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The Science Department provides in-depth study of scientific principles, employing appropriate technology and hands-on laboratory experiences at every level. Coursework prepares students for college studies, as well as fulfilling high school requirements.

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Integrated Science (CSU) (UC – g only) (9th to 11th graders) Q1000XX

This is a one-year course that provides a foundational understanding of the four strands of science content standards (Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), as well as the investigation and experimentation standards. This course meets one year of the two year ESUHSD graduation requirement for science, and meets one year of the UC/CSU “g” elective requirement.

Biology (UC/CSU) (9th - 12th graders) Q2000XX

This is a one-year, laboratory course devoted to the study of the major themes and concepts that explain life
processes. These major themes/standards include: cell biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, physiology, and
investigation and experimentation. The content is primarily descriptive, but includes some concepts that require the application of basic mathematical skills. Observation and analysis of laboratory events represent a major proportion of the course.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Integrated Science I.

Chemistry (UC/CSU) (11th and 12th graders) Q3000XX

In Chemistry you study about matter, the ways in which matter changes, and the ways in which energy is involved in these changes. Chemistry enables you to understand better phenomena of everyday life. Much of chemistry is
learned by doing experiments that convey the idea that Chemistry is worthwhile and interesting. This course fulfills the lab science requirements for college and university.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra 1, Integrated Science I, and Biology.

Physics (UC/CSU) (11th and 12th graders) Q4000XX

Physics is a one-year science course concerned with the study of energy and forces. Topics covered include motion, energy, electricity and magnetism, the nature of light, properties of waves, thermodynamics, and modern theories. Emphasis is on laboratory experiments, problem solving, and reading. This course fulfills the lab science
requirements for college and universities. This course is recommended for students planning on careers in all
disciplines of science and engineering.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of at least one year of college prep science. Completion of Algebra II is
strongly recommended.

Physiology (UC/CSU) (11th and 12th graders) Q5000XX


Physiology is a one-year laboratory science course designed primarily for seniors with high ability in science and who are interested in pursuing any of the careers requiring the application or knowledge of biological science. The course is recommended for students planning careers in physical education or careers related to medicine. The role of physiology in the general plan of education is to familiarize students with the functions of their own bodies and other related animals and to prepare those who are interested for further specialized work in the field. Physiology is a one year college preparatory course in laboratory science.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry.

Forensic Science (UC/CSU) (11th and 12th graders) Q7500XX
Prerequisites: Student must have successfully completed one year of Biological Science and one year of Physical Science
Forensics is the science that examines evidence and solves crimes for presentation in a court of law. The
students will be taught the theory, concepts & application of a full-service crime laboratory. These include a
physical science (chemistry, physics, geology,) biology, firearms, document examination, photography,
toxicology, fingerprint unit, etc. It is strongly recommended that students have a basic understanding of the
principles of chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and familiarity with computer applications. This course
meets the UC/CSU requirement for a “g”, college prep elective, requirement.