About DHS Science classes

Description

Course Offerings and Descriptions

2323 Geoscience P (UC Area D)
Length of Course: Year


All incoming 9th graders are strongly encouraged to take this course. It is designed to give students
functional knowledge of Earth Science, Astronomy and Meteorology. Background topics in Chemistry,
Physics and Biology are integrated into the course, and will support students’ learning in future science
classes. Laboratory work, as well as individual and group projects, are an integral part of this course.
This course satisfies 10 units of the student’s overall science graduation requirements (not the life
science or physical science requirements), and meets the area D college preparatory laboratory science
requirement.


2307 Life Science
Length of Course: Year

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geoscience – Teacher Recommendation only

The principles of biology are explored at all levels of biological systems. It is designed to promote the
understanding of the diversity and interrelationships among all living organisms and the place of humans
in the web of life. Students will learn about biochemistry, the structure and function of the cell, the
process of heredity, evolution of populations, the relationship of structure and function in organisms,
biotechnology, and the principles of ecology. Laboratory work is an integral part of the course. This
course satisfies the student’s life science graduation requirement.


2302 Biology P (UC Area D)
Length of Course: Year
Prerequisite: Students must have passed Geoscience with a C or better or be recommended by the
Biology instructor based on their transcript grades in Science, Math and English from 8th grade.

A summer assignment, due at the beginning of 9th grade, will be assigned to students electing to
skip Geoscience or Introduction to Agriculture.


The principles of biology are explored at all levels of biological systems. It is designed to promote the
understanding of the diversity and interrelationships among all living organisms and the place of humans
in the web of life. Students will learn about biochemistry, the structure and function of the cell, the
process of heredity, evolution of populations, the relationship of structure and function in organisms,
biotechnology, and the principles of ecology. Laboratory work is an integral part of the course. This
course satisfies the student’s life science graduation requirements and meets the area D college
preparatory laboratory science requirement.


2298 Adv. Biology P (UC Area D)
Length of Course: Year
Prerequisite: Students must have passed Biology with a C or better.


Advanced Biology is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to increase their expertise in
Biology. The class will include units in human anatomy/physiology, genetics, microbiology, plant
anatomy/physiology, and environmental sciences. Material is obtained from text, lecture, outside
reading, research, and student seminars. Laboratory work is also an integral part of the course. This
course satisfies the student’s life science graduation requirements and meets the area D college
preparatory laboratory science requirement.


2303 Advanced Biology Honors (UC Area D – Honors)
Length of Course: Year
Prerequisite: Students must have passed Biology with a B or better. Science Teacher recommendation is required.


Honors Advanced Biology is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to increase their
expertise in Biology. The class will include units in human anatomy/physiology, genetics,
microbiology, plant anatomy/physiology, and environmental sciences. Material is obtained from text,
lecture, outside reading, research, and student seminars. Laboratory work is also an integral part of the
course. The completion of an independent research paper and lab project is required to receive
the honors designation for this class.
This course satisfies the student’s life science graduation
requirements and meets the area D college preparatory laboratory science requirement. Enrollment in
the honors version of this course is based on teacher and student/parent agreement.


2305 Chemistry P (UC Area D)
Length of Course: Year
Prerequisite: It is recommended that students have passed Biology with a C or better and have
passed Integrated Math II


Chemistry is a laboratory course covering matter, atomic structure and nuclear chemistry, electrons, the
periodic table, bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solutions, and acids and bases. Laboratory
work is an integral part of the course and allows students the opportunity to apply their understanding of
the chemistry concepts. This course satisfies the students’ physical science graduation requirements and
meets the area D college preparatory laboratory science requirement.


2306 Physics P
Length of Course: Year
Prerequisite: Recommended that students have passed Chemistry with a C or better and have
passed Integrated Math III or are concurrently enrolled in Integrated III.


Physics covers mechanics, properties of matter, wave motion, sound, heat, light, electricity, magnetism,
modern physics and other selected topics. This course includes extensive laboratory work and is aimed
at understanding the physical world around us. Connections to the studies of Engineering and other
related fields are stressed in this course. This course satisfies the student’s physical science graduation
requirements and meets the area D college preparatory laboratory science requirement.


9116 SOU Physics (fall)/2297 Honors Physics (spring)
Length of Course: Year
Prerequisite: Strongly recommended that students have passed Biology, Chemistry and Integrated Math III with a B or better (concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus is also strongly recommended); Science teacher recommendation is also required Dual Enrollment with SOU PH 201 & 224 (fall semester; UC approved Honors spring semester)

Physics covers mechanics, properties of matter, wave motion, sound, heat, light, electricity, magnetism,
modern physics and other selected topics. This course includes extensive laboratory work and is aimed
at understanding the physical world around us. Connections to the studies of Engineering and other
related fields are stressed in this course. This course satisfies the student’s physical science graduation
requirement and meets the area D college preparatory laboratory science requirement. Students enrolled
in this class are eligible to earn college credit through Southern Oregon University for the fall semester,
and earn honors credit for the spring semester. Rigorous conceptual and mathematical content are
included in the Dual Enrollment and Honors versions of this course. Enrollment in the Dual Enrollment version of this course is based on teacher and student/parent agreement.


