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.

 


5270 EARTH SCIENCE W/LAB (P)
9th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.
UC - "D" Approved

Earth Science provides credit towards the AUHSD physical science graduation requirement. Topics covered include Earth’s place in the universe and in the solar system, tectonic processes, oceans, the atmosphere, energy in earth systems, circulation patterns of the oceans and atmosphere, climate, biogeochemical cycles, and California geology. This course requires that students develop skills in formulating scientific questions, constructing hypotheses, designing experiments, using proper lab equipment, observing experiments and collecting appropriate data, analyzing and graphing data, drawing appropriate conclusions from data analysis. This course meets the approved "D" requirement for UC A-G. Retroactively back to 2014-15.



5275 INTEGRATED SCIENCE P
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendations: Successful completion of a year each of a physical science and a life science course.
UC - "G" Approved

Integrated Science is a physical science that provides credit towards AUHSD science graduation requirement. Topics covered in this course encompass various branches of the major sciences. Biological topics include ecology and evolution. Chemistry topics include atomic and molecular structure; the nature of chemical bonds; properties of acids, bases, and salts, and energy exchanges produced during chemical reactions. Earth science topics include processes involved in shaping the earth’s topography; a review of biogeochemical cycles and California geology. Physics topics include heat and energy transformations, wave properties, and electricity and magnetism. The laboratory component of the course involves the refinement of observational skills, experimentation, data collection and analysis, making conclusions, and relating experimental results to individual and societal choices. This course meets the approved "G" requirement for UC A-G.



5280 BIOLOGY (P)
9th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.
UC - "D" Approved

Biology is a life science that provides credit towards AUHSD science graduation requirement. Students in Biology study the relationships between living things and their environments. This course also includes the study of matter and biochemistry, cell structure and energy concepts, genetics, evolution, viruses, bacteria and immunity, human physiology, and the diversity of life forms. This course meets the approved "D" requirement for UC A-G.



5280F BIOLOGY (P)
9th - 12th
5.0 semester credits
Prerequisite: A grade of "B" or better in 8th grade science; or passing grade in Earth Science.
UC - "D" Approved

It is recommended that biology be taken in grades 9 or 10 Biology is a laboratory science which meets the CSU/UC eligibility requirement "D". Students in this course study the relationships between living things and their environments. This course also includes the study of matter and biochemistry, cell structure and energy concepts, genetics, evolution, viruses, bacteria and immunity, human physiology, and the diversity of life forms. (INACTIVATED 02/2016)



5280S BIOLOGY (P)
9th - 12th
5.0 semester credits
Prerequisite: A grade of "B" or better in 8th grade science; or passing grade in Earth Science.
UC - "D" Approved

It is recommended that biology be taken in grades 9 or 10 Biology is a laboratory science which meets the CSU/UC eligibility requirement "D". Students in this course study the relationships between living things and their environments. This course also includes the study of matter and biochemistry, cell structure and energy concepts, genetics, evolution, viruses, bacteria and immunity, human physiology, and the diversity of life forms. (INACTIVATED 02/2016)



5290 BIOLOGY (HP)
9th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: A grade of "B" or better in 8th grade science; or "C" or better in Earth Science.
UC - "D" Approved

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.This course meets the approved "D" requirement for UC A-G.



5300 AP BIOLOGY
9th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: A grade of "B" in Biology; "C" or better in Chemistry; and/or teacher recommendation.
UC - "D" Approved

AP biology is designed to provide a rigorous laboratory based science experience for students who are interested in pursuing university studies or careers in science fields. Topics emphasized are the chemistry of life, cells and cellular energetics, heredity, molecular genetics, evolution, diversity of organisms, structure and function of plants/animals, and ecology. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program recommends that universities grant one semester of credit for a score of 3 or higher on the AP exam. Students receive a weighted grade for successfully completing the course with a grade of C or better. This course meets the approved "D" requirement for UC A-G.



5310 CHEMISTRY (P)
10th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: A grade of "C" or better in Biology and "C" or better in Math 3; and/or teacher recommendation.
UC - "D" Approved

Chemistry is the study of physical and chemical changes. Through laboratory investigations students in chemistry investigate and interpret energy relationships and the behavior of atoms and molecules. Formula and equation writing follows an understanding of the changes that are being described. Students must have mastered algebraic fundamentals before entering this course. Chemistry provides credit towards the AUHSD physical science graduation requirement. This course meets the approved "D" requirement for UC A-G.



5320 CHEMISTRY (HP)
10th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: A grade of "C" or better in Biology and "C" or better in Math 3; and/or teacher recommendation.
UC - "D" Approved

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. Students receive a weighted grade for successfully completing the chemistry HP with a grade of C or better. This course meets the approved "D" requirement for UC A-G.



5330 AP CHEMISTRY
9th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: A grade of "B" or better in Chemistry; and/or teacher recommendation.
UC - "D" Approved

The approach in Advanced Placement Chemistry is similar to that of a college freshman chemistry course. Depth in chemical principles, theory, and supporting mathematics characterize the course. Specific topics covered are conservation of atoms and energy, periodicity, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, chemical phases, phase equilibrium, chemical equilibrium, rates of reactions, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, solids, and descriptive chemistry. The College Board Advanced Placement Program recommends that universities grant one semester of credit for a score of 3 or higher on the AP exam. Students receive a weighted grade for successfully completing the course with a grade of C or better. This course meets the approved "D" requirement for UC A-G.



