Science

JUNIOR HIGH SCIENCE

COURSE: SCIENCE 7 (intro to Biology)
COURSE NUMBER: 212
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance, 7th grade course (HONORS COMPONENT AVAILABLE)
PREREQUISITE: None
DESCRIPTION: This course presents students with a wide variety of information, activities, and experiences related to major areas of study in the field of Introductory Biology. The topics, which correlate directly with the NGSS Middle School Life Science Standards, include the study of ecology and ecosystems; cell biology and the fundamental life processes of plants and animals; human physiology including structures, the immune system, and organ systems; and genetics, including mutation, reproduction, DNA, genetic changes, and forensics. In addition, students conduct research, investigations, and experiments and utilize lab activities.  In second semester, the topics include the study of ecology and ecosystems; human physiology including structures, the central and peripheral nervous systems, and sensory structures and functions; asexual and sexual reproduction in plants and animals; genetic diversity, biotechnology, cloning; Earth Science (fossils, atmosphere, extinction and survival, etc.) and global climate change and ecology. In addition, students conduct research, investigations, and experiments and utilize lab activities.

COURSE: INTEGRATED SCIENCE 8 
COURSE NUMBER: 217
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance, 8th grade course
PREREQUISITE: Science 7
TEXTBOOK: Integrated Science Course, CK12 Flexbook: 2015 – Expires 2021
DESCRIPTION: Organized around the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), students explore science in a variety of learning activities including hands-on lab experiments and activities. The course covers motion, force, electricity, magnetism, waves, sound, earth’s energy, evolution, and the solar system.
ONLINE RESOURCES AVAILABLE: http://ck12.org

COURSE: INTEGRATED SCIENCE 8 HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 148
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance, 5.0 SCALE, 8th grade course
COURSE PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” for the four quarters of Science 7
TEXTBOOK: Integrated Science Course, CK12 Flexbook: 2015 – Expires 2021
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class establishes and expands fundamental skills and concepts in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students develop reading fluency and depth with a selection of short stories, novels, and essays. There is a focus on clear and effective writing and speaking through word choice and organization of thoughts in a variety of essays, speeches, presentations, and collaborative work.
ONLINE RESOURCES AVAILABLE: http://ck12.org

HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE

COURSE: BIOLOGY 
COURSE NUMBER: 221
A-G: 10 units (D: Lab Science)
PREREQUISITE: None
DESCRIPTION: Biology is correlated directly with both the Next Generation Science Standards and the California State Content Standards. This course introduces students to concepts related to cells and cancer; cellular energy including respiration and photosynthesis; the pivotal role of ATP in energy transfer; Mendelian genetics; molecular genetics, including DNA analysis, DNA fingerprinting, and recombinant DNA; biomolecules, including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids and enzymes and the factors that affect their activity; the immune system, infectious diseases, and pathogens; the human nervous system, endocrine systems; reproduction in plants and animals; the domains and kingdoms of life and the Linnaean classification system; the evolution of life; and ecology. Students will demonstrate their understanding through lab experiments, writing assignments, interactive activities, projects, and a variety of self-graded and summative assessments.

COURSE: BIOLOGY HONORS 
COURSE NUMBER: 2211
A-G: 10 units. 5.0 scale (D: Lab Science)
PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” in the last regular science class taken or a grade “B” in the last Honors science class taken.
DESCRIPTION: Biology is correlated directly with both the Next Generation Science Standards and the California State Content Standards.  This course introduces students to concepts related to cells and cancer; cellular energy including respiration and photosynthesis; the pivotal role of ATP in energy transfer; Mendelian genetics; molecular genetics, including DNA analysis, DNA fingerprinting, and recombinant DNA; biomolecules, including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids and enzymes and the factors that affect their activity; the immune system, infectious diseases, and pathogens; the human nervous system, endocrine systems; reproduction in plants and animals; the domains and kingdoms of life and the Linnaean classification system; the evolution of life; and ecology. Students will demonstrate their understanding through lab experiments, writing assignments, interactive activities, projects, and a variety of self-graded and summative assessments.  Students enrolled in the Honors section of this course will have extensive video notes that are created outside of the class time and will be required to work out of the Kaplan AP Biology Prep Plus Book to deepen the lessons.  This course helps to prepare students to take the AP Biology Exam with study notes should they wish to take the exam.  The exam is not compulsory.  This course requires 1 – 2 hours of homework upon each class meeting.

COURSE: ANATOMY HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 1532
A-G: 10 units, 5.0 scale (D: Lab Science)
PREREQUISITE: Biology with a grade “C” or better
TEXTBOOK: Hole’s Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology, 12th edition: 2014.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course covers the relationships between functions and structures of the human body. This is a lab based science course that covers the mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within the human body.
WANT TO BUY A TEXTBOOK? – ISBN: 73403725.  (This is not necessary, but some students prefer to have a copy to keep at home.  Encore provides a copy on the issued laptop.)

