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  • Campolindo's Science Department is implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Science faculty member Rene Gillibert will work with his colleagues this year as our NGSS Coach.

Science Courses

  • Biology
    Biology is a study of life. Emphasis is placed on laboratory investigations that serve to introduce the concepts essential to the understanding of living things. Relationships in biochemical, cellular, and individual and community levels are explored in detail.
    Units: 10
    Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
    Preferred Previous Course of Study: n/a
    UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

    Chemistry
    Chemistry is the study of matter and how it changes. Students investigate the course material through lab work, problem sets, projects and demonstrations. Students will be exposed to practical applications of scientific concepts.
    Units: 10
    Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12
    Preferred Previous Course of Study: Biology and Geometry is recommended
    UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

    Geology
    Geology is designed to help students understand the relationship of man and the physical environment. Students will investigate geologic phenomena and acquire laboratory skills involving mineral and rock identification, geophysics, geomorphology, geologic history, mapping, plate tectonics, astronomy, oceanography and meteorology.
    Units: 10
    Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12
    Preferred Previous Course of Study: Biology
    UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

    Physics
    Physics is the study of different forms of energy and the physical changes which they produce in matter. The course focuses on mathematical models and laboratory study of the principles of motion, forces, energy, heat, sound, light, and electricity and magnetism.
    Units: 10
    Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12
    Preferred Previous Course of Study: Algebra 2
    UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

    Physiology
    Physiology is the in-depth study of the human body, its construction and functions. Extensive laboratory experiences will focus on the application of course content to the fields of medicine, nursing, and physical fitness.
    Units: 10
    Grade Level(s): 11, 12
    Preferred Previous Course of Study: Biology and either Chemistry or Geology
    UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

    Biotechnology
    Biotechnology instructs students in the laboratory techniques and basic concepts of the field of bioscience. Included are DNA labs, making gels for electrophoresis, bacteriological techniques such as plating, culturing strains of bacteria and manipulating the DNA to achieve transformation of the colonies, determining and making solutions, and microscopic techniques such as oil-emersion and staining of various types of tissue. Instruction in DNA theory, ethics, and technology and society will be included to acquaint students with this rapidly developing field. Students will conduct individual and team research projects and use effective technical writing to express the results of their work. Sound laboratory procedures and safety will be stressed. Students will use and analyze research publications and scientific literature. Opportunities for post-secondary education will be explored and students will gain a broad awareness of both scientific and technological career paths. If the school site offers this course as an ROP course, the student must be in 11th or 12th grade in order to enroll.
    Units: 10
    Grade Level(s): 11, 12
    Preferred Previous Course of Study: Biology and either Chemistry or Geology
    UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

    Environmental Science
    Environmental Science is an elective integrated science course which provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, methodologies and experiences required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, identify and analyze both natural and man-made environmental problems, evaluate risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing these problems. This is a lab course. Students utilize modern technological equipment as well as the campus as a living laboratory.
    Units: 10
    Grade Level(s): 11, 12
    Preferred Previous Course of Study: Biology and either Chemistry or Geology
    UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

    AP Biology
    AP Biology generally includes topics regularly covered in a college biology course for science majors. The two main goals of AP Biology are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to help students gain an appreciation of science as a process. The primary emphasis in the course is on developing deep understanding of biological concepts and unifying themes. The course will promote scientific inquiry and apply biological knowledge to environmental and social concerns.
    Units: 10
    Grade Level(s): 11, 12
    Preferred Previous Course of Study: Biology and Chemistry
    UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

    AP Chemistry
    This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course taken during a student’s first years in college. Successful students will attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The course will contribute to the development of a student’s abilities to think clearly and to express ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic. The course emphasizes chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles with the appropriate supportive labs provided for students.
    Units: 10
    Grade Level(s): 11, 12
    Preferred Previous Course of Study: Chemistry and Algebra 2/Trig
    UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

    AP Physics 1
    This course is the first of a two-year course sequence (AP Physics 2 may follow in 2015-2016). AP Physics 1 is equivalent to the first semester of a typical introductory, algebra-based, college physics course. Students will have time to gain a greater depth of conceptual understanding through the use of inquiry-based practice. Students will learn important science process skills such as explaining casual relationships, applying and justifying the use of mathematical routines, designing experiments, analyzing data, and making connections across multiple topics within the course.
    Units: 10
    Grade Level(s): 11, 12
    Preferred Previous Course of Study: Chemistry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry
    UC/CSU Approved? - Pending

    AP Environmental Science
    AP Environmental Science provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Environmental Science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. If the school site offers this course as an ROP course, the student must be in 11th or 12th grade in order to enroll.
    Units: 10
    Grade Level(s): 11, 12
    Preferred Previous Course of Study: Algebra 1, Biology and either Chemistry or Geology
    UC/CSU Approved? - Yes