Science Courses

BIOLOGY

Course Number: 3108
Length: Year
Grade/Year: 09

In this biology course topics include cell biology, genetics, evolution, biodiversity ecology, life processes, reproduction and contemporary advances and issues in cellular biology and biotechnology. Topics will be developed through laboratory exercises, discussions, lectures, demonstrations, information research projects, and  field trips. Scientific skills and methods are emphasized.

Homework Expectations: Approximately 2 hours per week.
UC/CSU Subject Approval: D
Course Number: 3115
Length: Year
Grade/Year: 09

In this biology course topics include cell biology, genetics, evolution, biodiversity ecology, life processes, reproduction and contemporary advances and issues in cellular biology and biotechnology. Topics will be developed through laboratory exercises, discussions, lectures, demonstrations, information research projects, and  field trips. Scientific skills and methods are emphasized.

Homework Expectations: Approximately 2-3 hours per week.
UC/CSU Subject Approval: D
Course Number: 3131
Length: Year
Grade/Year: 09
Prerequisite(s):
Recommendation by 8th grade teacher AND final placement decided by Gunn Admin.

In all three biology courses topics include cell biology, genetics, evolution, biodiversity ecology, life processes, reproduction and contemporary advances and issues in cellular biology and biotechnology. Topics will be developed
through laboratory exercises, discussions, lectures, demonstrations, informational research projects, and field trips.

Scientific skills and methods will be emphasized. Biology courses will vary in depth of coverage of each topic, degree of independent learning, and amount of homework
required.

Homework Expectations: Approximately 3-5 hours per week.
UC/CSU Subject Approval: D
Course Number: 3139
Length: Year
Grade/Year: 11, 12
Prerequisite(s):
All students must complete an application in order to enroll. Applicants who have satisfied the following prerequisites are guaranteed enrollment:Bio 1 (A) or Bio 1A (B+) or Bio 1AC (B-) and • Chem 1 (B+) or Chem H (C) • Consent of the instructor is required for all applicants who have not met the prerequisites.

AP Biology is designed to provide a survey of biological knowledge at an introductory college level.  Because successful completion of the curriculum will enable students to take the College Board Advanced Placement Examination, the course follows the outline recommended by the College Board, covering the general content areas of: 

  1. Molecular and Cellular Biology;
  2. Genetics and Evolution; and
  3. Organisms and Populations.

The course focuses on developing the ability to integrate content information from multiple units, utilizing several common themes:

 (1) relationships between structure and function;
 (2) acquisition, transformation and use of energy; and
 (3) adaptation leading to evolutionary fitness.

Heavy emphasis is placed on understanding the connection between experimentation and scientific discovery.  Both hands-on laboratory activities and scientific readings are used to show how biological information is gained, interpreted, and applied. Required homework includes extensive reading, regular written lab reports, occasional group projects, and a year-end independent research project.

Homework Expectations: Approximately 5-8 hours per week
UC/CSU Subject Approval: D
Course Number: 3955
Length: Year
Grade/Year: 11, 12
Prerequisite(s):
Successful completion of Introductory Biology; completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry.Strongly Recommended: Concurrent enrollment in Physics, Astronomy, or AP Biology. Other students need to discuss eligibility with the instructor.

 This course will introduce students to the theoretical aspects of Biotechnology (Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Immunology) and societal issues arising from this new technology.  Hands on laboratory activities will reinforce theoretical information and teach lab safety, data analysis, the scientific method, and related computer skills.  This course will include topical speakers from biotechnology industry and research and field trips to visit nearby biotech industry sites and labs.

Homework Expectations: Approximately 3 hours per week and 1 extra hour per week during project time.
UC/CSU Subject Approval: C
Course Number: 3168
Length: Year
Grade/Year: 11, 12
Prerequisite(s):
Successful completion of Biology and a physical science course (Conceptual Physics, Astrophysics (Astronomy), Chemistry (Chemistry 1), Chemistry H (Chemistry 1H), Physics (Physics 1), Physics H (1A)).

