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Biology

Full Year, 1.0 Credit

The objectives of this course are to examine the basic principles of biology, the structure and function of living organisms, and contemporary issues. Students will gain insight and an understanding of life by examining and exploring the following concepts which satisfy the state standards for Biology: Cytology, Genetics, Ecology and Evolution. The goal is to shape students into critical thinkers, effective communicators, good citizens and life-long learners of science. In addition, through this class students will grow academically and develop strong study skills that will enable them to be successful at the next level. An environmental or ecological service learning project throughout the year is also a requirement. Either this course or the Honors Biology course is required as part of the science curriculum.

 

Honors Biology

Full Year, 1.0 Credit

This is an accelerated biology course for students with an interest in science and the desire to be challenged by the amount of work and pace at which it is delivered. Students will have the opportunity to study the principles of biology in greater depth and will be expected to complete and present a science research paper. Placement is determined by recommendations of previous teachers. The objectives of this course are to examine the basic principles of biology, the structure, and function of living organisms, and contemporary issues. Students will gain insight and an understanding of life by examining and exploring the following concepts which satisfy the state standards for Biology: Cytology, Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution. The goal of this class is to shape students into critical thinkers, effective communicators, good citizens and life-long learners of science. In addition, through this class students will grow academically and develop strong study skills that will enable them to be successful at the next level. An environmental or ecological service learning project throughout the year is also a requirement. Either this course or the Biology course is required as part of the science curriculum.

 

AP Biology

Full Year, 1.0 Credit

Advanced Placement Biology is a college-level course for able and motivated students who have earned a B or higher in biology and chemistry. Students will be challenged to think critically while applying biological knowledge to contemporary environmental and societal concerns. The primary emphasis of the course is to help students understand concepts in biology beyond the memorization of terms and technical details. Rather than an accumulation of facts, students should understand science is a process and apply it to solve problems, as well as analyze environmental and social concerns. This course covers three major concepts: Molecules and Cell, Heredity and Evolution, and Organisms and Populations. The course is designed to prepare students for the AP Biology exam in the spring. Depending on the AP exam score, some colleges will transfer in college credits or count it as completion of a pre-requisite.

 

Marine Biology

12th grade

 

Full Year. 1.0 Science Credit

 

The marine environment encompasses 99% of the Earth's biosphere and contains an incredible amount of diversity. This course will examine the biology of these organisms and the abiotic (e.g., salinity, nutrients, water currents and tides) and biotic factors (e.g., competition, predation, symbiosis) that influence their distribution and abundance. Organisms of the Oregon coast will be emphasized and by the end of the course students should be able to identify most of the marine vertebrates and invertebrates that live here in Oregon. In addition, all students will learn some fundamentals of fishing, the fishing industry, and how to make sustainable seafood choices. Marine Biology is a lab science and meets 1.0 credit towards completion of the science diploma requirement.

 

Chemistry

Full Year, 1.0 Credit

Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure, and properties of matter and the changes it undergoes. Students are introduced to the important concepts of chemistry including atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding and chemical reactions. Chemistry involves hands-on lab experiments which help elucidate the chemical nature of the world. Chemistry students should have successfully completed biology and be enrolled in algebra II or higher. Either this course or the Honors Chemistry course is required as part of the science curriculum.

 

Honors Chemistry

Full Year, 1.0 Credit

Chemistry Honors is an accelerated course for students who have high test scores in math and are recommended by their biology teacher. This is the study of composition, structure, and properties of matter and the changes it undergoes. Students are introduced to the concepts of chemistry including atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding, and chemical reactions. Chemistry involves hands-on lab experiments which help elucidate the chemical nature of the world. Honors Chemistry students should have successfully completed biology and be enrolled in algebra II or higher. This course is recommended for those students who wish to pursue any field of science, medicine, nursing, architecture or engineering. Either this course or the Chemistry course is required as part of the science curriculum.

 

AP Chemistry

Full Year, 1.0 Credit

This course is meant to be equivalent to the general chemistry course taken during the first year of college. It is a challenging second-year chemistry class which builds upon topics mastered in the first year high school course. A college-level textbook is used and the curriculum follows that prescribed by the College Board for AP Chemistry. Emphasis is placed on chemical calculations, analytical reasoning, and laboratory skills. The course is designed to prepare students for the AP Chemistry exam in the spring. Depending on the AP exam score, some colleges will transfer in college credits or count it as completion of a pre-requisite. Students enrolled in AP Chemistry should have successfully completed chemistry and Algebra II.

 

Life Science

10-12th grades

Year-long course. 1.0 Science Credit

 

This course invites students to investigate the world of living things—at levels both large and small by reading, observing, and experimenting with aspects of life on Earth. Students explore our planet’s numerous and wondrous organisms, the complex workings of the cell, the relationship between living things and their environments, and discoveries in the world of modern genetics. Practical lesson activities help students discover how scientists investigate the living world. Students perform laboratory activities and real life investigations to learn about the application of scientific methods. Life Science is a lab science meets 1.0 credit towards completion of the science diploma requirement.

 

 

Anatomy & Physiology

Full Year, 1.0 Credit

Anatomy and Physiology is a year-long science laboratory elective for students interested in studying nursing, medicine, or biology in college. This course may be taken concurrently with an AP Science elective or Chemistry. The human body is a complex system of molecules, tissues, organs and body systems communicating and collaborating. Students will research and learn how the body maintains homeostasis at the anatomical, physiological and histological levels of the major body systems through inquiry-based lessons and labs, presentations, and collaborative course work. The course will be arranged by themes: Anatomical Orientation, Protection, Support and Movement, Integration and Regulation, Transportation, Absorption and Excretion, and Reproduction, Growth, and Development. A long-term dissection of mammals is required. (Prerequiste: A grade of "B" or higher in Biology is recommended.)

 

AP Physics

Full Year, 1.0 Credit

This AP course is equivalent to first-semester collegiate algebra-based Physics, and will serve as an excellent foundation for students interested in pursuing STEM related fields. Units covered include Newtonian mechanics, rotational motion, energy, waves and sound, and electrical circuits. It will build upon the groundwork of the 9th Grade physics curriculum offered at La Salle, incorporating additional mathematics to describe two dimensional motion and systems of objects as well as new topics in every unit. There will be a heavy emphasis on hands-on and data driven lab work including the use of graphs and equations to predict the behavior of objects. Students must have completed a full year of Physics and be currently taking Pre-Calculus or higher mathematics course in order to enroll.

 

Physics: 9th Grade

9th grade only • Full Year, 1.0 Credit

This required course for all incoming 9th graders will focus on three main areas: Physics concepts and applications, Engineering design and Scientific method and analysis. Students will study motion (both linear and some circular), Newton's Laws, energy, and momentum in the first semester and sound, light, waves, electricity and magnetism in the second semester. This course will be heavily inquiry-based and incorporate engineering design projects into each concept area, along with laboratory experiments and demonstrations.

 

BioEthics

Semester Class, 0.5 Elective Credit

This is a Blended Online class. Open to Seniors and Juniors only. Must have strong organizational and self-management skills. Enrollment is limited to 15. Think Social Justice meets Science. Bioethics is the application of scientific knowledge to guide decisions on what we should do when faced with the morals challenges of the 21st Century, such as medical, health, and scientific technologies. As science and medicine push the boundaries of discovery, our global citizens’ respect, dignity, justice, and humanity must be examined. Topics such as genetically modified organisms, human and animal research, vaccinations, gene therapy, cloning, stem cell research, human tissue transplant, and sports ethics will be evaluated from a variety of perspectives for students to develop a well-supported position.