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AIS (ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE) - Grade 9 

This course is a laboratory foundation course for freshmen. This comprehensive course integrates the science disciplines of biology, earth science, physics, and chemistry. Foundation skills that are necessary for success in later science courses are emphasized. This course is lab/activity based with an emphasis on problem solving and discovery that will guide students to become observers, thinkers and questioners. Placement in this course is primarily determined by reading level: at 7.5 or below (as measured during 8th grade). 

NOTE: This course does not meet the CSU or UC lab science requirement. It does meet one year of the SUHSD science requirement. 

BIOLOGY– P, BIOLOGY LEP–P – Grades 9, 10, 11,12 

Biology is a one-year laboratory survey course that studies living organisms and their interrelationships. Studies include cell biology, the structure and function of organisms, ecology, changes over time, human body and health (including Sexual Health Education and a whole organism dissection), and developmental biology. A special four to six week laboratory intensive unit on molecular biology and biotechnology also emphasizes bio-ethical issues. Placement for 9th graders in this course is primarily determined by reading level between 7.6 - 8.4 (as measured during 8th grade) with concurrent enrollment in a single period of Algebra or above highly recommended. 

ADVANCED BIOLOGY-P - Grade 9 

Advanced Biology is a one-year laboratory survey course that studies living organisms and their interrelationships. Studies include cell biology, the structure and function of organisms, ecology, changes over time, human body and health (including Sexual Health Education and a whole organism dissection), and developmental biology. A special four to six week laboratory intensive unit on molecular biology and biotechnology also emphasizes bio-ethical issues. Placement for 9th graders in this course is primarily determined by reading level of 8.5 or above (as measured during 8th grade) with concurrent enrollment in Geometry (or above) highly recommended. 

Questions? Contact: Jeff DeCurtins Science Dept. Chair at jdecurtins@seq.org