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Teachers
Kristy Cole
Yvonne Duncan
Brent Enerva
Annika Goodin
Glenn Melero
Janet Pendleton
Katie Richards
Lyn Smith
Kelly Verioti


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Courses:

Newcomer Science
A two semester general science course intended for the Beginning English Learner who has been in United States schools for less than two years.  Intensive English language support is provided, and ELF standards are taught in the context of scientific vocabulary and fundamental concepts of Biology, Earth Science, and Chemistry.  This course fulfills selective graduation credit.

Ninth Grade Science
This is a two‑semester college preparatory course. A laboratory oriented program of academic challenge, emphasizing both earth and physical sciences with life science included. Although not limited to the 9th grade level, this course is primarily designed for highly capable and motivated 9th grade students to ensure a four‑year science experience for these students. Prerequisites: none

Earth Science
This is a two-semester course, and it is being offered to provide another avenue for non-college bound students in grades 10, 11, and 12 to meet the state and GUHSD requirements for physical science. Topics in astronomy, meteorology, and earth and space science will be covered in this activity-based program. Laboratory demonstrations will be presented. This course meets the University of California “g” elective requirement.

Biology
This is a two-semester course in basic biology for college preparatory students in grades 10, 11, and 12. This laboratory-oriented course will cover concepts in botany, genetics, human biology, zoology, and ecology. This course will meet the Life Science graduation requirement, as well as the UC “d” science and “g” elective requirements.

Medical Biology
This is a two-semester course in basic biology with a medical application for college preparatory students in grades 9- 12. This laboratory-oriented course will cover concepts in basic biochemistry, cells, cellular energy, genetics, human biology, evolution, and ecology all with an emphasis on health and medicine. Students also have the opportunity for field trips and guest speakers from the medical field. This course will meet the Life Science graduation requirement. Prerequisite: None

Honors Biology 
This course is open to gifted college preparatory students who have demonstrated an interest and ability in science. The course will differ from the college preparatory R191 and R192 courses in its text coverage, its greater emphasis on chemistry and physics, and its final direction toward basic concepts in biology. This course will meet the Life Science graduation requirement, as well as the UC “d” science and “g” elective requirements.

Physiology:
A two-semester course designed for students who wish to pursue careers in health fields or who are interested in human anatomy and how the body functions.  Units in the areas of levels of organization, support and movement, integration and coordination, processing and transporting, and reproduction will be covered.  Lab dissections may include the fetal pig and the cat.  This class DOES NOT MEET the Life Science or Physical Science graduation requirement, however, this course meets the UC “d” science and “g” elective requirements.

Chemistry 
This is a two-semester course in chemistry for college preparatory students in grades 10, 11, and 12. This laboratory oriented course includes concepts on the structure of matter, energy relationships, periodicity of elements, equilibrium, and chemical notation. This course will meet the Physical Science graduation requirement, as well as the UC “d” science and “g” elective requirements. Prerequisite: Recommending grade in Algebra 1C and concurrent enrollment in an advanced math course.

Medical Chemistry
This is a two-semester course in chemistry with medical emphasis for college preparatory students in grades 10- 12. This laboratory-oriented course includes concepts on the structure of matter, energy relationships, periodicity of elements, equilibrium, and chemical notation all taught with examples related to the medical field. In addition, students also learn about related health careers and basic organic chemistry/biochemistry that can be applied to the medical field. This course meets the Physical Science graduation requirement. Prerequisite: Biology 1C/2C; Pre or Co-requisite: Algebra II 1C/2C

Honors Chemistry
A two-semester laboratory science course planned for the academically talented. It is a study of matter pertaining to its composition and changes that occur in composition. There is more detailed and mathematical treatment than in the 1C course. The same content is covered, and when time allows an introduction to qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis is given. This course will meet the Physical Science graduation requirement, as well as the UC “d” science and “g” elective requirements.

AP Environmental Science
This course is intended to present a survey of the field of environmental science. Topics to be included are global population, ecological principles and their applications, energy, land use and land management, water use and management, global issues and politics of science. Prerequisite: Two years of science, biology and chemistry OR coordinated science 1-4. This course meets UC “d” science and “g” elective requirements.

Physics
This is a two-semester course in physics for college preparatory students in grades 11 and 12. This laboratory oriented course includes concepts in mechanics, heat, electricity, wave phenomena, and kinematics. This course will meet the Physical Science graduation requirement, as well as the UC “d” science and “g” elective requirements. Prerequisite: Algebra IC and Algebra IIC or concurrent enrollment.

Honors Physics
This is a two-semester course for 11th and 12th grade students who are academically talented in the area of mathematics. These students study the content covered in Physics 1C, but go beyond into concepts that are difficult to grasp by the regular high school student. The latest developments in the field of physics are studied. This course will meet the Physical Science graduation requirement, as well as the UC “d” science and “g” elective requirements.