Santa Barbara Unified School District

Science Courses

Grade: 12; Dos Pueblos High School

This senior DPEA course will focus on engineering and physics topics in greater depth and at a more advanced level. This course will also engage students in physics concepts and applications pertaining to engineering/mechatronics, which are not traditionally covered in a high school setting. Students will study mechanics, rotational dynamics, gearing and linkage, pneumatics, mechanics of materials, power transmission, electronics, electric motors, transducers, and actuators. This entire course aims to give students the theoretical knowledge and practical knowledge necessary to function as a junior engineer in an industry setting.

Transcript title and course number: AdvEngrPhycs H 070742

Grades: 9-12; San Marcos High School

This course is designed as an in-depth study of the human body. Students will focus on body systems, emphasizing the structure and function of organs; causes, symptoms and treatment of disorders and diseases of each system; and diagnostic techniques. Curricula will include teacher-directed instruction, laboratory explorations, and guest speakers. Systems to be covered will be: digestive, urinary, endocrine, nervous, skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, and reproductive. Students not in the academy may enroll if there is space available. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.

Transcript title and course number: Anat/Physiol P 043600

Grades: 9-12

In this course, students will learn about the role that animals have had in civilization, beginning with ancient history. The course provides students with a wealth of information on livestock-management practices, animal husbandry, physiological systems, the latest scientific trends, and innovations in food production. The course reviews current topics, such as advancements in technology and research, and defines areas of discussion while maintaining focus on best-management practices.

Transcript title and course number: AnimalSystems P 100240

Grades: 10-12; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Dos Pueblos High School

AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions.Twenty-five percent of instructional time is devoted to hands-on laboratory work. These investigations require students to ask questions, make observations and predictions, design experiments, analyze data, and construct arguments in a collaborative setting, where they direct and monitor their progress. The College Board recommends that students have successfully completed high school courses in biology and chemistry prior to enrolling in AP Biology.

Transcript title and course number: Biology AP 070000

Grades: 11-12

IB Biology courses prepare students to take the International Baccalaureate Biology exams at either the standard or higher level. In keeping with the general aim of IB Experimental Sciences courses, IB Biology promotes understanding of the facts, principles, and concepts underlying the biological field; critical analysis, evaluation, and generation of scientific information and hypotheses; improved ability to communicate scientific ideas; and an awareness of the impact of biology and scientific advances in biology upon both society and issues of ethical, philosophical, and political importance. The syllabus is organized around four central themes: structure and function; universality versus diversity; equilibrium within systems; and evolution. Course topics at both levels include cells, chemistry of life, genetics, ecology, and human health and physiology. Laboratory experimentation is an essential component of these courses.

Transcript title and course number: Biology HL2 IB 088705

Grades: 11-12; Dos Pueblos High School

This is a one- (SL) or two-year (HL) course of study that will provide candidates with a critical understanding of the economic world in which they live by applying economic concepts to real world problems. It will also provide candidates with a sound knowledge and understanding of economic principles, theories, concepts, models, and skills. The course will prepare candidates for further study in economics, business, and related subjects, and for their future lives in work, personal finance, and politics. Topics include an introduction to economics, microeconomics, macroeconomics, international perception, and experience.

Transcript title and course number: Biology HL1 IB 088700

Grades: 11-12; Santa Barbara High School

AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions.Twenty-five percent of instructional time is devoted to hands-on laboratory work. These investigations require students to ask questions, make observations and predictions, design experiments, analyze data, and construct arguments in a collaborative setting, where they direct and monitor their progress. The College Board recommends that students have successfully completed high school courses in biology and chemistry prior to enrolling in AP Biology. Students who wish to take this class must be enrolled in the MAD Academy. The course instruction, assignments, and assessments will place an emphasis on multi-media art and design.

Transcript title and course number: Biology MAD AP 070006

Grades: 9-12; Santa Barbara High School

This course covers the Next Generation Science Standards for high school life science. Topics include the study of structure, function, and processes of biological organisms and ecosystems, as well as the influence of heredity and genetics on the evolution of life. Successful completion of this course will require designing and conducting observational and experimental studies. Students will participate in inquiry activities involving current scientific publications, laboratory exercises, and research projects. Students who wish to take this class must be enrolled in the MAD Academy. The course instruction, assignments, and assessments will place an emphasis on multi-media art and design. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.

