• Science Department Electives 2019-2020

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


    | Ecology | AP Environmental Science | Sustainable Agriculture (& SAGE Academy) |

    | Physiology | Honors Biomedical Science | AP Biology | Independent Science Research |

    Click HERE for dates and times for informational meetings, and entrance testing.

    COURSE RIGOR AND TIME MANAGEMENT CHART



    Special Options

    1)
    For certain students who have only completed Physics In The Universe 1 & 2, there is an option of taking a science elective concurrently with Living Earth 1 & 2. This option requires a letter grade of B or higher in Physics In The Universe 1 & 2, and any other prerequisites specific to the elective. Check with your current science teacher, counselor, and/or parents to determine if this option makes sense for you.

    some reasons why a student would consider this option:

    enrichment, challenge, personal interest, 3 years of science at the end of 10th grade,
    part of a larger plan to take more science

    electives eligible for this option:

    Chemistry (has a math requirement), Physiology, Ecology, Sustainable Agriculture,
    Astronomy

    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.


    Chemistry

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    • UC/CSU "d" laboratory science credit
    • Chemistry requires some homework each night
    • enjoy fun challenges
    • labs every week
    • your own lab equipment
    • connections to your life
    • the magic of Chemistry
    • one of the courses approved for concurrent enrollment with The Living Earth 1-2


    Requirements:

    Successful Completion of Physics In The Universe 1-2 & Living Earth 1-2 (or Integrated Science 3-4) whichever applies
    C or Better in Algebra 1 and 2
    Successful completion of, or be enrolled in, Advanced Algebra

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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


    Requirements:

    Strong recommendation of Chemistry teacher
    C or better in Chemistry
    C or better in Advanced Algebra


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    Physics

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    • UC/CSU "d" laboratory science credit
    • Physics is the foundation for all other sciences
    • topic: optics, light, waves, sound, electricity, motion, forces, energy, momentum, and relativity

    RIGOR:
    • requires algebra and trigonometry skills; many physics students will take precalculus,
      but some physics students are one year higher or lower math level

    ACTIVITIES:
    fun demonstrations that explain interesting physical phenomena; lots of examples of how things work
    • weekly labs; no lab reports; all lab work done in a lab manual
    • Three meaningful homework assignments per week, checked regularly, and due the following week. Most homework includes reading and about five questions to answer
    • A hands-on project each semester. Recent projects include a mousetrap race car competition and an electromagnetism research project
       • Learn how to wire actual household circuits, including outlets and switches!

    SAMPLE LABS:
    • Mirrors, Lenses and Prisms (explore reflection and refraction of light)
    • Slinkys (analyze and understand wave behavior)
    • Resonance and Standing Waves (models acoustics of musical instruments)
    • Diffraction and Interference (proves wave behavior of light)
    • Series and Parallel Circuits (conceptual and quantitative analysis of electricity)
    • Electricity Modules (learn to wire household circuits)
    and much more: Projectile Motion, Friction, Newton’s Laws, Energy & Momentum Conservation

    WHO TAKES PHYSICS:
    essential for any student who is considering a college major in science, engineering, or medicine
    • students who want a challenging upper-level science course
    • students eager for a course that is attractive to college admissions offices, especially a course that shows ability to apply mathematics in science


    DO I HAVE TO TAKE OTHER SCIENCE ELECTIVES FIRST?
    No. Although many physics students are seniors who have taken Chemistry their junior year,
    the courses are totally independent. The content and lab work in Physics is much different
    than in any other science elective.

    Requirements:

    Successful completion of Physics In The Universe 1-2 & Living Earth 1-2 (or Integrated Science 3-4) whichever applies
    Successful completion or concurrent enrollment in Advanced Algebra


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    Honors Physics

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    UC/CSU "d" laboratory science credit
    • Physics is the foundation for all other sciences
    • topic: optics, light, waves, sound, electricity, motion, forces, energy, momentum, and relativity

    RIGOR:
    • requires algebra and trigonometry skills; many physics students take Calculus, but some are in Pre-Calculus,

    ACTIVITIES:
     fun demonstrations that explain interesting physical phenomena; lots of examples of how things work
    • weekly labs; no lab reports; all lab work done in a lab manual
    • Three meaningful homework assignments per week, checked regularly, and due the following week. Most homework includes reading and about five questions to answer
    • A hands-on project each semester. Recent projects include a mousetrap race car competition and an electromagnetism research project
       • Learn how to wire actual household circuits, including outlets and switches!

