Sciences

SCIENCE 
ICA requirement: 40 credits   UC/CSU requirement: 20 credits 
UC/CSU requires 1 year of a biological science (Biology, Physiology) and 1 year of a physical science (Physical Science, Chemistry or Conceptual Chemistry, Physics).

Conceptual Physics
Two Semesters  UC/CSU
How do your headphones make music?  At what velocity should you kick a soccer ball if you want to score a goal?  We will find answers to these and many other physics questions in this course.  Topics include how and why things move, electricity and magnetism, and waves like sound and light.  Students will use their newfound algebra skills as they discover basic principles of physics by experimentation.  This is a college-preparatory laboratory class.

Biology 
Two Semesters  UC/CSU
This college-preparatory laboratory course includes a general survey of biology. Cell biology, genetics, biotechnology, evolution, ecology/diversity and physiology are emphasized. Students will learn microscopy and dissection techniques.

Honors Biology  
Two Semesters  UC/CSU 
Prerequisite: Recommendation of 9th grade science teacher
This college-preparatory laboratory course includes a general survey of biology. Cell biology, genetics, biotechnology, evolution, ecology/diversity and physiology are emphasized. Students will learn microscopy and dissection techniques. Honors Biology necessarily moves at a faster pace than Biology so that students can go into greater detail and depth.

Chemistry
Two Semesters  UC/CSU 
Prerequisite: B- or better in Biology, or C- or better in Honors Biology and 75% or better on the math placement test, and teacher recommendation. 
Topics in Chemistry include atomic and molecular structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding, thermochemistry, gas laws, reactions, stoicheometry, and solutions. The year culminates in an individual laboratory investigation. Chemistry is a college preparatory laboratory science class.

Conceptual Chemistry 
Two Semesters  UC/CSU
Topics in Conceptual Chemistry include atomic and molecular structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding, thermochemistry, gas laws, reactions, and solutions. The year culminates in an individual laboratory investigation. Conceptual Chemistry requires less-advanced mathematics than the Chemistry course; it is a college preparatory laboratory science class.

Human Physiology 
Two Semesters  UC/CSU
Human Physiology focuses on the structures of the human body and their functions. The survey of body systems will be supplemented with laboratory experiments and observations to demonstrate basic principles of anatomy and physiology. Human Physiology is a college preparatory laboratory science class.

A.P. Physics 
Two Semesters  UC/CSU 
Prerequisite: B- or better in Chemistry or Conceptual Chemistry, and B- or better in Algebra II and Geometry, and teacher recommendation. 
AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.

Environmental Science
Two Semesters  UC/CSU 
This course provides an introduction to environmental science, sustainability, and design. In it, students will learn how humans utilize land, water, energy and natural resources, and what issues arise as a result of the changes humans make to the environment. The course is based around critical thinking, creative problem solving, modeling, and experimentation. It contains aspects of engineering, as it requires students to address real-life problems, devise solutions, and communicate their findings in both oral and written form. Environmental Science is a college preparatory laboratory science class.