Science Department

PHYSICAL SCIENCE
QRS301-QRS302

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(a-g) / Graduation Requirement
10 Credits
Grade Level: 11-12
Grade Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in Integrated Math 1
(Satisfies Physical Science Graduation Requirement)
This course explores the foundation of Earth Science in the following related fields: Geology (with emphasis on CA Geology), Meteorology, Oceanography, and Astronomy. These units are designed to increase the students’ understanding of the physical universe as it affects their lives. Realizing the diversity of students’ interests and abilities, activities and lessons are designed to develop critical thinking, attitudes of independent inquiry and problem solving skills through the use of textbook, computer labs, videos, computer-based models, and hands-on activities. The students will be engaged in cooperative learning in doing lab investigations and unit projects. Throughout the course the students are expected to develop skills and confidence in designing lab experiments, writing lab reports and oral presentations.

BIOLOGY
QBS281-QBS282

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10 Credits
Grade Level: 9-12
Grade Restrictions: None

Prerequisites: Physical Science (can be completed in Middle School) / Science CST – Basic
(Satisfies Biology Science Graduation Requirement and University of California Life Science “a-g” requirement)

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
QBS283-QBS284

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(a-g) / Graduation Requirement
10 Credits
Grade Level: 9
Grade Restrictions: 9th Grade Only

Prerequisites: Physical Science with a grade of “B” or better (can be completed in Middle School)
(Satisfies Biology Science Graduation Requirement and University of California Life Science “a-g” requirement)
Molecular Biology is an enriched alternative approach to college preparatory biology, which uses inquiry methods to present biology as an experimental science. This course requires students to construct their understanding of concepts starting from the laboratory experience. Students in this course develop their abilities to observe, think and communicate scientifically through inquiry-based, open-ended laboratory investigations. The breadth of content covered in this course is the same as the traditional approach but the focus is on biology at the molecular level. Molecular Biology challenges students to think abstractly and requires that they produce formal, written reports of their investigations in the laboratory.

AP BIOLOGY
QBS290-QBS291

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(a-g) / Graduation Requirement
10 Credits
Grade Level: 11-12
Grade Restrictions: 11th – 12th Grade Only

John F. Kennedy High School – Course Catalog – 2017/2018 Page 23
Prerequisites: Biology / Molecular Biology with grade “B” or better, “B” or better in Chemistry, Concurrent enrollment in Integrated Math II or higher
(Satisfies Biology Science Graduation Requirement and University of California Life Science “a-g” requirement)
AP Biology is a rigorous, college-level course for highly motivated and college-bound students who are interested in pursuing a career in science. The course will cover in depth all important concepts of college biology with the emphasis on students’ development of critical thinking and analytical skills, rather than memorizing terms and technical details. AP Biology will focus on major recurring themes in biology including science as a process, evolution, energy transfer, continuity and change, relationship of structure to function, regulation, interdependence of nature, science, technology, and society. Students will develop their verbal, written, and graphic communication skills through laboratory reports, summary of literature or scientific investigation, and published scientific journals. In addition, the course provides students with opportunities to connect their biological and scientific knowledge to major biosocial issues and become scientifically literate citizens. The AP labs are equivalent of those in college biology courses. Honor credits will be awarded and some universities accept this course for credits provided a passing score on the National AP Exam in May.

CHEMISTRY
QCS250-QCS251

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(a-g) / Graduation Requirement
10 Credits
Grade Level: 10-12
Grade Restrictions: 10th Grade or Above

Prerequisites: Biology / Molecular Biology with a “C” or better / Integrated Math 1 with a “C” or better
(Satisfies Physical Science Graduation Requirement and UC/CSU Physical Science “a-g” requirement)
This is an inorganic chemistry course designed for the college-bound student interested in scientific study. It is a year-long course that satisfies a physical science requirement for graduation as well as meeting the a-g requirements for college. The majority of the curriculum will focus on inorganic topics of study including atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonds, conservation of matter, gases, reaction rates, thermodynamics, nuclear and organic chemistry, and an introduction to biochemistry. Approximately 25% of class time is devoted to laboratory work emphasizing appropriate lab procedures, investigations and inquiry-based learning.