    SAMPLE LABS:
    • Mirrors, Lenses and Prisms (explore reflection and refraction of light)
    • Slinkys (analyze and understand wave behavior)
    • Resonance and Standing Waves (models acoustics of musical instruments)
    • Diffraction and Interference (proves wave behavior of light)
    • Series and Parallel Circuits (conceptual and quantitative analysis of electricity)
    • Electricity Modules (learn to wire household circuits)
    and much more: Projectile Motion, Friction, Newton’s Laws, Energy & Momentum Conservation

    WHO TAKES HONORS PHYSICS:
     essential for any student who is considering a college major in science, engineering, or medicine
    • students who want a challenging upper-level science course
    • students eager for a course that is attractive to college admissions offices, especially a course that shows ability to apply mathematics in science

    DO I HAVE TO TAKE OTHER SCIENCE ELECTIVES FIRST?
    No. Although many physics students are seniors who have taken Chemistry their junior year,
    the courses are totally independent. The content and lab work in Physics is much different
    than in any other science elective.

    HOW IS HONORS PHYSICS DIFFERENT THAN PHYSICS:
    more accelerated curriculum with greater mathematical challenge
    • Homework assignments include one or two extra questions per night, which gives students better preparation for college-level physics
    • topics covered in greater detail and often at a faster pace

    Requirements:

    • Successful completion of Physics In The Universe 1-2 & Living Earth 1-2 (or Integrated Science 3-4) whichever applies
    • Concurrent enrollment in (or completion of) AP Calculus
    • Passing score on a math readiness exam if not enrolled in AP Calculus

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    Astronomy

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    • UC/CSU "g" college preparatory elective credit
    • study the creation and evolution of stars, solar systems. galaxies, and the universe, and how
      all of these systems and bodies interact with each other.
    • one of the courses approved for concurrent enrollment with Integrated Science 3-4

    TOPICS:
    • cosmology, origins, terrestrial and Jovian planets, life in space, history of astronomy,
      light and telescopes, starlight, stellar evolution, black holes and galaxies

    WHO SHOULD TAKE ASTRONOMY:
    • anyone who wants to better understand the world they live in, or be inspired by the wonders of space
    • anyone interested in a career in science, engineering, or mathematics

    Requirements:

    Successful completion of Physics In The Universe 1-2 & Living Earth 1-2 (or Integrated Science 3-4) whichever applies

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    Ecology

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    • UC/CSU "d" laboratory science credit
    • an award winning course that gives you the opportunity to learn more about the world around you
    • gets you outside the classroom
    • allows you learn in the garden, on field trips, and doing other project-based work
    • study how plants, animals, and the environment interact
    • one of the courses approved for concurrent enrollment with The Living Earth 1-2

    IN ECOLOGY YOU WILL:
    • make a difference with environmental action
    • research, analyze, and apply ecological principals, observe animal behavior including
       an optional trip to the zoo
    • practice field sampling techniques
    • understand ecological communities through Pt. Reyes and Slide Ranch field trips
    • learn about ecological issues in-person from community experts
    • learn garden design, cultivation. composting, seed selection, sowing, plant care and harvest
    • optional trip to a farm


    Requirements:

    Successful completion of Physics In The Universe 1-2 & Living Earth 1-2 (or Integrated Science 3-4) whichever applies

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    AP Environmental Science

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    • UC/CSU "d" laboratory science credit
    • designed to be the equivalent of a one semester introductory college course in Environmental Science

    OBJECTIVES:
    • understand the interrelationships of the natural world
    • identify and analyze environmental problems
    • examine solutions for resolving and/or preventing environmental problems

    CONTENT:
    • human populations and sustainability
    • climate change and atmospheric issues
    • water and toxicity
    • ecology and evolution
    • sustaining biodiversity
    • energy resources

    Requirements:

    Successful completion of Physics In The Universe 1-2 & Living Earth 1-2 (or Integrated Science 3-4) whichever applies with a combined GPA of 2.75
    Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry or Physics
    Successful completion of Advanced Algebra strongly recommended

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    Sustainable Agriculture [SustAg website]
     
     SA 1  SA 2  SA 3
     
    • UC/CSU "g" college preparatory science elective credit
    • College of Marin articulation credit with B or higher (3.0 units, ELND 109F)  
    • grow food and learn on the new Redwood Sustainable Agriculture Farm and for our Farmer's Markets
    • take action toward a more sustainable future
    • one of the courses approved for concurrent enrollment with The Living Earth 1-2
    see this presentation for more information
     
    IN SUSTAG 1-2 YOU WILL:
    • learn where food comes from and the environmental and cultural impacts of its production,
    • practice and learn the science behind sustainable agriculture and techniques like composting, seed saving, and water conservation,
    • connect with the larger community through field trips, volunteer work days, plant sales, and more,
    • get out of the classroom and take leadership to conduct student-designed projects,
    • make a difference for yourself, your community, and the planet.
     
