Department Overview

The Science Department offers a wide range of classes to meet the varied abilities and interests of PHS students. We offer two introductory courses (Life Science & Physical Science) to aid students in building science content knowledge, in preparation of core classes in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. For the well prepared student entering high school, we encourage starting your Laboratory Science requirement in Biology. Aside from the already mentioned courses, the Science Department offers Environmental Science, Anatomy & Physiology, Honors Physics, AP Chemistry & AP Biology (in alternating years). Students can also choose to fulfill their College-Preparatory Elective requirement by taking Earth Science CP. We are building our Dual Enrollment program and at this time offer Dual Enrollment Biology, where students are offered the chance to earn 3 college credits through Mt. San Jacinto College. We also offer 3 courses in the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Pathway: Principles of Biomedical Sciences, Human Body Systems and Medical Interventions. The Agricultural Science Department also offers parallel courses in Ag Biology, Ag Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology in Veterinary Science, as well as College-Prep electives in Plant & Animal Science, and Agricultural Earth Science. (Please see your guidance counselor for proper placement, along with full graduation and A-G requirements.)

Course Description

  • AP Biology: AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes — energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. Grades are weighted on a 5-point scale. Passing the college board exam may earn students college credit.
  • AP Chemistry: An Ap Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of a general chemistry course usually taken during the first year of college. Successful completion would allow students to undertake a second year chemistry course as a freshman or to take classes for which general chemistry is a prerequisite. It could also meet university requirements for a laboratory science and allow students to focus on other areas of study. Another positive aspect of an AP Chemistry class is the comprehensive laboratory schedule. The students will have the opportunity to learn using hands on methods in a laboratory setting to a much greater extent than a in a non-AP class. It is highly recommended that this class be taken as a second year chemistry class.
  • Anatomy and Physiology: This year long college prep course covers the basics of human anatomy and physiology, including anatomical terminology, basic biochemistry, cells and tissues; and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic/immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. It also introduces students to common human disease processes.
  • Biology: This year long course will introduce biology as a process of examining organisms and life processes, the chemistry of life, cells and their functions in organisms, DNA and genetics, evolution of life on Earth and ecology.
  • Chemistry: This course is an in-depth look at concepts related to matter at the molecular level and its chemical reactions. Emphasis will also be placed on the value of such study to our everyday experience. This course is lab-oriented and is of great value to students who are college bound.
  • Dual Enrollment Biology: This is an introductory college course in biological sciences. This semester long course will cover the fundamentals of scientific investigation, biochemistry, cell morphology and physiology, energy systems, genetics, evolution, plant and animal morphology, animal anatomy and physiology, and ecology. PHS students can earn 3 college credits, 10 high school credits, and earn a grade boost all at the same time.
  • Earth Science: This year long course introduces concepts in Geology, Oceanography, Meteorology, and Astronomy.
  • Environmental Science:
  • Honors Physics:
  • Physics:
  • Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science Pathway

Department Staff