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Subject Matter Authorization in Introductory Science

Subject Matter Authorization in Introductory Science

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Biological Sciences (11 units)
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Biological Sciences and Lab

Demonstration labs and lab work in biological sciences and basic elements of cell and population biology, anatomy and physiology. Emphasis on the common characteristics of all living systems and the integration of chemistry, physics and simple statistics through an interdisciplinary approach to biological sciences. Topics include: structure and function, endocrinology and physiological mechanisms, electron microscopy, waste, the senses, movement, growth, reproduction and genetic engineering.

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3 units

Topics in Biological Sciences

Topics in biological sciences that demonstrate the interconnections among physical, biological, earth and mathematical sciences. Topics include: characteristics of living systems, biological classification, the cell, photosynthesis, food and respiration.

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2 units

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Environmental Science and Ecology for Educators

Through an interdisciplinary approach to environmental science and ecology, this course explores scientific principles, concepts and methodologies that demonstrate the interrelationships of the natural world. Participants learn to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, evaluate the relative risk associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.

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3 units

Botany for Educators

This course introduces botany as the relationship between the structures of plants and their functions. Topics include plant classification, growth and development, photosynthesis, genetics, ecology. The emphasis is on flowering plants.

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3 units

Chemistry (11 units)
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Chemistry I: Introduction to Chemistry

Introduction to the fundamental concepts of chemistry. Topics include: structure of matter, chemical bonding, states of matter, chemical reactions, and chemical energy. Interesting demonstrations and experiments for engaging students are presented. This course is aligned with both the California state and national science standards.

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2 units

Chemistry II: Structure of Matter and Chemical Bonding

Fundamental concepts of the structure of matter and chemical bonding. Topics include energy and matter, atomic structure, the periodic table, groups of elements, chemical formulas and bonding, chemical reactions and equations, the mole and stoichiometry. Demonstrations and hands-on activities appropriate for the classroom are presented. This course is aligned with both the state and national science standards.

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3 units

Chemistry III: States of Matter, Chemical Reactions and Nuclear Chemistry

Fundamental concepts of the states of matter, chemical reaction, and nuclear chemistry. Topics include gases, liquids and solids, solutions, acids, bases, salts, reactions of acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, electrochemistry, and applications of nuclear chemistry. Demonstrations and hands-on activities appropriate for the classroom are presented. This course is aligned with both the state and national science standards.

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3 units

Chemistry IV: Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry

Fundamental concepts of physical chemistry and organic chemistry. Topics include heat in chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, solubility and precipitation, rates of reaction, thermodynamics, carbon and its compounds, classes of organic compounds, and the chemistry of life. Demonstrations and hands-on activities appropriate for the classroom are presented. This course is aligned with both the state and national science standards.

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3 units

Geoscience (10 units)
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Principles of Geology for Educators

Principles of geology for educators, including earth materials, landforms, resources, plate tectonics, fossils, earth history, structure and field localities. Includes specific reference to successful methods of teaching geology and earth science to students. You will explore a geological site, and gain hands-on field experience in geology.

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4 units

Introduction to Astronomy for Educators

An overview of the principles and techniques of astronomy with emphasis on methods for teaching astronomy. Topics include the nature and process of scientific investigation; basic concepts of astronomy, including the nature of the planets, the sun, stars, and galaxies; and methods and tools of astronomy.

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1 units

Oceanography

Study of oceanography, including theories and principles of biological, geological and physical aspects. Topics include: minerals, currents, wave motion, pressure, erosion, topography of the ocean floor, water cycle and marine ecology. Demonstrations of how oceanography can be incorporated into classroom situations.

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2 units

Weather and Climate

Weather information that not very long ago was found only in professional forecast offices is now widely available online. The challenge for the non-professional is to find the data and make sense of it. This course takes you through the first steps of understanding atmospheric processes and the science of weather forecasting. Topics include air pressure, clouds, precipitation, thunderstorms, tornadoes, tropical weather systems, the atmosphere's planetary circulation, weather radar, weather analysis and forecasting. In-class exercises examine interesting weather events as they develop. The course includes a study program, "Online Weather Studies," developed by the American Meteorological Society Education Program, that utilizes real-time weather data to support the learning experience.

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3 units

Physics (13 units)
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Introduction to Concepts of Physics

Introduction to the fundamental concepts of physics. Topics include: energy, electricity and magnetism, and heat and waves. Includes interesting demonstrations and activities that engage students' interest and participation in the classroom. This course is aligned with the California state and national science standards.

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4 units

Concepts of Physics: Mechanics

Fundamental concepts of mechanics. Topics include: experimentation and investigation; motion in one and two dimensions; forces and the law of motion; work and energy; momentum and collisions; rotational motion and the law of gravity; rotational equilibrium and dynamics; and fluid mechanics. Demonstrations, experiments, and computer simulations appropriate for secondary classrooms are presented. This course is aligned with both the state and national science standards.

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3 units

Concepts of Physics: Electricity and Magnetism

Fundamental concepts of electricity and magnetism. Topics include: electric forces and fields, electrical energy and capacitance, current and resistance, circuit elements, magnetism, induction and alternating currents, and atomic physics. Demonstrations, experiments and computer simulations appropriate for secondary classrooms are presented. This course is aligned with both the state and national science education standards.

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3 units

Concepts of Physics: Heat and Waves

Fundamental concepts of heat and waves. Topics include heat, thermodynamics, vibrations and waves, sound, light and reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction, and subatomic physics. Demonstrations, hands-on activity, and computer simulations appropriate for secondary students are presented. This course is aligned with both the state and national science standards.

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3 units

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