UNIFIED SCIENCE

Grade: 9

Semester: Year long course

Credit: 1.0 in Science, required for graduation

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, you will learn physics, astronomy, earth sciences, and chemistry mainly through labs, demos, and projects. Within the first quarter, you will fully understand the scientific method and the mathematical side of data analysis. In the second quarter, you will learn how to manipulate physics to live a longer and more fulfilled life. Throughout the third quarter, you will figure out the bridge from physics to chemistry and master the periodic table. During the fourth quarter, you will focus on the stars, galaxies, and solar systems, with an additional focus on the planet we currently call home (but for how long?).

Contact Mr. Jawson

BIOLOGY

Grade: 10

Semester: Year long course

Credit: 1.0 in Science, required for graduation

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Through laboratories, lecture, classroom activities and tantalizing articles, this course is intended to organize and to make sense of the infinitely complex system that is life on planet Earth. The scope of Biology ranges from the tiniest of atoms that compose life forms up through the complex interactions that organisms have in their own unique and diverse habitats. How do we attack the unthinkably tangled web of actions and interactions between life forms, their environments, and their own sophisticated body systems, you ask? The answer is: with levels of organization. The first half of Biology explores the building blocks that all life forms share (such as atoms, nucleic acids and amino acids) and builds up to how the parts of simple and complex cells interact and how genetics influence inheritance and evolution. The second half of Biology focuses on the vast range of forms of life that inhabit this planet. From the tiniest of bacteria to the elusive fish in the depths of the ocean, to the largest of birds that scan the skies, all life forms have shared characteristics that we can wrap our brains around. Biology unlocks those similarities and differences and broadens the understanding of what part we as humans play in the web of life.

Contact Mrs. Torres

CHEMISTRY

Grade: 11

Semester: Year long course

Credit: 1.0 in Science, required for graduation

Recommended: Successful completion of Algebra I with a grade of C or higher

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will cover concepts and theories relating to the scientific field of Chemistry. Students will develop a clear understanding of matter and the elements, atoms, bonding, chemical reactions, and nuclear chemistry, among other concepts, and of how these principles affect our society and the world as a whole. Knowledge will be gained through reading, homework, in-class instruction, models, and internet research. The students will apply their understanding of scientific theories to laboratory experiments and projects to demonstrate higher-level thinking.

Contact Ms. Verdugo

ROBOTICS

Grade: 11-12

Semester: Year long course

Credit: 1.0 in Science

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, students will learn how to design, build, program, and test robots! Within the first quarter, students will see what types of robotics kits are available to everyone, as well as race their very first rovers against classmates. In the second quarter, students will understand how to use gears to improve their robot designs and build new robots to complete new tasks, such as launching ping pong balls. Throughout the third quarter, students will begin creating robots that are more autonomous, meaning they will complete a maze or locate a light source without remote control. During the fourth quarter, students will gain more independence in their projects, participate in competitions, and create videos to showcase their robots.

Contact Mr. Jawson

NEOTROPICAL ECOLOGY

Grade: 12

Semester: Year long course

Credit: 1.0 in Science

Recommended: Successful completion of Biology

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is typically taken after Biology, and is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore biological topics at a more advanced level. The Neotropical Ecology course is designed to introduce students to the world of the tropical wet forest and several other ecosystems that are classified based on moisture and altitude. Students will build on this knowledge to explore ecosystems here in New Mexico, which are classified based on altitude and lack of moisture. Lectures and discussions will be held on topics such as: the diversity of life zones, ecosystems, and species in the tropics, as well as deforestation and the responsibilities of private reserves and private citizens. Students will also complete research projects.

Contact Ms. Verdugo

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