• Science Department Electives 2020-2021

    For additional information please speak with both your science teacher and your counselor.


    Science Courses at Drake High School

    In order to graduate, a student must complete Living Earth, Physics in the Universe, and Chemistry in the Earth System - unless a transfer student*. (*must complete equivalent course).   
     

    9th Grade

    10th Grade

    11th-12th Grade

    Physics in the Universe

    Physics in the Universe

    BioMedical Sciences

     The Living Earth

    The Living Earth

    Physiology

    Courses required for graduation in Bold 

    **Chemistry in the Earth System

    Chemistry in the Earth System

     

    **Physiology

    AP Chemistry

     

    **Honors Physics

    AP Biology

     

    **Environmental Science

    Honors Physics

     

    Independent Science Research

    Environmental Science

     

     

    SEA-DISC

    (Chem, Env. Sci, AP Env. Sci)

     

     

    Independent Science Research

     
     ** See below for special option notes.                                                                        

    Physics in the Universe (in SLC)

    • Laboratory science course
    • Integration of physics and earth science              
    • Engaging phenomena
    • Core ideas
      • forces and motion
      • energy forms
      • energy transfer
      • relationships between energy and forces
      • nuclear processes
      • wave properties
      • electromagnetic radiation
      • universe and stars
      • earth and solar system
      • earth materials and systems
      • plate tectonics
      • natural resources
      • human impact on earth systems 
    • Students work as scientists
    • Students implement engineering practices
    • Student link all science disciplines with 3-dimensional approach

    Physics in the Universe is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and the California Science Framework which are the California adopted standards in science. The course is a requirement and is designated as laboratory science (UC/CSU “d”) for UC and CSU admissions.
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    The Living Earth (in SLC)

    • Laboratory science course
    • Integration of life and earth science
    • Engaging phenomena
    • Core ideas
      • ecosystem interactions and energy
      • photosynthesis & respiration
      • climate regulation
      • evolution
      • inheritance of traits
      • structure & function
      • growth from cells to organisms
      • ecosystem stability and response to climate change
    • Students work as scientists
    • Students implement engineering practices
    • Student link all science disciplines with 3-dimensional approach

    Living Earth is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and the California Science Framework which are the California adopted standards in science. The course is a requirement and is designated as laboratory science (UC/CSU “d”) for UC and CSU admissions.

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    **Special Options for students who have completed their freshman year of science
     
    Option 1:

    For certain students who have only completed their freshman year of science, there is an option of taking a science elective concurrently with their sophomore science course. This option recommends that a student who wishes to double up be one that earned a letter grade of B or higher in both semesters of their freshman year science, and the endorsement of the student's current science teacher, counselor, and parents. Certain electives may also have a math or science requirement.

      A student may want to consider this option for enrichment, a challenge, personal interest, to allow 3 years of science at the end of 10th grade, or because it may be part of a larger plan to take more science.

     Electives eligible for this option:  Physiology, Chemistry in the Earth, Honors Physics, Independent Science Research & Environmental Science


    Option 2:

    Enroll as a Lab Tech. Students who enroll as a lab tech earn a letter grade and assist science teachers
    in many varied ways. This is an excellent way to return to assist a former teacher who made a
    positive impression on you.


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    Chemistry in the Earth System

    • Laboratory science course
    • Integration of chemistry and earth science
    • Engaging phenomena
    • Core ideas
      • structure & properies of matter & their interaction
      • chemical reactions
      • conservation of energy and energy transfer
      • forces of attraction within & between compounds
      • human impact of the earth's atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere & global climate
    • Students work as scientists
    • Students implement engineering practices
    • Student link all science disciplines with 3-dimensional approach

    Chemisty in the Earth System is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and the California Science Framework which are the California adopted standards in science. The course is a requirement and is designated as laboratory science (UC/CSU “d”) for UC and CSU admissions.



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    AP Chemistry 

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    • UC/CSU "d" laboratory science credit
    • second year chemistry course
    • rigorous college-level material
      advanced, quantitative labs, AP exam in May

    Requirements:

    • Strong recommendation of Chemistry teacher 
    • C or better in Chemistry
    • C or better in Advance Algebra

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     BioMedical Sciences 

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    • Introduction to hands on lab techniques used in biomedical research
    • Pre-reqs: Living Earth & Physics in the Universe (or equivalent) with passing grades, successful completion of Physiology 1-2 OR Chemistry, or be concurrently enrolled in Chemistry
    • UC/CSU "d" laboratory science credit
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     Honors Physics

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    • Physics is a UC/CSU "d" laboratory science credit course and applies students algebraic, geometric and pre-calculus skills to analyze complex dynamic systems.

