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Instructors

Michele Beeche
David Bradford
Joann DuFloth
Sarah Estes
Joe Gappy
Michael Halverson
Esther Han
Joanne Leirich-White
Keith McKee
Ken Santiago
Dani Scalise
Denise Yoak

Contact Info
Valhalla High School Requirement - 30 Credits

General Science
This is a two-semester college preparatory course. A laboratory activity oriented program of academic challenge, emphasizing earth, physical, and life sciences. The course is designed for 9th grade students not enrolled in Biology to insure a three-year science experience for these students. This course will meet the Physical Science graduation requirement.

Biology
This is a two-semester course in basic biology for college preparatory students in grades 10, 11, and 12. This laboratory-oriented course will cover concepts in botany, genetics, human biology, zoology, and ecology. This course will meet the Life Science graduation requirement, as well as the UC “d” science and “g” elective requirements.

Earth Science
This is a year-long course, and it is being offered to provide another avenue for students to meet the state and GUHSD requirements for physical science. The course content follows the curriculum standards for Earth Science stated in the California Content Standards for Earth Sciences. Laboratory demonstrations will be presented. This course meets the University of California “g” elective requirement.

Chemistry
This is a two-semester course in chemistry for college preparatory students in grades 10, 11, and 12. This laboratory-oriented course includes concepts on the structure of matter, energy relationships, periodicity of elements, equilibrium, and chemical notation. This course will meet the Physical Science graduation requirement, as well as the This course meets UC “d” science and “g” elective requirements.

Physics
This is a two-semester course in physics for college preparatory students in grades 11 and 12. This laboratory-oriented course includes concepts in mechanics, heat, electricity, wave phenomena, and kinematics. This course will meet the Physical Science graduation requirement, as well as the UC “d” science and “g” elective requirements.

Physiology and Anatomy
A third year science course aimed at students interested in sports medicine, physical therapy, nursing, exercise physiology, respiratory therapy, paramedics or other health related careers. Topics covered include the human body structure and functioning as well as career opportunities in health fields. Field trips are integrated throughout the course to provide students an opportunity to experience the work environment in various health related careers. This course is part of the Medical Sciences Pathway. * Prerequisite: Completion of the two year life and physical
science graduation requirement. * Meets the UC/CSU elective science (D) requirement

AP Biology
This is a first-year college, or A.P. level course covering topics in basic biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, evolution, ecology. Though mainly a lecture course, there are occasional labs, as well as extensive lab work in genetic engineering. The pace of the course is rapid and the content is rigorous. The curriculum is consistent with the Advanced Placement Course Description published by the College Board.

AP Chemistry
A two-semester lab science course designed to provide the capable student with the opportunity to take part in a college/university level course. The curriculum is consistent with the Advanced Placement Course Description published by the College Board.

AP Physics
This is a two-semester course for students in grades 11 and 12. This course is designed to provide the capable student with the opportunity to take part in a college/university level course while attending high school. The curriculum is consistent with the Advanced Placement Course Description published by the College Board. This course will meet the Physical Science graduation requirement, as well as the UC “d” science and “g” elective requirements.

AP Environmental Sciences
This course is intended to present a survey of the field of environmental science. Topics to be included are global population, ecological principals and their applications, energy, land use and land management, water use and management, global issues and politics of science.
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