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    Animals 2x2

    Wood & Paper

    Full Options Science Systems (FOSS)




    Balance & Motion

    New Plants

    Air & Weather


    Solids & Liquids


    Pebbles, Sand and Silt


    Physics of Sound

    Human Body

    Earth Materials 


    Magnetism and Electricity

    Structures of Life 



    Mixtures & Solutions

    Diversity of Life

    Scientific Reasoning /Design




    light Waves & Energy of the Sun (SEPUP)



    Wave Energy & Scientific Design (NavOps)

    Human Body System (STC/MS)



    Marine Ecology

    Water Cycle & Ground Water Contamination



    Ocean Topography

    Science, Technology, Children/Middle School (STC/MS)



    Science Education for Public Understanding (SEPUP)



    Science and Life Issues (SALI)







    Energy, Machines & Motion


    Microlife & the Immune System


    Catastrophic Events



    Storms, Earthquakes & Volcanoes




    Properties of Matter


    Our Genes, Ourselves & Ecology & Evolution

    Earth in Space









    Biology is a broad study of living organisms that will address topics ranging from ecology, cells, biochemistry, genetics, evolution and human systems. The course will include laboratory based activities that emphasize the analysis and interpretation of data, constructing explanations, and designing solutions with an engineering focus. This course includes the dissection of preserved specimens, opportunities for evaluating and communicating scientific information and discussion based inquiry analysis.


    Miller and Levine

    (Parrot Book)

    ISBN-13:  978-0-13-366951-0





    The ideas of physics are presented conceptually through lecture, discussion, and hands-on lab activities. This class will include various projects utilizing the engineering design process, and inquiry activities. Math is used as a tool to enhance the conceptual understanding of physics. The study of mechanics is thoroughly investigated and includes topics such as kinematics, Newton’s laws, momentum, energy, projectile motion and satellite motion. Additional topics may include wave motion, light, and sound.

    Pearson Physics by Walker, Pearson Publisher, ISBN-13:978-0-13-137115-6




    Chemistry is a course stressing the general concepts of chemistry with emphasis upon problem solving and experimentation. Unifying principles are developed, with the laboratory work providing the basis for the development. The experimental theme is used to develop the mathematical relationships. The need to memorize innumerable facts is minimized and the course relies heavily on the student's ability to apply his/her observations and mathematical derivations in a wide range of practical and classical problem-solving examples. Chemistry is highly recommended for those students who intend to major in the engineering, biological and chemical sciences.

    Pearson Chemistry.  Wilbraham, Staley, Matta, Waterman


    ISBN-13: 978-0-13-252576-3




    Marine Science


    The world’s oceans are strikingly beautiful, filled with amazing life and increasingly threatened. Marine Science is a course for students who want to devote one sixth of their class schedule to understanding this largest habitat on earth, and to putting personal energy into shaping our human impacts on the seas. All students will design and build, with a partner, an underwater robot capable of maneuvering to depths of 15 to 20 feet and bringing back video images of underwater realms. Students will design and carry out field research projects on Bainbridge Island’s vital shorelines. Class members are encouraged to apply their personal interests in art, photography, writing, reading, exploring, fishing, cooking and music to their work in this class, as they become Students of the Ocean.

    Introduction to Marine Biology, Karleskint, Turner, & Small: 1133364462 

    11-12 Prerequisites

    University of Washington in the High School
    UWHS: Ocean 101


    This course is a college level introduction to oceanography. Major topics studied include geography and geology of the ocean basins, seawater chemistry, movements of ocean water such as waves, tides and currents, coastal processes, marine communities, marine organisms and marine resources. We will study the global climate system and factors controlling its present state, including the global energy balance, the greenhouse effect, the role of the oceans and ice, and the carbon cycle. Oceanography is interdisciplinary, linking together many different concepts that help us understand natural phenomenon we see in our everyday life.


    Essentials of Oceanography, Trujillo & Thurman: 0133096777


    Forensic Science


    The Forensic Science course introduces students to some of the specialized fields of forensic science. It is a lab-based course involved in the application of scientific methods and technology to the analysis of crime scene evidence. The course will focus on crime scene investigation, lab analysis techniques (e.g., analysis of fiber, blood, hair, glass; DNA, questioned documents, prints; facial reconstruction; crime scene reconstruction) and recording and presenting data at a mock final inquest. Mock crime scenes will be investigated and real case studies analyzed. Students are required to supply their own gloves.


    Forensic Science: Fundamentals and Investigations, Anthony J. Brown: 0538445866




    Forensic Science: Advanced Investigations, 1st, Brown and Davenport: 0538450894


    11/12 Prerequisites

    AP Chemistry


    The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the full-year general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. The course focuses on a model of instruction which promotes enduring, conceptual understandings and the content that supports them. Students will practice and master solving complex problems to apply these concepts. This approach enables students to develop the reasoning skills necessary to engage in the science practices used throughout their study of AP Chemistry.

    The course content is organized around the big ideas of chemistry. It builds on the knowledge of atomic theory, chemical reactions, and the quantitative aspects of chemistry presented in the first year. The course introduces the study of chemical kinetics, applications of the laws of thermodynamics to chemical reactions, and equilibrium to expand students’ understanding of the forces that govern chemical reactions.


    Chemistry, The Central Science, 13th edition  and


    Foundations of Chemistry - Applying POGIL Principals, 4th edition

    (approved 2014)

    11/12 Prerequisites

    AP Biology


    Advanced Placement Biology is rigorous and demanding course, equivalent to an introductory two-semester college biology course. It designed to follow successful completion of Biology and Chemistry. The new AP Biology curriculum encompasses four big ideas: Evolution, Cellular Processes, Genetics and Information Transfer, and Interactions. A significant amount of studying must be completed at home to allow time for discussion, labs, and inquiry during class. The course will include the thirteen labs activities required by the College Board plus supplemental labs as necessary.


    Campbell Biology in Focus, 1st edition, 2014

    (approved 2014)

    11/12 Prerequisites

    AP Physics C


    Advanced Placement Physics C is designed to be equivalent to a one year college physics course that serves as the foundation in physics for students majoring in the physical sciences or engineering. The course utilizes guided inquiry and student-centered learning to foster the development of critical thinking skills. Introductory differential and integral calculus will be use throughout the course. Students are not required to have taken calculus but calculus will be introduced as needed with the physics. The first semester will cover topics in kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, work, energy, power, momentum, circular motion and rotation, and oscillations and gravitation. The second semester will cover topics in electrostatics, electric circuits, magnetic fields and electromagnetism. 

    Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics, 3rd edition 2013 by Knight

    (Approved 2013)


    AP Environmental Science


    Advanced Placement 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 or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Yet there are several major unifying constructs, or themes that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science.


    Environment:  The Science Behind the Stories

    (approved 2014)