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Science Department Chairperson
Ms. Christina Jenschke, (512) 841-9778
 
Science Instructional Coach/Lead Teacher
Ms. Kirsti Alvarez-Thomas, (512) 841-9733
 
Science Dept. Supervising Administrator
Dr. Kerrie Carter-Walker, (512) 841-9915
 

Biology
This course provides a conceptual knowledge of biology as outlined in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and supported by the AISD Instructional Planning Guide. It emphasizes critical thinking skills, problem solving and laboratory experiences. Students will make informed decisions on biological topics in the world today such as ecology, organization of cells, energy transformation, cell reproduction, genetics, and evolutionary processes. Students receive 40% field and laboratory experience during the course.
Grade Placement: 9-10
Prerequisite: None

Biology (Pre-AP)
This is an advanced course that prepares students for Advance Placement Biology. Students receive 40% field and laboratory experience during the course.
Grade Placement: 9-10
Prerequisite: None

AP Biology
AP Biology is a college-level study of the chemical and structural organization of living cells, energy transformation, cell reproduction, genetics and evolutionary processes. Laboratory and independent investigative skills are developed through statistical evaluation of data and use of technical scientific readings and research reports. This course Prepares students for the Advanced Placements (AP) examinations in this subject.
Grade Placement: 10-12
Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry. (Chemistry may be taken concurrently with AP Biology)

Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC)
Students study energy states related to mechanical, heat, sound, light, magnetic and electrical phenomena. They also explore the properties of matter, chemical changes, and solutions. Students develop skills in observing, recording and interpreting data. Practical applications and career opportunities are explored. Students receive 40% field and laboratory experience during the course.
Grade Placement: 9-10
Prerequisite: None

Anatomy and Physiology of Human Systems (weighted)
This course includes the in-depth study of cells and tissues; it focuses on the human circulatory, digestive, muscular, respiratory, and skeletal systems and introduces anatomical terminology. Field and laboratory experiences and a research component are required. Students receive 40% field and laboratory experience during the course. This is an elective course and does not meet the core course requirement for graduation.
Grade Placement: 11-12
Prerequisite: Biology and one other science course; Chemistry recommended.

Environmental Systems
This course places emphasis on make connections among the science disciplines by showing the natural integrations among the life, earth, and physical sciences. Students are provided with multiple opportunities to experience science directly, thereby giving them the tools and skills necessary to understand the methods scientists use to investigate the world. The course also provides a review of the essential components covered in IPC, Biology and Chemistry in order help students prepare for the exit-level TAKS test. This is an elective course and does not meet the core course requirement for graduation.
Grade Placement: 11-12
Prerequisite: Biology, Integrated Physics and Chemistry or Chemistry recommended

Chemistry
Chemistry includes a descriptive study of matter and energy, atomic structure, chemical formulas, equations, bonding, kinetic theory, gas laws, nuclear chemistry, and their mathematical relationships. This laboratory-based course emphasizes the practical applications of chemistry. Students receive 40% field and laboratory experience during the course.
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: Algebra I

Chemistry Pre-AP
Pre-AP Chemistry includes the in-depth study of the measurement of matter and energy, atomic structure, chemical formulas, equations, bonding, kinetic theory, matter and gas laws. The course emphasizes field and laboratory experiences. A research component is also required. Students receive 40% field and laboratory experience during the course.
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: Algebra I; Concurrent enrollment in Algebra II

AP Chemistry
AP Chemistry is a college-level study of organic chemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, macromolecules, colloids, and properties of solutions. It emphasizes mathematical quantification, statistical evaluation of data and independent investigative skills. This course helps to prepare students for the Advanced Placement (AP) examination.
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: Chemistry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus recommended.

Principles of Engineering 1
The second course in the Project Lead the Way engineering major. POE introduces students to the basic processes and systems encountered in all fields of engineering- the design process, kinematics, computer programming, robotics, mechanics, etc.
Grade Level: 10-11
Prerequisite: a score of 80% or higher in IED (the first course in the Project Lead the Way sequence) and algebra II (which may be taken concurrently)

Physics
Physics includes a descriptive analysis equilibrium, motion, momentum, energy, forces, waves, thermodynamics, and quantum phenomena. It emphasizes practical applications, problem solving, critical thinking, and conceptual knowledge. Students receive 40% field and laboratory experience during the course.
Grade level: 10-12
Prerequisite: Algebra 1, Geometry

Pre-AP Physics
This an advanced science course designed to prepare juniors to take AP physics B as seniors, but is also available to seniors who want a more rigorous approach to physics. All five major themes are covered: mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, thermal and fluid physics, and modern and atomic physics through lectures, laboratory experiences, and problem solving. Students receive 40% field and laboratory experience during the course.
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: Algebra II

AP Physics B
AP Physics B is a non-calculus based, college level physics course. Subjects include those covered in pre-AP physics, but with much more depth and mathematical rigor. Prerequisites include successful completion of pre-AP physics and algebra II. Students that are also taking calculus will find the math in AP physics B to be much easier. Though AP Physics B is NOT calculus based, nearly all of the concepts can be explained (and more easily understood) with calculus.
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: Physics and concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus, AP Physics recommended

AP Physics C
AP Physics C is a college-level calculus-based intensive study of mechanics, electricity, and magnetism. Topics include static and dynamic equilibrium, linear and rotational kinematics, oscillations, gravitation, electrostatics, magnetostatics, electric circuits, and electromagnetism. This course helps to prepare students for the Advanced Placement (AP) examination in this subject. Please consult your science teacher or counselor for more information.
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: Completion of AP Physics and concurrent enrollment in calculus.