Science

  • Science Graduation Requirements

    Students in the class of 2019-2020 and beyond must:

    • Earn three credits in science.

    Students in the class of 2019-2020 and beyond must:

    • Earn three credits in science.
    • Meet requirements on the state science exam required of students in their graduating class. Students must:
      • Meet the Washington Comprehensive Assessment in Science score (11th Grade) OR
      • Complete a state-approved CAA alternative option in science.

    Students who qualify for special education services under WAC 180-51-115 and are in the class of 2019 or beyond must:

    • Earn two credits in science.
    • Meet requirements on the state science exam required of students in their graduating class as designated by their IEP. Students must:
      • Meet the Washington Comprehensive Assessment in Science score OR
      • Meet the Washington Access to Instruction & Measurement (WA-AIM) science score OR
      • Complete a state-approved CAA alternative option in science.

    *Certificate of Academic Achievement alternative options are described in the “Assessment” section of the OSPI website. Please visit www.k12.wa.us.

     

    College Admissions Requirements

    Students intending to go to a four-year college in Washington State must earn at least two credits in science. At least one of those credits must be in an algebra-based science class. Additionally, at least one of the credits must be in biology, chemistry or physics. Generally, a minimum of three years of science is recommended. Because the admissions requirements for science are quite variable, students should familiarize themselves with the admissions requirements of schools they are interested in attending before making decisions about what courses they will take. All of the science courses offered in the RSD are laboratory-based science courses. Courses which are algebra-based are labeled as such at the end of their course descriptions. Students who plan to pursue post-secondary education in a community or technical college program should take a strong science program that aligns with their goals.

  • INTEGRATED SCIENCE A, B

    Course Code: PSC061, PSC062
    This course covers content in physical, life, earth and space science, as well as engineering.  Content will be analyzed using global problems and designing solutions to complex problems using data, computer simulations and models. This is an algebra-based lab course.

    NGSS PHYSICS F&M, M&W

    Course Code: PSC023, PSC024
    Physics studies the elementary interactions of phenomena in this Universe.  This course will be an introduction to general physics emphasizing a conceptual approach where students will develop skills in experimental methods and measurement. Students will learn the nature of physics, and students will learn how to use observations and experiments to understand the physical world.  Topics include force and motion, momentum, and energy.  Students will use conservation laws for energy and momentum to analyze the behavior of systems of objects. Students will develop mathematical representations of Newton’s Law of Gravitation and Coulomb’s Law, and then use these tools to describe and predict the gravitational and electrostatic forces between objects. Students will develop both wave and particle models for electromagnetic radiation. Students will develop basic concepts of current electricity and then apply those concepts to explore the fundamental relationship between electric current and magnetism. This is an algebra-based course.

    AP PHYSICS ONE A, B,C

    Course Code: PSC007, PSC008, PSC009
    Recommendation: B or better in Geometry A, B and successful completion of (or concurrently taking) Algebra II-A, B
    Students will design and conduct inquiry-based laboratory investigations to solve problems through first-hand observations, data collection, analysis and interpretation. Topics will include: Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Students in AP Physics are expected to take the Advanced Placement test at the end of the year. This is an algebra-based course.

    AP PHYSICS TWO A, B, C

    Course Code: PSC010, PSC011, PSC012
    Recommendation: B or better in AP Physics One A, B,C and successful completion (or concurrently taking) Math Analysis/Trig. 
    Students will design and conduct inquiry-based laboratory investigations to solve problems through first-hand observations, data collection, analysis and interpretation. Topics will include: Fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics. Students in AP Physics are expected to take the Advanced Placement test at the end of the year. This is an algebra-based course.

    NGSS BIOLOGY A, B

    Course Code: PSC019, PSC020 
    This course utilizes experimental techniques with emphasis on laboratory work. Included in the course are such topics as cell structure and chemistry, adaptation of plants and animals to their environment, heredity, classification and application of biological principles to humans. This is an algebra-based course.

    AP BIOLOGY A, B, C

    Course Code: PSC001, PSC002, PSC003 
    This is a college-level course appropriate for students prepared to put in substantial work outside of class time. Students investigate selected topics in the field of life sciences such as animal behavior, microbiology, plant biology, and aquatic biology. Students in AP Biology are expected to take the Advanced Placement test at the end of the year. This is an algebra-based course.

    NGSS CHEMISTRY A, B

    Course Code: PSC021, PSC022
    Recommendation: Completion of NGSS Biology A,B and a C or better earned in Algebra I-A,B or in Core Algebra
    This is a college preparatory course focused on the natural elements, the compounds they form and the laboratory investigation of the laws of nature that govern the way elements react. This is an algebra-based course.

