Science

Physics

Semesters: 2

Grade: 9th

Prerequisites: None

In this physics course, students use hands-on, inquiry-based investigation in the context of real-world projects, such as designing roller coasters, and announcing sporting events. The first semester of this physics course focuses on the introduction of the basic concepts of measurement, graphing, vector analysis, dynamics, force analysis, energy, and heat through laboratory and mathematical analysis. The second semester studies basic concepts of wave characteristics, properties of sound and light, and characteristics of electricity and magnetism. Because mathematics is the language of physics, an adequate preparation in algebra and geometry is a prerequisite.

Biology

Semesters: 2

Grade: 10th

Prerequisites: None

This course provides information students will use to differentiate living from nonliving things. The course presents the structure and function of living things, from simple cells to complex organisms composed of cells, tissues, organs, and systems. The following units will be covered in the first semester: Evolution: Patterns and Products of Change in Living Systems; Homeostasis: Maintaining Dynamic Equilibrium in Living Systems; and Energy, Matter and Organization: Relationships in Living Systems. For the second semester: Continuity: Reproduction and Inheritance in Living Systems, Development: Growth and Differentiation in Living Systems; and Ecology: Interaction and Interdependence in Living Systems.

Chemistry

Semesters: 2

Grade: 11th

Prerequisites: None

This course includes studies in basic metric measures, physical and chemical properties, symbols and formulas, atomic structure, mole theory, chemical equations, electron configurations, and the periodic table. It is the intent of this course not only to study the theories of chemistry, but also to demonstrate the applications of those theories through laboratory experience and relate those theories to everyday uses.

Environmental Science

Semesters: 2

Grade: 12th

Prerequisites: None

Environmental Science is the study of how living things, including humans, affect and interact with their environment. The topics to be covered include biosphere, ecology, biodiversity, biomes, world population, energy, water resources, air, solid and hazardous waste, agriculture, biodiversity threats and sustainability.

Physical Geology 111 * Community College of Denver Course

Semesters: 1

Grade: 10th-12th

Prerequisites:  Requires English Accuplacer Score and Teacher Approval SAT Eng 470+ OR ACT Eng 18+ OR Classic Accuplacer Sentence Skills score 95+ OR Next Gen Accuplacer Writing score 246+

Encompasses the materials of the earth, its structure, surface features and the geologic processes involved in its development. This course includes laboratory experience. This course is one of the Statewide Guaranteed Transfer courses. GT-SC1

Environmental Geology 135 * Community College of Denver Course

Semesters: 1

Grade: 10th-12th

Prerequisites:  Geo 111

Introduces the subject of geology as it relates to human activities. Geologic hazards such as floods, landslides, earthquakes, and volcanoes are investigated. Mineral, energy, soil, and water resources are discussed in terms of their geologic formation and identification, usage by society, and associated environmental impacts. Land use issues, waste, and pollution are also examined. This course is part of the Statewide Guaranteed Transfer courses. GT-SC1