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Earth Science: Geology (0.5 units)
A study of the earth’s structure, its composition, and the processes that shape and reshape it. Studies include minerals, rocks, weathering, erosion, glaciers, earthquakes, volcanoes, and plate techtonics. Open to all students. First semester.

Earth Science: Fossils, Meteorology, Oceanography, Astronomy, Ecology (0.5 units)
Meteorology is the science that deals with the composition, structure and changes in the earth’s atmosphere. Oceanography is the study of the properties and processes of the world’s oceans. Astronomy is a study of the solar system and the universe. Study involving the environment will focus on current issues relating to resource utilization and pollution. Open to all students. Second semester.

NOTE: If a student plans to take two semesters of Earth Science, it is recommended that they be completed in sequence.

Biology (0.5 units/semester)
A year-long study of the fundamental principles of plant and animal life including their general structures and functions, life history and ecology. Laboratory periods involving various techniques are included. First semester: molecular and cell biology, and genetics. Second semester: anatomy and physiology, microbiology, health, plants, vertebrate & invertebrate animals, and ecology. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above.

Chemistry (0.5 units/semester)
This year-long course is an introduction to the elements of the periodic table and their principle compounds. Among other topics, this study emphasizes certain fundamental laws, a knowledge of stoichiometry, the mole relationship, and chemical bonding. Prerequisite: Algebra I with a minimum grade of C and completion of the summer study guide.

Physics (0.5 units/semester)
A sequential semester study of matter and energy and their interactions. Topics include mechanics, heat, light, sound, magnetism, electronics, and nuclear physics. Use of a calculator is required. Prerequisites: Algebra I and Geometry with minimum grades of B. Algebra II is recommended. Signature of instructor is required.