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Science

Our Courses

Biology ~ Biology Honors ~ AP Biology

Biology for Biotechnology ~ Biology for Biotechnology Honors
Chemistry for Biotechnology ~ Chemistry for Biotechnology Honors
Biotech Ethics

Chemistry ~ Chemistry Honors ~ AP Chemistry

Earth Science ~ AP Environmental Science

MHC Biology Honors ~ MHC Chemistry ~ MHC Chemistry Honors
MHC Anatomy & Physiology Honors ~ Medical Terminology

Physics ~ AP Physics

Anatomy & Physiology ~ Anatomy & Physiology Honors

Our Instructors

Mijal Batscha

Mijal Batscha
Biology

mijal.batscha
@simivalleyusd.org

Brenda Coleman

Brenda Coleman
Biology, Co-Chemistry

brenda.coleman
@simivalleyusd.org

Loren Dacanay

Loren Dacanay
Chemistry
loren.dacanay
@simivalleyusd.org

Hunter Horn

Hunter Horn
Biology, Earth Science

hunter.horn
@simivalleyusd.org

Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly
Biotechnology

patrick.kelly
@simivalleyusd.org

Chris Mankey

Chris Mankey
Department Chair

Anatomy & Physiology
Environmental Science

christopher.manke
y@simivalleyusd.org

 

Lindsay Miller

Lindsay Miller
Anatomy & Physiology
Co-Biology

lindsay.miller
@simivalleyusd.org

Beth Peterson

Beth Peterson
Earth Science
Environmental Science

elizabeth.peterson
@simivalleyusd.org

Giuseppina Smith

Giuseppina Smith
Biology, Biotechnology

giuseppina.smith
@simivalleyusd.org

Alisa Speidel

Alisa Speidel
Department Chair &
Medical Health Careers
Program Coordinator

MHC Biology

MHC Anatomy & Physiology

alisa.speidel
@simivalleyusd.org

Monika Way

Monika Way
Chemistry
(AP, Honors, & MHC)

monika.way
@simivalleyusd.org

Dr. Qin Zhou

Dr. Qin Zhou
Physics, AP Physics
Chemistry

qin.zhou
@simivalleyusd.org

 

Biology

Biology

Primary Graduation Requirement: Biological Science

Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective Electives

UC A-G Approved: D, G

 

This is a rigorous college preparatory laboratory-based course covering all the California Science Standards for grades 9-12 Biology/Life Sciences. The study of biology begins with a review of chemistry and energetics, then covers the principles of cellular biology, followed by the study of genetics leading to a discussion of diversity of form and physiology. Ecology is also addressed. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.

 

Course Length: Yearlong

Course Credit: 10

Grade Level(s): 9 - 12

 


 

Biology Honors

Primary Graduation Requirement: Biological Science

Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives

UC A-G Approved: D, G

 

This course provides a bridge between CP & AP and is a more rigorous version of our College Preparatory course, laboratory-based course. It will cover all the Next Generation Science Standards for grades 9-12 Life Sciences. Through investigation and activities, students gain firsthand experience with such learning skills and processes as observing, classifying, identifying, measuring, inferring, hypothesizing, interpreting and predicting. Students will study the basic concepts and principles of biology from a human perspective. Students will develop an understanding of the diversity of life and the interdependence of all organisms. Students learn about the structure and function of human systems, human inheritance and change and the role of humans in ecological systems. Topics include structures and processes from molecules to organisms, ecosystem interactions, energy and dynamics, heredity (inheritance and variation of traits) biological evolution (unity and diversity) cell biology, human anatomy and physiology. Laboratory activities include dissection, investigation and experimentation. Students develop problem-solving skills as they design and conduct their own experiments and develop critical-thinking skills through research and discussion about issues related to the health industry. Students will complete biology labs relevant to the topics studied and complete lab reports. The labs are designed to promote technical lab competence, utilize the scientific process of research and reporting and teach and reinforce scientific concepts. This course will support Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics and Science and Engineering practices. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.

 

SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Completion of Algebra I or Teacher recommendation

Course Length: Yearlong

Course Credit: 10

Grade Level(s): 9 - 12

 


 

AP Biology

Primary Graduation Requirement: Biological Science

Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives

UC A-G Approved: D, G

 

This is an advanced laboratory course in Biology. Homework requirement: 5-10 hours per week. Laboratory work is emphasized. Student must be self-motivated and possess strong reading skills. Scientific calculator required. Programmable/graphing calculators not allowed on tests. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.

 

SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Completion of CP Chemistry with a 'B' grade or better; grade of 'B' or better in prior CP Science class; or teacher recommendation. Students must meet three of the above four criteria.

