Science

Welcome to the Science Department. In order prepare our students for a world that is increasingly centered on information and technology, the Science Department at Moreau offers a solid science program that is both flexible and diverse. In addition to the three core science courses of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, we offer electives that allow students to pursue related fields. In life science, we offer Anatomy & Physiology, and Kinesiology. In physical science we offer Engineering I, which has an emphasis on Civil Engineering. Additional Engineering courses are planned for the next few years. We also offer an excellent Advanced Placement science program where students can take AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics B.

MCHS Innovation Lab

The MCHS Innovation Lab is a place where students will gain experience with 21st-Century tools and state-of-the-art technology that is utilized at colleges like Yale and Cornell -- and industry leaders like NASA.

A major feature of the lab is Z-Space, a virtual reality program that allows students to to compare, dissect, analyze, measure, annotate and explore more than 500 3D models.

MCHS Design Studio

Note:

  • MCHS requires 20 units of Science: 10 units in a Life Science and 10 units in a Physical Science.
  • UC and CSU require completion of at least 2 of the 3 following courses: Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.
  • Additional elective courses and advanced courses are suggested for those who are interested in engineering, science, or applied science majors in college. The Admissions Office will make course recommendations for 9th graders.
  • All courses in Science meet the UC "d" requirement, unless otherwise stated.

Department Members

Kerrie Gibson (Chair), Enrique Henriquez. Jana Klezcek, Dorothy Lubin, Omaira Pacheco, Jordan Romero, Steve Showers. Michael Tobler

Science Courses

Graduation Requirements*

30 units

*(1 semester = 5 units)

502. Biology (Life Science)

Full year, 10 units

Prerequisite: the Admissions will make Placement for 9th graders

This course uses the scientific method of investigation to identify the structures of plant and animal cells and their functions along with understanding the basics of genetics and comparing and contrasting the systems of invertebrates and vertebrates. In addition, students will learn to interrelate the basic systems of the human body and recognize the ecological relationship between organisms and their environments.

503. Honors Biology (Life Science)

Full year, 10 units, Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Completion of Conceptual Physics with an A

This course will cover topics similar to those in Biology, but with more depth. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem solving using the scientific method in the lab. Other topics covered will include introductory botany, human biology, and ethics in science. Laboratory investigations and writing will constitute a large part of this class

504. AP Biology (Life Science)

Full year, 10 units, Grades 10-12

Prerequisite:
A- in Conceptual Physics both semesters or
A- in Physical Science both semesters or
B- in Biology-- both semesters
3.4 GPA or higher
Concurrent enrollment in Honors Math or Honors English.
Submission and approval of department application
Comment: This course may be repeated

As a sequential examination of life from pre-cellular theories through the change of living systems to a consideration of the multi-cellular life forms, this laboratory and lecture/discussion course is a challenging, college level course requiring a significant commitment of the student’s time and energy. Students enrolled in this course must take the Advanced Placement Biology test in May.

506. Anatomy and Physiology (Life Science)

Full year, 10 units

Prerequisite: Completion of Biology with a C or better and a 2.5 GPA or higher.

Human anatomy and physiology will be the central theme of this course. Forensics as it applies to the human body is integrated throughout the class. Major dissections include the cat, brain, eye, kidney, and heart. Labs will include crime scene investigation activities. Students planning to pursue careers in medicine, nursing, forensics, physical therapy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, laboratory technology or any related health field would need this course.

507. Honors Anatomy and Physiology (Life Science)

Full year, 10 units, Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: • Completion of Biology with an A, or • Completion of Honors Biology with a B

This course is a rigorously-paced advanced life science course that will prepare students for the challenging college level material that will be encounter in pursuit of careers in fields such as medical professions, biological studies, biomedical engineering, and other health field based careers. The skills the course will develop range from effective methods of learning numerous anatomical structures and the proper scientific vocabulary to describing their locations and functions, toqualitative and quantitative analysis in laboratory exercises. Anatomy in Clay ® Manikens will be utilized to allow students to "build" the major human systems. This course will provide students the opportunity to engage in deeper content knowledge related to human anatomy and physiology, as well as expose students to the expectations and responsibility of a higher-level scientific environment.

508. Introductory Kinesiology and Applied Physiology (Life Science)

Full year, 10 units

Prerequisite: Completion of Biology with a C or higher.

This course is an advanced life science course designed to prepare students who are interested in medically-related and fitness-related fields such as medicine, athletic training / sports medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, strength & conditioning, and personal training. Students will gain an understanding of how human movement occurs, the factors that directly or indirectly influence movement, and movement’s relationship to human health, disease, and injury. Students will experience lab work related to normal and abnormal anatomy & physiology, biomechanics, and injury management.

509. Biotechnology 1 (Life Science)

Full Year, 10 units, Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Completion of Biology with a B or better or, completion of Honors Biology with a C or better

This course combines academic and technical training to prepare students for careers in the biotechnology industry. The focus of Biotechnology 1 is on the mastery of basic standard laboratory operating procedures. Students will learn sterile technique, cell culture, DNA and protein isolation, and electrophoresis. Record keeping, safety and proper use of equipment are stressed throughout the course.

