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Science

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STEM Physics

Course #: SC361SSCA, SC361SSCB

Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/ SC

Grade(s): 9

Prerequisite: None

Lab Science: Yes

STEM Physics is a two-trimester course for all incoming 9th graders. This course uses the ideas of patterns to
explore both science and the math to support that science. Students will get the background skills knowledge (ie:
math, graphing, tech, problem solving, etc.) necessary to move on to upper level science courses offered at
RSD. By liaising with the community at large, students will also be introduced to STEM career opportunities via
Oregon Connections and the Portland Metro STEM Hub.

 

 

 

Chemistry

Course #: SC390SSC

Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/ SC

Grade(s): 10, 11

Prerequisite: None

Lab Science: Yes

This course is a college-prep course for students wishing to learn more about the nature of matter and the changes that it undergoes. The subject matter is taught from a challenging, mathematical perspective. Topics covered include scientific measurement, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, nomenclature, formula stoichiometry, chemical qualitities, chemical reactions, gases, periodic table relationships, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, solutions, acids and bases, reaction rates, organic chemistry, and equilibrium.

Biology

Course #: SC120SSC

Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/ SC

Grade(s): 11 (9th w/ recommendation)

Prerequisites: None

Lab Science: Yes

This course is the study of living organisms and their interactions with the world around them. Topics include biochemistry, cellular structure and function, genetics and heredity, diversity of life and ecological topics.

Bioethics

Course #: SC301SSC

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/0.5 credit/ SC

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Lab Science: Yes

We live in a world in which new discoveries in biology are radically impacting our world. Cloning, genetic engineering, stem cell research, animals that grow human organs… We’ve come a long way in science! Find out what techniques are currently being developed in the exciting field of biotechnology. Learn about the genetically altered products you use and eat every day! Explore the ethical concerns that will affect your life as we increase our application of biotechnology.  Course offered every other year.

Earth Science: Astronomy

Course #: SC311SSC

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/0.5 credit/ SC

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Lab Science: Yes

Astronomy explores the universe. The course begins with objects found close to home and continues on to objects found farther and farther away; from the familiar moon to far off galaxies. In addition to natural objects, Astronomy examines current space-travel and what may be in store for the future. Course offered every other year.

Forensic Science

Course #: SC302SSC

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/0.5 credit/ SC

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Lab Science: Yes

In order for each individual to be given a fair trial it is important for all of the jury members to be familiar with the methods of the police and forensic analysts. This course allows students to study how crimes are solved using the scientific method. Topics covered include, identifying illegal drugs using drug analysis, fingerprinting, hair analysis, DNA evidence, bullet comparisons, carbon dating, looking at skeletons of determined age, race, gender, and how he/she dies, and many more interesting topics. Course offered every other year.

Oceanography

Course #: SC305SSC

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/0.5 credit/ SC

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Lab Science: Yes

This is a selective course which examines physical, chemical and biological topics related to the marine environment. Included topics are: the formation of the earth and ocean basins, chemical and physical properties of seawater, ocean life, and current topics relating to the marine environment. Oceanography and CN Marine Biology contain the same course content taught at different levels and with differing teaching strategies. Students may not take both Oceanography and Marine Biology. Course offered every other year.

 

 

AP Environmental Science

Course #: SC938ASC

Length & Credit: 3 trimesters/1.5 credit/ SC

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Lab Science: Yes

Weighted GPA: 5.0

The goal of AP Environmental Science is to provide the student with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world and to identify and analyze environmental problems that are natural and made my humans. The student will evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing problems. Laboratory experiments support student content mastery in both hands-on and virtual experiences.

AP Physics 1

Course #: SC360SSC

Length & Credit: 3 trimesters/1.5 credit/ SC

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: Algebra 2

Lab Science: Yes

Weighted GPA: 5.0 scale

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.

AP Biology

Course #: SC350SSC

Length & Credit: 3 trimesters/1.5 credit/ SC

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Lab Science: Yes

Weighted GPA: 5.0 scale

This course includes an advanced look at biological concepts with a special emphasis on biochemistry, molecular genetics, evolution, cytology, botany and physiology of animals. This is an excellent college level course for those planning to pursue a medical or other biologically related career.