Course Length: Yearlong

Course Credit: 10

Grade Level(s): 10 - 12

Biotechnology

Biology for Biotechology

Primary Graduation Requirement: Biological Science

Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives

UC A-G Approved: D, G

 

This is a comprehensive laboratory based biology course designed for students who are interested in the applications of Biology and how it is being used to solve problems such as genetic and infectious diseases. Biotech Biology fulfills the University of California 'D' requirement for Life Science. This is the first science course in the Biotechnology Pathway and integrates Next Generation Science Standards for Life Science with Career Technical Education Standards for the Health Sciences – Biotechnology Sector and will introduce students to industry standards in the laboratory such as aseptic technique, DNA extraction and manipulation. The course has been planned in conjunction with 9th grade English and Math teachers to emphasize cross-curricular learning and support. Students will complete a high interest cross-curricular project each semester Additionally, a unit of Ecology will investigate the impact of humans on the environment and integrate some Earth Science Standards. This is the foundation course of a pathway that prepares students for a variety of post-secondary options including community college biotechnology certificate programs, four-year biotechnology degree programs and industry workplace. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.

 

Course Length: Yearlong

Course Credit: 10

Grade Level(s): 9 - 9

 


 

Biology for Biotechnology Honors

Primary Graduation Requirement: Biological Science
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled.: Science Elective, Electives
UC A-G Approved: D, G


This one-year course for 9th and/or 10th graders provides a more rigorous version of our college preparatory course and serves to introduce the principles of biology through a biotechnological perspective. This class will cover all the Next Generation Science Standards for grades 9-12 Life Sciences integrated with Health Science and Biotechnology Industry Sector CTE Standards. This high school biology class focuses on the study of life ranging from the atoms that build up the macromolecules that serve as the foundation of life to how different ecosystems interact within a biosphere. Biotechnology aims to help improve our lives and the health of our planet by harnessing cellular and biomolecular processes. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Successful completion of Algebra I with a 'C' or better or concurrent enrollment of Algebra I is recommended. Acceptance into the Biotechnological / Medical Health Careers Academy (Recommended)

Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 9 - 10

 


 

Chemistry for Biotechnology

Primary Graduation Requirement: Physical Science
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled.Science Elective, Electives
UC A-G Approved: D, G


This is a comprehensive college preparatory laboratory based Biology course designed for students who are in the Biotechnology Pathway. The science of chemistry is explored through the lens of chemical properties and interactions that affect human health and wellness. Throughout the course, recurring activities emphasize laboratory procedures and safety, inquiry-based lab protocols, methods for gathering and analyzing data, mathematical application. The specific skill sets required for work in biotechnology are emphasized, while careers in the field will be introduced within the chemistry content. In a cross-curricular unit with English, Math and Social Studies students will build a gas powered rocket, examine their rocket’s launch angles and distances. Students examine the relationship of the molecular structure and properties of water to its role in the human body and as a solution for delivering medical interventions. Students will research DNA’s role in health and wellness through DNA extraction from food sources, research ethical issues regarding genetically modified organisms and examine the health effects of nuclear radiation. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.

 

SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Biology


Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 10 - 10

 


 

Chemistry for Biotechnology Honors

Primary Graduation Requirement: Physical Science
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives
UC A-G Approved: D, G


Honors Chemistry for biotechnology is an enriched and accelerated chemistry curriculum not only covering the Next Generation Physical Science Standards, but also including gravimetric and volumetric analysis, chemical reactions including reduction/oxidation, intermolecular forces, gases, spectroscopy, equilibrium, electrochemistry, and organic and biochemistry. Strong emphasis is placed on solving a variety of challenging problems and there is an emphasis on analysis in the laboratory. Some of the laboratory activities will include inquiry labs, which will ask students to address a challenge, solve a problem, test a hypothesis, explain a phenomenon, or answer a question in the same manner that a scientist approaches a research question. The goal of an inquiry-based lab is for students of all backgrounds to learn chemistry by experiencing the process of science and the thrill of first-hand discovery. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Algebra I completion recommended; Algebra II completion of concurrent enrollment is strongly recommended; Completion of CP Biology or Higher. Enrollment in the Biotechnology/Medical pathway is strongly recommended.

Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 10 - 12

Physical Science

Earth Science

Primary Graduation Requirement: Physical Science

Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives

UC A-G Approved: D, G

 

Earth Science is an introductory laboratory science that will take an in-depth look at the natural world and its processes. Its curriculum will focus on matter, energy, origin and evolution of the Earth and its solar system, geology, meteorology, oceanography, and the cycles that circulate energy and material through the biosphere. The objective and purpose of this course is to have students master a broad curriculum that gives them a comprehensive understanding of the universe and the natural world. Inquiry-based labs and activities are the cornerstone way that curriculum is introduced and taught in this course. Additional assignments and in-class activities are also incorporated throughout the week, which reinforce the material taught. There are no prerequisites for this class as it is designed to be a freshman science class, an introductory pathway course, or an elective class for older students who are looking to take extra science classes. This laboratory course also fulfills one year of the 'd' requirement for University of California eligibility. Lastly, this course will also prepare students for the Next Generation Science Standards since there is an Earth Science component to them. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.

 

SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Algebra 1 (recommended)

Course Length: Yearlong

Course Credit: 10

Grade Level(s): 9 - 12