• Welcome to the Science Department

     

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    Mission Statement

    The mission of the North Monterey County High School Science Department is to create knowledgeable, scientifically literate, and technologically capable problem solvers.  By fostering a spirit of inquiry, nurturing our students’ curiosity, and bringing current, relevant, and real-world science into the classroom experience, we prepare our students to become educated citizens capable of comprehending and analyzing global issues.

     

    Courses Offered

     

    Biology
    Grades: 9 -12                           Credits: 10 (Yearlong Course)                UC/CSU: Yes  (fulfills D and G requirement)
    Prerequisite: None
    This course meets the UC requirements for laboratory science. This course centers on the study of living things; including cell biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, physiology, and biotechnology. Biology will assist students in gaining an appreciation for science as a process and a deeper understanding of the natural world. The class has a lecture, discussion, and laboratory format. A requested donation of $7.00 for class labs would be appreciated.
     
    AP Biology
    Grade: 11-12                           Credits: 10  (Yearlong Course)               UC/CSU: Yes  (fulfills D and G requirement)
    Prerequisite: “C” grade in both Biology and Chemistry or instructor’s approval
    This course meets the UC requirements for laboratory science. Advanced biology is a rigorous biology class.  It is similar to the scope and the first- year general college biology class.  Students will participate in lab, projects, field trips and discussion- based lectures. A requested donation of $7.00 for class labs would be appreciated.

    Chemistry
    Grades: 10 -12                        Credits:10 (Yearlong Course)                 UC/CSU:  (fulfills D and G requirement)
    Prerequisite: “C” grade in Biology and Math I/Algebra I
    This course meets the UC requirements for laboratory science. Chemistry is the science that deals with the materials of the universe and the changes that these materials undergo.  We will study the elements, the compounds they form, and the laws governing their properties and interactions.  We will also discuss the importance of chemistry in our modern society. This is a lab science designed for students taking an academic program in preparation for college. .  A requested donation of $7.00 for class labs would be appreciated.
     
    Human Anatomy
    Grades: 11-12                         Credits: 10 (Yearlong Course)                UC/CSU: yes  (fulfills D and G requirement)
    Prerequisites: none
    This course will teach the structure and function systems of the human body.  Laboratory activities include the study of human anatomy and models, measurements of physiological processes. Appropriate for majors in medical careers such as medical assisting, certified nurse assistant, psychology, social service, art, and other paramedical and health occupations. Students receive science credit, which is helpful towards their Health Career Pathway. A requested donation of $7.00 for class labs would be appreciated.

    Integrated Science 1
    Grade: 9 -12                          Credits:10 (Yearlong Course)                   UC/CSU: Yes (fulfills G requirement)

    Prerequisite: None
    Foundations/Science is a standards-based, college preparatory course. This is a year-long course designed to allow students to develop scientific thinking and engage in scientific inquiry. Laboratory investigations, field projects, demonstrations and coursework is designed to develop a thorough understanding of principle concepts in Chemistry, Physics, Ecology, Environmental and Earth Science in order to be better prepared for future science courses and careers in science.  A requested donation of $7.00 for class labs would be appreciated.

    Physics
    Grades: 10 -12                     Credits: 10 (Yearlong Course)                  UC/CSU:  (fulfills D and G requirement)
    Prerequisites: “C” grade in Biology and MathI/Algebra I
    Physics takes a concept before calculation approach to learning Physics. Students study a variety of topics that will help them explain the workings of the physical universe. Students will study energy as it is applied to motion, gravity, electricity, heat, fluids, light, waves, and sound. Many real-world applications of physics are brought into the classroom. Calculations will be required for each unit. A requested donation of $7.00 for class labs would be appreciated.
     
    Marine Science
    Grades: 11 -12                     Credits: 10 (Yearlong Course)                 UC/CSU:  (fulfills D and G requirement)
    Prerequisites: Biology
    Marine Science is a standards-based, college preparatory course.  This course is designed to introduce students to the field of marine science through the use of laboratory inquiry, demonstrations, coursework, guest speakers, and field trips.  Students will gain an appreciation of science as a process of understanding the natural world and understand the various fields and applications of marine science. In order to build upon students’ prior knowledge, the course begins with a review of the scientific method and Earth’s biomes.  Students apply scientific inquiry methods to evaluate the various biomes on earth.  Afterward, students investigate the history of oceanography, which prepares students for geological, physical, and chemical oceanography.  Once students gain an understanding of the physical and chemical properties of the ocean, students learn about marine habitats, ecosystems, and the interactions among biological organisms.  Lastly, students evaluate the threats towards marine environments and the world’s oceans.  A requested donation of $7.00 for class labs would be appreciated.