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Carey, Colleen (408) 522-2488 ex. 3849 Science Teacher
Dudley, Celia (408) 522-2488 ex.3820 Science Teacher
Heyneman, Andree (408) 522-2488 Science Teacher
Kumar, Deborah (408) 255-2488 ex.3860 Biology and Physiology Teacher
Magee, John  (408) 522-2488 ex.3845 Biology Teacher
McCabe, Virginia (408) 522-2460 ex.3873 Science Teacher
Paul, Amanda (408) 522-3854 Science Teacher
Rilea, Jennifer (408) 522-2488 ex.3828 Biology Teacher
Sargious, Mary   Science Teacher
Scott, Kip (408) 522-2460 ex.3834 Science Teacher
Trione, AnnMarie (408) 522-2460 ex.3813     Science Teacher
Wagner, Michelle (408) 522-2488 ex.3862 Science, AVID Teacher, GOALS Coordinator
Wu, Anita (408) 522-2488 ex.3810 Science Teacher

Courses

Biology

Biology is an introductory laboratory course based on the Next Generation Science Standards that includes the following core ideas: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes; Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics; Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits; and Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity. Students will explore and deepen their understanding of these core ideas through scientific inquiry. In the process, they will learn to think and act like scientists by using science practices and cross-cutting concepts that they can apply in subsequent science courses. In accordance with state law, students will also engage in a comprehensive sexual health education unit that will prepare them to make informed and healthy choices regarding their own relationships and sexuality.

AP Biology

This is a college level biology course that will prepare you to take the Advanced Placement Exam in Biology. AP Biology is considered by many students to be one of the most challenging classes at Fremont. One of the reasons for that is that it IS an AP class and therefore involves a lot of work and independent study outside of class. Also AP Biology is unique in that it is a blend of Science and English. 

Your science skills and abilities need to be good, and it really helps to be interested in the subject! But also you need to have a good grasp of the English language, as there is a lot of reading, and writing. You will be expected to write science essays in the class. In fact, on the AP exam itself 40% of your grade will be based on the essays you write (4 in 90 minutes). You will also find that Biology has its own unique language. You will learn words in Biology you never knew existed! In a perfect world you will have passed Biology, Chemistry, and Physiology with a B or better as well as be competent in English before you take AP Biology. However, many students who are college bound have been successful in the class without taking all these classes. 

Chemistry

Recommended prior to taking this course: Biology and Algebra 1 (can be concurrent). Chemistry is a laboratory course based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Students will explore and deepen their understanding of Earth’s systems and humans’ relationships with the Earth through the lens of chemistry, which include the following core ideas: structures and properties of matter, chemical reactions, and the energy and forces that drive these interactions. Students will continue to grow in their ability to learn to think and act like scientists, preparing them to make informed decisions about important science-related issues in our society and the world. Emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding of ideas, and students are expected to use algebra to explain these ideas.

Honors Chemistry

Recommended prior to taking this course: Biology and Geometry (can be concurrent). Chemistry Honors is a laboratory course based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Students will explore and deepen their understanding of Earth’s systems and humans’ relationships with the Earth through the lens of chemistry, which includes the following core ideas: structures and properties of matter, chemical reactions, and the energy and forces that drive these interactions. Students will continue to grow in their ability to learn to think and act like scientists, preparing them to make informed decisions about important science-related issues in our society and the world. Emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding of ideas as well as mathematical reasoning, and students are expected to have a confident background in mathematics.

AP Chemistry

This is a college-level chemistry course which will prepare you to take the Advanced Placement Exam in Chemistry. Chemistry topics will be covered with depth, with greater detail given to quantitative measurements and calculations. This course is extremely rigorous and fast paced. The quality of student work and behavior is expected to be at the college level. This course requires that you have taken either Chemistry or Chemistry Honors and passed with a minimum of a C, but grades of B or above (in a previous chemistry course) is highly recommended. How does it compare to AP Biology? Many students find it more challenging because it requires very good math skills. While there are essays, most of the AP Chemistry test is quantitative.