This course meets all graduation and university admission criteria for biological science. Marine Biology is a second-year biology course that builds upon and extends biological concepts developed during the
first year. Students will take an in-depth look at the features of the ocean and the variety of plant and animal life that lives within. They will investigate how life in the ocean is interconnected and the impact that humans have on that system. Topics will be developed through laboratory exercises, discussions, lectures, demonstrations, and informational research projects. Scientific skills and methods will be emphasized

CHEMISTRY

Course Number: 3624
Length: Year
Grade/Year: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite(s):
Completion of Biology 1 (B) Biology 1A (C+), Biology 1AC (C) or the equivalent. Completion of Algebra 1 (B), Algebra 1A (C+), or Geo/Alg 2 H (C). (Students who are earning a “B” or higher in Geo/Alg 2 H should consider Chemistry Honors). Concurrent enrollment in a geometry course or higher level math. Consent of department required for exceptions.

This course meets all graduation and university admission criteria for physical science.
Topics covered include atomic structure, chemical nomenclature, stoichiometry, gas laws, states of matter, bonding, periodic properties of elements, solutions chemistry, kinetics of reactions, chemical equilibrium acid-base reactions, oxidation-reduction reactions and nuclear chemistry. (Note: same topics as Chemistry Honors).
The course includes many laboratory experiments and demonstrations. Students learn how to work safely in the laboratory, how to perform basic laboratory operations, how to organize and interpret data, how to draw conclusions from experimental results.
Chemistry Honors is not required for students wanting to take AP science courses; Chemistry is sufficient for this purpose.

Homework Expectations: 2-3 hours per week
UC/CSU Subject Approval: D
Course Number: 3625
Length: Year
Grade/Year: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite(s):
Completion of Biology 1A (A) or Biology 1AC (B) or the equivalent. (Not recommended for students in Biology 1; teacher recommendation required along with an A grade). Completion of Algebra 1A (A), or Geo/Alg2 H (B), or concurrent enrollment in Alg2/Trig A or Trig/Anlt H.

Chemistry Honors is not required for students wanting to take AP science courses; Chemistry 1 is sufficient for this purpose.
Chemistry Honors covers all material that is covered in Chemistry, but with more depth and breadth. Topics like quantum mechanics, molecular geometry, thermodynamics, kinetics, dynamic equilibrium and electrochemistry are
covered in further detail at a level that prepares students for the SAT-2 Chemistry exam. Students should take Chemistry Honors if they have a strong interest in the sciences, prefer a high level of rigor in their
studies, and are able to accommodate their schedules for a much more significant time commitment than Chemistry would entail.

Chemistry Honors is available to sophomores, but upperclassmen have historically finished this very rigorous class with much more ease and much less sacrifice. Chemistry is an abstract science in which older students will have a distinct performance advantage.

Homework Expectations: 3-4 hours per week
UC/CSU Subject Approval: D
Course Number: 3609
Length: Year
Grade/Year: 11, 12

All students must complete an application in order to enroll. 
Applicants who have satisfied the following prerequisites are guaranteed enrollment:
• Chemistry 1 (A) OR Chemistry Honors (B).
• Algebra 2/Trig A (B) OR Trig/Anlt H (B) OR Analysis H (B) OR Pre-Calculus (A). 

This course meets graduation, University of California and California State University laboratory science requirements.  AP College Chemistry is designed to provide a survey of chemistry at an introductory college level.  Because successful completion of the curriculum will enable students to take the College Board Advanced Placement Examination, the course follows the outline recommended by the College Board, covering the general content areas of:  structure of matter, states of matter, descriptive chemistry and chemical reactions.  It includes an extensive lab component that is comparable to college level chemistry course and requires additional lab time outside of class.  AP College Chemistry differs from Chemistry Honors in the depth of coverage of each topic, the amount of time in the chemistry lab, and the inclusion of enrichment topics in chemistry.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The AP Chemistry course is taught through lab performance and analysis. Students are required to utilize the knowledge taught in their first-year chemistry course, as that material will not be retaught.

Homework Expectations: 8 hours per week.
UC/CSU Subject Approval: D

PHYSICS

Course Number: 3820
Length: Year
Grade/Year: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite(s):
Algebra 1 (B-) or Alg 1A (C). Successful completion of Biology (C)

This course meets all graduation and university admission criteria for physical science.

The goal of Physics is to develop a conceptual understanding of the fundamental principles of physics. Students will explore these concepts in the laboratory and will apply them in problem solving situations and to explain physical phenomena in their daily lives. Students should be confident with the knowledge and application of introductory algebra.

Homework Expectations: 1~2 hours per week.
UC/CSU Subject Approval: D
Course Number: 3254
Length: Year
Grade/Year: 10
Prerequisite(s):
Successful completion of a biology course. Completion of 1 year of algebra. Consent of department required for exceptions.

