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  • If you are interested in taking AP Science courses:

    • AP Biology
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP Physics 1
    • AP Environmental Science

    Please speak to a science teacher and your counselor. Learn about all the benefits of AP courses.

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  • Courses

    Chemistry in the Earth System

    Chemistry in the Earth Systems entails the understanding of the nature of matter and its transformations when they study atomic and molecular structure, the effects of electron interaction, chemical bonds, and stoichiometry. Additionally, the course offers the study of the properties of gases, acids and bases, solutions, and organic and inorganic compounds and an exploration of chemical systems through reactions and nuclear processes.

    Chemistry in the Earth System Honors

    Chemistry in the Earth Systems Honors entails the advanced understanding of the nature of matter and its transformations when they study atomic and molecular structure, the effects of electron interaction, chemical bonds, and stoichiometry. Additionally, the course offers the study of the properties of gases, acids and bases, solutions, and organic and inorganic compounds and an exploration of chemical systems through reactions and nuclear processes. 

    Biology and the Living Earth

    Biology and the Living Earth is one of three courses in California’s three-course model for high schools implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). To highlight the nature of Earth and space sciences (ESS) as an interdisciplinary pursuit, the course presents an integration of ESS and Biology.

    Biology and the Living Earth Honors

    Biology and the Living Earth is one of three courses in California’s three-course model for high schools implementing NGSS. To highlight the nature of Earth and space sciences (ESS) as an interdisciplinary pursuit the course presents an integration of ESS and Biology. The honors course in Biology is distinguished by the depth and scope of work required to show mastery of the skills with increased rigor and complexity beyond the scope of a general course. 

    Earth Science

    Students will master an understanding of the Earth and its many different qualities ranging from our place in the solar system and the universe to the dynamic processes that have shaped our planet and continue to transform it today.  Students will obtain this understanding through the exploration of our solar system, astronomy, plate tectonics, atmosphere, and California geology.  Students will have access to up-to-date laboratory equipment, science equipment, and technology.  This course is aligned to State adopted content standards in science. 

    Human Anatomy and Physics

    Human Anatomy and Physiology is a second year, advanced course for the college preparatory student who wishes to acquire a greater breadth and depth of knowledge of the principles of advanced biology with an emphasis of anatomy and physiology. This course is designed for students who may be interested in a career in the health related fields.  Homework and laboratory work are an important part of the curriculum.

    Physics

    Physics is the study of the physical world and deals with the behavior and structure of matter. The study of physics is divided into the areas of motion, fluids, heat, sound, light, electricity and magnetism, relativity, atomic structure, nuclear physics, and elementary particles. Students will use basic concepts, equations, and assumptions to describe the physical world and develop an understanding of the tools of physics.

    Physics Honors

    Physics is the study of the physical world and deals with the behavior and structure of matter. The study of physics is divided into the areas of motion, fluids, heat, sound, light, electricity and magnetism, relativity, atomic structure, nuclear physics, and elementary particles. Students will use basic concepts, equations, and assumptions to describe the physical world and develop an understanding of the tools of physics.

    AP Biology

    Biology Advanced Placement (AP) includes those topics regularly covered in a college biology course for majors: molecules and cells, heredity and evolution, and organisms and populations. The Biology (AP) course differs significantly from the usual high school course with respect to the kind of textbook used, the range and depth of topics covered, the kind of laboratory work done by students, and the time and effort required of students. This course utilized the Biology (AP) curriculum provided by the College Board.

    AP Chemistry

    The Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry course is designed to be taken only after the successful completion of a first course in high school chemistry. Students enrolled in Chemistry AP attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The course contributes to the development of the students’ abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic. This course differs qualitatively from the regular high school Chemistry course with respect to the kind of textbook used, the topics covered, the emphasis on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles, and the kind of laboratory work done by students. Quantitative differences appear in the number of topics covered, the time spent on the course by students, and the nature and the variety of experiments done in the laboratory. This course fulfills the laboratory science requirement for UC admission and utilizes the Chemistry AP curriculum provided by the College Board. 

    AP Environmental Science

    The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Yet there are several major unifying constructs, or themes, that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science. This course utilizes the AP Environmental Science curriculum provided by the College Board. The exam is representative of such a course and therefore is considered appropriate for the measurement of skills and knowledge in the field of environmental science. This course utilizes the AP Environmental Science curriculum provided by the College Board. www.collegeboard.com

    AP Physics 1

    AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.