2324 STEM Physical Science
Length of Course: Year


This course blends mathematical and scientific skill-building with computational thinking and real-world
problem solving. A substantial component of the course will consist of hands-on experimental
investigations and engineering design challenges in Chemistry and Physics. Students will use a variety
of data-taking strategies, including use of computer-based hardware and software, as well as more
traditional methods. The course is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for
Physical Science and Engineering. Disciplinary Core Ideas are integrated with Cross-Cutting Concepts
and presented in the context of scientific and engineering design practices. This course satisfies the
student’s physical science graduation requirement.

Agricultural Sciences

NOTE: Courses meet the life, physical or additional science requirement as noted

5542 Introduction to Agriscience
Length of Course: Year
Satisfies: Agriculture Earth Science
Suggested grade level 9th and 10th grade


This course typically will include content related to Earth Science in Agriculture and components of
Agriculture Biology. Students will evaluate the role of agriculture in the California economy and
understand the history of agriculture in California. Students will research and learn the economic impact
of agriculture in California including the importance of our natural resources. Students will understand
and explore their food safety and producer’s responsibilities to consumers and understand the export and
import industry of California. Students will begin to explore the effect of technology on agriculture and
understand the labor availability, diversity, and efficiency for the industry. Students will also be taught
the impact of the importance of soil components and fertilizers for production and the multitude of
career opportunities for people in agriculture. Livestock production and terminology will be introduced
as well. Students will get an opportunity to know related fields (i.e. welding) and the importance of
agriculture mechanics for agriculture families. Students will be encouraged to have a project and record
book and to participate in FFA activities. Grades will be partially based on FFA participation and
projects.


5533 Introduction to Sustainable Ag Bio (UC Area D) (CTE Introductory Course)
Length of Course: Year (Offered every other year)
Satisfies Agriculture Life Science
Suggested grade level 10th grade (9-12 eligible)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intro to Agriscience or teacher approval

This course reviews the history and importance of agriculture in California and how it affects the quality
of life including the economic impact of agriculture on the nation. Students will examine the relationship
between agriculture and the environment and the current challenges. Students will compare and contrast
the practices for conserving the renewable and nonrenewable natural resources and how energy sources
are derived from agricultural products. The importance and role of animals in our society will be
discussed and research including the alternative uses of animals. Students will learn the anatomy and
system of a variety of animals and be able to compare and contrast the function of plant and animal
cells, bacteria and viruses. Students will be encouraged to have a project and record book and to
participate in FFA activities. Grades will be partially based on FFA participation and projects.


5535 Intermediate Ag Soil Chemistry (UC Area D) (CTE Concentrator Course)
Length of Course: Year (Offered every other year – will NOT be offered in 21-22)
Satisfies Agriculture Physical Science
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intro to Sustainable Ag Bio or teacher approval
Suggested grade level 11th (10-12 eligible)


This course explores the physical and chemical nature of soil as well as the relationships between soil,
plants, animals and agricultural practices. Students examine properties of soil and land and their
connections to plant and animal production. Additionally, students may develop and present a capstone
soil management plan for agricultural producers, demonstrating their knowledge of the soil chemistry
content learned throughout the course. Students will learn and design experiments using the scientific
method. They will analyze an agricultural problem and devise a solution based on the scientific method.
Students will analyze the effects of technology on agriculture and the logistics of moving an agricultural
product from producer to consumer. Students will be able to communicate public concern for
technological advancements in agriculture, such as genetically modified organism. Student will be able
to understand fundamental animal nutrition and feeding including supplements for the various species.
Students will evaluate sample feeding programs for various species including space requirements and
economic considerations. Students will be able to evaluate basic animal health considerations and how
housing, sanitation and nutrition influence animal health and behavior. Students will understand
parasites and the causes and controls of common animal diseases. Students will develop an
understanding of the soil principles and assess water delivery and irrigation. Students will be able to
analyze plant growth and development and understand photosynthesis and the respiration process for
plants. Students will gain an understanding of fundamental pest control and compare the methods of
management. Students will be encouraged to have a project and record book and to participate in FFA
activities. Grades will be partially based on FFA participation and projects.


5543 Advanced Interdisciplinary Ag Science H (UC Area D) (CTE Completer Course)
Length of Course: Year

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intermediate Ag Soil Chemistry or teacher approval

This is considered a UC Honors course. Currently not awarded a Durham weighted grade. This is the
third course in a series of three, Sustainable Agri-science 1, Sustainable Agri-science 2, and Advanced
Sustainable Agri-science. This integrated class combines an interdisciplinary approach to laboratory
science and research with agricultural management principles. Using skills and principles learned in the
course, including the chemical and biological principles that govern plant science and crop production,
students design systems and experiments to solve agricultural management issues currently facing the
industry. Additionally, students connect the products created in this class with industry activities to link
real world encounters and implement skills demanded by both colleges and careers. The course
culminates with an agri-science experimental research project in which students design and conduct an
experiment to solve a relevant agricultural issue. Final projects will be eligible for Career Development
Event competition at FFA events. Throughout the course, students will be graded on participation in
intra-curricular FFA activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised
Agricultural Experience (SAE) program. Students will be encouraged to have a project and record book
and to participate in FFA activities. Grades will be partially based on FFA participation and projects.


DHS Science Teachers

Mr. Atkinson

Email: Send a message to Mr. Atkinson
Phone: (530) 895-4685 ext 247
Room #: 203
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Ms. Bill

Email: Send a message to Ms. Bill
Phone: (530) 895-4685 ext 248
Room #: 204
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Ms. Luce

Email: Send a message to Ms. Luce
Phone: (530) 895-4685 ext. 255
Room #: Ag
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