COURSE: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
COURSE NUMBER: 1555
A-G: 10 units (D – Lab Science)
PREREQUISITE: None
DESCRIPTION: This course shows scientific concepts within a variety of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, and physics. The goal of this course is to expose students to the environmental challenges of today and to cultivate scientific critical thinking skills.

COURSE: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 15551
A-G: 10 units (D – Lab Science) 5.0 Grading Scale
PREREQUISITE: None, Must maintain at least a “C” in the course.
DESCRIPTION: This course is set as an extension to the Environmental Science course 1555.  Students will be enrolled in the Environmental Science course and upon completion of the Honors Notebook and Honors Semester Projects added to the course, students will be given Honors credit.  This course shows scientific concepts within a variety of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, and physics. The goal of this course is to expose students to the environmental challenges of today and to cultivate scientific critical thinking skills.

COURSE: CHEMISTRY 
COURSE NUMBER: 155
A-G: 10 units (D: Lab Science)
PREREQUISITE: Biology
TEXTBOOK: Chemistry, CK12 Flexbook: 2014 – expires 2021
DESCRIPTION: The science of structure, composition, and properties of all matter. The emphasis is on critical thinking, scientific investigation, and data analysis through lab activities, model building, and research.
ADDITIONAL ONLINE RESOURCES: http://ck12.org

COURSE: CHEMISTRY HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 154
A-G: 10 units. 5.0 scale (D: Lab Science)
COURSE PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” for the four quarters of Math I or at least a “B” grade for the four quarter of Math I Honors
TEXTBOOK: Chemistry, CK12 Flexbook: 2014 – expires 2021
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Building on the foundation of Encore’s Chemistry course, this course has a more advanced pace for curriculum and extended projects. For students wishing to take the AP exam for Chemistry, they should enroll in this course and sign up for the AP study team.
ADDITIONAL ONLINE RESOURCES: http://ck12.org

COURSE: LABORATORY BIOLOGY CH(INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE)COURSE NUMBER: 4557A-G: 10 units. COURSE PREREQUISITE: NoneCOURSE DESCRIPTION: Laboratory Biology A and B is correlated directly with both the Next Generation Science Standards and the California State Content Standards. This course requires students to work in an online setting for 80% of the course and, in order to support concepts covered there, to also perform hands-on experiments supervised by an instructor in a physical laboratory setting at the school site for the remaining 20%. Guidelines for all lab activities are contained within Cyber High and they count as 20% of the student’s final course grade. This course introduces students to concepts related to cells and cancer; cellular energy including respiration and photosynthesis; the pivotal role of ATP in energy transfer; Mendelian genetics; molecular genetics, including DNA analysis, DNA fingerprinting, and recombinant DNA; biomolecules, including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids and enzymes and the factors that affect their activity; the immune system, infectious diseases, and pathogens; the human nervous system, endocrine systems; reproduction in plants and animals; the domains and kingdoms of life and the Linnaean classification system; the evolution of life; and ecology. Students will demonstrate their understanding through lab experiments, writing assignments, interactive activities, projects, and a variety of self-graded and summative assessments.

COURSE: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CH(INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE)
COURSE NUMBER: 4555
A-G: 10 None
COURSE PREREQUISITE: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course teaches the student how organisms interact with the environment, and with each other, and how they adapt to fit into their environmental niche. This course teaches students about the human effect on the environment, the consequences of population growth, and the effect of toxic wastes. Survival skills are also included.

COURSE: INTEGRATED SCIENCE I CH(INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE)
COURSE NUMBER: 4556
A-G: None
COURSE PREREQUISITE: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts, principles and methods of science by using an integrated approach. It provides information and practice in the following areas of Integrated Science: cells, the basic building blocks of life, systems that produce a functioning organism, Newton’s Laws of Motion, weather, climate, the Earth’s atmosphere and biomes. This Integrated Science course exposes students to concepts in chemistry, physics, Earth science and biology. Some of the major topics presented in this course include cell function and cell reproduction, the movement of the Earth’s crust, earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, geologic time, the structure of atoms, the periodic table of elements and the bonding of atoms to form molecules, electricity, magnetism and the electromagnetic spectrum. Students also study the natural history of California and are exposed to concepts relating to chemistry, physics, Earth science, and biology.

COURSE: PHYSICAL SCIENCE CH(INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE)
COURSE NUMBER: 4558
A-G: None
COURSE PREREQUISITE: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students study fundamental concepts related to light, energy, electricity, sound, and pressure, and demonstrate their understanding through various activities that encourage critical thinking and analysis, journal entries, and writing assignments. All units include small experiments and longer investigations requiring formal lab reports. Students study fundamental concepts related to matter, elements, mixtures, chemical reactions, motion, and technology, and demonstrate their understanding through activities that encourage critical thinking and analysis, journal entries, and writing assignments. All Units include small experiments and longer investigations requiring formal lab reports.

While all courses are offered each year, if student interest does not warrant, courses may be cancelled.