Science

Credit 1

  • NATURAL RESOURCES/PHYSICAL SCIENCE
    Course Code:  AGR XXX/SCI XXX
    Full Year:  1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Lab Science
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9
    College Credit:  No

    Are you ready to Dig into Earth Sciences and explore the relationship between matter and energy? Learn the laws that govern the universe! 

    • Engage in hands-on learning about formation, geological features, and processes focused on North American natural resources management and biodiversity.  
    • Build your general science knowledge, lab safety, and precision measurement to conduct experiments to test such as mapping out natural resources across our country, creating models of soil profiles, and identifying wildlife populations and impacts of Agriculture in our Environmental Systems. 
    • Dive into weather patterns and their impacts on the environment.Try to stop an egg from smashing in a fall. 
    • Make a meal with the power of the sun. 
    • Test conditions to make the biggest elephant toothpaste.
    • Explore introductory concepts of physics and chemistry through motion, forces, energy, matter and chemical reactions.

    This course is a yearlong for 9th grade lab science aligned to Next Generation Science Standards.

Credit 2

  • BIOLOGY
    Course Code:  SCI 221/222
    Full Year:  1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Lab Science
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  No

    This course is a classic Biology lab class. Lab activities are a significant part of this course and will include: examination of cell types, demonstrating osmosis, observing mitosis, DNA extraction, dissections and genetic engineering. Topics include microscope usage, scientific inquiry, cell structure and function, ecology, photosynthesis and respiration, Mendelian genetics, DNA, classification and evolution.

    BIOLOGY:  PLANT SCIENCE
    Course Code:  AGR 120/121
    Full Year:  1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Lab Science
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  No

    Biology Plant Science is made engaging through real-life activities and scenarios based on agricultural phenomena.  The “Study of Life” is explored through interactive labs, investigations and experiments.  Students will grow crops for the community garden, understand photosynthesis and respiration and understand the interactions of organisms and our world. Other experiences may include the opportunity to examine the life cycle of a chick, collect data and hatch their very own chicken.  Through these hands-on lessons, students will become proficient at the Next Generation Science Standards.  All students become FFA members just by being enrolled in the class and have an opportunity to create projects for fair premiums as well as be a part of the largest youth leadership organization.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT  BIOLOGY
    Course Code: SCI 230/231
    Full Year: 1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation: Lab Science or elective
    Prerequisite: Honors Chemistry or Opt-In
    Grade Level: 10-12
    College Credit: Yes, passage of AP Exam

    AP Biology is designed to be equivalent to a first year college biology course. Students will use college materials including textbooks, lab books, activities and other ancillary materials. This class is based on the AP Biology Framework published by the College Board and will include opportunities to integrate biological knowledge and science practices through laboratory advanced inquiry investigations. The work will culminate with the AP Exam in early May, which allows students to earn up to a year of college biology credit or a course waiver depending on the college the student attends.

    BIO 160 HONORS BIOLOGY:  PLANT SCIENCE
    Course Code:  AGR 716/726
    Full Year:  1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Lab Science
    Academic Acceleration: Prereq: Honors Chem or Opt In
    Grade Level: 10-12
    College Credit:  Yes, SPSCC: BIO160 (5 cr)

    Biology Plant Science is made engaging through real-life activities and scenarios based on agricultural phenomena.  The “Study of Life” is explored through interactive labs, investigations and experiments.  Students will grow crops for the community garden, understand photosynthesis and respiration and become experts at the functions and processes within our cells.  Other experiences may include the opportunity to examine the life cycle of a chick, collect data and hatch their very own chicken.  Through these hands-on lessons, students will become proficient at the Next Generation Science Standards and meet the College in the High School course objectives.  All students become FFA members just by being enrolled in the class and have an opportunity to create projects for fair premiums as well as be a part of the largest youth leadership organization.

Credit 3

  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES
    Course Code: BUS 217/BUS 218
    Full Year:  1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Science, CTE, Elective
    Prerequisite:  Python, JavaScript & Algebra I recommended
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit: Yes, passage of AP Exam
    Certification:  None

    AP Computer Science Principles (APCSP) introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, APCSP prepares students for college and career.  APCSP is not about syntax, it's about creativity. Students will read about and understand how the Internet functions, create an app and will possibly begin to look and think of the world in terms of data.  The AP exam through the college board will include a production piece and multiple choice question piece.  This optional exam is offered in the spring.  There is a fee to register for the exam.  

