Science

  • Science Graduation Requirements

    Students in the class of 2018 and beyond must:

    • Earn two credits in science.
    • Pass a state science exam. Students must either:

    o Pass the Biology End of Course Exam (EOC) or
    o Complete and pass a CAA* alternative option

    Students who qualify for special education services under WAC 180-51-115 and are in the class of 2018 or beyond must:

    • Earn two credits in science.
    • Pass a state science exam. Students must either:

    o Pass the Biology End of Course Exam (EOC) or
    o Complete and pass a CAA alternative option or
    o After grade 10, pass the Developmentally Appropriate Proficiency Exam in science (DAPE)

    *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.

    Common sequences of courses taken include:

    Hazen and Lindbergh High Schools

    Physical & Earth Science → Biology → Chemistry → Physics and either an AP or a CTE Science Course
    Physical & Earth Science → Biology → Chemistry → Physics
    Physical & Earth Science → Biology → Chemistry
    Physical & Earth Science → Biology → CTE Science Course
    Physical & Earth Science → Biology

    Renton High School

    Biology → Chemistry → IB Biology or IB Chemistry or IB Environmental Science → 2nd IB Science Course
    Biology → Chemistry → IB Biology or IB Chemistry or IB Environmental Science → Physics
    Biology → Chemistry → IB Biology or IB Chemistry or IB Environmental Science
    Biology → Chemistry → CTE Course
    Biology → Chemistry

     

  • PHYSICAL AND EARTH SCIENCE 1,2

    Course Code: QSC006, QSC012
    The purpose of this class is to establish the necessary foundations in the Physical Sciences and Earth Science content areas through inquiry and laboratory investigation. This is an algebra-based course.

    PHYSICAL AND EARTH SCIENCE 1,2 HONORS

    Course Code: QSC992, QSC993
    This course is taught in alignment with the learning objectives of the standard Physical and Earth Science course but offers students an opportunity to explore these topics in more detail and requires students to demonstrate greater mastery. In addition to the Physical & Earth Science 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.

    BIOLOGY 1,2

    Course Code: QSC004, QSC005
    Prerequisite: Completion of Physical and Earth Science
    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. At the end of this course students will take the Biology End of Course Exam. Passing this exam is a graduation requirement for students in the class of 2016 and beyond. This is an algebra-based course.

    BIOLOGY 1,2 HONORS

    Course Code: QSC990, QSC991
    Prerequisite: Completion of Physical & Earth Science
    This course is taught in alignment with the learning objectives of the standard Biology 1 & 2 course but offers students an opportunity to explore these topics in more detail and requires students to demonstrate greater mastery. In addition to the Biology 1 & 2 coursework, students will be expected to complete additional assignments and an independent research project, and demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills. At the end of this course students will take the Biology End of Course Exam. Passing this exam is a graduation requirement for students in the class of 2016 and beyond. This is an algebra-based course.

    ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY (COE)

    Course Code: QSC019, QSC020
    Prerequisite: Biology 1,2
    This is a year-long course for students who need to complete a Biology Collection of Evidence (COE) to meet the graduation requirement. In this course students will complete an online assessment portfolio. As students work to complete their portfolios, they will review the biology standards taught in Biology 1,2 by applying these concepts to local, national and global environmental issues. By completing this course students will earn a full credit in science as well as, if their collection is successful, meet the Biology graduation requirement. Additionally, students who have not yet passed two semesters of biology will be able to earn Biology credits, a requirement for admission to some colleges.

    CHEMISTRY 1,2

    Course Code: QSC103, QSC104
    Recommendation: Completion of Biology 1,2 and a C or better earned in Algebra 1,2 or in Intermediate 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 1,2 HONORS

    Course Code: QSC198, QSC199
    This course is taught in alignment with the learning objectives of the standard Chemistry 1 & 2 course but offers students an opportunity to explore these topics in more detail and requires students to demonstrate greater mastery. In addition to the Chemistry 1 & 2 coursework, students will be expected to complete additional assignments and an independent research project, and demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills. This is an algebra-based course.

    ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 1,2

    Course Code: QSC013, QSC014
    (Science or Career and Technical Education credit)
    This course provides 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. In addition, students will explore careers in this high-demand area of study.

    ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1,2

    Course Code: QSC164, QSC165
    (Science or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: Health Sciences – Career Exploration
    This course is designed to prepare students for further study and training in the field of healthcare and covers the basics of human anatomy and physiology including anatomical terminology, basic biochemistry, cells and tissues, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic/immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Exploration into human growth and development, and the body's response to stress, diet and disease will enhance basic principles. Course includes both in-lab and virtual lab experiences.

