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Our Instructors

Mijal Batscha

Mijal Batscha
Biology

mijal.batscha
@simivalleyusd.org

Brenda Coleman

Brenda Coleman
Biology, Co-Chemistry

brenda.coleman
@simivalleyusd.org

Loren Dacanay

Loren Dacanay
Chemistry
loren.dacanay
@simivalleyusd.org

Hunter Horn

Hunter Horn
Biology, Earth Science

hunter.horn
@simivalleyusd.org

Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly
Biotechnology

patrick.kelly
@simivalleyusd.org

Chris Mankey

Chris Mankey
Department Chair

Anatomy & Physiology
Environmental Science

christopher.manke
y@simivalleyusd.org

 

Lindsay Miller

Lindsay Miller
Anatomy & Physiology
Co-Biology

lindsay.miller
@simivalleyusd.org

Beth Peterson

Beth Peterson
Earth Science
Environmental Science

elizabeth.peterson
@simivalleyusd.org

Giuseppina Smith

Giuseppina Smith
Biology, Biotechnology

giuseppina.smith
@simivalleyusd.org

Alisa Speidel

Alisa Speidel
Department Chair &
Medical Health Careers
Program Coordinator

MHC Biology

MHC Anatomy & Physiology

alisa.speidel
@simivalleyusd.org

Monika Way

Monika Way
Chemistry
(AP, Honors, & MHC)

monika.way
@simivalleyusd.org

Dr. Qin Zhou

Dr. Qin Zhou
Physics, AP Physics
Chemistry

qin.zhou
@simivalleyusd.org

Science Courses

Biology

Primary Graduation Requirement: Biological Science

Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective Electives

UC A-G Approved: D, G

 

This is a rigorous college preparatory laboratory-based course covering all the California Science Standards for grades 9-12 Biology/Life Sciences. The study of biology begins with a review of chemistry and energetics, then covers the principles of cellular biology, followed by the study of genetics leading to a discussion of diversity of form and physiology. Ecology is also addressed. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.

 

Course Length: Yearlong

Course Credit: 10

Grade Level(s): 9 - 12

 


 

Chemistry

Primary Graduation Requirement: Physical Science
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives
UC A-G Approved: D, G


This is a college preparatory laboratory-based science course covering all the California Science Standards for grades 9-12 Chemistry. The course fosters a deep appreciation of chemistry and requires high level problem solving skills. Students are taught strategies to solve both numeric (quantitative) and conceptual (qualitative) problems. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Completion of Algebra I or its equivalent with a 'B' or better 2nd semester or Geometry with a 'C' or better 2nd semester and General Biology with a 'B' or better 2nd semester and a teacher recommendation.

Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 10 - 12

 


 

Earth Science

Primary Graduation Requirement: Physical Science

Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives

UC A-G Approved: D, G

 

Earth Science is an introductory laboratory science that will take an in-depth look at the natural world and its processes. Its curriculum will focus on matter, energy, origin and evolution of the Earth and its solar system, geology, meteorology, oceanography, and the cycles that circulate energy and material through the biosphere. The objective and purpose of this course is to have students master a broad curriculum that gives them a comprehensive understanding of the universe and the natural world. Inquiry-based labs and activities are the cornerstone way that curriculum is introduced and taught in this course. Additional assignments and in-class activities are also incorporated throughout the week, which reinforce the material taught. There are no prerequisites for this class as it is designed to be a freshman science class, an introductory pathway course, or an elective class for older students who are looking to take extra science classes. This laboratory course also fulfills one year of the 'd' requirement for University of California eligibility. Lastly, this course will also prepare students for the Next Generation Science Standards since there is an Earth Science component to them. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.

 

SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Algebra 1 (recommended)

Course Length: Yearlong

Course Credit: 10

Grade Level(s): 9 - 12

 


 

Physics

Primary Graduation Requirement: Physical Science
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives
UC A-G Approved: D, G


Through investigations, demonstrations and labs, students observe natural phenomena, propose hypotheses and generate descriptions. Using technology for analysis, calculus and applications they experience the rich level of description, analysis and problem solving that physics provides. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.

Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 11 - 12

 


 

Anatomy and Physiology

Primary Graduation Requirement: Biological Science
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled: Science Elective,  Electives
UC A-G Approved: D, G


This course is designed to provide a broad-based, general study of the human body. The focus of the course is for people who have interests in science and healthcare professions and desire to learn more about the human body. The course may lead people to careers in the medical and health professions. Through the use of microscopes, models, mannequins, skeletons and skeletal parts, videotapes and a cat dissection, students will gain a thorough understanding of the structure and function of major systems of the human body. Lab work is stressed including dissections of fetal pigs and cats. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: PREREQUISITE(S): Grade of 'C' or better in both Biology and Chemistry and teacher approval.

Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 11 - 12

Honors Science Courses

Honors Biology

Primary Graduation Requirement: Biological Science

Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives

UC A-G Approved: D, G

 

This course provides a bridge between CP & AP and is a more rigorous version of our College Preparatory course, laboratory-based course. It will cover all the Next Generation Science Standards for grades 9-12 Life Sciences. Through investigation and activities, students gain firsthand experience with such learning skills and processes as observing, classifying, identifying, measuring, inferring, hypothesizing, interpreting and predicting. Students will study the basic concepts and principles of biology from a human perspective. Students will develop an understanding of the diversity of life and the interdependence of all organisms. Students learn about the structure and function of human systems, human inheritance and change and the role of humans in ecological systems. Topics include structures and processes from molecules to organisms, ecosystem interactions, energy and dynamics, heredity (inheritance and variation of traits) biological evolution (unity and diversity) cell biology, human anatomy and physiology. Laboratory activities include dissection, investigation and experimentation. Students develop problem-solving skills as they design and conduct their own experiments and develop critical-thinking skills through research and discussion about issues related to the health industry. Students will complete biology labs relevant to the topics studied and complete lab reports. The labs are designed to promote technical lab competence, utilize the scientific process of research and reporting and teach and reinforce scientific concepts. This course will support Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics and Science and Engineering practices. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.

 

SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Completion of Algebra I or Teacher recommendation

Course Length: Yearlong

Course Credit: 10

Grade Level(s): 9 - 12

 


 

Honors Chemistry

Primary Graduation Requirement: Physical Science
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives
UC A-G Approved: D, G


This is an enriched and accelerated chemistry curriculum with more labs than the CP course which helps students prepare for the SAT. IT not only covering the Next Generation Science Standards for grades 9-12 Chemistry, but also including gravimetric and volumetric analysis, chemical reactions including reduction/oxidation, intermolecular forces, gases, spectroscopy, equilibrium, electrochemistry and organic and biochemistry. Strong emphasis is placed on solving a variety of challenging problems and there is emphasis on analysis in the laboratory. Some of the laboratory activities will include inquiry labs, which will ask students to address a challenge, solve a problem, test a hypothesis, explain a phenomenon or answer a question in the same manner that a scientist approaches a research question. The goal of an inquiry-based lab is for students of all backgrounds to learn chemistry by experiencing the process of science and the thrill of first-hand discovery students are taught strategies to solve both numeric (quantitative) and conceptual
(qualitative) problems. These strategies can be used to solve simple or complex problems. Students are encouraged to make decisions regarding the best approach to solve a problem. This course will support Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics and Science and Engineering practices. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Completion of CP Biology or Honors Biology, completion of any chemistry course or teacher recommendation. Concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 is highly recommended.


Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 10 - 12

 

 

Honors Anatomy and Physiology

Primary Graduation Requirement: Biological Science
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives
UC A-G Approved: D, G


This course is a detailed study of the structures and functions of the human body. Various materials, apparatus, and dissections of assorted specimens are used to provide laboratory experiences in this area. Local physicians will present lecture-demonstrations covering specific topics in both anatomy and physiology. This course is primarily designed for people with specific interest in entering the medical and health professions. Students will be required to complete an independent research project, a presentation of practical anatomy, and a Power Point presentation in physiology. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Grade of 'B' or better in CP Biology and CP Chemistry or teacher approval.

Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 11 - 12

AP Science Courses

AP Biology

Primary Graduation Requirement: Biological Science

Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives

UC A-G Approved: D, G

 

This is an advanced laboratory course in Biology. Homework requirement: 5-10 hours per week. Laboratory work is emphasized. Student must be self-motivated and possess strong reading skills. Scientific calculator required. Programmable/graphing calculators not allowed on tests. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.

 

SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Completion of CP Chemistry with a 'B' grade or better; grade of 'B' or better in prior CP Science class; or teacher recommendation. Students must meet three of the above four criteria.

