Science

  • All students must complete 3.0 science credits to graduate from high school.

    2.0 credits must be from lab based science courses.

     

    The Bethel School District Science Department is committed to the vision of the Next Generation Science Standards: all standards for all students. 9th grade students entering high school in 2019 (graduation class of 2023) will choose from 1 of 3 science course sequences in order that all students have the opportunity to learn these standards:

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    Biology  (SCI 205/206)

    Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 (9th Grade with school approval)

    Credit:  Lab Science 1.0 NCAA Approved

    This course engages and supports students working toward their immediate and long-term goals:

    • Becoming science-literate citizens
    • Meet WA State graduation requirements
    • Pursue additional courses and careers in Life Science (e.g. Environmental Science, Biotechnology, Forensics, Anatomy & Physiology)
    • Appreciate the diversity, complexity, and importance of living systems on our planet.

    In this two trimester NGSS-aligned course, students will construct and evaluate claims about the interactions between Earth’s biosphere and other systems using scientific evidence from varying sources. Students will develop, use, and evaluate models to help demonstrate their understanding of relevant phenomena, including both observable and unobservable components. This course includes both molecular and macro biology concepts.

     

    Advanced Placement Biology  (SCI 461/462/563)

    Grade Level: 11, 12

    Credit: Lab Science or Elective 1.5 NCAA Approved

    Prerequisite: Biology with a grade of “ C” or teacher recommendation.

    This course is a rigorous, college level course and requires higher levels of thinking and workload. Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam is required. This is a one-year college prep and biology course. Study includes genetics, DNA, human anatomy and physiology, bacteriology, energetics, botany and ecology. Self-directed study will be required. Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam is required.



    Chemistry (SCI 353/354)

    Grade Level: 10,11,12

    Credit: Algebra Based Lab Science 1.0 NCAA approved

    Prerequisite: Students must have passed Algebra with a C or better, or have a teacher recommendation.

    This course engages and prepares students to: (1) be science-literate citizens; (2) meet Washington State Science Standards (NGSS) in preparation for the state science assessment; (3) pursue additional HS and college courses and careers in the Sciences (Physical, Earth, Life); and (4) use, apply, and continue to develop their mathematical skills in scientific contexts (measurement, number & operation, data analysis, algebra). Throughout the course, students will continue using Science and Engineering Practices and Cross Cutting Concepts to study Chemistry.

     

    Advanced Placement Chemistry  (SCI 463/464/565)

    Grade Level: 11, 12

    Credit: Algebra Based Lab Science or Elective 1.5 NCAA approved

    Prerequisite: Chemistry with “ C” or better or teacher permission.

    This course is an extended study of the concepts introduced in Chemistry, including thermodynamics and equilibrium.  Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam is required.

     

    Physics  (SCI 355/356)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Lab Algebra Based Lab Science 1.0 NCAA Approved

    This course engages and prepares students to:

    • Be science-literate citizens
    • Pursue additional HS and college courses and careers in the Sciences (Physical, Earth, Life)
    • Use, apply, and continue to develop their mathematical skills in scientific contexts (Measurement, number and operation, data analysis, algebra).

    This two trimester NGSS-aligned course in Physics will build on the knowledge and experience gained by students in previous science courses — using algebra to analyze force, motion, energy, momentum, waves, electricity, and electromagnetism. Throughout the course, students will use the Science and Engineering Practices and Cross-cutting Concepts to construct their understanding of concepts in Physics.



    Advanced Placement Physics 1 (SCI 465/466/570)

    Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Algebra Based Lab Science or Elective 1.5   NCAA Approved

    Prerequisite: “ C” or better in mathematics through Advanced Algebra and recommendation of previous science teacher.

    This course is a rigorous, college level course and requires higher levels of thinking and workload. This course uses algebra skills in the study of Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics ad angular momentum); work, energy and power; mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits. Laboratory experiments and problem solving are emphasized in all units. The pace of this course is accelerated and the material is in greater depth, with more mathematical computation than in Physics.




    Advanced Placement Physics 2 (SCI 473/474/575)

    Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Algebra Based Lab Science or Elective 1.5 NCAA Approved

    Prerequisite: “ C” or better in mathematics through Advanced Algebra and recommendation of previous science teacher.

    This course is a rigorous, college level course and requires higher levels of thinking and workload. This course uses algebra skills in the study of fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity ad magnetism; optics; atomic and nuclear physics. Laboratory experiments and problem solving are emphasized in all units. The pace of this course is accelerated and the material is in greater depth, with more mathematical computation than in Physics.



    Advanced Placement Physics C (SCI 469/470/571)

    Grade Level: 11, 12

    Credit: Algebra Based Lab Science or Elective 1.5   NCAA Approved

    Prerequisite: “ C” or better in Pre-Calculus. Should have taken or be enrolled in AP Calculus.

    This course is a rigorous, college level course and requires higher levels of thinking and workload. This course uses calculus skills in the study of mechanics, electricity and magnetism. Laboratory experiments and problem solving are emphasized in all units. The pace of this course is accelerated with more mathematical computation than in Physics. Completion of one of the Advanced Placement Physics Exams (1,2, or C) is required.



