Science

STEM Physics A & B

Course #: SC361SSCA, SC361SSCB

Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/Science

Grade(s): 9

Prerequisite: None

This course uses the ideas of patterns to explore both science and the math 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 RHS. 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 A & B

This is an 2 trimester science course that will be offered every other year alternating with Physics, available to sophomores and juniors, This course will NOT be offered for 2014-15, but will be offered in 2015-16.
Physics

Course #: SC110SSCA, SC110SSCB

Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/Science

Grade(s): 10

Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and STEM Physics

This college preparatory course for students wishing to learn more about the nature of matter and the changes that is undergoes. The subject matter is taught from a challenging, mathematical perspective. Topics covered include scientific measurement, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, nomenclature, formula stoichiometry, chemical quantities, chemical reactions, gases, periodic table relationships, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, solutions, acids and basis, reaction rates, organic chemistry, and equilibrium.

Conceptual Physics: Science in Welding and Machining

Course #: SC126SSCB, SC126TSCB

Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/Science

Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Manufacturing Technology 1

This course will explore the science of welding and machining, focusing on the physics and chemistry within these crafts. Topics include electricity, characteristics of metals, bonding, shielding gases, flux, and waves. The final project is the fabrication and testing of CO2 cars. This course is meant to follow or be taken simultaneously with Manufacturing in Welding, and is crucial for students interested in a career in engineering, welding, machining, science, or technology.

STEM Biology A & B

This 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. 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.

Course #: SC130SSCA, SC130SSCB

Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/Science

Grade(s): 11

Prerequisites: STEM Physics and STEM Chemistry

This college preparatory course for students wishing to learn more about the nature of matter and the changes that is undergoes. The subject matter is taught from a challenging, mathematical perspective. Topics covered include scientific measurement, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, nomenclature, formula stoichiometry, chemical quantities, chemical reactions, gases, periodic table relationships, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, solutions, acids and basis, reaction rates, organic chemistry, and equilibrium.

Physics A & B

Course #: SC360SSCA, SC360SSCB

Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/Science

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and STEM Biology

This college preparatory course is about the interaction between matter and energy.  Topics include measurement, motion and forces, energy and momentum, heat, waves, light, optics, and electricity and magnetism. Additional topics may include relativity and subatomic physics. This course is open to all with the requisite math background, and is especially crucial for students wishing to pursue college studies in science, engineering, and medicine or veterinary medicine. This course is taught from a mathematical perspective and is rigorous. This course will be offered every other year. 

Forensic Science A & B

Course #: SC302SSCA, SC302SSCB

Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/Science

Grade(s): 11, 12

Forensic Science 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, looking at skeletons of determined age, race, gender, and how he/she dies, and many more exciting topics. This course will be offered every other year.

AP Biology A, B & C

Course#: SC350ASC1, SC350ASC2, SC351ASC

Length & Credit: 3 trimesters/1.5 credits/Science

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisite: STEM Physics, STEM Chemistry and Algebra 2

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 other biologically related career. Completion of this course will cover the labs and topics necessary to successfully pass the College Board Advanced Placement Biology test for college credit.