    SAGE ACADEMY (SustAgGovEcon): rising 12th grade SustAg students are grouped concurrently in Government amd Economics courses to form SAGE Academy.  In addition to SustAg work, students apply political and economic theory to learn how current agricultural and environmental policy has developed and analyze economic decision-making through the lens of production, marketing and distribution of sustainable food. 11th graders may enroll in SAGE by request. SAGE students may also enroll in AP Economics.  Contact Mr. Stewart or Mr. Kelemen with questions.
     
    SUSTAG 3-4: students who complete SustAg 1-2 with a C or better may enroll in Year 2 (SustAg 3-4).  Students build on and deepen agricultural skills and knowledge by working independently on projects, sharing knowledge, and pursuing mastery of all program goals.  Year 2 students are eligible for an additional College of Marin credit (3.0 units, ELND 109S). 
     
     
    Requirements:
     
     
    • Successful completion of Physics In The Universe 1-2 & Living Earth1-2 (or Integrated Science 3-4) whichever applies 
     

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    Physiology

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    • UC/CSU "d" laboratory science credit
    • study body structures and how these structures carry out life sustaining activities
    • one of the courses approved for concurrent enrollment with The Living Earth 1-2

    WHAT STUDENTS WILL DO:
    • read scientific literature and make connections to current issues/topics in the "outside world"
    • investigate, research, and report on medical careers
    • spend 60-70 percent of class time doing laboratory activities

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


    Requirements:

    Successful completion of Physics In The Universe 1-2 & Living Earth 1-2 (or Integrated Science 3-4) whichever applies
     

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    Honors Biomedical Science [biomed website]
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    • UC/CSU "d" laboratory science credit
    • taught at the college-level: much of the content is taken from upper division college courses
       that a Pre-Med, Virology, Biomedical Engineering, or Molecular Biology major would take
    • lab work reflects clinical and research industry standards
    lab work is complicated requiring multiple days of preparation followed by multiple days of procedures
    • projects both semesters...including a semester-long job shadow project in the spring
    • no more than (1) quiz per semester; only (2) exams per semester
    • important that perspective students attend the scheduled informational meeting
    Student-Parent Handout

    TOPICS:
    • microbiology, virology, structure and chemistry of DNA, gene expression,
       genetic engineering, cancer, and epigenetics

    SAMPLE LAB ACTIVITIES:
    • gram staining
    • bacterial titration
    • ELISA assay (for HIV-I IgG antibodies)
    • western blot for gp120
    • endonulease reactions with lambda genome
    • bacterial transformation
    • cancer gene detection and analysis (Li-Fraumeni syndrome)
    • PCR (lambda amplification, AluPV92, D1S80)

    WHAT IT TAKES TO SUCCEED:
    • have excellent college-level academic skills
    • passion for, and be motivated by, the subject matter and challenges in Biomed
    • excellent work ethic
    • be a reliable lab partner

    Requirements:

    B+ or higher in fall semester of Chemistry
     

    passing score (75%) on the entrance test
          
    the test assess reading comprehension, writing, data analysis,
           and knowledge on select foundational Chemistry topics

    QUESTIONS:
    see Mr. Lovelady in room 228

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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 Physics In The Universe 1-2 & Living Earth 1-2 (or Integrated Science 3-4) whichever applies 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 - an online course
     
     
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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 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:

    • Log in to Google Classroom once a week
    • Enrolled students are required to conduct an approved research project, enter an accepted competition, and present findings in a professional symposium format
     


    Spring 2017 Dates and Times for Informational Meetings -and- Entrance Tests

     
    Course
    Informational Meeting
    Entrance Test
     AP Chemistry
    Tue Feb 5 Lunch Rm 210
    no test
     Honors Physics
    Mon Jan 14 Lunch Rm 233
    Tue Jan 29 3:30-4:30 Rm 233
    AP Calc Students Do Not Test
     AP Environmental Science
    Tue Jan 22 Lunch Rms 215 & 211
    no test
     Honors Biomedical Science
    Thu Jan 17 Lunch Rm 228
    Thur Jan 31 from 2:45-4:15
    sign up no later than Tue Jan 29
     AP Biology Fri Feb 8 Lunch Rm 232  no test