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The Technology of Biology                                          


Grade Level: 9-12              RBV Graduation: Life Science              UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment or successful completion of Integrated Math 1 or its equivalent                                       

This college prep biology course serves to introduce the principles of biology through a biotechnological perspective.  Students will use an integrated approach to study the principles that govern life while constantly referring to how these applications of biotechnology are attempting to improve life on earth. This course challenges students to honestly evaluate the current problems faced in the 21st century and apply their knowledge of foundational biology to propose possible solutions using biotechnological techniques. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have a better understanding of current biological concepts and biotechnological applications.         

 

 

Forensic Biology                                          


Grade Level: 9-12              RBV Graduation: Life Science              UC/CSU A-G: "D"


Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment or successful completion of Integrated Math 1 or its equivalent                           

In this college prep biology course, students study the principles of biology by engaging in investigations of how scientific evidence is used to solve crimes.  Students take on the roles of public safety professionals to identify, collect, preserve, test, and analyze physical evidence, and learn not only how and why evidence can be used to solve crime, but also how biogeological processes affect the preservation and viability of physical evidence. The course culminates with students using physical evidence to solve a simulated homicide and delivering expert testimony in a simulated murder trial.

 

 

Lab Biology Honors                                       


Grade Level: 9-12                 RBV Graduation: Life Science              UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment or successful completion of Integrated Math 1 or its equivalent                                   

This course requires extensive writing, scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and organizational skills to succeed in this rigorous course.  This challenging course is preparation for the IB Biology candidate who will test in this subject during the senior year.

 

 

AP Biology


Grade Level: 11-12                RBV Graduation: Life Science            UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite: Successful completion of Lab Biology/Lab Biology Honors and Chemistry or Chemistry Honors                       

Intensive study of living organisms requiring extensive reading and lab work.  Prepares student for the AP exam and SL IB exam. This is the first year of the IB HL Science sequence.

 

 

IB Lab Biology HL2


 Grade Level: 12                     RBV Graduation: Life Science             UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite: Successful completion of AP Biology

Intensive study of living organisms requiring extensive reading, essay writing and lab work.  Prepares students for high level IB and AP testing. This is the second year of the IB HL Science SequenceThis is the second year of the IB HL Science sequence.

 

 

Human Anatomy & Physiology              


Grade Level: 11-12                  RBV Graduation: Life Science               UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite: Successful completion of two years of science 

For students interested in the health science professions (EMT, Nursing, Athletic Training, etc.,) this course studies structure and function of the human body, exploring the different organ systems. This course includes a cat dissection. 

 

 

Physical Oceanography   


Grade Level: 9                        RBV Graduation: Physical Science          UC/CSU A-G: "D"


Prerequisite: None

Physical Oceanography or "marine geology" is a college prep physical science course that introduces students to oceanography, mineralogy, sedimentology, geophysics, and plate tectonics.  Students will explore geological concepts that include plate tectonic theory and ocean development and understand the process of sedimentation in oceans, coastal processes, and climate.  Students will also apply practical skills needed to conduct geological research in the marine environment.

 

 

Academic Earth Science 


Grade Level: 9-12                  RBV Graduation: Physical Science           UC/CSU A-G: “D” for CSU & "G" for UC


Prerequisite:  None

This course examines the composition and changes of the earth by studying rocks & minerals, fossils & geologic time, plate tectonics, climate & weather, & space science. Special emphasis will be placed on California geology and its role in underlying the state’s wealth of natural resources as well as its natural hazards. Academic Earth Science satisfies the “D” (science) requirement for the CSU A-G Requirements, but does not satisfy the “D” (science) requirement for the UC A-G Requirements. This course does satisfy the “G” (college preparatory elective) for the CSU and UC A-G Requirements.

 

 

Chemistry    


Grade Level: 10-12                RBV Graduation: Physical Science       UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Integrated Math 1 or its equivalent and Lab Biology or Lab Biology Honors

Chemistry 1 investigates the properties of energy and non-living matter.  This survey course is based on conceptual learning with applications in problem solving related to chemistry.  Students will also develop lab techniques through lab investigations.  Topics include chemical equations, bonding, behavior of gases, energy changes, acids and bases, and electrochemistry.  

                   

 

Chemistry Honors


Grade Level: 10-12               RBV Graduation: Physical Science      UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Integrated Math 1 or its equivalent and Lab Biology or Lab Biology Honors

This course is structured to provide students with the basic chemistry principles, problem solving strategies, and process skills, which will be used and built on in the IB/AP Biology & AP Chemistry programs.  Course will provide basic knowledge in the fundamental discipline of chemistry for successful subject-related work at the university level.   Topics include:  Atomic Theory, Stoiciometry, Periodicity, Bonding, States of Matter, Energetics, Kinetics, Acids and Bases, Oxidation and Reduction.  

 

 

AP Chemistry


Grade Level: 11-12             RBV Graduation: Physical Science              UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Chemistry or Chemistry Honors or Teacher Recommendation

This course is equivalent to freshman college chemistry. It is an advanced Chemistry course that prepares students for IB/AP exams (Standard Level). Designed for Science majors.

 

 

Physics


Grade Level: 10-12              RBV Graduation: Physical Science            UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Integrated Math 1 or its equivalent and Academic Earth Science or Lab Biology or Lab Biology Honors

This course provides the basic concepts that form a foundation for future studies of science and technology. Topics include force, motion, electricity, magnetism, energy, heat, waves, sound, and light.

 

 

AP Physics 1


Grade Level: 10-12              RBV Graduation: Physical Science            UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Integrated Math 1 or its equivalent

This course is the equivalent to 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.  

 

 

AP Physics 2


Grade Level: 10-12              RBV Graduation: Physical Science             UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Integrated Math 2 or its equivalent and Physics or AP Physics 1

This course is the equivalent to a second-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course reviews AP Physics 1 concepts and adds fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics; and atomic and nuclear physics.

 

 

AP Environmental Science


Grade Level: 11-12               RBV Graduation: Physical Science              UC/CSU A-G: “D”


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Lab Biology and Chemistry or Physics

The primary goal of AP Environmental Science 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 and/or preventing them.

 

 

Astronomy


Grade Level: 11-12                RBV Graduation: Physical Science             UC/CSU A-G: “D”       


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Integrated Math 1 and one of the following: Lab Biology,Earth Science,Chemistry, or Physics

In this one year college prep course a student will learn about the equipment, methods and discoveries of astronomy from prehistoric times until the present.  He/She will also learn about the principles of physics and chemistry and math involved in astronomy.  During the course the student will make observations and records of the day and night sky using the school’s

telescopes, instruments and with the naked eye.  

 

 

IB Design Technology


Grade Level: 11-12             RBV Graduation: Physical Science            UC/CSU A-G: “G”            Click for: Video Description


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Integrated Math 2 or its equivalent and Lab Biology and Chemistry or Physics

IB design technology aims to develop internationally-minded people whose enhanced understanding of design and the technological world can facilitate our shared guardianship of the planet and create a better world.  It focuses on analysis, design development, synthesis and evaluation. The creative tension between theory and practice is what characterizes design technology within the DP sciences subject group.