AP CHEMISTRY
QCS240-QCS241

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(a-g) / Graduation Requirement
10 Credits
Grade Level: 10-12
Grade Restrictions: 10th Grade or Above

Prerequisites: Biology/Molecular Biology with a “B” or better / Currently enrolled in Math II or higher / Science CST – Proficient
(Satisfies Physical Science Graduation Requirement and UC/CSU Physical Science “a-g” requirement)
For college-bound students who are interested in advanced scientific study, this AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course taken during the first year of college. The course is structured around the six big ideas articulated in the AP Chemistry curriculum framework provided by the College Board. The six big ideas include: structure of matter, properties of matter, chemical reactions, rates of chemical reactions, thermodynamics and equilibrium. A special emphasis will be placed on the seven science practices, which capture important aspects of the work that scientists engage in with learning objectives that combine content with inquiry and reasoning skills. Approximately 25% of class time will focus on laboratory work with an emphasis on inquiry-based labs. AP Chemistry is open to qualified students who wish to take part in a rigorous and academically challenging course.

PHYSICS
QPS201-QPS202

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(a-g) / Graduation Requirement
10 Credits
Grade Level: 11-12
Grade Restrictions: 11th – 12th Grade Only

Prerequisites: Must have completed Integrated Math I & II with a “C” or better in both semesters / Currently enrolled in Integrated Math III or higher
(Satisfies Physical Science Graduation Requirement and UC/CSU Physical Science “a-g” requirement)
Physics is a year-long course, which examines motion, forces, energy, heat, waves, electricity and more. The physics field ranges from the far reaches of the universe to the insides of atoms. This course covers not only the body of knowledge that we call physics but also stresses the history of and the ongoing research into the adventure we call science. The course emphasizes laboratory work and exploration by students. We can hope for best results if we clearly present how science works and the processes and methods which expand scientific knowledge.

AP PHYSICS
QPS502-QPS503

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(a-g) / Graduation Requirement
10 Credits
Grade Level: 11-12
Grade Restrictions: 11-12th Grade Only

Prerequisites: Must have a “B” or better in all previous math classes / Currently enrolled in Math III or higher / May NOT be taken if Physics was taken in a previous year
(Satisfies Physical Science Graduation Requirement and UC/CSU Physical Science “a-g” requirement)
AP Physics is a year-long course and is intended to be representative of courses commonly offered in colleges and universities. Advanced Placement (AP) Physics provides a systematic development of the main principles of physics; emphasizing problem solving and helping students develop a deep understanding of physics concepts. It is assumed that students are familiar with Algebra and Trigonometry, although some theoretical developments may use basic concepts of calculus. AP Physics provides a foundation in physics for students in life sciences, pre-medicine, and some applied sciences, as well as other fields not directly related to science.

HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
QSS211-QSS212

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(a-g) / Elective
10 Credits
Grade Level: 11-12
Grade Level Restrictions: 11th and 12th Grade Only

Prerequisites: Grade of “C” or better in Biology or Molecular Biology
(Satisfies Biology Science Graduation Requirement and the University of California Life Science “a-g” requirement)
This course is a comprehensive study of the structure, function, and organization of the human body, as related through the common functional themes of support, movement, integration, regulation, maintenance, reproduction, and development of the human body. Disease prevention and health are emphasized themes. Lab activities (including dissection), cooperative learning, and critical thinking skills are essential for success in this course. Organ Systems covered during the year include: Integumentary System, Skeletal System, Muscular System, Nervous System, Endocrine System, Digestive System, Respiratory System, Cardiovascular System, Lymphatic/Immune System, Urinary/Excretory System, and Reproductive System.