5350 PHYSICS (P)
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: A grade of "C" or better in Biology and "C" or better inMath 3; and/or teacher recommendation.
UC - "D" Approved

Physics is the study of matter and energy. Topics covered in the course include motion, forces, mechanical energy, momentum, heat, wave motion involving sound and light, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear physics. Objects as small as subatomic particles, and as large as the universe, are studied. Physics provides credit towards the AUHSD physical science graduation requirement. This course meets the approved "D" requirement for UC A-G.



5360 PHYSICS (HP)
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: A grade of "C" or better in Biology and "C" or better in Math 3; and/or teacher recommendation.
UC - "D" Approved

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. Students receive a weighted grade for successfully completing physics with a grade of C or better. This course meets the approved "D" requirement for UC A-G.



5372 AP PHYSICS 1
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: A grade of "C" or better in Chemistry or Physics and a grade of "C" or better in Math 4; and/or teacher recommendation.
UC - "D" Approved

AP Physics 1 is equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics, but it is designed to be taught over a full academic year to enable AP students to develop deep understanding of the content and to focus on applying their knowledge through inquiry labs. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound. It also introduces electric circuits. The AP Program recommends that colleges grant one semester of credit for a score of 3 or higher on the AP Physics 1 exam. Students receive a weighted grade for successfully completing the course with a grade of C or better. This course meets the approved "D" requirement for UC A-G.



5373 AP PHYSICS 2
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendations: Completion of AP Physics 1 with "C" or higher, and/or teacher recommendation.
UC - "D" Approved

AP Physics 2 is a second-year physics course that builds upon knowledge acquired in the year one physics course and is designed to give AP students the time and necessary experiences to develop both deep understanding of the content and to focus on applying their knowledge through inquiry labs. The course explores topics in fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics. The AP Program recommends that colleges grant one semester of credit for a score of 3 or higher on the AP Physics 2 exam. Students receive a weighted grade for successfully completing the course with a grade of C or better. This course meets the approved "D" requirement for UC A-G.



5390 ASTRONOMY
11th - 12th
5.0 semester credits
Recommendation: Completion of two years of senior high school science.


Astronomy is the study of our solar system, galaxy, and Universe. This course is designed to familiarize the student with the distinctive features of the known planets and the planets' satellites, the sun, asteroids, comets, meteoroids, and to describe the motions of heavenly bodies. This course presents a description of the types of galaxies in the universe, our own Milky Way Galaxy, characteristics of representative stars, stellar energy mechanism, galactic motions, and intergalactic relationships. Note: This course does not fulfill the science graduation requirement.



5410 OCEANOGRAPHY
11th - 12th
5.0 semester credits
Recommendation: Completion of two years of senior high school science.


Oceanography is the study of the Earth's oceans. Topics include plate tectonics, the sea floor, water, air, movement of oceanic water, movements of shore water, oceanic ecosystems, coasts, estuaries, environmental issues, marine life, and life on the sea floor. Changes in knowledge and technology, which affect the study of oceans, are reviewed. Note: This course does not fulfill the science graduation requirement.



5430 HUMAN ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY (P)
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: Two years of senior high school science, with a grade of "C" or better in both courses, with one of the courses being Biology (P), and teacher recommendation. UC "D" Approved.
UC - "D" Approved

In Human Anatomy and Physiology students are introduced to the structure and function of the human body. Topics covered include: levels of organization, protection, support, locomotion, response and control, energy requirements and nutrition, circulation and gas exchange, excretion, and reproduction and development. Within each topic, health-related careers are studied. Appropriate laboratory experiments are used to provide practical experience in the areas of Human Anatomy and Physiology.



5448 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (P)
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: Passing grade in the following: one semester of biology and one year of physical science (Earth, chemistry, physics).
UC - "G" Approved

The focus of this elective science course is the study of the environment around us and the problems that threaten to harm or destroy the environment. Students will work as scientists to learn how human activities impact our environment and what steps can be taken to help mitigate these impacts and save the planet. This course is focused on giving students a better understanding of biomes, species interactions with each other and their environment, air, water, soil and biological resources, population dynamics, toxicology, energy sources, land use management, human impact on the Earth, and the scientific processes and practices necessary to solve problems. The format of the class is designed to be hands-on, project-based, and student centered. This course meets the approved "G" requirement for UC A-G.



5450 AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
9th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendations: Completion of Biology and Chemistry with a grade of "C" or better, and/or teacher recommendation.
UC - "D" Approved

AP Environmental Science is is an interdisciplinary course that provides life science credit for the AUHSD science graduation requirement. In AP Environmental Studies students study the relationships that exist in the natural world, the identification and analysis of environmental problems which can be both natural and man-made, the risks those problems pose, and the solutions to those problems that exist. The rigor of the course is equivalent to a college freshman course that stresses scientific principles and analysis and has a prominent lab component. The College Board Advanced Placement Program recommends that universities grant one semester of credit for a score of 3 or higher on the AP exam. Students receive a weighted grade for successfully completing the course with a grade of C or better.


 

 

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