    The Biology of Addiction and the Brain (SCI 369/370)

    Grade Level: 11, 12

    Credit: Lab Science or Elective 1.0 NCAA approved

    Prerequisite: Biology with a grade of a “ C” or better or teacher recommendation

    University of Washington College Credit Available - Fee

    This class focuses on mood-altering drugs and considers how they work on molecules, cells, the brain, and behavior.  This class will explore the effects of a range of mood-altering drugs to learn about brain structures, brain chemicals and genetic differences in people's response to drugs. By the end of this course, you will be able to think critically about claims, analyze, interpret, and extrapolate from data given, synthesize information, develop academic and professional habits of mind, understand addiction, understand factors that contribute to effects and side effects of a drug and evaluate safety of specific drugs for specific individuals.

     

    Earth Science (SCI 203/204)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Lab Science or Elective 0.5 NCAA approved

    Prerequisite:  None / Sophomores may only take this course if they are also taking Biology

    This course deals with the study of earth and the environment.  Topics include meteorology and space in an activity-oriented program.  Other areas of study include maps, gravity, weather, oceans, mountains, volcanoes, and geology.  Laboratory experiments emphasize inquiry, discovery, and interpretation of student obtained data.

     

    Marine Biology  (SCI 365/366)

    Grade Level: 11, 12

    Credit: Lab Science or Elective .5 NCAA approved

    Prerequisite: Biology with a grade of a “ C” or better or teacher recommendation

    This is a course for those who want to know about the creatures that inhabit the Puget Sound.  We start with understanding the oceans and move into studying the beach inhabitants.

     

    Zoology  (SCI 357/358)

    Grade Level: 11, 12

    Credit: Lab Science or Elective .5    NCAA approved

    Prerequisite: Biology with a grade of a “ C” or better or teacher recommendation

    This course is a survey of the animal kingdom, both vertebrates and invertebrates. Each of the major animal groups is covered with emphasis on structural and functional adaptations of representative forms together with ecological and evolutionary relationships.

     

    Environmental Science (SCI 201/202 and CTN 107/108)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit:  Lab Science or Elective 1.0   NCAA approved

    Prerequisite:  None

    Students use the scientific method to explore and understand the environment. Topics include the effects of pollution, global warming, laboratory studies and student-centered projects.

     

    Advanced Placement Environmental Science (CTN 401/402/503)

    Grade Level:  11, 12

    Credit: Occupational, Science, or Elective 1.5 NCAA approved

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology with a grade of a “C” or better or teacher recommendation. Due to the quantitive analysis that is required in this course, students should also have taken at least one year or algebra.

    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 or preventing them.




    Forensic Science (SCI 105/106)

    Grade Level:  11, 12

    Credit: Science or Elective 1.0

    Prerequisite:  Biology C or better

    The Forensic science course is an introduction to the application of biological, chemical, and physical science principles and laboratory practices used in the study of justice of criminal and civil issues.  Students will learn how to observe, collect, analyze and evaluate evidence found at crime scenes. Major themes of study in this course may include hair and trace analysis, fingerprinting, blood splatter, DNA analysis, toxicology, forensic anthropology and forensic entomology.



    The Science courses listed below are offered through the Career and Technical Education Department.

     

    Advanced Placement Environmental Science (CTN 401/402/503)

    Grade Level:  11, 12

    Credit: Occupational, Science, or Elective 1.5    NCAA approved

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology with a grade of a “C” or better or teacher recommendation

     

    Advanced Placement Computer Science A (CTT 401/402/505)

    Grade Level:  10, 11, 12

    Credit:  Algebra Based Lab Science, Occupational/CTE or Elective 1.5     NCAA approved

    Prerequisite:  Successful Completion of Advanced Algebra with a "C" or better and successful completion of Programming or teacher permission

     

    Conservation/Wildlife Biology 1 & 2 (CTN 101/102)

    Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Occupational or Science or Elective .5

    Prerequisite: successful completion of Conservation/Wildlife Biology 1 before taking Course #2

    Sophomores may only take this course if they are also taking Biology

     

    Greenhouse Management and Hydroponics 1 & 2 (CTN 105)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit:  Occupational or Science or Elective 0.5

     

    Intro to Medical Careers 2  (CTF 261/262)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit:  Science, Occupational, or Elective 0.5

    Prerequisite:  Successful Completion of Health Sciences 1

     

    Human Body Systems (CTF 221/222)

    Grade level: 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Occupational, Lab Science Elective, Elective 1.0   NCAA approved

     

    Landscape Management (CTN 103)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit:  Occupational, Science, or Elective 0.5

     

    Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (CTF 219/220)

    Grade level: 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Occupational, Lab Science Elective, Elective 1.0 NCAA approved

    Sophomores may only take this course if they are also taking Biology.

     

    Biomedical Innovations  (CTF 269/270)

    Grade Level: 12

    Credit: Health, Occupational/CTE, Lab Science or Elective 1.0 NCAA approved

    Prerequisite:  Medical Interventions

     

    Medical Interventions (CTF 267/268)

    Grade Level:  11, 12

    Credit:  Occupational/CTE, Science, Health, Lab Science or Elective 1.0 NCAA approved

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology or Principles of the Biomedical Sciences

     

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