Grade 11 & 12 – Science

Semester Physics: Forces and Energy*

The world around us offers exposure to everyday phenomena that are often considered mysterious. We will answer some questions like: Why do things float? How come sound can travel through water? What the heck is light? How does electricity actually work? Why does leaving the refrigerator door open make your kitchen warmer? How do you make a nuclear bomb?

Semester Physics: Field Astronomy

Field Astronomy examines both the dynamics of planetary systems and the life and death of stars. The course will examine the history of the heliocentric and geocentric models of our solar system, Kepler’s laws of planetary motion, Newton’s Law of universal gravitation and the theory behind solar system dynamics. Starting with our sun, the course will examine the formation of stars and their possible fates.

Semester Environmental Science: Waves and Beaches

Coastlines are dynamic, ever-changing systems that involve the interactions of the ocean, the atmosphere, and the geological processes on the land. California is located along a young, active coastline with many forces acting to shape the beaches and rocky cliffs that attract visitors worldwide. This course endeavors to explore the local shoreline with the goal of learning how all of the competing forces shape what we see. How and why do local beaches change during the year? Where does the sand come from and how has development changed the coastline? What does the future hold for the low-lying coastal areas along central California? Students will monitor beach profiles, install citizen science monitoring stations, and learn about the environmental effects on the coastline from sand mining, coastal development, and sea-level rise.

Semester Chemistry: Experimental Chemistry*

This lab-driven chemistry course will challenge you to explore questions that help to reveal the world of unseen atoms. You will perform work in the lab almost every day, with the goal of understanding what makes “good” data in order to better understand the physical and chemical world. You will be challenged to see these phenomena through multiple lenses: macroscopic, particulate, symbolic and conceptual. Teamwork is essential here, and learning to work with others is an additional skill set to be honed. By semester’s end, you should feel confident to tackle future science courses at Stevenson and beyond, (including AP Chemistry if you earn an A- or better).

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Semester Biology: Sports Medicine

This class provides students with an introduction to marine life, and the principles of marine geology and physical and chemical oceanography that influences the distribution of that life. The course begins with a review of the basic concepts of waves, tides, and currents in preparation for a survey of the living organisms found in the world’s oceans.

Semester Biology: Field Ornithology

Bird diversity abounds on campus in the Monterey Pine forest and along our nearby coastline. What behaviors can be discovered about our campus-resident crows? How do survival strategies differ between birds of the forest compared to the coast? In this course, students will participate in place-based bird studies, which will include the identification and photography of local bird species during our frequent field trips to local birding hot spots. Classes and labs will further investigate bird evolution, morphology, ecology, and behavior.

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Semester Biology: Marine Science

This class provides students with an introduction to marine life, and the principles of marine geology and physical and chemical oceanography that influence the distribution of that life. The course begins with a review of the basic concepts of waves, tides, and currents in preparation for a survey of the living organisms found in the world’s oceans. Monterey Bay, being our home, is the focal point of our studies. The bay is an outstanding backdrop for the course curriculum as it is diverse both geologically and biologically. We take full advantage of our proximity to the ocean by taking numerous field trips to the local rocky intertidal ecosystem, bird colonies, sea otter rafts, seal and sea lion haul-outs, and to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Topics of current interest including global warming, depleted fisheries, coral bleaching, coastal erosion, and plastic pollution are presented throughout the course. Upon completing the course, [...]

Semester Biology: Infectious Disease and Public Health*

This course is a detailed exploration of what makes us sick, how different pathogens invade our bodies, how our body protects itself, and how diseases emerge and spread through populations. Students will distinguish between communicable and non-communicable diseases. Students will explore how disease has shaped human history and how humans have shaped the evolution of disease. This course will take a close look at the leading causes of death in large populations and the dynamics of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This single semester course concludes with a presentation project where students conduct in-depth research on both the epidemiology and historical impact of a disease of their choice.

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