STEM Physics

Course #: SC361SSCA, SC361SSCB

Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/ SC

Grade(s): 9

Prerequisite: None

Lab Science: Yes

STEM Physics is a two-trimester course for all incoming 9th graders. This course uses the ideas of patterns to explore both science and the math to support that science. Students will get the background skills, knowledge (ie:
math, graphing, tech, problem-solving, etc.) necessary to move on to upper-level science courses offered at RSD. By liaising with the community at large, students will also be introduced to STEM career opportunities via
Oregon Connections and the Portland Metro STEM Hub.
STEM Chemistry

Course #: SC395SSCA, SC395SSCB

Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/ SC

Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: STEM Physics

Lab Science: Yes

STEM Chemistry is a two-trimester course for all incoming 10th graders, upon successful completion of STEM Physics.  This course uses the ideas of patterns to explore both science and the supporting math of chemistry.  Students will use inquiry investigations and problem based learning activities to further their knowledge of chemistry.  By liaising with the community at large, students will also be introduced to STEM career opportunities via Oregon Connections and the Portland Metro STEM Hub

STEM Biology

Course #: SC130SSCA, SC130SSCB

Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/ SC

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: STEM Physics, STEM Chemistry

Lab Science: Yes

This lab-based course covers the foundational principles of modern life science as outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The course is framed around the themes of structure and function as well as interaction and change. In addition to the focus on the NGSS life science content, scientific practices and engineering design are emphasized throughout the course. Course content will include the relationship between molecules and organisms, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Technological, historical, political, and environmental aspects of biology will also be addressed. The content learned in physics and chemistry courses is built upon and expanded on in a biological context. Critical thinking, data analysis, and argumentation from evidence are also emphasized.

Forensics

Course #:  SC302SSC

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/0.5 credit/ SC

Grade(s): 11, 12
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Prerequisites: None

Lab Science: Yes

In order for each individual to be given a fair trial, it is important for all of the jury members to be familiar with the methods of the police and forensic analysts.  The course allows students to study how crimes are solved using the scientific method. Topics covered include, identifying illegal drugs using drug analysis, fingerprinting, hair analysis, DNA evidence, bullet comparisons, carbon dating, looking at skeletons of determined age, race, gender, and how he/she dies, and many more exciting topics.

Geology of Oregon

Course #:  SC312SSC

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/0.5 credit/ SC

Grade(s): 11, 12
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Prerequisites: None

Lab Science: Yes

The Geology of Oregon will explore the concepts of earth science, and how geologic processes shape the world around us. Studies will include the forces that impact Earth’s interior, its surface and its atmosphere and how the interactions between those regions create the planet that we see today. Course offered every other year.

AP Environmental Science

Course #: SC938ASC

Length & Credit: 3 trimesters/1.5 credit/ SC

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: STEM Physics, STEM Chemistry, concurrent enrollment STEM Biology

Lab Science: Yes

Weighted GPA: 5.0

The goal of AP Environmental Science is to provide the student with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world and to identify and analyze environmental problems that are natural and made by humans. The student will evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing problems. Laboratory experiments support student content mastery in both hands-on and virtual experiences.

AP Physics 1

Course #: SC360SSC

Length & Credit: 3 trimesters/1.5 credit/ SC

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: Algebra 2

Lab Science: Yes

Weighted GPA: 5.0 scale

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.

AP Biology

Course #: SC350SSC

Length & Credit: 3 trimesters/1.5 credit/ SC

Grade(s): 12
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Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation, STEM Physics, STEM Chemistry, STEM Biology,  concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2

Lab Science: Yes

Weighted GPA: 5.0 scale

This course includes an advanced look at biological concepts with a special emphasis on biochemistry, molecular genetics, evolution, cytology, botany, and physiology of animals. This is an excellent college-level course for those planning to pursue a medical or another biology-related career.