Science

Graduation Requirements: 30 Credits

  • 9th Grade: Conceptual Physics (10 credits)
  • 10th Grade: Chemistry, Honors Chemistry (10 credits)
  • 11th Grade: Biology, Honors Biology, AP Chemistry (10 credits)
  • 12th Grade: 10 credit year-long courses: Marine Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, AP Biology, AP Physics 1, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science. 5 unit semester-long courses: Forensics or Biotechnology

Conceptual Physics

Conceptual Physics

Course # S105
Status: UC, CSU, & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th Grade
Prerequisites: None

In Conceptual Physics, students will use guided inquiry labs to explore common, everyday phenomena, make predictions, conduct experiments, draw conclusions & foster scientific thinking. Students will practice data collection and graphing techniques, apply mathematical skills to real situations, and work to make sense of their observations. The emphasis is on conceptual understanding, but the course shares goals with algebra of solving equations, interpreting graphs, and reasoning proportionately. Topics of study will include motion and forces, conservation of energy and momentum, heat and thermodynamics, optics, sound and wave motion, and electricity and magnetism. The course builds on middle school physical science and provides a strong foundation for chemistry and biology.

Chemistry

Chemistry

Course # S361
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 10th, 11th, & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Physics 9.

Topics for this introductory study of Chemistry include atomic structure, electron arrangement in atoms, periodic table, properties of gases, liquids and solids, acids and bases, nuclear and organic chemistry. Using inquiry to develop understanding, students will develop good methods of problem solving and proper laboratory techniques. Students will acquire understanding of scientific concepts, knowledge of scientific facts and proficiency in scientific process skills. Computer simulations and traditional laboratory techniques are used to obtain, organize and analyze data. Conclusions are developed using both quantitative and qualitative information. This course builds on the skills developed in Physics and establishes a foundation for the study of Biology.

AP Biology

AP Biology

Course # S471
Status: UC, CSU, & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: Completion of Biology and Chemistry with an "B+" or completion of Honors Biology and Honors Chemistry with an “B-" and current science teacher recommendation

The goal of this second-year Biology course is to provide students with a college level introductory biology experience. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to articulate the functions of cells and their relationship to the organizational patterns of biology. Students will be able to describe the energy of organisms at the cellular level and relate it to the micro and macroscopic reproduction of life. Students will also be able to evaluate various actions of humans in response to the environment and justify the evolution of structures to better serve a particular organism. This is a college level Biology class and will progress at an accelerated rate. Time management and organizational skills are a must for this course. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination in May and will also be well-prepared for the SAT Subject Area Test in Biology.

Chemistry (H)

Chemistry (H)

Course # S561
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 10th, 11th, & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Physics 9 with a grade of “B+” and Algebra 1 with a grade of an “B+“

Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes that matter undergoes. This is an accelerated, more comprehensive course of study in chemical concepts and laboratory work with an appropriate degree of sophistication. Computer based and traditional laboratory techniques are used to obtain, organize and analyze data. Many of the labs and class activities are inquiry based. Students will work through an activity and be able to relate each activity to the concepts being covered in class. Conclusions are developed using both quantitative and qualitative information. Topics include atomic structure, electron arrangement in atoms, periodic table, properties of gases, liquids and solids, acids and bases, nuclear and organic chemistry. Students will develop good methods of problem solving and proper laboratory techniques. This class is specifically geared toward the student who shows ability and interest in science and all students are expected to participate in a culminating research project.

Biology

Biology

Course # S251
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 11th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of P-9 & Chem-10

The Biology course is a study of life and covers a broad spectrum of topics including the structure and function of cells, biochemistry, genetics, evolution, human anatomy and physiology, the interrelationships between all living things, and current events in life science. The course builds upon the physics and chemistry principles covered in earlier science classes and will include inquiry based lessons, laboratory work and classroom activities to reinforce these concepts. Come ready to think critically, engage in discussion and ask questions.

Biology (H)

Biology (H)

Course # S451
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approval
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 11th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Chemistry with a B or Chemistry Honors with an B- and current science teacher recommendation.

This course covers the essential concepts of biology, with an emphasis on understanding structure and function at the molecular level. Material is presented at an accelerated rate, and topics are covered in depth with tests focusing on more analysis. Lab work, lectures, reading in current science, homework and discussions constitute the course work. Students in the class will be encouraged to take the SAT Subject Area Test in biology and all students are expected to participate in a culminating research project.

AP Chemistry

AP Chemistry

Course # S571
Status: UC, CSU, & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Chemistry with an "B+" or completion of Honors Chemistry with an “B-" and current science teacher recommendation

AP Chemistry is a second year chemistry class and is geared toward highly motivated students who are interested in pursuing a college major in science and have demonstrated aptitude in science. This rigorous course prepares students to take the AP Chemistry exam toward the end of the academic year. AP Chemistry topics will include College Board’s recommended, six big ideas - atoms and elements, structures and properties of matter, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermochemistry and equilibrium. The textbook, materials and pace will be at a college freshman level. Students will be expected to spend at least 4 hours a week on coursework outside of the classroom. Students are expected to take the AP exam.

