Science

Department Mission Statement

The Science Department of Milpitas High School works to motivate and teach students to scientifically approach the world by incorporating critical thinking, problem solving, and real-world application of science concepts into every classroom.

Grading Scale

Grading Scale

100-90=A

  89-80=B

  79-70=C

  69-60=D

  59 -0 =F

 

Area of Evaluation
Descriptions of Area
%
Assessments
Any or all of the following:
Quizzes
Tests
Laboratory Work
Projects
 
Purpose
·Asses mastery of course content and skill acquisition
·Assess critical thinking
·Assess organizational and investigative skills
·Asses ability to analyze data
Frequency
·Quizzes and/or Unit Tests—minimum of one per unit
Feedback
·Test Review
·Written and/or oral comments
·Score, with teacher description, based on key
·Rubrics, with an explanation of their use
40 – 60%
Course Work
Homework
Class Assignments
Laboratory Activities
Homework and Class Assignments
Purpose
·Preview, enrich and review content objectives
·Reinforce knowledge and expand understanding of Anatomy and Physiology objectives
·Preview and preparation for lab activities
·Expand understanding and use of subject vocabulary.
Frequency
·Daily as appropriate
Feedback
·Verbal: Class discussion and spot check of work completed
·Written: Assess with written comments and scores as needed.
·Score: A simple fractional score on the assignment with opportunity to view incorrect problems.
 
Laboratory Activities
Purpose
·Give students an opportunity to enhance and demonstrate understanding of course objectives
·Practice laboratory skills
Frequency
·One or more per unit
Feedback
·Opportunity made available to clarify concepts which had been misunderstood
 
30 – 40%
Final
Purpose
·Measure mastery of course content and skills
Frequency
·One per semester
Feedback
·Score: A simple fractional score on the assignment with opportunity to view incorrect problems.
 
10 – 20%

Courses

Science

 

Suggested Pathways through Science

 

High School Graduation/Community College Objective

Freshman:             Integrated Science

Sophomore:          One year of Life Science or Biology

 

CaliforniaState UniversityScience Requirements (CSU)

Oneyear with laboratory: biology, chemistry, physics, or other acceptable laboratory science.

Recommended at least 2 years.

Universityof CaliforniaScience Requirements (UC)

2 years required, 3 recommended

Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of these three areas: biology, chemistry, physics Laboratory courses in earth/space sciences are acceptable if they have as prerequisites or provide basic knowledge in biology, chemistry, or physics.

 

{UC} or (CSU), College University Objective

Freshman: Biology             

Sophomore:  Chemistry

Junior:  Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, AP Biology, AP Chemistry

Senior:  (Science courses are optional) AP Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, AP Biology, AP Chemistry

 

Accelerated College/University

(Thinking of majoring in science in college)

Freshman: Biology

Sophomore: Chemistry

Junior:    Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Chemistry

Senior:  (Science courses are optional) AP Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, AP Biology, AP Chemistry

 

Suggested Pathways through Science

Class (Requirements Fulfilled)

Students the class serves/Prerequisites

Life Science (HS Science)

Students in need of fulfilling graduation requirements.

SDAIE offered

Integrated Science (HS Science Prepares for success in A-G classes)

For students who need additional foundation skills in science. Placement based on Teacher Recommendation SDAIE offered

Biology

(HS Science, UC D)

Students whose CST scores are Basic or Proficient or Advanced in Jr. High Science and English Language Arts Courses or passed Integrated Science.

SDAIE offered

Earth Science

(HS Science, UC G)

Students whose CST scores are Basic or Proficient or Advanced in Jr. High Science and English Language Arts Courses or passed Integrated Science.

 

Forensic Sciences (HS Science, UC D)

Students who have passed Biology or have made up Biology in Summer School or have passed Integrated Science

Ecology

(HS Science, UC G)

Students who have passed Biology or have made up biology in Summer School or have passed Integrated Science

Chemistry

(HS Science, UC D)

Students who have passed Biology or Integrated Science with C or better or passed Ecology or Earth Science AND have passed Algebra I with a C or better and are currently enrolled in Geometry or higher.

Honors Chemistry (HS Science, UC D)

Students who have passed Biology with an B+ or better AND have a teacher recommendation AND are in Algebra II or higher

Physics

(HS Science, UC D)

Students who have passed Chemistry with a C or better AND are in Algebra II or higher.

Anatomy & Physiology

(HS Science, UC D)

Students who have passed Chemistry AND Biology with a C or better

AP Biology

(HS Science, UC D)

Students who have passed Biology and Chemistry with an A AND teacher recommendation or Biology and Honors Chemistry with a B or higher AND teacher recommendation.

AP Chemistry

(HS Science, UC D)

Students who have passed Biology and Chemistry with an A AND teacher recommendation or Biology and Honors Chemistry with a B or higher AND teacher recommendation.

AP Physics I

(HS Science, UC D)

Students who have passed Biology, Algebra II and Chemistry with an A AND teacher recommendation or Biology and Chemistry with a B or higher AND teacher recommendation.

 

 

 

 

Biology

#401045 {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 9-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisites: Algebra 1with a C or better strongly is recommended or concurrent enrollment.

Description: Biology is a college preparatory laboratory science class devoted to the study of living things. Major themes covered by the course include the interrelationships of living things with each other and their environment, structure and functional relationships in living things, the use of energy by living things, systems and interactions, and change over time. Units include life, cells, genetics, plants, animals, simple organisms, evolution and ecology. Problem solving, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills will be emphasized.

 

Ecology

#405345 Elective credit {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 10-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisite: Biology or Integrated Science with a D or better

Description: Ecology is a one-year course designed to explore the connections between life and the environment. Course emphasis is on local outdoor activities and studies, beginning with exploration of life on our own campus and increasing in scale as the course progresses. Ecology is designed to encourage field studies, therefore includes a large amount of reading, research, project planning, and time management. The course is recommended for Biology students who have completed Biology and want to explore large system concepts that will be increasingly important throughout their lives.

