Courses

Slideshow of Science Department Course Offerings
9th Grade

Biology – BIOL150
NGSS Biology is the first course aligned with California’s Framework for the Next
Generation Science Standards and will fulfill the life science graduation requirement. It
is recommended for all 9th grade students and will meet the UC/CSU “d” laboratory
requirement. Students will integrate the science and engineering practices, crosscutting
concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. These core ideas include energy and matter flow
in ecosystems, history of the Earth, human impacts on ecosystems, inheritance and
variation in life, natural selection, evolution, and biotechnology. There will be multiple
opportunities for students to model and develop solutions to authentic problem-based
scenarios.

10th Grade

CHEM150: Chemistry
This course reflects the California standards in chemistry that include: atomic/molecular
structure, nuclear chemistry, chemical bonds, kinetics, thermodynamics, gases, solutions,
chemical reactions, equilibrium, stoichiometry.
Fulfills one year of UC-d lab physical science requirement.

CHEM250: Chemistry Honors
See description for CHEM150. Course goes into more depth and has a higher workload
(including increased laboratory component 2nd semester) than regular Chemistry.
Prerequisite: B (or higher) in 1st semester algebra and recommendation of current
science teacher (or consent of instructor)

Fulfills one year of UC/CSU-D lab physical science requirement.

11th & 12th Grade

ASTR150: Astronomy
Galileo himself was one of the first astronomers: he discovered that Saturn has rings and
Jupiter has moons. He is the father of Astronomy – the largest science in the universe. This
course covers the really big stuff: The origin of the universe, galaxies, stars, planets, moons,
space exploration, telescopes, and constellations. Students should take this project based
course to learn about what’s beyond Earth’s atmosphere and our cosmic origins.
Completion of Algebra 1 AND either Physics or Chemistry is highly recommended for success in this course.
Fulfills one year of UC-d lab physical science requirement and graduation credit as a physical science.

BIOL350: AP Biology
This course is the equivalent to an introductory college level biology course. The course
requires significant amounts of reading and outside studying. In the spring, a cumulative
AP Biology exam is administered by the College Board. Successful completion of the exam
could lead to college credit.
Prerequisite: B or higher in current science class (or instructor’s consent)
Fulfills one year of UC-D lab life science requirement.

BIOT951: Principles of Biotechnology 1
Principles of Biotechnology explores how medicines are created and how the machinery of molecular
biology is utilized for human use. Emphasis on laboratory skills for biology research as well as
industry interactions including guest speakers, company research and the following topics: Drug
Development and the FDA, Basic Molecular Biology Concepts, Genetics and Mutant Fruit Fly Lab,
Immunology & Antibody Screening Lab, DNA Purification and Cutting, PCR: Crime Scene Detective
Lab, Genetically Modified Food Testing, Job Shadowing Day at Genentech, Bioethics.
Fulfills one year of UC-d lab life science requirement. Principles of Biotechnology 1 available for
Juniors as a 2 year commitment or as an academic elective for Seniors.

BIOT952: Principles of Biotechnology 2
Principles of Biotechnology 2 explores how medicines are created and how the
machinery of molecular biology is utilized for human use. Emphasis on laboratory
skills for biology research as well as industry interactions including guest speakers,
company research and the following topics: Basic Microbiology Techniques, Pour Agar
Plates and Bacteria Swabs, Regulatory and FDA Drug Safety, Bacteria Transformation –
Fluorescence Jellyfish Gene, Protein Characterization: Western Blot, Capstone Project, Bioethics.
Prerequisite: Completion of Principles of Biotechnology 1.
Fulfills one year of UC-d lab life science requirement.

CHEM350: AP Chemistry
This course is equivalent to first-year college chemistry for science majors. In the
spring, a cumulative AP Chemistry exam is administered by the College Board. Successful
completion of the exam could lead to college credit.
Prerequisite: B (or higher) in algebra and prior chemistry (or physics), or consent of instructor. Recommend prior advanced algebra course; calculus is optional.
Fulfills one year of UC-d lab physical science requirement and earns extra honors credit.

ENSC350: AP Environmental Science (12th)
This course offers students a unique and exciting opportunity to explore the natural
world through hands on learning and bi-monthly trips to the Presidio National Park and
San Francisco National Maritime Historical Park . While working side-by-side with
professional scientists, students will gain valuable workplace and life experience.
Students participating in the class will earn an extra five high school science credits and
at least one college credit from City College.

Career Path – Environmental Science.
AP Test-This course prepares students to take the national advanced placement exam,
which if passed successfully allows them to obtain college credit for the course.
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology and Chemistry with a C or better.

MBIO150: Marine Biology (11th)
Marine Biology covers the biology, ecology, chemistry, physics and geology of the
ocean and ocean-linked environments. This class is suitable for students wishing to
learn about the ocean through a combination of research, hands on experimentation
and field studies. This class is partnered with San Francisco National Maritime
Historical Park located at Hyde Street pier a 10 minute walk from Galileo. The
Marine biology class goes to Hyde Street Pier and Aquatic Park once or twice per
month during the block period to engage in field studies. Other classes are not
affected during these short trips. There are also several optional all day field trips
offered per year in this class.
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology with a C or better.
Fulfills one year of UC-d lab Life science requirement.

PHYS150: Physics
Physics is the study of how the universe works and is the foundational science. This is a
project-based lab course where you will get hands-on experiences with a variety of physical
phenomenon. Topics include mechanics, waves, electrostatics, circuits, electromagnetism, and
the conservation laws (energy and momentum). Astronomy and plate tectonics are embedded
into this course. We will have a variety of projects such as designing roller coasters and
designing circuits for a house.
Completion of Algebra 1 with a C or better is highly recommended for success in this course.
Fulfills one year of UC-d lab physical science requirement and graduation credit as a physical
science.

PHYS354: AP Physics 1
AP Physics 1 is a first year algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that
explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy and
momentum; mechanical waves and sound; and simple circuits. Through inquiry-based learning
students will develop critical thinking and reasoning skills as well as written and oral scientific
argumentation skills. Students who intend to major in science or want to challenge themselves
in college-level work should take this class. This course prepares students to take the AP
Physics 1 exam. Successful completion of the AP exam could lead to college credit.
Prerequisite: B or higher from Chemistry and completion of or concurrent enrollment in
2nd year Algebra or consent of instructor.

Fulfills one year of UC-d lab physical science requirement and graduation credit as a
physical science.

PHYS352/PHYS353: AP Physics C Mechanics (Fall)/Electricity and
Magnetism (spring) (*STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR BOTH
SEMESTERS)
AP Physics C is a rigorous calculus-based physics course for future physical
science majors and engineers. The fall semester focuses on mechanics and the
spring semester on electricity and magnetism. This is a rigorous course that applies
Calculus to physics. This course prepares students to take the national advanced
placement exam. Successful completion of the AP exam could lead to college credit.
Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in any calculus
course and completion of any physics course.

Fulfills one year of UC-d lab physical science requirement.

PYSO 150: Physiology
This course examines the structure and function of the human body.
Fulfills one year of UC-d lab life science requirement.