Merced County Office of Education

High School Science Courses

High School Science Courses​

PHYSICAL SCIENCE (5 credits per semester)

PHYSICAL SCIENCE is a course designed to introduce the student to the states of basic matter with the study of atoms, elements and the periodic table. Chemistry in the form of chemical bonds, reactions, different types of substances, mixtures and solubility properties will be addressed. Motion, momentum and forces will be presented, thus Newton's Laws of motion and laws dealing with pressure and buoyant forces in liquids; Archimedes, Pascal's and Bernoulli's Principles. Energy sources and resources, including thermal, will be studied along with the concepts of work, power and how simple machines function and form more complex machines. Wave types and their properties, movements and behaviors will be studied along with light, mirrors and lenses. Finally, electricity and magnetism principles will be studied with a focus on electronics and computers.

EARTH SCIENCE (5 credits per semester)

EARTH SCIENCE is a course designed to show the relationship of biodiversity of organisms and how they impact the earth and its surroundings. Topics include Earth's materials, energy, matter, minerals and rocks and the changing forces of weathering and erosion. Earth's internal processes of plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes and how these processes of changed the Earth's surface over time will be addressed. The course will also touch upon Earth's air and water as related to the study of the atmosphere, weather, climate and ocean currents and finally the topics of the Earth's solar system, stars, galaxies and space exploration.

BIOLOGY (5 credits per semester) On-site lab requirement with this course – UC Approved for "d" Credit

BIOLOGY is a standards-based course which centers on the study of living things. This course explores the structure and function of cells, defines heredity, genetics and explores adaptations in living things over time. Bacteria, Protists, fungi, and plant, reproduction and processes will be examined as well as the complex diversity of the animal kingdom. Finally, the human body systems of structure, movement, digestion, circulation, respiration, excretion, control, coordination, regulation, reproduction, immunity and disease will be covered along with the principles of Ecology and conservation.