 

Earth Science

#400345

Grade level: 9-12

Length: 1 Year

Prerequisites: Biology with a D or better, Integrated Science with a D or better

Description: California is one of the most geologically unique and diverse areas on the planet. This two-semester course is an exploration of our planet covering many aspects of earth science, with a focus on California. Topics include: Earth’s structure, rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes, energy, cycles, volcanoes, erosion, geologic history, topographic maps, weather, and climate. A general study of oceanography, exploring concepts like water, currents, and the structure of the ocean, will be done. To understand the place of our own planet, lessons on space science, including our own moon and sun, an overview of our solar system, and glimpses of the universe beyond will be included.

 

Chemistry

#402045             {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 10-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisites: Completion of Biology and Algebra I with a grade of “C” or better.

Description: Chemistry is a one-year laboratory science course designed for college preparatory students. The course examines the nature of chemistry, the structure of matter, interactions of matter, stoichiometry, states of matter, and chemical equilibrium. Students will develop an understanding of chemical principles, and their applications with an emphasis on problem solving, both in theory and in practice, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.

 

Physics

#403045{UC} (CSU)

Grade level:  10-12

Length: 1 Year

Prerequisites: Biology with a C or better or Integrated Science with a B or better.  Math 1 (grade of C or better), Math 2 (grade of C or better), and concurrently enrolled in Math 3 or higher.

Description: Physics is a one year laboratory science course designed for college preparatory students. The course will provide studies in the following: motion and its causes, conservation laws, periodic motion, thermodynamics and heat theory, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic radiation, light and optics. The laboratory section of the course is designed to develop investigative skill, problem solving, independent and creative thinking as well as effective report writing.

 

NOTE: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are considered CORE science courses by college and university systems. College admissions officers and counselors strongly recommend completion of the CORE curriculum by all entering freshmen. Students should complete the core sequence before enrolling in Advanced Placement courses.

 

Anatomy and Physiology

#405045             {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 11-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry with Grade of "C" or better.

Description: The human body is much more than the sum of its parts. It is an exciting, integrated, functioning organism with countless moving parts that work together to perform countless specialized tasks with marvelous precision. This class is rigorous and designed to develop and enhance awareness and appreciation of the human body. It is recommended for those interested in pursuing a career in the

medical field such as paramedics, nursing, technicians, medical and dental assistants, doctors, dentists, veterinarians, and those curious about construction, function and maintenance of a healthy mind and body.

 

Honors Chemistry

#402055             {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 10-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisites: Biology with a B+ or better AND Math 1 and Math 2 with a grade of B or better. Must be recommended by Biology teacher.

Description: Honors Chemistry is a one year laboratory science class designed for college preparatory students with an interest in majoring in science or engineering. Honors Chemistry is a more rigorous option than chemistry that moves at a much faster pace and is more in depth both in theory and mathematical application. Honors Chemistry is the best preparation for the advanced placement science courses and freshmen level college courses. Students are also better prepared for the SAT II subject tests after completing this course.

 

Advanced Placement Biology

#401065 {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 11-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisites: Completion of Biology and Chemistry with a grade of B or better (Honors Chemistry is strongly recommended)

Description: AP Biology is a rigorous, college-level laboratory and lecture science course offered to prepare students for advanced study in science. In May, the Advanced Placement Exam will be given to determine if the student is qualified to earn college credit and/or bypass the general Biology course, which are required at most major universities. Students will learn the following: the facts principles and processes of Biology, the means by which biological information is collected, how it is interpreted, how one formulates hypotheses from available data in order to make further predictions, and that science is a human endeavor with social consequences.

Note: Concurrent enrollment in AP Chemistry is strongly discouraged.

 

Advanced Placement Chemistry

#402065 {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 11-12

Length: 1 year

Prerequisites: Biology with a grade of B+ or better, Honors Chemistry with a grade of B or better or Chemistry with a grade of A. Concurrent enrollment in Physics and concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus.

Description: AP Chemistry is a rigorous, college-level course intended as preparation for the Advanced Placement Exam administered in May. AP Chemistry is lab focused and may require extra time outside of class to complete some lab activities. AP Chemistry is application based and delves into the theory behind the concepts that have been presented in high school chemistry in greater depth and breadth.

Note: Concurrent enrollment in AP Biology is strongly discouraged.

 

Advanced Placement Physics

#403065             {UC} (CSU)

Grade level: 11-12

Length: 1 Year

Prerequisites: Algebra II (Math 3 in the future) with a grade of B or better.

Description: AP Physics is a rigorous, college-level laboratory science designed for college preparatory students  in place of regular Physics. This course is a fast-paced, intensive study of how the universe works using both theoretical and practical methods. In regular physics students have developed comprehension, application and analytical skills through the use of basic physical principles. In AP Physics I students will hone their analytical skills and learn to synthesize and evaluate using those same principles (plus a few more!). The laboratory section of the course is designed to continue developing investigative skill, building on skills acquired in Chemistry and Physics. Students will also learn to set up your own experiments.

 

Health

 

General Health

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Grade level: 9-12

Length: Semester

Prerequisites: An interest in the Health field would be useful

Description: The purpose of this course is to educate high school students on health related topics that affect everyone living in different societies across the world. No matter what our gender, race, age, personal interests or economic status is, people need to be educated on how to coexist and live in a healthy manner with one another, providing encouragement, guidance and knowledge.  This course will help shed light on proper human behaviors while informing students on the health challenges some may or may not have volunteered involving themselves with pertaining to diseases, substance use, illnesses, injuries, and nutrition.

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