Science
Introduction to Earth Science- (9th)
This is an introductory non-laboratory science course that focuses on student education in earth science (astronomy and geology), and ecology (organisms and their environment). Incorporated in the study will be instruction in mapping skills, latitude and longitude, topographic maps, and California geography and landforms.
 
Earth Science Lab- (9th) 
This is an introductory laboratory science course that focuses on student education in earth science (astronomy and geology), and ecology (organisms and their environment). Incorporated in the study will be instruction in mapping skills, latitude and longitude, topographic maps, and California geography and landforms. The protocol of lab experiments and lab write-ups will also be introduced to the student. Elements of critical thinking are indicated throughout the course.
 
Life Science- (10th)
This non-lab course may be used to fulfill life science graduation requirement.

Biology- (9th with teacher approval; 10th-12th  )
Prerequisite is a C or better in Earth or Life Science. This is a college prep course that consists of lecture/lab. Biology fulfills the life science graduation requirement as well as the UC.d requirement for college. Topics covered include cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology and physiology.

Chemistry- (10th-12th)
Prerequisites for this course include algebra 2 (may be concurrently enrolled) as well as a C or better in the previous science courses, algebra and geometry. This lecture/lab course fulfills the graduation requirement for physical science and UC.d. Course covers atomic theory, chemical bonding and reactions.

AP Biology- (10th-12th)
Prerequisite is at least a B in Biology or Chemistry. . This lecture/lab course fulfills the life science graduation requirement and UC.d requirements. This course is equivalent to freshman-level college course in Biology and ends with the AP biology exam to earn college credit. Class is an in-depth study of cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, and ecology.

Physics-(11th-12th)
This course meets the physical science graduation requirements and UC.d requirement. Requires Algebra 2 (prerequisite or concurrent enrollment) The topics covered in this lecture/lab course include force, work, nuclear energy, machines, heat, waves, magnetism and relativity.

Anatomy and Physiology (10th-12th)
Prerequisite is C or better in previous science class. This class is articulated with RCC and students with a grade of C or higher can earn college credit. This course offers a detailed study of the structures and functions of the human body systems. Preserved specimens are dissected.

Environmental Science (10th-12th) (sem)
This course identifies and discusses major environmental problems and possible solutions. Topics include pollution, global warming and cooling, rainforest destruction, alternative energy, invasive species, and water conservation. Much of the learning in this class will be through videos, group projects, such as posters, and other hands-on projects. Since plants are an essential part of a healthy environment, students will have the opportunity to plant and care for a vegetable garden, and possibly design their own water-saving landscape.

Landscape Horticulture (10th-12th) (sem)
This class covers topics such as plant growth, identifying common plants, how to design and maintain a landscape, how to use and maintain landscape equipment, how to use concrete and other hardscape materials, and how to prepare for the many landscape career opportunities in Southern California. The class includes “mini-field trips” to look at plants and sprinklers on the school grounds and surrounding neighborhoods. Students design their own landscape and sprinkler systems. Also, there are hands-on opportunities to plant, mix concrete, and operate different types of turf equipment.

Oceanography (10th-12th) (sem)
Prerequisite of a “C” or better in prior  science classes. This course is the branch of earth science that studies the Earth’s oceans and seas. It covers topics such as marine organisms, ecosystem dynamics, ocean currents, waves, plate tectonics, ocean floor geology, as well as oceanic chemical and physical properties.
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