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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

College Prep Biology is the first science course freshmen will take at Fremont High School. The course is based around California’s new state standards for science, called the Next Generation Science Standards (CA-NGSS), which place as much emphasis on the science practices as it does science content. The course has been designed to reflect this dual focus with students asked to constantly engage in the practice of science throughout the 10 unit course . Students will have opportunities to carry out investigations, ask questions, build and evaluate models and design solutions, as well as work on Chromebooks to do computer simulations, plot data for analysis, and learn valuable Google Suite skills that transfer to other course work.

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

Chemistry can be defined as the study of matter. Matter is anything that occupies space, from very small things like electrons to very large things like stars. If you have asked any of these questions, you have started to study chemistry:
What will happen to you if your space suit gets a rip? Why shouldn't you burn an empty spray paint can? Why do flames have different colors? How much gas can you put in a soda? Why does a soda can explode when shaken? How does soap clean your hands? Why do some reactions have explosive results?

Chemistry is about the study of matter and changes that occur to matter. In this course, you will examine the structure of matter so that you will understand and be able to predict its behavior. This course will provide a basic framework for understanding environmental, biological or consumer problems and making informed rational decisions. Concepts will be covered in depth, but with less emphasis on particular exceptions to rules and quantitative calculations and measurements. A basic understanding of algebra and graphing is needed to do well in this course. 

Honors Chemistry

This course will cover the same concepts as the regular Chemistry course. However, the concepts will be covered with more depth and with much greater detail to quantities of matter involved. This course requires that you be very comfortable with basic algebra and graphing skills. The material covered will be more than adequate to prepare you for further studies at the college level in the science or engineering disciplines.

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

We're all born with an urge to understand the world around us. This leads us to ask questions such as:
How fast will I be going if I jump off of a bridge? How does a CD player work? What is special about laser light? How does the Sun keep on shining? What is dark matter? What are the ultimate constituents of matter? How did the Universe begin? At its heart, physics is about finding things out - about understanding what lies behind every-day phenomena like rainbows, red sunsets and blue skies as well as the more revolutionary concepts of quantum theory, relativity and cosmology.

Physics often uses mathematics to describe the laws of nature. But, it doesn't have to use math to express some of the laws of the physical world. Some principles are better expressed in words, like the important Law of Conservation of Energy, which states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. 

In Physics (regular), we use some Algebra 1 math ideas. If you are rusty, you will get some practice and useful tips to make you successful. The course also includes a number of projects where you will show your understanding of the laws of physics by building or assembling a vehicle or device and operating it in a class competition.

Honors Physics

The interesting questions, topics and basic course content for Physics Honors are nearly identical to regular physics. In Physics Honors we recommend Algebra 2 but concurrent enrollment is fine. We still use Algebra 1 math ideas (mostly) but you are expected to be very comfortable with basic algebra. There is more math and more challenging types of problems but the basic course idea and projects are similar to regular physics. In comparison to the regular physics course, we will cover some topics in greater detail and add a few more.

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

Grade 9

Biology is required for all Freshmen

Grade 10

  • Chemistry or Chemistry Honors
  • Physics or Physics Honors
  • Environmental Science 

Grades 11 and 12

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