Transcript title and course number: Biology MAD P 100210

Grades: 9-12; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Dos Pueblos High School; La Cuesta Continuation High School; Alta Vista Alternative High School

This course covers the Next Generation Science Standards for high school life science. Topics include the study of structure, function, and processes of biological organisms and ecosystems, as well as the influence of heredity and genetics on the evolution of life. Successful completion of this course will require designing and conducting observational and experimental studies. Students will participate in inquiry activities involving current scientific publications, laboratory exercises, and research projects. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.

Transcript title and course number: Biology P 100070

Grades: 9-12

This course covers the Next Generation Science Standards for high school life science. Topics include the study of structure, function, and processes of biological organisms and ecosystems, as well as the influence of heredity and genetics on the evolution of life. Successful completion of this course will require designing and conducting observational and experimental studies. Students will participate in inquiry activities involving current scientific publications, laboratory exercises, and research projects. Students who wish to take this class must be enrolled in VADA. The course instruction, assignments, and assessments will place an emphasis on visual art and design. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.

Transcript title and course number: Biology VADA 100215

Grades: 10-12; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Dos Pueblos High School

This college-level, lab science course is for students who have completed Chemistry and desire a more challenging, faster paced study of general chemistry. Areas of study include: atomic theory and structure; chemical bonding; nuclear chemistry; states of matter including colligate properties of solutions; reaction types, acid-base, precipitation, oxidation-reduction, electrochemistry; stoichiometry; equilibrium; kinetics; and thermodynamics.

Transcript title and course number: Chemistry AP 070420

Grades: 10-12; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Dos Pueblos High School

Through laboratory investigations and problem solving techniques, the student studies some of the substances that make up our environment and the changes these substances undergo. Topics studied from the theoretical viewpoint and illustrated with practical applications include: measurement, nomenclature, the mole concept, kinetic theory, atomic structure, chemical bonding, acid-base concepts, equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, molecular structure, nuclear chemistry, and biochemical reactions.

This honors course is designed to provide students with more rigorous content that covers the same standards as the equivalent college preparatory course. Students will explore the content with degrees of depth and complexity that will provide broad preparation for college-level coursework, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, SBCC Dual Enrollment and post-secondary coursework. This course will not necessarily require a greater volume of work to achieve success, but will provide an experience that is more challenging than the college preparatory equivalent.

Transcript title and course number: Chemistry H 100160

Grades: 10-12; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Dos Pueblos High School; Alta Vista Alternative High School

Through laboratory investigations and problem solving techniques, the student studies some of the substances that make up our environment and the changes these substances undergo. Topics studied from the theoretical viewpoint and illustrated with practical applications when possible include: measurement, nomenclature, the mole concept, kinetic theory, atomic structure, chemical bonding, acid-base concepts, equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, molecular structure, nuclear chemistry, and biochemical reactions. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.

Transcript title and course number: Chemistry P 100065

Grades: 10-12; Santa Barbara High School

Through laboratory investigations and problem solving techniques, the student studies some of the substances that make up our environment and the changes these substances undergo. Topics studied from the theoretical viewpoint and illustrated with practical applications when possible include: measurement, nomenclature, the mole concept, kinetic theory, atomic structure, chemical bonding, acid-base concepts, equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, molecular structure, nuclear chemistry, and biochemical reactions. Students who are in this class must be enrolled in VADA. The course instruction, assignments, and assessments place an emphasis on visual art and design projects.

This honors course is designed to provide students with more rigorous content that covers the same standards as the equivalent college preparatory course. Students will explore the content with degrees of depth and complexity that will provide broad preparation for college-level coursework, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, SBCC Dual Enrollment and post-secondary coursework. This course will not necessarily require a greater volume of work to achieve success, but will provide an experience that is more challenging than the college preparatory equivalent.