510. Biotechnology 2 (Life Science)

Full Year, 10 units, Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: • Completion of Biotechnology 1 with a C or better

This course will build on the skills developed in Biotechnology 1. Emphasis will be placed on assay development, spectrophotometry, recombinant DNA technology and bacterial transformation.

514. Chemistry (Physical Science)

Full year, 10 units

Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 1 and Biology with a C or higher.

The fundamental principles of the structure and behavior of matter will be studied. Students will learn concepts, problem solving methods and laboratory techniques to prepare themselves for college chemistry.

515. Honors Chemistry (Physical Science)

Full year, 10 units, Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: One of the following: • Completion of Biology with an A or • Completion of Honors Biology with a B or better or • Completion of AP Biology with a B or better

This course covers topics similar to those in Chemistry, but with more depth and is more mathematically oriented. Emphasis is placed on chemical calculations and deductive reasoning. Other topics covered include chemical nomenclature, writing balanced chemical equations and reactions, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, and reaction rates. Laboratory investigations are of a more sophisticated nature than in Chemistry. This course will prepare students for college level chemistry.

516. AP Chemistry (Physical Science)

Full year, 10 units

Prerequisite:
Completion of Algebra 2 with a B+ or higher
Completion of Biology with an A- or higher or
Completion of AP Biology with a B or higher or
Completion of Chemistry with a B or higher
Completion of summer AP Chemistry pre-course
Submission and approval of department application

Emphasis will be on problem solving and lab experience. General topics include the atomic structure of matter and the periodic table, chemical reactions, and the states of matter. Because this is an intensive course, meeting outside of class time will be required. Students enrolled in this course will be required to take the Advanced Placement Test in Chemistry. Recommended for students who are considering a major in science, math, or engineering.

518. Physics (Physical Science)

Full year, 10 units

Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 2 with a C or higher.

This course is a study of the physical world. It includes a study of matter and motion and their relationship to each other: energy, forces, projectile motion, momentum, sound waves, light, electricity, magnetism and modern physics. This course emphasizes the main concepts of physics with an emphasis on discovery of physical principles through problem solving and lab work

526. Conceptual Physics (Physical Science)

Full year, 10 units

Prerequisite: For 9th grade students, recommendations will be made by the Admissions Office for either Biology or Conceptual Physics.

This is an introductory lab-based course in Physics. Emphasis will be placed on conceptual understanding and description of the major principles of Physics. The course will also focus on science process skills. Topics of study will include force and motion, energy and momentum, waves, and electricity and magnetism.

528. AP Physics 1 (Physical Science)

Full year, 10 units, Grades 11-12

Prerequisites: • Completion of Chemistry with an A- or better or completion of AP Chemistry with a B- or better or completion of Physics with a B- or better AND • Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, Honors Pre-Calculus

This advanced course will focus on scientific inquiry by way of concepts in Algebra based Physics. Students will learn general science methods, such as representing concepts through models and mathematics, as well as conducting research through experimentation, data collection and data analysis. The Physics concepts covered in this course include: Systems, fields, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Energy, Momentum, Circular Motion, and Mechanical Wave Phenomena. This course is strongly recommended for those majoring in Physical Sciences or Engineering. Students taking this course are required to take the AP exam in May.

530. Engineering 1:Design

Semester, 5 units, Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: • Concurrent enrollment in, or completion of, Algebra 2

Comment: This course meets the UC “g” requirement.

Engineering Design is a project-based course that provides an introduction to the engineering discipline. Students work in engineering teams when completing projects. Students learn the basic process of engineering design and apply it to all projects. Students also make connections to the various engineering disciplines, such as civil engineering and rocketry. This course emphasizes communicating designs with drafting and modeling as well as analysis through prototyping. Students will produce a portfolio of work along with completed projects.

531. Green Engineering

Semester, 5 units, Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: • Concurrent enrollment in, or completion of, Algebra 2

Comment: This course meets the UC “g” requirement.

Green Engineering is a project-based engineering course that focuses on green technologies. Students in Green Engineering investigate the various green technologies being developed and refined today, such as solar and wind-generated power and alternative fuel vehicles. In this course, students also learn and apply the basic process of engineering design while working in engineering teams. This course emphasizes communicating designs through drafting and modeling as well as analysis through prototyping. Students will produce a portfolio of work along with completed projects.

543. AP Environmental Science

Full year, 10 units, Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: • Completion of Biology with an A or • Completion of Honors Biology with a B or better or AP Biology with a B or better and • Completion of Conceptual Physics with an A or • Completion of Chemistry with a B or better or Physics with a B or better • And a GPA of 3.4 or higher

Students in this course will explore and investigate the interrelationships of the natural world, identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human-made, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Students will participate in hands-on, laboratory and field investigations to apply scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies in order to better understand our natural systems and to critically think about environmental issues and potential solutions.

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