    CHEMISTRY HONORS A, B

    Course Code: PSC055, PSC056 
    This course is taught in alignment with the learning objectives of the standard NGSS Chemistry A, B course but offers students an opportunity to explore these topics in more detail and requires students to demonstrate greater mastery. In addition to the NGSS Chemistry A, B coursework, students will be expected to complete additional assignments, an independent research project, and demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills. This is an algebra-based course

    AP CHEMISTRY A, B, C

    Course Code:  PSC004, PSC005, PSC006
    Recommendation: B or better earned in NGSS Chemistry A,B and in Math Analysis / Trig
    This Advanced Placement Chemistry course is designed to give depth of understanding to basic scientific laws. Extensive laboratory investigations will be carried out in the areas of organic chemistry, descriptive and physical chemistry, and qualitative and quantitative analysis. Students in AP Chemistry are expected to take the Advanced Placement test at the end of the year. This is an algebra-based course. 

    ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

    3rd Year (Science or Career or Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: minimum 10th grade status
    All A&P courses will address medical terminology; anatomic organization; growth & development; response to stress, disease & injury, and some overlap of anatomy from other units to reinforce the dependency each of our body systems have with each other. The courses of the A&P sequence are designed to prepare students for both confidence and success in certificate-level healthcare programs through the collegiate zoology or human anatomy & physiology courses required for more advanced healthcare careers. Focus of each trimester is as follows:

    • ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I

    Course Code: PSC043
    Anatomy & Physiology I focus on the systems related to locomotion: skeletal & muscular systems. Emphasis on anatomy and function of the connective and muscular cells & tissues, bones & boney landmarks, joints & joint structures, and skeletal muscles. Course includes modeling, tissue and virtual lab experiences but does not include dissections.

     

    • ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II

    Course Code: PSC044
    Anatomy & Physiology II focuses on the systems related to control & protection: nervous, endocrine, lymphatic & immune and integumentary systems. Emphasis is on anatomy and function of the brain, special sensory organs, disease & immune response, and the skin. Course includes modeling, sensory, dissection, and virtual lab experiences.

    • ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY III

    Course Code: PSC045
    Anatomy & Physiology III focuses on the systems related to biological maintenance and energy transfer: cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Emphasis is on anatomy and function of the heart & blood vessels, lungs, food & waste processing, and reproduction. Course includes modeling, dissection, live, and virtual lab experiences.

     

    AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE A, B, C

    Course Code:  PSC040, PSC041, PSC042
    3rd Year (Science or Career and Technical Education credit)
    The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.

    ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE A, B

    Course Code:  PSC046, PSC047
    3rd Year (Science or Career and Technical Education credit)
    This course focuses on the understanding between organisms and their environment, using field techniques to obtain data in a variety of situations. This course provides a background into fundamental concepts such as: population ecology, biodiversity, sustainability, environmental justice, land use, and natural resource management.

    ROBOTICS A, B

    Course Code: PSC048, PSC049 
    3rd Year (Science or Career and Technical Education credit)
    This course is for students interested in an introduction to robotics. The class is an interdisciplinary class which covers design, assembly, programming and testing of a robot. To help with design and assembly, the students will learn about modeling different robot parts in a Computer Aided Design (CAD) program. Once a model of the part is developed, 3D printing can be used to help the student visualize the part. Students will learn how to enter a software program to make the robot do different tasks. Optionally, students can learn about using a Milling machine to make or modify parts used on the robot. At the end of the year, students are given the rules of a robot competition. Their job is to design a robot for that competition. The skills they learned throughout the course are applied to this robot. The competition robot allows the students an opportunity to use their creativity, knowledge and skill to come up with different solutions to the competition.

    GENETICS

    Course Code:  PSC065
    Students will learn how genes and traits change over time, and how genes relate to the development, physical traits, and behavior of an organism.
     

    SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATION

    Course Code:  PSC066
    Students will learn how to create macroscopic and microscopic illustrations to demonstrate scientific organisms or ideas.

    ASTROBIOLOGY

    Course Code:  PSC067
    Students will learn about the current research being done in the search for life on other planets.

    INDEPENDENT SCIENCE PROJECT

    Course Code:  PSC068
    Students will choose, research, conduct, and present their findings on an experimental project in which they address a question of their choice that has relevance to the community. This project will be carried out using the scientific process.

    BIOMEDICAL CHEMISTRY

    Course Code:  PSC069
    Chemistry for biological systems is an essential area of study for those interested in all aspects of the medical field. In Biomedical Chemistry, we will give an introductory taste of organic chemistry, and look at biochemical pathways in the body. 

    BACKYARD ASTRONOMY

    Course Code:  PSC063
    The goal of this class is to allow students to make sense of the universe they see from their backyard.  Students will learn how we know what we know about the universe by building astronomical instruments and repeating the observations and calculations of past astronomers.

    MATERIALS CHEMISTRY

    Course Code:  PSC064
    Course would involve material properties, development and use in human endeavors i.e. construction, drug development, and simple machines.

    FORENSIC SCIENCE

    Course Code:  PSC071
    This course will introduce various methodologies and applications used in the forensic context. Topics discussed include organic and inorganic chemical analyses of physical evidence, DNA analysis, ballistics, arson, fingerprint analysis, drug analysis, and document examination.