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Code Title Department Description
SC420


Biology Science Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in C.P. English or higher, completed or currently enrolled in Algebra 1. This laboratory course provides for the study of patterns and structure, function and change in living organisms, and patterns of interaction between living organisms and their environment. This course is recommended for students planning careers in any area of biology, medicine, or environmental science. It fulfills the graduation requirement for a life science as well as a year of laboratory science for college admission.
SC436


Biology 9 Science Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation. “B” or better in 8th grade Science and a “C” or better in Algebra I or concurrently enrolled in Algebra I. Currently enrolled in C.P. English or higher
This laboratory course provides for the study of patterns and structure, function and change in living organisms, and patterns of interaction between living organisms and their environment. This course is recommended for students planning careers in any area of Biology, medicine, or Environmental Science. It fulfills the graduation requirement for a life science as well as a year of laboratory science for college admission.
SC438


Biology Concepts Science Prerequisites: concurrent with Language! 9th grade ONLY
This introductory science course meets high school graduation requirements. Students will be prepared to take Biology which will provide for the study of the CA science standards in biology, including patterns and structure, function and change in living organisms. It is designed to focus on an overall understanding of the fundamental biological concepts for the student still working towards academic proficiency in English and math.
SC400


Biology, Advanced Placement Science Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisites: “B” in Biology A & B, “C” or better in Chemistry A & B. “C” or better in Geometry. Overall unweighted GPA of 2.5 or better. Directly from 9th grade, “A” in Biology 9 A & B.
Advanced Biology is a general course designed for college bound students with exceptional ability and selfmotivating qualities. The key concepts and related content that define the revised AP Biology course and exam are organized around a few underlying principles called the big ideas, which encompass the core scientific principles, theories and processes governing living organisms and biological systems. Information covered in this class is equivalent to full year General Biology courses in most colleges and universities. It is a preparatory course for students who wish to pass the Advanced Placement Examination in Biology and subsequently earn college credit for their efforts.
SC410


Chemistry Science Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisite: “C” or better in Geometry A & B, “C” or better in Biology or Marine Biology.
This is a laboratory-based course that examines the composition of various substances and the changes they can go through. The periodic table and formation of compounds are covered as well as the basics of Chemistry. Emphasis is on problem solving in chemistry (stoichiometry) using factor label method, ratio proportion, and first order linear equations. Major topics include measurement, chemical changes, atomic structure, periodic law, bonding, gas laws and nomenclature.
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Chemistry, Advanced Placement Science Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
SC435


General Science Science 10th - 12th grade only
This course covers the basic concepts of the Physical and Earth Sciences and relates them to Life Science concepts through the use of themes which help students appreciate that the Three Disciplines of Science are interrelated. It qualifies as a physical science to satisfy graduation requirements.
SC433


Health - 9 Science Required for 9th grade
This class is designed to help the student be mentally, physically, and socially healthy. It focuses on many aspects of mental health, drug prevention, prevention of disease, family life education, sex education and nutrition. Required for graduation.
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Human Body System Science Part of the PLTW program: More
SC424


Marine Biology Science Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in Biology A & B, completed or currently enrolled in Algebra 1, Currently enrolled in C.P. English or higher
Marine Biology is a one-year laboratory based science that builds upon and extends the biological concepts acquired during the first year biology course. Students will continue to cement their understanding of the biology standards but through the lens of marine life. Topics explored include the structure, function, classification, and adaptations of marine protests, plants, and animals. The functioning of the various marine ecosystems, including ecological relationships and energy and matter cycles will also be focused on. Students entering will have previously passed Biology



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SC411


Physics Science Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in all previous science classes and “C” or better in Geometry, on track for A-G completion with min 2.5 GPA.
Physics is a laboratory course that provides for the study of the laws of motion, kinetic and potential energy, the nature and behavior of heat, light, optics, sound, electricity, radiation, and nuclear energy. This course is recommended for students planning careers in any area of biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, environmental science, or engineering
SC406


Physics 1, Advanced Placement Science Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisites: “B” or better in Pre-Calculus, concurrently enrolled in calculus or higher, “C” in Biology & Chemistry A & B.
This course forms the first part of the college sequence that serves as the foundation in physics for students. This course provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and emphasizes the development of conceptual understanding and problem-solving ability using algebra and trigonometry, but rarely calculus. It is a preparatory course for students who wish to pass the Advanced Placement Examination in Physics 1 and subsequently earn college credit for their efforts.
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Principles of Biomedical Science Science PLTW Home Page