COURSE CATALOG: SCIENCE DEPARTMENT


FACULTY DIRECTORY: SCIENCE DEPARTMENT


Graduation Requirements:

Cardinal Newman requires two years of science in order to graduate.

The UC/CSU system requires a minimum of 2 years of Laboratory Science (including 1 biological science and 1 physical science). Three courses are recommended. A grade of C or better in required for each course to meet the requirements.

Courses Offered:

Biology

BIOLOGY

Grades 9-12

One-year course.

Prerequisite:

Grade 9 placement depends on results of Placement Test, Biology 9 Placement test and instructor recommendation.

Description:

This course is lab-oriented and designed to familiarize the student with basic the principles of life sciences, the chemistry of life, cell structure, and function, how organisms obtain and use energy, patterns of heredity and genetics, the continuity and development of life on Earth, how organisms adapt to their environment, and the diversity of life, basic life processes, human anatomy, and ecology. All students will participate in laboratory exercises.

This course meets the UC/CSU Biology/Life Sciences Laboratory (d) course requirement.

AP Biology

AP BIOLOGY

Grades 11-12

One-year course, Elective

Prerequisite:

Completion of Biology with a grade of B or better is required. Students for this class will be selected by the Science Department based on English and Math grades, PSAT /PLAN test scores, and a qualifying exam.

Description:

This course includes the chemical and physical basis of life; cellular structure and function, molecular and Mendelian genetics, the reproduction, development, anatomy and physiology of plants and animals, and evolution and ecology. All students will participate in laboratory exercises. All students are required to take the AP test in May.

This course meets the UC/CSU Biology/Life Sciences Laboratory (d) course requirement.

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Grades 9

One-year course

Prerequisite:

None.

Description:

This course explores the multidisciplinary science of the environment as well as how human activity affects the environment. Focus is given to contemporary issues such as air and water pollution, global climate change, ozone depletion, acid rain, hazardous and solid waste, alternative energy resources, soils, deforestation, overfishing, biodiversity, endangered species and their ecological, economical, and human health impact. Laboratory exercises and research will be included.

This course meets the UC/CSU College-Preparatory Elective (g) course requirement.


Exercise Science & Sports Medicine

Exercise Science & Sports Medicine

Grades 10-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

Completion of Biology with a "C' or better

Description:

This course includes the anatomy and physiology of the human body and how the systems interact with each other through exercise. It begins with understanding the general structures of the systems of the body, from which function can then be analyzed. The course will also address training and fitness programs, dietary programs and performance enhancing drugs. Multiple laboratory activities are included to further aid in the learning process.

The course meets the UC/CSU Biology/Life Science Laboratory (d) course requirement.

Astronomy of the Solar System

Astronomy of the Solar System

Grades 11-12

One-year course, Elective

Prerequisite:

Completion of Biology and Chemistry OR Physics

Description:

This course includes a descriptive introduction to the Solar System emphasizing the sun, moon, planets, asteroids, comets and origin of the solar system.

This course meets the UC/CSU Biology/Life Sciences Laboratory (d) course requirement.

Chemistry

Chemistry

Grades 10-12

One-year course, Elective

Prerequisite:

Concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or completion of Algebra II with a grade of “C” or higher. and a grade of "C" or better in Biology.

Description:

This course includes the concept of the mole, atomic structure, compound formation, chemical equations and the basic behavior of matter. Quantitative aspects are presented through use of problems involving the gas laws, stoichiometry molarity,titrations, and equllibrium calculations. Topics include thermodynamics, kinetics, radioactivity, molecular geometry and oxidation-reduction. Lecture, discussion and laboratory exercises are used. Students are expected to provide a scientific calculator for use during the course.

This course meets the UC/CSU Physical Science Laboratory (d) course requirement.

Chemistry Honors

Chemistry Honors

Grades 10-12

One-year course, Elective

Prerequisite:

Completion of Algebra II with a grade of “B” or better, or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II class. Students for this course are selected based on standardized test scores, science and math grades, cum GPA and instructor recommendation.

Description:

This course is designed to be the equivalent of college chemistry for students majoring in engineering, premed, biology or related scientific fields of study. Students attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. Students taking this course will be able to apply theory to the collection, treatment, and reporting of data from lab experiments. Honors chemistry will cover a broader range of material than academic chemistry and the material will be covered to a greater depth. Students may elect to take the AP Chemistry Exam.

This course meets the UC/CSU physical science laboratory course requirement.

Physics

Physics

Grades 10-12

One-year course, Elective

Prerequisite:

Concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or completion of Algebra II with a grade of “C” or higher. Students enrolling in this course must also have completed Biology with a grade of “C” or better.

Description:

This course will present the basic concepts of Physics with the main intent to prepare the student for future courses in science or engineering. The methods used will be lecture, laboratory, and written reporting. The central theme will be the relationships between matter and energy expanded through the topics of Newtonian mechanics, thermodynamics, waves (sound and light), electricity, magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics, and relativity. There is a field trip cost of approximately $30.

This course meets the UC/CSU physical science laboratory course requirement.

Physics Honors

Physics Honors

Grade 10-12

One-year course, Elective

Prerequisite:

Concurrent enrollment in Trigonometry or completion of Trigonometry with a grade of “B” or higher. Students for this course are selected based on standardized test scores, science and math grades, cumulative GPA and instructor recommendation.

Description:

This course is designed to be the equivalent of a college physics course for students majoring in physics, engineering, premed, or related scientific fields of study. Physics Honors includes topics in both classical and modern physics. Knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is required for the course; the basic ideas of calculus maybe introduced in connection with physical concepts, such as acceleration and work. Understanding of the basic principles involved and the ability to apply these principles in the solution of problems will be the major goals of this class. There is a field trip cost of approximately $30. Students may elect to take the AP Physics 1 or 2 Exam.

This course meets the UC/CSU Physical Science Laboratory (d) course requirement.

AP Physics C

AP Physics C

Grade 11-12

One-year course, composed of two independent semesters of study.

Prerequisite:

Concurrent enrollment in Calculus A/B or completion of Calculus A/B with a grade of “B” or higher. Students for this course are selected based on standardized test scores, science and math grades, cumulative GPA instructor recommendation. It is highly recommended that students take a year of Physics Honors before enrolling in AP physics C.

Description:

This course is considered a one semester college-level course that uses calculus for problem solving and laboratory data analysis. It utilizes guided inquiry and student-centered learning to foster the development of critical thinking skills and will use introductory differential and integral calculus throughout the course. There is a field trip cost of approximately $30. All students are required to take the AP test in May.

AP Physics C: Mechanics – provides instruction in each of the following six content areas: kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation.

AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism – provides instruction in each of the following five content areas: electrostatics; conductors, capacitors and dielectrics; electric circuits; magnetic fields; and electromagnetism.

This course meets the UC/CSU Physical Science Laboratory (d) course requirement.

Principles of Engineering

Principles of Engineering

Grades 10-12

One-year course

Prerequisite:

None.

Description:

This course helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology. Exploring various technology systems and manufacturing processes help students learn how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in an engineering problem solving process to benefit people. The course also includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change.

This course meets the UC/CSU College-Preparatory Elective (g) course requirement.

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