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Conceptual Physics is a practical physics course that covers topics in mechanics, properties of matter, heat, sound, light and magnetism. The course focuses on concepts, as students will use reasoning and problem-solving skills that will not exceed Algebra I concepts. It is a lab-centered class where the students learn about the laws and principles in nature. The focus will be to gain a better understanding of the world around them by discovering concepts by inquiry, and applying the knowledge to their own lives. Conceptual Physics is a UC approved Physical Science Lab Course.
Biology is the study of living things and their interaction within the world around us. The two main goals of this course are to develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to gain experience and appreciation of biology through experimentation and inquiry. The course presents a wide range of topics including but not limited to: chemical composition, cell structure and function, the biochemical processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, heredity and genetics, plant structure and function, environmental science and human biology. Throughout each unit, students are shown how the intricacy and order of life and its processes point to the existence of a Creator.
Biology is the study of living things and their interaction within the world around us. The two main goals of this course are to develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to gain experience and appreciation of biology through experimentation and inquiry. The content will survey all levels of biology in greater depth than in regular biology courses as this course is part of a “vertical team” that has the goal of preparing the student for Advanced Placement Biology. It presents a wide range of topics including but not limited to: chemical composition, cell structure and function, the biochemical processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, heredity and genetics, plant structure and function, environmental science and human biology. Throughout each unit, students are shown how the intricacy and order of life and its processes point to the existence of a Creator.
Advanced Placement (AP) Biology is designed to be the equivalent of a college biology course usually taken by biology majors. The two main goals are to develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to gain experience and appreciation of biology through experimentation and inquiry. The content surveys all levels of biology in much greater depth than previous biology courses. The course presents a wide range of topics including, but not limited to; chemical composition; cell structure & function; metabolic and biochemistry processes of photosynthesis and cell respiration; heredity & genetics; plant structure and function; zoology; marine biology; environmental science; and human biology. The major emphasis will be to assist students in recognizing and appreciating the application of science to everyday living, all the while, resenting them with detailed aspects of each specific subject so as to prepare them for the AP Biology Exam and in order to better understand College or University studies in science and medicine. **One important difference between the AP Biology course and previous biology courses is that students MUST assume responsibility for their learning. While conference time is available and students are encouraged to seek additional assistance when necessary, students in AP courses are expected to be independent learners, studying the material in much greater detail than in previous biology courses.
Chemistry is the study of substances and the changes that substances can undergo. Two goals of this study are for the student to gain an appreciation for the material world that God has created and to develop math application skills. A strong background in algebra is required for success in chemistry since a lot of algebra is used in applications of chemical principles.
Chemistry is the study of substances and the changes that substances can undergo. Two goals of this study is for the student to gain an appreciation for the material world that God has created and to develop math application skills. AP Chemistry is a college level course with college level expectations. 
Physics is the study of the physical laws that act in our universe. It includes topics such as motion, energy, light, electricity, and magnetism. The student will gain an appreciation for the precision of the rules that God has put into the workings of his universe and will develop math application skills.
Human Anatomy and Physiology is a rigorous course designed for those students who have interests in the biological sciences, health, and medical related fields. The course features the structures and their function within the human body. The course of study covers all aspects of the human body including, but not limited to; chemical composition, cells, & tissues; body protection, support & movement; communication; systems of transport; metabolic processing; and the cycle of life. The course also includes the understanding of disorders and diseases of the human body. The major emphasis will be to assist students in recognizing and appreciating the important functional concepts of the body and how they apply to everyday living. The course also introduces, develops, and prepares a foundation for understanding more detailed concepts in biology and other health-related fields.
Ecology and Oceanography class will study the relationship of organisms and their environment on land and sea.  The course will provide students with understanding of interrelationships of the natural world environments and environmental problems. Students will focus on interactions in the environment, organization of the environment, human and environment ecology and awareness, and exploration and interactions of the physical and biological properties of world oceans.  The course will explore sustaining the original God-designed functions of nature and being responsible stewards of His creation.  
AP Environmental Studies is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college course in environmental science. The course is designed to provide understanding of the inter-relationships of the natural world and to identify and analyze natural and man-made environmental problems. The goal is to make connections between the concepts you are learning and how they are relevant to your life and the lives of others. It is an interdisciplinary field of study because it incorporates information and ideas from multiple disciplines.