SD Natural Science Courses

Title Units Total cost Available sections
Introduction to Biotechnology 5 units (2 days/wk.) $800 0
Introduction to Chemistry 5 units (2 days/wk.) $800 0
Applied Physics 5 units (2 days/wk.) $800 0
Advanced Biotechnology 5 units (3 days/wk.) $800 0
Advanced Chemistry 5 units (2 days/wk.) $800 0
Advanced Placement Biology 10 units (3 days/wk.) $1500 0
Cognitive Neuroscience 5 units (2 days/wk.) $650 0

 

Introduction to Biotechnology
In this course, students will be introduced to the principles and techniques of molecular biology that are used to study and manipulate DNA in basic research, medicine, forensics, and agriculture. We will begin by studying the structure and chemistry of DNA, and we will then learn about many of the laboratory techniques used in recombinant DNA technology, including restriction digests, PCR, bacterial transformation, and immunological assays. In each class meeting, students will conduct hands-on experiments and learn about the real-world uses and implications of biotechnology. Additionally, students will complete weekly current events reports and examine the ethical considerations raised by advances in the field.
Grade requirements: Grade Requirement: For students completing Grade 7 or 8 in June 2014.
Homework per class meeting: 3-5 hrs.
Tuition: $580 · Materials fees: $220 · Total: $800  
SD3471.1
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8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Wai-Pan Chan & Jonathan Trejo
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SD3471.2
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1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Wai-Pan Chan & Jonathan Trejo
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Introduction to Chemistry
Throughout this course, laboratory activities and discussions will focus on how chemists describe matter and its changes within the context of alchemy and early chemists. Understanding the periodic table, the particulate nature of matter, ionic compounds, and solution chemistry will provide the basis for students to think about the world in terms of particles and their interactions. This course provides a grounding in scientific principles, which will prepare students to continue on to a high school chemistry class.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 8 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 3-5 hrs.
Tuition: $580 · Materials fees: $220 · Total: $800  
SD3473.1
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8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Paul Daubenmire
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SD3473.2
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1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Paul Daubenmire
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Applied Physics
Understanding Mechanics through Tinkering and Problem-solving
Do you wonder why that sweet spot on the baseball bat is where it is? Or why a teeter toy is so stable as it balances on a point? In this physics course, we will study Newtonian mechanics in depth. After building the scaffolding that will permit us to understand motion in terms of equations and graphs, we will explore the physical concepts of force and momentum, their angular manifestations, and delve into the concepts of energy and work and their relation to fundamental physical conservation principles. Our focus will be on solving challenging physical problems, partly through analyzing the physics of simple toys, some of which we will build. The problems we will tackle will involve making meaningful approximations and using a tool called dimensional analysis, both which are vital to modeling the physical world.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II/Trigonometry.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 4-6 hrs.
Tuition: $580 · Materials fees: $220 · Total: $800  
SD3474
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8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Kaushik Basu
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Advanced Biotechnology
This course has a unique four-week schedule. It meets July 7 through August 1.
In this course, students will conduct advanced biotechnology experiments, including DNA extraction, PCR, bacterial transformation, and protein gel electrophoresis. Students will also research and design their own inquiry-driven experiments, which they can then continue during the school year in preparation for the science fair. Additionally, we will explore ethical and political implications of biotechnology; topics include genetically modified organisms, cloning, reproductive biotechnology, and stem cell research. Students who have already taken “Introduction to Biotechnology” are welcome to apply.
Prerequisite: Competion of high school Biology. Background in Chemistry recommended.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 4-6 hrs.
Tuition: $580 · Materials fees: $220 · Total: $800  
SD3475.1
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8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Jay Chugh
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SD3475.2
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1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Jay Chugh
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Advanced Chemistry
This course provides an opportunity for students who have already taken high school chemistry to deepen their knowledge. Laboratory activities and discussions focus on how chemists can control the types of reactions that occur—everything from color changes to explosions. Topics include bonding, chemical reactions, moles, elementary thermodynamics, and quantum chemistry. This class is ideal for students who want either to review their knowledge or to learn more chemistry in preparation for an AP Chemistry course.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I and high school Chemistry.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 4-6 hrs.
Tuition: $580 · Materials fees: $220 · Total: $800  
SD3477
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8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Erin Palmer
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Advanced Placement Biology
This course provides an opportunity for students to accelerate their study of biology with an introductory college-level biology course and to prepare for the May 2015 AP examination in Biology. The course uses a college-level textbook and follows the College Board course outline. Laboratory work is extensive and will be included in each class session. Topics include Molecular and Cellular Biology (biochemistry, cells, energy transformations), Genetics and Evolution (genetics, molecular genetics, evolution), Population Biology (plant biology and animal biology, including that of humans), and Ecology.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I and high school Biology, and a background in Chemistry.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 9 and up; completion of 10th Grade recommended.
Homework per class meeting: 4-6 hrs.
Tuition: $1280 · Materials fees: $220 · Total: $1500  
SD3479
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8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Eric Thiel & Greg Martinez
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Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive neuroscientists aim to answer one of the last remaining fundamental questions of science: how does a three-pound lump of organic material—the brain—support such a wide array of functions, such as perception, thinking and reasoning, emotion, movement, and consciousness? Through active lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, we will explore modern theories and applications of adult and developmental neuroscience, along with the research methodologies used (e.g., single unit recording, fMRI, EEG, psychophysics). We will use diverse college-level reading materials to introduce six key topic areas of Cognitive Neuroscience (cells and systems, sensation and perception, attention, learning and memory, emotion, and development). An end-of-year project will provide the opportunity to learn how to read and evaluate primary research articles directly from the scientists in the field and present on a brain topic of special interest.
Prerequisite: Completion of high school Chemistry, Biology, or Psychology.
Grade requirements: For students completing Grade 9 and up.
Homework per class meeting: 6-10 hrs.
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
SD3481.1
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8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Paul Bulakowski
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SD3481.2
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1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Paul Bulakowski
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