Transcript title and course number: Chem VADA H 100172

Grades: 10-12; Santa Barbara High School

Through laboratory investigations and problem solving techniques, the student studies some of the substances that make up our environment and the changes these substances undergo. Topics studied from the theoretical viewpoint and illustrated with practical applications when possible include: measurement, nomenclature, the mole concept, kinetic theory, atomic structure, chemical bonding, acid-base concepts, equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, molecular structure, nuclear chemistry, and biochemical reactions. Students who are in this class must be enrolled in VADA. The course instruction, assignments, and assessments place an emphasis on visual art and design projects. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.

Transcript title and course number: Chem VADA P 100170

Grades: 9-12; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Dos Pueblos High School; La Cuesta Continuation High School; Alta Vista Alternative High School

Conceptual Physics presents mechanics, energy, and thermodynamics and continues with electricity, magnetism, and waves. This course meets the physics content standards for our District and the State of California, and looks to the Next Generation Science Stnadards The course requires students to use computers and math, to participate in group activities, and to complete hands-on laboratory projects. This is a conceptual course. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.

Transcript title and course number: ConcptualPhys P 100075

Grades: 9-12; San Marcos High School

Introduction to central concepts of environmental horticulture, covering horticultural practices and methods, with focus on long-term sustainability and local ecological issues. Students build foundational knowledge through projects, lectures, and discussions in management of a variety of horticultural projects and enterprises.

Transcript title and course number: EH 110 SBCC 070702

Grade: 11; Dos Pueblos High School

During their junior year, students will continue building on the knowledge that they have gained during their previous two years and the complexity and sophistication of the project-based experiences will increase substantially. Projects will incorporate mechanisms, sensors, and more complex electronics, and will require automated manufacturing processes. Students will become adept in CAD, manufacturing, machining, principles of design, and computer programming. Students will finish the year prepared for the design challenges they will encounter during their senior capstone project.

Transcript title and course number: EngrgPhysics H 074020

Grades: 9-12; San Marcos High School

The goal of the AP Environmental Science AAPLE course is to provide students with the scientific concepts and methods required to understand the functioning of the natural world and to identify and analyze environmental problems, their associated risks and ways of resolving or preventing them.

Environmental science offers rich opportunities to further AAPLE’s mission to integrate leadership and service into curriculum. The subject is interdisciplinary, embracing a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Throughout these topics there are several major unifying themes: Science is a process of understanding the physical world, Energy conversions underlie all ecological processes, The Earth itself is one interconnected system, Humans alter natural systems, Environmental problems have a cultural and social impact, Human survival depends on developing practices that will achieve sustainable systems.

Topics in the course include species interactions, biomes, biodiversity, human demographics, land use, biogeochemical cycles, agriculture, freshwater and oceanic resources, pollution, waste management, climate change, renewable and nonrenewable energy, global economics, and environmental legislation. These topics will be studied through a variety of activities and sources, including laboratory investigations, presentations and discussions, articles and films, field trips and guest speakers.

Transcript title and course number: EnvSci AAPLE AP 070728

Grades: 10-12; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Dos Pueblos High School

This is a college level course for students who have completed a basic study in biological sciences and at least one year of algebra. Students will investigate major environmental issues from scientific, social, and economic perspectives using quantitative analyses, laboratory and field investigations.

Transcript title and course number: Env Science AP 072000

Grades: 9-12; Santa Barbara High School

This is a college level course for students who have completed a basic study in biological sciences and at least one year of algebra. Students will investigate major environmental issues from scientific, social, and economic perspectives using quantitative analyses, laboratory and field investigations. Students taking this course must also be enrolled in the MAD Academy. Instruction, assignments, and assessments for this course will place an emphasis on multi-media arts and design.

Transcript title and course number: Env Sci MAD AP 070724

Grades: 9-12; Santa Barbara High School

This is a college level course for students who have completed a basic study in biological sciences and at least one year of algebra. Students will investigate major environmental issues from scientific, social, and economic perspectives using quantitative analyses, laboratory and field investigations. Students taking this course must also be enrolled in VADA. Instruction, assignments, and assessments for this course will place an emphasis on visual arts and design.

Transcript title and course number: Env Sci VADA AP 070726

Grades: 11-12; Dos Pueblos High School

Through studying environmental systems and societies (ES&S) students will be provided with a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies; one that enables them to adopt an informed personal response to the wide range of pressing environmental issues that they will inevitably come to face.

