Life Science Course Descriptions

Life Science Course Descriptions

California State Standards for Biological/Life Sciences

California State Standards for Grade 10 (only) Life Sciences

Biology

SDAIE Biology (P)

Grade level: 9-12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Year

Prerequisite: Enrollment in ELD III or IV

Designed for English language learners, this course introduces topics basic to the life sciences such as controlled experiments, cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, evolution, plant and animal systems, and ecology. Teachers utilize SDAIE techniques and pacing strategies to ensure that all EL students master the core curriculum.

Biology (P)

Grade level: 9-12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Year

Prerequisite: None UC/CSU

This is a college prep lecture/laboratory course. Topics covered include controlled experiments, cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, evolution, plant and animal systems, and ecology.

Biology (H)

Grade level: 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Year

Prerequisite: Score above 60th percentile on State reading test, middle school teacher's UC/CSU recommendation, and concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1 or higher math recommended

This is an accelerated, one-year lecture/laboratory course. Topics covered include ecology, anatomy, physiology, cellular biology, biochemistry, evolution, and genetics. Instruction is differentiated in order to provide the depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing required by state gifted standards and to prepare for AP Biology.

Biology with a Medical Emphasis (P)

Grade level: 9-10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Year

Prerequisite: Score above 60th percentile on State reading test and concurrent enrollment UC/CSU in Algebra I or higher math recommended

This lecture/laboratory course covers all the California Biology content standards with an overall theme of medicine. Topics include cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, evolution, human body systems, and ecology. This course is also designed to assist young adults in the exploration of Health Occupations and Medical Services fields of study.

Biology (AP)

Grade level: 10-12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Year

Prerequisite: B or better in Biology (P) or Biology with Medical Emphasis, UC/CSU or C or better in Biology (H) recommended

This is a university level lecture/laboratory course taught in accordance with College Board standards. Topics covered include biochemistry, ecology, genetics, anatomy, physiology, evolution, animal behavior, molecular and cell biology, and plant and animal physiology. Instruction is differentiated in order to provide the depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing required by State gifted standards and to prepare for the Advanced Placement Program. Students are expected to take the AP Biology test in the spring and have the opportunity to receive college credit.

Human Anatomy

Human Anatomy and Physiology (P)

Grade Level: 10 – 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Year

Prerequisite: Biology P, HP recommended UC/CSU

This course is designed for students interested in health/medical sciences careers. Topics will include cell biochemistry, bones, muscles, skin, senses, urinary system, nutrition and digestion, respiratory system, circulatory system, and human reproduction.

Human Anatomy and Physiology (H)
Grade Level: 11-12 ............................................. .Year

Prerequisite: C or Better in Biology (HP, P, or MedBio) and C or better in Chemistry UC/CSU
Human Anatomy and Physiology Honors is a course for students who are interested in an in-depth understanding of
the structures and functions of the human body. It was significantly greater depth than college preparatory anatomy
and Physiology requiring application, analysis, and evaluation of the material, the understanding and use of concepts
as well as facts regarding the interrelatedness of the human body systems. This course is recommended for those
pursuing a career in the health science field in college. It has a substantial laboratory component, including several
dissections, which will complement lectures, discussion and demonstrations.

Forensic Science (P)
Grade Level: 11-12 ...................................... .Year

Prerequisite: Completion of one year of physical science and one year of Life Science
Forensic science is the application of multiple scientific disciplines to the investigation of criminal or civil questions
of the law. Forensics science utilizes the principles, facts, and lab techniques from the fields of chemistry, biology,
physics, earth science, anatomy and physiology to analyze and interpret evidence within the realm of our legal
system. We will begin with an introduction to scientific inquiry and the process of forensic investigation. We will
begin with an introduction to scientific inquiry and the process of forensic investigation. We will then apply our
knowledge of investigation to the analysis of trace evidence (hair, fiber, fingerprints, etc.), DNA, blood, bodies,
ballistics, toxicology, entomology, botany and anthropology. Students will actively participate in labs and activities
relating to the investigation of crime scenes and the analysis of evidence while developing their writing, problem
solving and critical thinking skills. In addition, the ethical, legal, and social concerns surrounding forensics will be
discussed. This course meets the University of California and California State University entrance requirements.