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Earth Science P
Earth Science is a college-preparatory elective course designed to satisfy the UC’s "G" requirement for an elective science. Students will learn and understand the Dynamic Earth and the forces which shape it—the minerals, the rocks, the geologic formations and changes, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, the atmosphere, the oceans, and the weather. This course covers these subjects as related to the geology of California, its resources and natural hazards. The second semester covers astronomy. It will include an introduction to the techniques of observational astronomy. Earth Science

Honors P
Earth Science is a university-preparatory elective course designed to satisfy UC’s requirements for a laboratory science. Students will learn and understand the Dynamic Earth and the forces which shape it—the minerals, the rocks, the geologic formations and changes, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, the atmosphere, the oceans, and the weather. This course covers these subjects as related to the geology of California, its resources, and natural hazards. The second semester covers astronomy. It will include an introduction to the techniques of observational astronomy. PREREQUISITE: Algebra I and a B or better in 8th Grade Science or teacher recommendation.

Lab Biology P
Biology is a college-preparatory course designed to satisfy the University of California requirement for a laboratory science. Students learn about interactions in an ecosystem; functions of cells, genetics, and evolution; and characteristics of living things. Students also become knowledgeable of our local environment through weekly oceanographic and biological research at our Zuma Beach study site.

Lab Biology Honors P
Honors Lab. Biology is a university-preparatory course designed to satisfy the University of California requirement for a laboratory science. Students learn about cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, evolution, taxonomy, and ecology. Students also become knowledgeable of our local environment through weekly oceanographic and biological research at our Zuma Beach study site. PREREQUISITE: A’s in 9th Grade Geometry and Earth Science plus the recommendation of 8th Grade Science and Math teachers.

Lab Chemistry P
Chemistry is a college-preparatory course designed to satisfy UC’s requirements for a laboratory science. This course covers the basic concepts of general chemistry: the mathematics of chemistry, atomic structure, inorganic nomenclature, the concept of mole, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, the gas laws, properties of water, solution concentrations, and acid-base chemistry. The course has a laboratory component and is mathematical in nature. PREREQUISITE: Completion of Algebra A/B, concurrent enrollment in Intermediate Algebra, and satisfactory completion of Biology.

Lab Chemistry Honors P
Honors Chemistry is a course designed for students who have demonstrated excellence in Biology and Mathematics. The topics include all those covered in regular Chemistry P plus additional units in Quantum Chemistry, Chemical Periodicity, Thermochemistry, and Neutralization. The course is rigorous in nature, being both fast paced and highly mathematical. It includes a laboratory component. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in Intermediate Algebra Honors, a B+ in Biology, a passing score on the Math Diagnostic exam, and science and math teacher recommendations.

Chemistry AP
AP Chemistry is a second-year chemistry course, which mimics a college level Chemistry course, with in-depth treatments of topics, such as gas-phase and solution equilbria, acid-base chemistry, kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and a general review of topics covered in the first year chemistry course. A major component of the course is completion of a set of recommended laboratories in preparation for the AP exam. PREREQUISITE: Completion of Honors Chemistry with a B or better or completion of Chemistry P with a grade of A.

Physics P
Physics is a highly mathematical course covering the topics of kinematics, vector analysis, rotational dynamics, heat, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, quantum physics, and relativity. Students learn through lecture, lab, and creative projects. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Intermediate Algebra and Chemistry with a grade of B or better.

Physics B AP
AP Physics B covers the same topics as Physics P on a compressed schedule. The pace of the course is rigorous! PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Trig/Pre-Calculus with a B grade or better.

Physics C AP
An extremely rigorous treatment of topics in Mechanics and Electricity/Magnetism. Calculus will be used in this class. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus HP/Calculus A HP with a B grade or better OR successful completion of Physics P/AP Physics B with a B grade or better and Pre-Calculus. Highly recommended to have taken Physics P.

Marine Biology P
The ocean and the things that live in it make up the foundation of this class. Marine Biology is a one-year laboratory and outdoor field research course. The course is project-oriented and students make extensive use of the beaches, offshore waters, and living marine specimens of southern California for their hands-on studies. The course fulfills the University of California admissions requirement for laboratory science, but does not replace the graduation requirement for Laboratory Biology. If you like the ocean and the outdoors, this is the Science course for you! PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Biology. Students must know how to swim. Transportation fee requested.

Lab Marine Biology HP
Honors Marine Biology is a one-year laboratory and outdoor field research course taught at the college level. The course is research project-oriented and students make extensive use of the beaches, offshore waters, and living marine specimens of southern California for their hands-on studies. Honors Marine Biology requires more calculating, graphing, and reading technical scientific literature than Regular Marine Biology. The course fulfills the University of California admissions requirement for laboratory science at the Honors level. If you like math, the ocean, and the outdoors, this is the Science course for you. PREREQUISITE: The course is open to any student in grades 10, 11, 12 that earned a “B” or better in 9th grade Biology. Students must know how to swim. Transportation fee requested.

Directed Science Research P
Directed Science Research is an advanced laboratory science course in which students design and implement laboratory and field research projects using standard techniques. PREREQUISITE: Instructor approval and completion of APES.

AP Environmental Science
The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide 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 and/or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary. It embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study: biology, chemistry, physics, geology, oceanography, economics, and political science. APES has a required laboratory and field component. The course prepares students for the national Advanced Placement exam in May. PREREQUISITE: an “A” in Laboratory Biology, or a “B” or higher in Honors Laboratory Biology, AND an “A” in Laboratory Chemistry, or a “B” or higher in Honors Lab Chemistry. The math prerequisite is a “B” or higher in Algebra 2. A transportation fee is requested.
High School Science Faculty
Corrigan, Brian
Duane, Janeen
Foster, Tracy
Galipeau, Amy
Keretsz, Charles
Larsen, Mark
Tucker, Dan
Drewry, Ristin

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