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
    Course Code:  AGR161/AGR162
    Full Year:  1.0 credits (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Lab Science, CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  Biology or Biology: Plant Science
    Grade Level: 11-12
    College Credit: Yes, passage of AP Exam 
    Certification: Precision Natural Resources I (170)

    AP Environmental Science is a yearlong science course designed to combine college level instruction with weekly hands-on lab activities and field investigations. Through this course you will use scientific concepts, principles, and methods to understand the relationships between humanity and the natural world. This course uses solution focused analysis to examine data and scenarios to discuss alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing environmental problems.

    APPLIED PHYSICS/PHYSICS  (video) 
    Course Code: STS 543/ SCI 543
    Year Long: 1.0 Credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Lab Science
    Prerequisite:  Chemistry and Biology
    Grade Level: 11
    College Credit:  No

    Applied Physics will focus on the application of physics and technology in the development of different energy sources for human use. Topics will include forces, motion, energy transformations and the application of these to generate energy. Physics 1 will focus on fundamental principles of physics. Topics will include forces and motion, energy transformations, the electromagnetic spectrum, sound and transmission of information through waves. This course meets the required third year of science graduation requirements.

    BIOTECH / FORENSICS 1

    Course Code:  AGR 117
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  CTE and Lab Science Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  No
    Certification:  Precision - Biotechnology (708)

    You will conduct scientific investigations and participate in hands-on laboratory activities to discover the field of biotechnology.  Students will become familiar with the varying fields of biotechnology including applications in plants, animals and people.  The class will cover advancements already made in the field and look at future applications of the technology.  In addition, students will also learn about the field of forensic science.  Students will evaluate evidence and make determinations about who committed the crime.  In addition, we will extract DNA, analyze fingerprints and conduct gel electrophoresis.  Washington State has one of the largest and best bioscience industries in the world and this course will give students an insight into the industry and should provide students who would like to pursue a career in this area valuable skills.

    BIOTECH / FORENSICS 2
    Course Code:  AGR 118
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  CTE, Science
    Prerequisite:  BioTech / Forensics 1
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit: Yes, Pierce CJ205 (5 cr)
    Certification:  CTE

    Interested in forensics and biotechnology as a career?  Advanced topics in tissue culture, DNA, food and environmental biotechnology will be discussed.  Students will learn the steps involved in creating transgenic organisms, cloning and how bacteria and other organisms can be used to break down contaminates into inert molecules.  In addition to biotechnology, students will solve mysteries, investigate crimes and develop evidence collection skills that build upon the ones developed in the first semester.

    CHEMISTRY 2
    Course Code:  SCI 538/539
    Year Long: 1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Lab Science
    Prerequisite:  Chemistry and Biology
    Grade Level: 11-12
    College Credit:  No

    Chemistry 2 is a lab based course that is a survey of chemical concepts, with a focus on practical applications of chemistry and the impact of chemistry on the environment, society, economy, and individuals. This course builds on concepts in Chemistry 1 and aligns with Next Generation Science Standards. Topics include properties of matter, atomic structure, chemical reactions, chemical bonds, thermodynamics, acids and bases, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. In the hands-on lessons you can: turn a penny into “gold”, make sparklers, and build a battery. Some of the questions posed: What is the risk-benefit analysis of nuclear power? How does the combustion of fossil fuels affect the environment?  

    PHYSICS A/B
    Course Code:  SCI 540/541
    Year Long: 1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Lab Science
    Prerequisite:  Chemistry and Biology
    Grade Level: 11
    College Credit:  No

    Are you interested in a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics or just looking for a challenge? Physics A/B covers topics similar to Physics 1 at a more rigorous level with an accelerated pace. Physics A/B will focus on the concepts, quantification, and applications of physics. Topics will include motion, forces, energy, sound and transmission of information through waves, the electromagnetic spectrum, and electrical circuits. This course includes hands-on investigations of phenomena and engineering challenges. Can you build the fastest rocket or protect an egg from cracking in a fall? This course meets the required third year of science graduation requirements.