40 Units Required

BIOLOGY

CSU/UC Approved (“d”)

Biology students study the chemistry of life, cell structure and function, genetics, the five kingdoms of organisms, human anatomy and physiology, and ecology.  By developing scientific research skills, exploring relationships between concepts, applying biological principles to everyday life, and strengthening critical thinking skills, students should gain a deeper appreciation of the wonders and complexities of God’s miraculous gift of life. There is a lab component of this class. Biology lab attendance and completion of biology lab reports are requirements. Lab activities will promote technical lab competence, utilize the scientific process of research and reporting, as well as teach and reinforce scientific concepts.

HONORS BIOLOGY

The purpose of this course is to provide students with advanced exploratory experiences and activities in the fundamental concepts of the biological sciences. This course includes a study of, but is not limited to, ecology, population biology, biochemistry, cells, DNA and RNA, cell reproduction, genetics and heredity. This is a laboratory-based course, with emphasis on the scientific method, problem solving and data analysis. Students will be expected to complete independent research projects.

CHEMISTRY

​CSU/UC Approved (“d”)

The chemistry course deals with the study of the properties of matter and the effect of energy on matter. It involves the study of matter classification, quantified chemical change, atomic structure, the periodic table, kinetic theory and states of matter. Laboratory work will be a part of the class.

Prerequisite: Students must have a “C” or higher in Algebra I.

HONORS CHEMISTRY

CSU/UC Approved (“d”)

Honors Chemistry is a class designed to challenge and create interest in the physical sciences. It is a rigorous course that will more than adequately prepare high school students to be successful in college chemistry. The students will incorporate their math skills solving chemical problems, so there is a direct correlation between success in chemistry and math ability.

Prerequisite: Students must have a “B” or higher in Algebra I.

​PHYSICS

CSU/UC Approved (“d”)

This upper level physics course covers the classical and modern areas of physics with a problem solving approach. The course topics include the principles of electricity, mechanics, sound, optics, magnetism and waves. The mathematical background needed is Algebra and Algebra 2. Laboratory work will be an important part of the class.

Prerequisite: Students must have a passing grade in Biology, and Chemistry is highly recommended.

​HONORS PHYSICS

CSU/UC Approved (“d”)

​This course offers an in-depth coverage of the major topics in classical and modern physics. The requirements are knowledge of algebraic mathematical principles, as well as general science principles. Laboratory participation and reports are required and constitute a major portion of the course grade. Topics covered include mechanics, electricity, sound, light, waves and magnetism. Laboratory work will be a part of the class.

Prerequisite: Students must have a “B” or higher in Biology and Chemistry (if taken).

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

CSU/UC Approved (“d”)

After having completed Anatomy & Physiology, the students will be able to: 1) Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the structures of the human body and how they interact through dissection, problem solving, laboratories and group projects. 2) Demonstrate proficient knowledge in the chemical reactions and organization within the body through experimentation, data analysis and critical thinking and 3) Demonstrate proficient knowledge in all parts of the human life cycle by completing individual and group projects, interpreting data and applying that new knowledge to different situations. Anatomy & Physiology is a strenuous third- or fourth-year science course for those students who are intrigued by a career in the medical world. The students will learn in-depth about how the human body functions while receiving technically sound laboratory procedures that will help them later in their schooling.

HONORS ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

CSU/UC Approved (“d”)

Honors Anatomy & Physiology is a strenuous life science course that encompasses many parts of the human body and how they interact with each other. The students will develop scientific research skills, exploring relationships between concepts, applying Anatomy & Physiology principles to everyday life. Students will strengthen their critical thinking skills and gain a deeper appreciation of the wonders and complexities of God’s miraculous gift of life. There is a lab component of this class; within the lab, there will be animal dissections. Attendance and completion of Anatomy & Physiology lab reports are requirements. Lab activities will promote technical lab competence, utilize the scientific process of research and reporting, as well as teach and reinforce scientific concepts. This course will build a portfolio of all materials covered throughout the school year that will serve as the study guide for the comprehensive written midterm exam and final.​

AP BIOLOGY

CSU/UC Approved (“d”)

AP Biology students will study the following main themes: Science as Process, Evolution, Energy Transfer, Continuity and Change, Relationship of Structure to Function, Regulation, Interdependence in Nature, Science, Technology and Society. This course also includes a laboratory component by developing scientific research skills, exploring relationships between concepts, applying biological principles to everyday life, and strengthening critical thinking skills. Students should gain a deeper appreciation of the wonders and complexities of God’s miraculous gift of life. AP Biology lab attendance and completion of biology lab reports are requirements. Lab activities will promote technical lab competence, utilize the scientific process of research and reporting, as well as teach and reinforce scientific concepts. Students are encouraged to take the AP exam in the spring to determine college credit.

Prerequisite: Students must complete Biology and Chemistry or Physics with a C or higher.