Transcript title and course number: ESS IB 088903

Grades: 11-12

Students receive core classroom instruction in kinesiology, biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, health processes, injury evaluation, and acquire basic knowledge of sports medicine, personal training, physical therapy, and the responsibilities of a fitness instructor. In addition, students will take part in labs in the classroom that will enable them to use a hands on approach to understanding the lecture materials. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.

Transcript title and course number: Kinesiology 096514

Grades: 11-12

Students receive core classroom instruction in kinesiology, biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, health processes, injury evaluation, and acquire basic knowledge of sports medicine, personal training, physical therapy, and the responsibilities of a fitness instructor. In addition, students will take part in labs in the classroom that will enable them to use a hands on approach to understanding the lecture materials. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.

Transcript title and course number: Kineslgy HCA 096508

Grades: 9-12; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School

The focus of this class is the study of physical and chemical oceanography, and a study of local marine organisms, their habitats, life histories, and ecology. Invertebrate and vertebrate taxonomy, including phyla Porifera, Cnidaria, Mollusca, Arthropoda, Echinodermata, and Chordata, are covered in detail. Students will study major issues affecting marine ecology and resources, and the human impact on the environment. Laboratory and field investigations that emphasize proper scientific practices will be utilized throughout the course. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.

Transcript title and course number: Marine Bio P 100080

Grades: 9-12; Santa Barbara High School

The focus of this class is the study of physical and chemical oceanography, and a study of local marine organisms, their habitats, life histories, and ecology. Invertebrate and vertebrate taxonomy, including phyla Porifera, Cnidaria, Mollusca, Arthropoda, Echinodermata, and Chordata, are covered in detail. Students will study major issues affecting marine ecology and resources, and the human impact on the environment. Laboratory and field investigations that emphasize proper scientific practices will be utilized throughout the course. Students who take this course must be enrolled in VADA, and instruction, assignments, and assessments will have an emphasis on visual arts and design. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.

Transcript title and course number: Marine Bio VADA 100180

Grades: 9-12; Santa Barbara High School

The focus of this class is the study of physical and chemical oceanography, and a study of local marine organisms, their habitats, life histories, and ecology. Invertebrate and vertebrate taxonomy, including phyla Porifera, Cnidaria, Mollusca, Arthropoda, Echinodermata, and Chordata, are covered in detail. Students will study major issues affecting marine ecology and resources, and the human impact on the environment. Laboratory and field investigations that emphasize proper scientific practices will be utilized throughout the course. Students who take this course must be enrolled in the MAD Academy, and instruction, assignments, and assessments will have an emphasis on multi-media art and design. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.

Transcript title and course number: Marine Bio MAD 100185

Grade: 11; San Marcos High School

This course covers the Next Generation Science Standards for Biology while focusing on how those standards apply to the medical field. Topics covered include cellular structure and function, DNA structure, genetics, the ecology of the human body, and a general overview of human physiology. Ideal for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical field; they will perform labs that focus on techniques and information needed to succeed in post-secondary medical programs. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.

Transcript title and course number: Med Bio HCA P 070288

Grades: 9-12; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Dos Pueblos High School

This course covers the Next Generation Science Standards for Biology while focusing on how those standards apply to the medical field. Topics covered include cellular structure and function, DNA structure, genetics, the ecology of the human body, adaptation of bacteria to fight against antibiotics, and a general overview of human physiology. Ideal for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical field; they will perform labs that focus on techniques and information needed to succeed in post-secondary medical programs. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.

Transcript title and course number: Medical Bio P 070289

Grades: 10-12; Santa Barbara High School

Throughout this one year course, students will apply the basics of chemistry outlined within the Next Generation Science Standards. Lessons will be designed within forums of relative human physiology, health, and medical careers. Highlights include: conservation of matter and stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structures, chemical bonds, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, solutions, etc. Students will perform labs in which they use techniques relevant to clinical, pharmaceutical, forensic, and medical testing into practice. Throughout this course there will be an emphasis on study skills, science literacy, research skills, investigation and experimentation, healthcare, and career exploration. It is recommended that students have successfully completed Math I to be comfortably prepared for Medical Chemistry. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.

