SCIENCE

Department Overview

“There is no doubt that science—and, therefore, science education—is central to the lives of all Americans. Never before has our world been so complex and science knowledge so critical to making sense of it all. When comprehending current events, choosing and using technology, or making informed decisions about one’s healthcare, science understanding is key. Science is also at the heart of the United States’ ability to continue to innovate, lead, and create the jobs of the future. All students—whether they become technicians in a hospital, workers in a high tech manufacturing facility, or Ph.D. researchers—must have a solid K–12 science education.” (Next Generation Science Standards, 2013)

The science curriculum in AUHSD is aligned to the State adopted Science Content and Performance Standards as detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards. The science curriculum is designed to provide the basic foundational knowledge and skills students will need to become scientifically literate adults, while at the same time providing rigorous coursework that will prepare students for both college and career. In their science classes students will receive instruction in the disciplinary content of science as well as develop the practices and dispositions that underlie science and engineering thought and application.

 


1422 GATEWAY-PROJECT LEAD THE WAY
7th - 8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


Project Lead the Way’s Gateway curriculum is intended for grades six through eight. It is offered as independent, nine-week units (modules) that explore aerospace, energy, the environment, forensics, modeling, robotics, technology and other STEM-related topics. The activities-oriented curriculum challenges and engages the natural curiosity of students. Gateway units, taught in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum, are designed to spark an interest in STEM subjects and prepare students for further study in high school. Site must purchase and apply for usage of the PLTW curriculum.



5209 SCIENCE 7
7th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This course emphasizes concepts in life science. The content focuses on cells, diffusion, cell differentiation, cell division, genetics, evolution, classification, living kingdoms, human body systems, family living and personal health, injury prevention and safety, and ecology. Investigations illustrating these concepts will be conducted throughout the course.



5210 SCIENCE 7 (HP)
7th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: HP course requires an application process and teacher recommendation.


Honors science courses are designed to provide a rigorous laboratory based science experience for students who are interested in pursuing university studies or careers in science fields. The honors course, while covering a similar curriculum and meeting the same graduation requirements as the college preparatory class, goes into greater depth, includes additional projects, and moves through the curriculum at an accelerated pace.



5215 SCIENCE 8
8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This course addresses concepts in physical and earth science. The content focuses on the nature of science, matter, chemistry, chemical reactions, the chemistry of living systems, energy, forces in motion, astronomy, geology, and weather. Investigations illustrating these concepts will be conducted throughout the course.



5220 SCIENCE 8 (HP)
8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: HP course requires an application process and teacher recommendation.


Honors science courses are designed to provide a rigorous laboratory based science experience for students who are interested in pursuing university studies or careers in science fields. The honors course, while covering a similar curriculum and meeting the same graduation requirements as the college preparatory class, goes into greater depth, includes additional projects, and moves through the curriculum at an accelerated pace.



5225 SCIENCE ELECTIVE WHEEL
7th - 8th
5.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


The Science Elective Wheel is a year-long class that gives students the opportunity to be exposed to five different branches of science. The branches are: marine biology, environmental science, food science, forensic science, or Urban Ornithology. Students will be focusing on science and engineering practices from the Next Generation Science Standards by asking questions, defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations, and designing solutions. Students rotate through the four nine-week courses, where they receive an introduction to the branches of science.



5227 MARINE BIOLOGY
7th - 8th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.


Marine Biology is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge about the relationship between organisms and the ocean environment in southern California. Students will understand the basic makeup of the ocean biome and biological systems of the pacific ocean.



5227Q MARINE BIOLOGY
7th - 8th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.


Marine Biology is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge about the relationship between organisms and the ocean environment in southern California. Students will understand the basic makeup of the ocean biome and biological systems of the pacific ocean.



5228 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
7th - 8th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.


Environmental science is designed to teach students about the relationship between organisms and the environment and how humans can impact the environment in both negative and positive ways. The concepts covered are the Earth itself is one interconnected system. Humans alter natural systems. Lastly, human survival depends on developing practices that will achieve sustainable systems.



5229 FOOD SCIENCE
7th - 8th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.


Food Science is designed to develop and enhance the student’s knowledge of scientific principles and processes through the study of foods and nutrition. Food Science gives students the opportunity to reason and critique data and practices. An in-depth understanding of science as it applies to foods will assist students with interest in career and technical education and to understand the food industry as well as food preparation in their daily lives. When possible, students will be involved in hands-on laboratory activities which verify the scientific concepts presented.



5490Q SCIENCE ELECTIVE WHEEL
7th - 8th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: None.


Quarter course code for use on junior high school science elective wheels.


 

 

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