    • Why take physics?  Fundamentally, we ask: How do we talk about systems in motion? What are forces? How can we model complex systems? How do we understand energy, light, sound, electricity?

    • Physics is the foundation of understanding all other sciences and becomes the basis for a career in engineering, medicine, environmental, atmospheric, geologic and space sciences.

    • Rigor and academic expectations:
      The class is designed to prepare students for the pace and experience of first-year college science and engineering courses. With this in mind, students are expected to build skills to maintain an advanced, pre-college level pace. Students can expect to spend up to three hours per week outside of class doing homework, writing experiments up and generally studying in-class topics. (much time is spent helping students build these skills).

    • When is the right time to take physics?
      Though many students wait until they are upper classmen, the best time to take physics is once you have completed algebra and geometry. Usually, roughly one third of the students are juniors and sophomores who have met the math requirements. Any student who is not afraid of using math to examine real world systems is encouraged to take physics (because it really does explain all other sciences). 

    • Requirements:

      Successful completion of Physics in the Universe
      Successful completion or concurrent enrollment in Advanced Algebra

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    SEA DISC (Studies of the Environment Academy - Drake Integrated Studies Curricula) 

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    Junior Year - Chemistry & Environmental Science
    Senior Year - Environmental or AP Environmental Science and Internships

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    • UC/CSU "d" laboratory science credit (for each year)

    • designed to be the equivalent of a one semester introductory college course in Environmental Science if AP Environmental is selected in senior year

    Requirements:

    • Successful Completion of Physics in the Universe and The Living Earth with a C- or better.  

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    Physiology

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    • UC/CSU "d" laboratory science credit
    • study human body structures and functions
    • one of the courses approved for concurrent enrollment with Living Earth and Physics in the Universe


    WHAT STUDENTS WILL DO:
    • spend 60-70 percent of class time doing anatomy and physiology labs 
    • investigate, research, and report on medical careers
    • read medical and scientific articles and case studies

    SAMPLE TOPICS: The Physiology of...
    orthopedic injury and repair
    • athletic training and performance
    • cardiovascular disease
    • conception and contraception
    • the mind


    Requirements:
    Successful completion of 9th grade science: Physics and the Universe or Living Earth


     Environmental Science

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    Environmental Science is a UC/CSU "d" laboratory science credit course and weaves ecology, chemistry, biology and physics into discussions of cultural, history, politics and economics.

    Why take Environmental Science? 

    • Environmental Science is one of the most critical sciences of our time. Anyone who is conscious of the tremendous changes in ecosystems, environment and human communities around the world, will be interested to learn how these systems function and how we, as citizens and stewards of the planet can change them. Environmental Science in short, is the science of how to save the world.

    Rigor and academic expectations: 

    • As a level “d” laboratory science course, students should be ready for extensive reading assignments (case studies and numerous, current articles), hands-on projects, writing assignments including formal, science reports as well as “proposals” to deliver to local government officials to suggest solutions for change. Additionally, students will be expected to learn to use programs such as Excel to analyze data and to use applied mathematics to quantify how natural systems can change. Students can expect roughly 3 hours of homework per week.

    Requirements:
    Students may have concurrent enroll with their sophomore science class (either Physics in the Universe or The Living Earth) with teacher approval.
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    AP Biology

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    • UC/CSU "d" laboratory science credit
    college level introductory biology course
    student directed inquiry based labs


    SAMPLE TOPICS:
    • evolution, cellular processes, genetics and information transfer, and ecology


    SUCCESS IN AP BIOLOGY DEPENDS ON:
    • college level academic skills
    • motivation for studying biology
    • excellent work ethic and attendance


    Requirements:
    • completion of 9th and 10th grade science with a B- or higher
    • completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, Chemistry or Physiology
    • completion of Chemistry is strongly recommended

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     Independent Science Research 
     

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    Interested in your own research? Working with a mentor in the community?
    flying rockets, designing robots or ROV's?


    Sign up for Independent Science Research

    • designed for advanced or passionate students interested in pursuing scientific research
       outside the school day
    • students work individually or in teams with the assistance of a professional
       from the community
    • Open to all juniors and seniors (sophomores with science teacher's approval)

    Requirements:

    • Meet with your instructor each week in person or on line
    • enrolled students are required to conduct an approved research project,
       enter an accepted competition, and present findings in a professional symposium format


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Last Modified on January 14, 2020