Environmental Science

The focus of this course is on Environmental Science based on California State Science Content Standards for High School, including Earth Science. The four areas of study are the biosphere, geosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere. The course builds on basic Biology concepts and makes connections to real-world environmental issues. Human activity and its impact on the four Earth spheres is a thread that runs throughout the course. Emphasis is placed on human behaviors and how individuals can negatively or positively impact the environment. Major units of study include: Earth structure; plate tectonics; earthquakes; the carbon cycle, global warming; air pollution; acid rain, water properties and the water cycle; human population; consumerism; local eating; agriculture and flowering plant life cycles. Explore labs and activities on the computer are used to discuss and debate global environmental issues and solutions. A variety of teaching strategies are used including computer simulations and tutorials as well as hands- on experiments and activities. Literacy skills are emphasized and practiced throughout the course. Outside reading projects are utilized to promote and practice literacy.

AP Environmental Science

This is a college-level environmental science course which will prepare you to take the Advanced Placement Exam in Environmental Science. The goal of the AP Environmental Science course 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 including biology, chemistry, and earth science. Students will do best if they have a strong interest in the topic and are willing to do college level work. 

Physics

Recommended prior to taking this course: Biology and Algebra 1. Physics is a laboratory course based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Students will explore and deepen their understanding of the universe and humans’ relationships with the Earth through the lens of physics, which includes the following core ideas: energy, matter, forces, time, and space. Students will continue to grow in their ability to learn to think and act like scientists, preparing them to make informed decisions about important science-related issues in our society and the world. Emphasis is placed on conceptual, rather than the mathematical, understanding to explain natural phenomena.

Honors Physics

Recommended prior to taking this course: Biology and Algebra 2. Physics Honors is a laboratory course based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Students will explore and deepen their understanding of the universe and humans’ relationships with the Earth through the lens of physics, which includes the following core ideas: energy, matter, forces, time, and space. Students will continue to grow in their ability to learn to think and act like scientists, preparing them to make informed decisions about important science-related issues in our society and the world. Emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding of ideas as well as mathematical reasoning, and students are expected to have a strong background in mathematics.


 

AP Physics

This is a college level calculus-based physics course which will prepare you to take the Advanced Placement Exam in Physics (AP Physics C : Mechanics). The Physics topics will be covered in-depth, with greater detail given to quantitative measurements and calculations. This course is extremely rigorous and fast paced. The quality of student work and behavior is expected to be at the college level. This course requires that you have taken Physics Honors and passed with a minimum of a C, but grades of B or above are highly recommended. The course also has a math requirement of concurrent enrollment in calculus or having already passed calculus. How does it compare to AP Biology? Many students find it more challenging because it requires very good math skills. While there are essays, most of the AP Physics test is quantitative. 


 

Physiology

Physiology is the study of the structures and functions of the human body. There are eleven organ systems and we will learn how they interact with each other.   Several systems will be studied in depth, including how they help maintain a stable internal environment, homeostasis, and how each system interacts with other body systems. The information you learn will be directly applicable to the choices you make in your daily life.

 

Course Sequence

Students need to pass one life science and one physical science class to graduate.

Counts as Life Science

Counts as Either

Counts as Physical Science

Biology
Physiology
AP Biology

Environmental Science
AP Environmental Science

Chemistry/Chemistry Honors

AP Chemistry

Physics/Physics Honors

AP Physics

Grades 9 and 10

Students are encouraged to take foundational science courses:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry / Chemistry Honors
  • Physics / Physics Honors

 Grades 11 and 12

Students may continue to take foundational science courses listed above.

In addition, students may take science electives or AP courses:

  • Environmental Science
  • Physiology
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics

Pathways for each student will vary based on readiness, prerequisites, and student interest.