AP Physics - I

AP Physics - I

Course # S385
Status: UC,CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Chemistry with a B+ or Chemistry (H) with a B and current science teacher recommendation. B+ in Algebra 2 w/Trig or a B in Algebra 2 w/Trig (H) is also required. Concurrent enrollment in pre-calc or calc is highly recommended

AP Physics I is the equivalent of the first semester of algebra based college physics for life science majors. It explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. The course is based on core scientific principles that provide a broad way of thinking about the physical world. At least twenty percent of class time is spent on hands-on laboratory work where students are asked questions, make observations and predictions, design experiments and analyze their data to understand why something happens the way it does. Through this inquiry based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills and will have a strong understanding of the main concepts of physics. The textbook, materials and pace will be at a college freshman level. Students will be expected to spend at least 4 hours a week on coursework outside of the classroom. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination.

AP Physics - C: Mechanics

AP Physics - C: Mechanics

Course # S386
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of APcalc AB with grade of B, and AP chem with grade of B 
Corequisites: AP Calculus AB or BC.

 

Admit it—you get math—you love science! Are you also adventurous? Are you willing to take the challenging path and then never give up? This is your chance to gain an understanding for how the physical world works while getting the best preparation for advanced math, science and engineering in college. AP Physics C: Mechanics is the equivalent of the first semester of calculus-based college physics for science and engineering majors. Topics cover kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; gravitation and oscillation. Students spend a minimum of twenty percent of instructional time engaged in hands-on laboratory work comparable to a semester-long college physics laboratory. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination.

Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology

Course # S261
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Chemistry with a “B-“ and Biology with a “B-“. Concurrent enrollment in Biology is possible during junior year based on chemistry prerequisite above.

The knee bone’s connected to the……..do you know? Are you interested in how your body works? Thinking of going into a medical profession? This is the class for you. Anatomy & Physiology explores both the structures of the human body along with how those structures work. The curriculum will include the study of the following human body systems: skeletal, muscular, integumentary, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and urinary. Lectures will be supplemented with laboratory activities including dissections.

AP Environmental Studies

AP Environmental Studies

Course # S583
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: Completion of Biology and Chemistry with a “B+” or completion of Honors Chemistry and Honors Biology with a “B-”. Concurrent enrollment in either science is possible with teacher recommendation.

AP Environmental Science provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. The class will build on knowledge gained in biology and chemistry, and is recommended for students who have an interest in pursuing science, or environmental topics in college. The textbook, materials and pace will be at a college freshman level. Organization and time management are necessary. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination and participate in field exploration that occurs at least 3-5 times during the year.

Note: Summer reading requirement for this course will be announced in the spring via the Carondelet/De La Salle website.

Intro to Biotechnology/Bio Medical Engineering

Intro to Biotechnology/Bio Medical Engineering

Course # S586
Status: Pending UC, CSU & NCAA Approval
Credits:5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of biology, chemistry and Algebra 1 with a minimum of a "C+”.

 

Are you considering a career in bio-sciences - a field with faster than average growth? The knowledge and skills gained in this course provide students with a broad understanding of biotechnology and the impact it has on society. Topics will include Skills Required in the Biotech Laboratory and the Workplace, Medical Biotechnologies, Genetic Engineering and Recombinant Biotechnologies, Role of BE in Developing Implantable Medical Devices.

Forensic Science

Forensic Science

Course # S585
Status: Pending UC, CSU & NCAA Approval
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of biology, chemistry and Algebra 1 with a minimum of a “C ”.

Do you have a little Sherlock Holmes in you? Then forensics would be a great fourth year, elective science. Come to the class where science and logic, meet law. Travel down the road of crime scene investigators as you cover topics such as crime scene analysis, analysis of evidence and fingerprints, microscopy, hair analysis, fiber, serology, wounds, glass, drug, toxicology, entomology, soil samples and DNA analysis.

Robotics, Engineering & Programming

Robotics, Engineering & Programming

Course # S590
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 11th & 12th Grades
Prerequisites: None

This is a course in robot design, engineering, building and programming robotic systems. Systems studies include mechanics, power transmission, control, sensing, navigation and manipulation. This course is designed primarily to teach computer programming and mechanical engineering skills. In addition, it teaches and reviews physical science concepts in a robotics context. It cannot, nor is it intended to replace a regular physics course. The course is subject to funding and staffing.

Marine Biology

Marine Biology

Course # S271
Status: Pending UC, CSU & NCAA Approval
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 11th & 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of Biology with a “B-” and Algebra 1 with a “C” or higher. Concurrent enrollment in Biology is possible with teacher recommendation.

Did you know that 95% of the oceans are unexplored? Some believe that the oceans are the life-blood to our planet. Come join marine biology to learn why this deep dark place is so important to our planet’s well-being and why we must pay attention to this precious resource. Topics that will be covered include, chemical oceanography, physical oceanography, geological oceanography, evolution of marine organisms, ecology & biodiversity of the oceans and humans.