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Academic Courses » Science Courses

Science Courses

SCIENCE PATHWAYS FOR CLASS OF 2022 & BEYOND *
 
 
Image of Science Course Pathways for Class of 2022 and beyond
 
* Please note our Science curriculum is under review and change.  For Science Pathways for the Classes of 2020 & 2021, please speak with your Science Teacher or your Guidance Counselor.  
 
Del Mar High School offers the following Science courses**.  
 
Biology - Living Earth
Grade 10-12; A-G Requirement - Bio Science; UC/CSU Designation - Lab Science (d), Elective (g)
Biology is a lab course designed to help students understand the nature of life and life processes. The main topics include nature and processes of science, ecology, cellular biology, classification of life, evolution, chemistry of life, reproduction and development, heredity, behavior, anatomy, and physiology of plants and animals. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem solving.
 
IB Biology HL +
Grade 11-12, Two-Year; A-G Requirement - Bio Science; UC/CSU Designation - Lab Science (d)
This is a two-year course that is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory biology course. The goals of IB Biology HL are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and an appreciation of science as a process. Students will learn about biology in an internationally relevant context. Through hands-on experiences, students will develop the skills of a scientist.
 
A student’s IB score for this course is based on three external assessments and one internal assessment. The external assessments are written exams comprised of multiple-choice and free-response questions; these tests are taken at the end of the second year. The internal assessment requires each student to design their own experiment related to biology concepts and report their results and conclusions in a report similar to a paper published in a scientific journal.
 
+ UC/CSU Honors (Weighted) - Year 2

 

Prerequisite: Proficiency in Chemistry or Chemistry Honors with Teacher Recommendation.

 

Chemistry
Grade 10-12; A-G Requirement - Phys Science; UC/CSU Designation - Lab Science (d), Elective (g)
In this course, students study the substances that make up our world, and the changes that take place to those substances as they react and combine with each other. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, chemical formulas, bonding, periodic law, properties of matter, gas laws, thermochemistry, acid-base concept, equilibrium, chemical bonding, oxidation/reduction, electrochemistry, stoichiometry, and introduction to organic chemistry. Chemistry fulfills the college lab science entrance requirements if taken in the tenth grade or beyond. Students selecting this course must have a strong foundation in Algebra and English.
 
Prerequisite: Integrated Math I completed with grade C or higher.
Co-requisite: Enrolled in Integrated Math II or higher math.
 
Chemistry Honors +
Grade 10-12; A-G Requirement - Phys Science; UC/CSU Designation - Lab Science (d), Elective (g)
This one-year laboratory course deals with chemicals and their reactions in the world around us. In this course, topics are explored in more depth, and additional topics are covered. The emphasis is placed on competence in solving problems and in applying chemical principles. An increased emphasis is place on the level of skill attained in the laboratory. Topics covered include atomic and molecular structure, the relationship between structure and properties, stoichiometry, chemical formulas, chemical bonding, periodic law, physical and chemical properties of matter, gas laws, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, thermodynamic calculations, acid-based chemistry, equilibrium, calculations, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and descriptive chemistry.
 
+ UC/CSU Honors (Weighted)
 
Prerequisite: One year of biology. Completion of Integrated Math II or higher math.
 
IB Environmental Systems and Society
Grade 9-12; A-G Requirement - Phys Science; UC/CSU Designation - Lab Science (d), Elective (g) 

This is a one-year course that gives students an understanding of the relationship between the environment and society. The goal of the course is to allow students to learn about the wide range of environmental issues affecting Earth. This course will explore the scientific, ethical and political aspects of environmental issues. The course covers concepts such as human population and Earth’s resources, Earth’s carrying capacity (how much life can Earth support), conservation of wild life and natural ecosystems, pollution management, climate change, environmental values and cultures, and sustainability. This course is both lab-based and field-based, students will collect data inside and outside to make informed decisions to propose solutions to problems related to the environment.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed and demonstrated proficiency in the two years of science required under the ‘D’ category of the A-G college eligibility requirements.

Forensic Science
Grade 11-12; A-G Requirement - Bio Science; UC/CSU Designation - Elective (g)
This is a one-year introductory elective science course that will allow students to apply the many disciplines of scientific study such as biology, anatomy, chemistry, physics, and earth science to solving crimes. The course covers concepts such as finger printing, handwriting analysis, ballistics, blood typing, hair and fiber examination, and DNA analysis. This course is lab based and therefore students engage in scientific methods to collect and manipulate data, making informed decisions using critical-thinking, and scientific problem solving.
 
Physics
Grade 9-12; A-G Requirement - Phys Science; UC/CSU Designation - Lab Science (d), Elective (g)
This is a laboratory science course recommended for all college preparatory students. Physics presents the basic laws and relationships governing physical phenomena, particularly the transformation and interactions of matter and energy. Topics include mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics.
 
Prerequisite: Integrated Math I completed with grade C or higher.
Co-requisite: Enrolled in Integrated Math II or higher math.

 

 
** For more specific course details, please refer to pages 49-54 of the 2018-19 CUHSD Course Catalog. Should you require additional information, please speak with your Science Teacher or your Guidance Counselor.