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Head of Department: Roumaldo Guerrero

Integrated Physics and Chemistry

Credit 1

This class will require the students to use scientific methods during investigations, conduct field and laboratory investigations and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem- solving skills. This course integrates the disciplines of physics and chemistry in the following topics: waves, energy transformations, properties of matter, changes in matter, and solution chemistry. This class is not recommended for students who have passed chemistry.

Biology

Credit 1

Biology is the study of living things. This course covers a variety of topics focused around five central themes: cellular biology, genetics, ecology and taxonomy. It promotes scientific thinking through problem solving – a process that encourages curiosity and careful inquiry. The teaching method will center on active student learning revolving around class work, group work and laboratory investigations with a emphasis placed on competency in logical thinking, collection of data, and interpretation of results.

Pre- AP Biology

Credit 1

Prerequisite concurrent enrollment with algebra I, Geometry or Algebra II 
this biology I course is characterized by extensive laboratory experiences, scientific reading, research, and independent projects each six weeks.

AP Biology
Credit:1 
Prerequisite PAP Biology and PAP Chemistry or Biology and Chemistry with teacher recommendation 
the AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-year college introductory biology course. Three general areas of study include: molecules and cells, genetics and evolution, organisms and populations. It is intended to provide students with the conceptual  framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. The text is a college- level text. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement exam given in the spring.

Chemistry 
Credit1
prerequisite: Algebra I, Biology or IPC
This course is designed for the advanced student preparing to major in a scientific- related field. This is a more detailed approach to chemical principles with a greater emphasis on mathematics as applied to chemistry. The student will cover all topics in Chemistry I plus bonding, Kinetics, equilibrium and redox reactions.

Advanced Placement Chemistry
Credit: 1
Prerequisite Algebra I, Biology
The AP  Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-year general chemistry course usually taken the first college year along with separate lab time. Students in this course will attain depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The course concentrates on the chemical concepts of bonding, molecular structure, thermodynamics, solution stoichiometry, Kinetics, electrochemistry and reactions. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring.

Physics
Credit: 1
Prerequisite Geometry
This is an introductory physics course designed to provide the student with a basic knowledge of physics, in preparation for college physics. Topics of study will include measurement and problem solving with motion, forces,energy,heat,waves,light and basic electricity. The students will perform selected laboratory experiments.

Pre- Advanced Placement Physics
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Geometry
This is an introductory physics course to prepare students for success in the AP Physics- B course. Topics include motion, forces, energy, momentum, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism,waves,optics, and modern physics.

Advanced Placement Physics- B
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Physics or Pre-AP Physics
This course will have an in- depth study of mechanics while covering electricity and magnetism. This course should be taken by students interested in the physical sciences and engineering. The emphasis of the course is on problem solving. This is a second year physics course.

Anatomy and Physiology
Credit 1
Prerequisite: Biology or Pre-AP Biology and Chemistry
This course provides an in- depth study of the human body, and may provide an introductory background for those students who wish to pursue a career in a medical, scientific, or health related field. The course will study the form (structure) and function of body parts (cells, tissues and organs), complexity of homeostatic mechanisms and the application to ones personal health. Dissection of the cat is a course requirement and will not be substituted by computer simulations, etc. Computer simulations will be utilized, however, to manipulate physiological scenarios. Videotapes of human dissection will also be used.

Environmental Systems
Credit 1
Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry
This course will include a wide range of science disciplines for understanding the interaction between organisms and environment. Emphasis will be placed on finding solutions for important environmental issues such as global warming, world hunger, water and air pollution, conservation of resources, alternative fuel sources, and ecosystems. The course will require the students to use the scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem - solving skills.