This is an introductory conceptual course for students seeking a basic knowledge of physics. It covers mechanics, heat, waves, light, electricity, and magnetism. Students will simulate physics situations and perform laboratory investigations. This course meets the University of California’s Physical Science requirement.
Chemistry covers the scientific method, laboratory safety, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonds, chemical compositions, physical states of matter, ionization, acid-base reactions, chemical equilibrium, oxidation-reduction reactions, and energy reactions.
AP Chemistry is a course that is equivalent to an introductory College level general Chemistry class. It is intended to prepare students who are interested in STEM-related careers. This course is centered around six Big Ideas – Structure of Matter, Bonding and Intermolecular Forces, Chemical Reactions, Kinetics, Thermodynamics, and Chemical Equilibrium. Students will perform laboratory activities that will expose them to modern laboratory techniques, experimental design, and data analysis – as they relate to solving real-life problems.
Note: Students are encouraged, but not required to take the AP Chemistry exam in May.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 2 or similar class.
Physics is an intensive course for students seeking a special challenge, especially those intending to enter science-related fields. The course emphasizes mathematical problem solving and requires strong skills in algebra and geometry. It covers mechanics, heat, waves, light, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics, including relativity and quantum physics. Students will simulate physics situations and perform laboratory investigations.
Biology is a college preparatory course that studies living organisms including cells, genetics, plants, animals, human beings, evolution, and ecosystems. This course helps students better understand the natural world around us and the marvels of the human body. Class time is used for lectures, discussions, and laboratory experiences. This course meets the UC requirement for a life science.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry.
AP Biology is an extension of Biology. This course is organized into three principal areas of concentration: (1) cell structure and function; (2) classification and characteristics of unicellular and multicellular organisms; and (3) organization, structure and function of the human body. Laboratory activities, which demonstrate principles in the three areas of concentration, are an integral part of the course with emphasis on experimentation, dissection and studies with the microscope, collateral and reference reading; understanding of practical applications of biological principles.
Note: Students are encouraged, but not required to take the AP Biology Exam in May. This course is offered every-other even-graduating class year.
Physiology covers both human physiology and anatomy in a lecture-laboratory approach and the structure and function of human anatomy. Laboratory experiments will provide students with first-hand experience using scientific instruments and materials. Experiments, assignments, class lectures, and discussions will provide students with experiences in understanding and applying scientific concepts related to physiology.
Marine Biology will introduce both the physical and biological aspects to the academic study of the San Francisco Bay. A great deal of work will be done analyzing and monitoring the Bay, as well as field investigation and recording. Students will understand the aquatic environment in relation to balanced ecosystems.
Note: This class is offered every other-odd graduating year.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology or Chemistry.
AP Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary investigation of the natural and biological world and the interrelationships involved. Students will identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and man-made, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Laboratory work will reinforce and extend the scientific concepts studied throughout the course.
Note: Students are encouraged, but not required to take the AP Environmental Science test in May.