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Mission Bay High School Science Department Course Offerings 2017-18

9th Grade:

10th Grade:

11th Grade:

12th Grade:



IB Biology, HL

IB Biology, HL2

Advanced Physics


Advanced Biology




AP Environmental Science


Honors Chemistry


Honors Chemistry

IB Environmental Science

** IB students should take both Honors Chemistry and Advanced Biology

AP Environmental Science

IB Marine Biology

Marine Science

Marine Science









Physics: This physics course is designed to provide an introductory experience with the processes of investigating the physical world and the understandings derived from that process.

Advanced Physics: This algebra-based physics course for students looking for a more mathematically rigorous experience. The core content addressed in this course includes the topics of motion and forces, the conservation of energy and momentum, heat and thermodynamics, waves and electric and magnetic phenomena.

Biology: This course is required for graduation and unifying themes of biology are stressed (evolution, homeostasis, energy, matter and organization, continuity, development, and ecology) and the application and relevance of biology to students’ lives and to society.

Advanced Biology: This is a first year course intended for students with the interest and ability to extend their study of biology beyond the basic course, and/or who are contemplating a science-related career. It covers all the elements of the regular course, including the same inquiry and cooperative strategies, but the pace will be faster, and it will go into greater depth in selected areas.

Chemistry: Students learn the fundamental concepts and knowledge of chemistry through experimental laboratory activities, inquiry, cooperative group work, class discussions, reading, mathematics, and critical thinking analyses leading to deeper conceptual understanding.

Honors Chemistry: (weighted for UC) Students who complete this course successfully will gain a depth of understanding of chemical concepts and processes. They will also develop their critical thinking and analytical skills. The class includes experimental laboratory activities, class discussions, reading, and critical analysis leading to deeper understanding, and it emphasizes human inquiry and the nature of science.

IB Biology, HL/HL2: (HL2 weighted)This course is a two-year sequence of courses that prepares students to take the IB Biology HL (Higher Level) exam, and satisfies the Group 4 (Experimental Sciences) requirement for the International Baccalaureate diploma. Students perform laboratory experiments, complete group projects, and demonstrate their understanding of the fundamental concepts of biology, both orally and in writing.

AP Environmental Science: (weighted) This advanced-level course is designed as the equivalent of a one-semester college-level course in environmental science. It provides students with an understanding of human impacts on the environment around us. Human population, water usage, land management, agriculture, pollution are discussed as well as analysis of environmental problems and solutions.

IB Environmental Science: This SL one year International Baccalaureate (IB) course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the global environment and the impact humans have had on it. Interdisciplinary by nature, the course covers current events and their local and global implications. Students will participate in field trips, seminars, debates, field work and data analysis as well as design and implement their research studies culminating in a written lab report.

IB Marine Biology: This SL one year International Baccalaureate (IB) course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the marine environment. Interdisciplinary by nature, it allows students to explore the marine environment through raising fish with a local organization to be released as well other projects that are designed to integrate local environments into field work and data analysis as well as design and implement their research studies culminating in a written lab report.

Marine Science: This course builds on the physical science and life science concepts learned in previous science courses and applies that knowledge to the exploration of the living and nonliving environments of our bays and oceans. Students will participate in laboratory experiments, discussions, field trips, projects, independent research, and appropriate use of community resources. Ethical and social issues related to the marine environment may be addressed.