills.
Description: This course uses a conceptual laboratory approach to investigate contemporary concepts and principles of biology but treats the material in greater depth than the regular Biology course. Major emphases of the course include molecular biology and genetics, evolutionary patterns, physiology and ecosystems. Students will be assessed throughout the year in traditional and non-traditional methods. This course will require additional independent reading of the text and supplemental materials, using writing as a main source of communication, as well as additional mathematical applications to biological concepts. Formal lab write-ups will be taught and utilized. Strong writing, reading, reasoning and mathematical skills are necessary for successful comprehension of course concepts and completion of laboratory investigations. Students are encouraged to take the SAT II Biology exam in the spring. This course meets UC/CSU Life Science lab requirement.

BIOTECHNOLOGY: METHODS AND PRINCIPLES (ROP): Full year course, 5 units each semester, ROP credits also, grades 11-12. Students must also be enrolled in five other classes.
Prerequisites: Completion of Biology 1-2 and Algebra 1-2 with a "C" or better. Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, Chemistry with a "C" or better.
Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts and practices of modern biotechnology, thus enabling them to further pursue academic and industrial opportunities. The emphasis is on practical methods and basic concepts of molecular biology, utilizing modern equipment, and state-of-the-art protocols.

CHEMISTRY 1-2
Full year course, 5 units each semester, grades 10-12
Prerequisites: Completion of most recent science class (Biology or Physics recommended) with a "C-" or better. Concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 strongly recommended.
Description: State and District Science Standards are addressed through the study of the structure of matter, periodic table, solutions, organic and biochemistry, as well as electrochemistry (see course content). Problem solving is emphasized using the unit factor approach. Formal lab write-ups will be taught and utilized. Strong writing, reading, reasoning and mathematical skills are necessary for successful comprehension of course concepts and completion of laboratory investigations. The course is demanding, requiring frequent use of mathematical concepts. This course meets UC/CSU Physical Science lab requirement.

CHEMISTRY 1-2 HONORS: Full year course, 5 units each semester, grades 10-12
Prerequisites: Completion of most recent science class (Biology or Physics) with a "B". Completion of Algebra 2 strongly recommended. Students should be motivated and independent learners with a strong interest in chemistry and mathematics.
Description: This course is strongly recommended for students intending to pursue a science career which necessitates further chemistry courses at the college level; however, this does not exclude students wishing to challenge themselves with a demanding, rigorous course. The course follows a classical chemistry format. However, the subject matter is broadened and treated in greater depth with the inclusion of units in thermochemistry, chemical bonding, and molecular structure. Problem solving is emphasized using the unit factor approach. The problems are more challenging than those in regular Chemistry. Students are encouraged to take the SAT II (Chemistry) exam. This course meets UC/CSU Physical lab requirement.

PHYSICS OF ELECTRONIC ROBOTICS: Full year course, 5 units each semester, grades 10-12
Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra 1.
Description: The Physics of Electronic Robotics is an integrated Physics and Engineering Technology program that will allow students to study physics and pre-engineering in a unique way that blends a traditional science course with the principles of engineering and technology. In addition to classroom activities, experiments and labs, students will investigate physics through the design and fabrication of robotic and automated systems. Areas of study include motion and forces, matter and energy, heat and thermodynamics, waveforms, electricity and magnetism. Robotic design challenges and project based activities will be used to assess student’s skills and abilities. This course meets UC/CSU Physical lab requirement.

PHYSICS 1-2:Full year course, 5 units each semester, grades 11-12
Prerequisites: Completion of most recent science class with a "C" or better. Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 Advanced.
Description: This course delves into the laws which govern the physical world in which we live. It is designed to strengthen the students’ abilities to solve problems logically, analyze experimental data effectively, make accurate predictions, and reach useful generalizations. Emphasis is on understanding concepts in the major units of study including force and motion, energy, gravity, relativity, waves and optics, electricity, and nuclear physics. This course meets UC/CSU Physical lab requirement.

PHYSICS 1-2 HONORS:Full Year course, 5 units each semester, grades 11-12
Prerequisite: Completion of most recent science class (Biology or Chemistry) with a "B" or better ("C" or better for honors level courses). Concurrent enrollment or completion of PreCalculus with Trigonometry.
Description: Honors Physics has similar objectives and follows the same course outline as Physics 1-2. However, topics are treated in greater depth and with much greater emphasis on mathematical problem solving. Trigonometry is used frequently and students should be adept at translating word problems into mathematical equations. This course is well suited for students who intend to study engineering or physical science in college and those who enjoy a more mathematical approach. This course meets UC/CSU Physical lab requirement.