SCIENCE

School Year: 2019-2020  /  Number of Courses: 17

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
Course is being phased out over the next couple of years.
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.



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.



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.



5291 BIOLOGY HP (SPANISH)
9th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: A grade of "B" or better in 8th grade science; or "C" or better in Earth Science and enrollment in Dual Language Academy.
UC - "D" Approved

This course Biology HP (Spanish) is taught entirely in Spanish. 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.



5374 AP PHYSICS C: MECHANICS
11th - 12th
5.0 semester credits
Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry. Recommendation: It is recommended that Physics C be taught as a second-year physics course.
UC - "D" Approved

AP Physics C: Mechanics is equivalent to a one-semester, calculus based, college level physics course, especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in physical science or engineering. The course explores topics such as kinematics; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation. The basic calculus content needed for the course can be taught within the AP Physics C: Mechanics course. This course could be taken as a first or second physics course.



5375 AP PHYSICS C: ELEC & MAG
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Concurrent enrollment in or completion of a Calculus course.
UC - "D" Approved

AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism is a calculus-based, college-level physics course, especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in physical science or engineering. The course explores topics such as electrostatics; conductors, capacitors, and dielectrics; electric circuits; magnetic fields; and electromagnetism. Introductory differential and integral calculus is used throughout the course. It is strongly recommended that Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism be taken as a second-year physics course.



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.



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.



5490 SCIENCE ELECTIVE CREDIT
7th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.





 

 

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