Course Length: Yearlong

Course Credit: 10

Grade Level(s): 10 - 12

 


 

AP Chemistry

Primary Graduation Requirement: Physical Science
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives
UC A-G Approved: D, G


This is an advanced placement course designed to prepare the student for the AP Chemistry exam, and covers the equivalent of one full year of college level General Chemistry. It is a rigorous math-based course, with a strong laboratory component. It is intended for students who have demonstrated a willingness to commit considerable time to studying and completing assignments outside of class, and who have successfully completed a prior course in chemistry during high school. The primary goal of the course is for students to understand the basic principles of modern chemistry-including stoichiometry, electrochemistry, equilibrium, kinetic, and thermodynamics-while also demonstrating the ability to use that understanding in the solution and meaningful communication of mathematically based laboratory and textbook problems. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: It is recommended that the AP Chemistry course be taken after the successful completion of a first course in high school chemistry. The math prerequisite is a 'C' or better in a second year algebra course, and/or teacher recommendation.

Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 11 - 12

 


 

AP Physics I

Primary Graduation Requirement: Physical Science
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives
UC A-G Approved: D, G


AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including both translational and rotational motions); work, energy and power: mechanical waves and sound; and simple circuits. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. A major component of this course will be hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquirybased investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Completion of Geometry and received a 'B' or higher. Must be concurrently enrolled in or have taken Algebra II or an equivalent course. Those who are concurrently enrolled in or have taken any AP Calculus courses are preferred.

Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 11 - 12

 


 

AP Physics II

Primary Graduation Requirement: Physical Science
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives
UC A-G Approved: D, G


AP Physics 2 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as fluid static and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic and nuclear physics. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. A major component of this course will be hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices. This curriculum has been approved by the College Board beginning from 2014-2015 academic years and must maintain a strict adherence to the curriculum outlined below to maintain its Audit status. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Students should have had AP Physics I or a comparable introductory course and received a 'C' or better. Students should have taken or be concurrently taking pre-calculus or an equivalent course.


Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 11 - 12

 


 

AP Environmental Science

Primary Graduation Requirement: Physical Science
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives
UC A-G Approved: D, G


Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. 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 and/or preventing them. The course includes a laboratory and field investigation component. Satisfies UC/CSU requirement.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Recommended completion of biology and chemistry. A grade of C or better in 2nd semester of algebra, and teacher recommendation.


Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 11 - 12

 

Biotechnology Pathway Courses

Biology for Biotechnology Honors

Primary Graduation Requirement: Biological Science
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled.: Science Elective, Electives
UC A-G Approved: D, G


This one-year course for 9th and/or 10th graders provides a more rigorous version of our college preparatory course and serves to introduce the principles of biology through a biotechnological perspective. This class will cover all the Next Generation Science Standards for grades 9-12 Life Sciences integrated with Health Science and Biotechnology Industry Sector CTE Standards. This high school biology class focuses on the study of life ranging from the atoms that build up the macromolecules that serve as the foundation of life to how different ecosystems interact within a biosphere. Biotechnology aims to help improve our lives and the health of our planet by harnessing cellular and biomolecular processes. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Successful completion of Algebra I with a 'C' or better or concurrent enrollment of Algebra I is recommended. Acceptance into the Biotechnological / Medical Health Careers Academy (Recommended)

Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 9 - 10

 


 

Chemistry for Biotechnology Honors

Primary Graduation Requirement: Physical Science
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives
UC A-G Approved: D, G


Honors Chemistry for biotechnology is an enriched and accelerated chemistry curriculum not only covering the Next Generation Physical Science Standards, but also including gravimetric and volumetric analysis, chemical reactions including reduction/oxidation, intermolecular forces, gases, spectroscopy, equilibrium, electrochemistry, and organic and biochemistry. Strong emphasis is placed on solving a variety of challenging problems and there is an emphasis on analysis in the laboratory. Some of the laboratory activities will include inquiry labs, which will ask students to address a challenge, solve a problem, test a hypothesis, explain a phenomenon, or answer a question in the same manner that a scientist approaches a research question. The goal of an inquiry-based lab is for students of all backgrounds to learn chemistry by experiencing the process of science and the thrill of first-hand discovery. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Algebra I completion recommended; Algebra II completion of concurrent enrollment is strongly recommended; Completion of CP Biology or Higher. Enrollment in the Biotechnology/Medical pathway is strongly recommended.

Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 10 - 12

 


 

Introduction to Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Honors

Primary Graduation Requirement: Biological Science
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives
UC A-G Approved: D, G


This is a comprehensive laboratory based course that prepares students for a variety of post-secondary options including four-year biotechnology degree programs, community college biotechnology certificate programs and industry workplaces. The course introduces students to biotechnology laboratory skills, the role of molecular biology in the manufacturing of commercial pharmaceutical and agricultural products. Students will gain proficiency in standard laboratory operating procedure, aseptic techniques, spectrophotometry, solution preparation and electrophoresis. Students learn to maintain laboratory documentation and follow research safety standards. At the end of the course, students will be given the final exam for Biotechnology M01A from Moorpark College and submit their laboratory
notebooks for evaluation. Students who pass the final exam and demonstrate solid laboratory documentation practices will earn 4 units of credit from Moorpark Community College which is transferable to the University of California and California State University Systems. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Students must complete 1 year of Biology and 1 year of Chemistry with a grade of 'C' or better.

Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 11 - 12

Medical Health Careers (MHC) Pathways Courses

About the MHC Pathway

 

MHC Honors Biology

Primary Graduation Requirement: Biological Science
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives
UC A-G Approved: D, G


This course provides a more rigorous version of our college preparatory course, laboratory-based course. It will cover all the Next Generation Science Standards for grades 9-12 Life Sciences integrated with Health Science and Medical Technology Industry Sector CTE standards. Through investigation and activities, students gain firsthand experience with such learning skills and processes as observing, classifying, identifying, measuring, inferring, hypothesizing, interpreting, and predicting. In this first-year biology course students study the basic concepts and principles of biology from a human perspective. Students will develop an understanding of the diversity of life and the interdependence of all organisms. Students learn about the structure and function of human systems in health and disease, human inheritance and change, and the role of humans in ecological systems. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Algebra I completion recommended; Algebra II completion of concurrent enrollment is strongly recommended. Completion of CP Biology or higher recommended. Enrollment in the Biotech/MHC Pathway is strongly recommended.

Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 9 - 12

 


MHC Honors Chemistry

Primary Graduation Requirement: Physical Science
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives
UC A-G Approved: D, G


This laboratory-based course includes Next Generation Science Standards for grades 10 - 12 Physical Sciences integrated with Health Science and Medical Technology Industry sector CTE standards. This first year chemistry course covers the basic chemical principles and concepts while integrating Health and Medical topics via laboratory experiments, inquiry based lab protocols, case studies, and research of current relevant science articles. Gathering and analyzing data, mathematical application, research and communication of data will be emphasized. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Algebra I completion recommended; Algebra II completion of concurrent enrollment is strongly recommended. Completion of CP Biology or higher recommended. Enrollment in the Biotech/MHC Pathway is strongly recommended.

Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 10 - 12

 


 

MHC Honors Anatomy and Physiology

Primary Graduation Requirement: Biological Science
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Science Elective, Electives
UC A-G Approved: D,G


This advanced course is designed to provide a rigorous, broad based, general study of the human body beyond the scope of the CP Anatomy & Physiology course. It also covers skills students will need as part of their capstone course for the Health Science & Medical Terminology CTE pathway and builds on skills and knowledge learned in MHC Honors Biology. The focus of this course is for people who have interests and intent to pursue a career in science or health care related professions and who desire to learn more about the human body. Students will gain knowledge and apply the concepts of human anatomy and physiology and will heavily emphasize the importance of medical terminology and skills based lessons required for the medical field. In addition to the learning of human body  anatomy and systems, students will be instructed in medical ethics & legal questions, bioethics, infection control, lab techniques & procedures, lab safety, and appropriate understanding of the metric system and tools used in medication administration. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Successful completion of MHC Honors Biology (or other comparable Biology Course) and Algebra I is highly recommended.

Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 10-12

 


 

Medical Terminology

Primary Graduation Requirement: Practical Arts
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled. Electives
UC A-G Approved: G


This is an integrated health science course utilizing Science & English concepts in a health science and/or medical environment. The design of this course is to prepare students for the natural progression to university level health science course work. Applications throughout the course allow students to see the connection of health science concepts and real-world application in a health care environment. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.

 

SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Acceptance into the Medical Health Careers Academy, Health Careers Survey, CP Biology, Algebra I, English 10. Taken simultaneously with Medical Office Administration.

Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 10 - 12