Transcript title and course number: Medical Chem P 200001

Grades: 9-12; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Dos Pueblos High School

This year-long course is the equivalent of a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits. Inquiry-based investigations are emphasized, as well as the ability to develop and use physics knowledge by applying it to the practice of scientific inquiry and reasoning. This course could be taken as a first year physics class for students who are strong in math and science, or as a second year physics class for students who have previously taken Conceptual or Quantitative Physics and who are interested in a deeper understanding of Physics.

Transcript title and course number: Physics 1 AP 071652

Grades: 10-12; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Dos Pueblos High School

AP Physics 2 is an algebra-based, introductory, college-level physics course that explores topics such as 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. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills.

Transcript title and course number: Physics 2 AP 071655

Grades: 9-12; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Dos Pueblos High School

An introductory physics course, which thoroughly covers the fundamental topics in physics including kinematics, energy and momentum, rotational motion, heat and thermodynamics, waves, and electromagnetism. This class emphasizes problem solving using both a mathematical and conceptual approach and it is recommended that students have a strong foundation in mathematics and science. Laboratory experiments, projects, and in-class demonstrations are also utilized to help reinforce the students' understanding of the material. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.

Transcript title and course number: Physics P 100155

Grade: 7; La Colina Junior High School; La Cumbre Junior High School; Santa Barbara Junior High School; Goleta Valley Junior High School

This course covers the Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) for the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as aligned with the California Preferred Integrated model for grades 6-8. The 7th grade integrated course covers topics in Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, and Engineering. The theme for the year connecting the disciplines of science is “Natural processes and human activities cause energy to flow and matter to cycle through Earth’s systems.” Throughout the year, students will engage in deep and meaningful explorations of science through a combination of hands-on lab experiences and academic text.

This honors course is designed to provide students with more rigorous content that covers the same standards as the equivalent college preparatory course. Students will explore the content with degrees of depth and complexity that will provide broad preparation for college-level coursework, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, SBCC Dual Enrollment and post-secondary coursework. This course will not necessarily require a greater volume of work to achieve success, but will provide an experience that is more challenging than the college preparatory equivalent.

Transcript title and course number: Gen Sci 7 H 871040

Grade: 7; La Colina Junior High School; La Cumbre Junior High School; Santa Barbara Junior High School; Goleta Valley Junior High School

This course covers the Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) for the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as aligned with the California Preferred Integrated model for grades 6-8. The 7th grade integrated course covers topics in Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, and Engineering. The theme for the year connecting the disciplines of science is “Natural processes and human activities cause energy to flow and matter to cycle through Earth’s systems.” Throughout the year, students will engage in deep and meaningful explorations of science through a combination of hands-on lab experiences and academic text. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.

Transcript title and course number: Gen Sci 7 P 871000

Grade: 7

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Transcript title and course number: Gen Sci 7 PL H 871045

Grade: 7

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Transcript title and course number: Gen Sci 7 PL P 871003

Grade: 8; La Colina Junior High School; La Cumbre Junior High School; Santa Barbara Junior High School; Goleta Valley Junior High School

This course covers the Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) for the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as aligned with the California Preferred Integrated model for grades 6-8. The 7th grade integrated course covers topics in Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering. Eighth grade students will investigate motion, forces, energy, and waves in their physical science units. These units are followed by applications of physical science in the Solar System. Throughout the year, students will engage in deep and meaningful explorations of science through a combination of hands-on lab experiences and academic text. Honors level science in 8th grade will also incorporate an emphasis on academic discussion and project based learning.

Transcript title and course number: Gen Sci 8 H 871150

Grade: 8; La Colina Junior High School; La Cumbre Junior High School; Santa Barbara Junior High School; Goleta Valley Junior High School

This course covers the Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) for the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as aligned with the California Preferred Integrated model for grades 6-8. The 7th grade integrated course covers topics in Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering. Eighth grade students will investigate motion, forces, energy, and waves in their physical science units. These units are followed by applications of physical science in the Solar System. Throughout the year, students will engage in deep and meaningful explorations of science through a combination of hands-on lab experiences and academic text. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.

Transcript title and course number: Gen Sci 8 P 871250