This course meets all graduation and university admission criteria for physical science.
Conceptual Physics is intended to meet the needs of those students who are still developing their basic algebraic skills in a first-year algebra course. It provides a rudimentary introduction to the fundamental principles of physics and how they apply to our daily lives. Topics covered include motion, forces, energy, waves, optics, electricity, and magnetism.
Primary emphasis is placed on developing a conceptual understanding of topics, though simple mathematical formulas will be introduced and used to augment their understanding of how nature works. In such cases, use of these formulas will support the development of algebraic skills and provide reinforcement for material covered in introductory algebra courses.

Homework Expectations: 1 hour per week.
UC/CSU Subject Approval: None
Course Number: 6409
Length: Year
Grade/Year: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite(s):
Successful completion of a biology course. Completion of 1 year of algebra. Consent of department required for exceptions.

This course meets all graduation and university admission criteria for physical science.

This course is a hands-on, inquiry based laboratory course that will introduce students to concepts in Astronomy while exploring the fundamental principles that govern the physical universe. The course will emphasize the processes of science including observation and experimentation, gathering and evaluating data, interpreting scientific data, searching for patterns, developing and interpreting models, making conclusions based on evidence, and communication of scientific process, ideas and conclusions. The course will highlight the historical development of scientific thinking, cumulative nature of scientific evidence and the evolution of our current understanding of the physical universe. The topics covered in this course include, the scientific process, celestial motions, history of Astronomy, planetary mechanics, the nature of light, telescopes, survey of the solar system, detail study of our Moon and Mars, our Sun as a star, properties of stars, stellar evolution, galaxies and cosmology.

 

Homework Expectations: 1 Hour/Week
UC/CSU Subject Approval: D
Course Number: 3822
Length: Year
Grade/Year: 11, 12
Prerequisite(s):
Completion of Alg2/TrigA (A), or IAC (B+ or A) or Trig Anlt H (B). Concurrent enrollment in AB Calculus, Analysis Honors, or IAC; AND Completion of Bio 1 (A), Bio 1A (B) or Bio 1AC (C). Recommended: Completion of chemistry course (A or strong B grade).

This course meets all graduation and university admission criteria for physical science.

Physics Honors is intended to prepare students interested in fields of study that could require them to take engineering level physics in college. Such students are expected to have strong skills in algebraic and trigonometric problem solving.

Like the other Physics courses, it provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of physics and how they apply to our daily lives. Theory will be understood through mathematical calculations and problem solving as well as thedevelopment of conceptual understanding. Mathematical problem solving utilizing second-year algebra, geometry, and trigonometry will be extensively applied throughout the course.

The Physics Honors class will cover the topics listed for the AP Physics I curriculum and could prepare students to take the AP Physics 1 exam as well as the SAT 2 Physics exam.

Homework Expectations: 2-3 hours per week
UC/CSU Subject Approval: D
Course Number: 3879
Length: Year
Grade/Year: 11, 12

All students must complete an application in order to enroll.Completion of or concurrent enrollment in BC Calculus OR completion of AB Calculus OR concurrent enrollment in AB Calculus with consent of instructor.  A course in chemistry is strongly recommended.  Prior experience with physics is suggested.  Students should have A or strong B grades in prior math and science courses.  Consent of department required for exceptions. AP Physics C is an advanced physics course equivalent to the course taken by physics majors and engineers at most universities, taught with calculus.  It concentrates on Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism, two semesters of the usual college curriculum.  Students with particular strengths in math and science, and students with a serious intent to major in science or engineering should consider this course.  The course prepares students to take the Advanced Placement examinations in Mechanics and/or Electricity and Magnetism. 


 

Homework Expectations: 4-7 hours per week.
UC/CSU Subject Approval: D
Course Number: 3835
Length: Semester
Grade/Year: 11, 12
Prerequisite(s):
Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry or Physics.

This course will introduce upper-division high school students to the key ideas of nanoscale science with an emphasis on applications of topics from physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and environmental science. Key concepts will be explored in an integrated discussion-lab setting as opposed to a strict lecture-based format. These concepts will include exploring the myths and realities of nanotechnology, self-assembly, nanomagnets, scanning probe microscopy, nano-engineered fabrics and memory wires, biomimicry, and nano-medicine. Students will also receive college credit through Foothill College which is UC/CSU transferrable. This course meets the “g” (elective) requirement for UC/CSU.

This course will be offered “0” or “H” period.

UC/CSU Subject Approval: G

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