    MUSCULOSKELETAL ANATOMY

    Course Code: QSC800
    (Science or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: Introduction to Sports Medicine or Health Sciences – Career Exploration
    Musculoskeletal Anatomy builds upon knowledge gained from the Anatomy and Physiology course to provide students with a more detailed examination of the gross anatomy of the muscular and skeletal systems and the function and control of individual joints. Students will learn to identify muscles, bones, connective tissues, and joints, as well as identifying the major blood vessels and nerves.

    PRE-ENGINERRING 1,2

    Course Code: QVO115, QVO116
    (Science or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Pre-Engineering is a year-long course. Students will develop mastery of different technology through hands-on simulations and labs. Units include robotics, CAD, pneumatics, AC/DC, electrical controls, print reading, CNC, 3D Printing and more. Students work collaboratively to master these engineering skills. Final projects include synthesizing knowledge and skills to build/manufacture unique designs which solve real-world problems. This course is a springboard for robotics, manufacturing, aerospace and other exciting career-based classes!

    ROBOTICS 1,2

    Course Code: QSC903, QSC904
    (Science or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Robotics is an interdisciplinary course that incorporates elements of science and technology, design, teamwork and competition. Students will learn how to take an initial idea through the design, development, construction, and evaluation cycle. Specific skills will be gained in brainstorming, teamwork and teambuilding, computer design, prototyping, construction, and self-evaluation. Projects may include robotic arms, computer /robotic programming, “sumo-wrestling” robots, and walking robots. The final project/competition affords students the opportunity to test their creativity, knowledge, and skill.

    ROBOTICS PRACTICUM

    Course Code: QSC910, QSC911
    (Science or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
    This course is for students interested in participating on a FIRST Robotics Team (www.usfirst.org). First year students will learn the fundamentals of physics, fabrication, robot design, and Computer Aided Design (CAD), as applicable to designing and building a robot for the FIRST Robotics competition. Second year students will concentrate on the fundamentals of programming electronic devices for competition robots. After-school and weekend hours are integral/required components of this course (workshops, team practices, build sessions). Speak with course instructor to familiarize yourself with these required components.

    SCIENCE OF EXERCISE

    Course Code: QSC176
    (Science or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: Components of Exercise
    Ever wondered how science applies to what you do every day? Science of Exercise builds upon knowledge gained from fitness courses course to allow students to explore how the body responds to physical activity. The course includes field-based scientific lab and virtual lab experiences to gain skills used by fitness and healthcare professionals working in exercise physiology, athletic training, cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, and even in the design of sports equipment

    PHYSICS 1,2

    Course Code: QSC105, QSC106
    Recommendation: C or better earned in Algebra 1,2 and in Geometry 1,2
    Students will explore forces, motion, and energy in its various forms: mechanical, heat, sound, radiant, atomic, electrical and magnetic. An experimental approach to science, measurement, and methods of measurements are focused on. This is an algebra-based course.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 1,2

    Course Code: QSC502, QSC503
    (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. This is an algebra-based course.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY 1,2

    Course Code: QSC101, QSC102
    Recommendation: B or better earned in Biology 1,2 and in Chemistry 1,2
    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 AP test at the end of the year. This is an algebra-based course.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY 1,2

    Course Code: QSC200, QSC201
    Recommendation: B or better earned in Chemistry 1,2 and in Math Analysis / Trig.
    This Advanced Placement Chemistry course is designed to give depth of understanding to basic 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 AP test at the end of the year. This is an algebra-based course.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS ONE 1,2

    Course Code: QSC206, QSC207
    Recommendation: B or better in Geometry and successful completion of (or concurrently taking) Algebra 3,4
    This Advanced Placement physics course is designed to support students in developing a deep understanding of foundational principles of physics in classical mechanics and modern physics by applying these principles to complex physical situations that combine multiple aspects of physics rather than present concepts in isolation. Students will discuss, confer, and debate with classmates to explain a physical phenomenon investigated in class. 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 AP test at the end of the year. This is an algebra-based course.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS TWO 1,2

    Course Code: QSC208, QSC209
    Recommendation: B or better in AP Physics One and successful completion (or concurrently taking) Math Analysis/Trig.
    This Advanced Placement physics course is designed to support students in developing a deep understanding of foundational principles of physics in classical mechanics and modern physics by applying these principles to complex physical situations that combine multiple aspects of physics rather than present concepts in isolation. Students will discuss, confer, and debate with classmates to explain a physical phenomenon investigated in class. 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 AP test at the end of the year. This is an algebra-based course.
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