2018 - 2019 MCPS High School Course Bulletin

Science, Technology and Engineering

The goal of the science program is for all students to achieve full scientific literacy through standards-aligned, problem/project based instruction that develops students as critical thinkers.  Science instruction is founded on the belief that through the use of intellect, and with the aid of instrumentation that extends the senses, students can discover and question the patterns found in all of nature.  Patterns related to phenomena are directly applicable and essential to solving global and regional challenges and support innovative thinking.  The Next Generation Science Standards adopted by the state of Maryland extend inquiry, develop cognitive skills, and engage students in practices to deepen knowledge of core ideas and crosscutting concepts.  Students will apply content knowledge through scientific and engineering practices to solve non-routine problems. 

Courses aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) develop appropriate skills for the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA).  All students are encouraged to take four years of science that provide a balance of the life sciences and the physical sciences.  

Pending decisions by the Maryland State Department of Education, MCPS will revise science credit requirements for graduation to include three NGSS aligned science courses.  Several non-NGSS aligned courses will no longer be offered beyond the 2017-2018 school year.

The recommended high school science course pathway is provided below:

Grade 9: Biology A and B
Grade 10: Chemistry A and B
Grade 11 or 12: Physics A and B


Three credits in science are required for graduation, including at least 1 biology credit (BC) and 1 physical science credit (PC), all of which provide laboratory experiences as an integral component and are aligned with required state assessments. Students are encouraged to take additional credits from the earth, life, environmental, or physical sciences, including a wide range of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and advanced elective options in the upper grades. 


Science, Technology, and Engineering Courses

2808 /2809Advanced Design Applications A/B
2810 /2811Advanced Technological Applications A/B
3511 /3512Internship, Science A/B (SC)
3521 /3522Internship, Science A/B (Double period) (SC)
3560 /3561Nutrition Science A/B (PC)
3562 /3563Nutrition Science, Honors A/B (PC)
3576 /3577Geoscience Explorations: Earth Systems and Hazards PC
3578 /3579Geoscience Explorations: Resources & Paleontology PC
3611 /3612Applied Science A/B (SC)
3621 /3622Biology, Honors A/B (BC)
3631 /3632Biology A/B (BC)
3636 /3637Biotechnology A/B (SC)
3641 /3642Biology, Advanced Placement A/B (BC)
3651 /3652Biology, Advanced Placement A/B (Double period) (BC)
3653 /3654Molecular Biology A/B (Double period) (BC)
3655 /0 Wildlife Biology (SC)
3656 /0 Biological Anthropology/Archaeology (SC)
3657 /3658Molecular Biology A/B (BC)
3659 /3660Environmental Science, Advanced Placement A/B (SC)
3661 /3662Environmental Science A/B (SC)
3671 /3672Horticultural Science A/B (SC)
3674 /3675Environmental Science, Honors A/B (Double period) (SC)
3676 /3677Environmental Science, Honors A/B (SC)
3711 /3712Chemistry, Honors A/B (PC)
3721 /3722Chemistry A/B (PC)
3741 /3742Chemistry, Advanced Placement A/B (PC)
3749 /3750Matter and Energy A/B (PC)
3751 /3752Chemistry, Advanced Placement A/B (Double period) (PC)
3761 /3762Anatomy and Physiology A/B (BC)
3764 /3765Matter and Energy, Honors A/B (PC)
3766 /3767Environmental Chemistry A/B PC
3821 /3822Physics A/B, Honors (PC)
3827 /3828Physics C (Elec Mag), AP A/B PC
3829 /3830Physics C (Mech), AP A/B PC
3831 /3832Physics A/B (PC)
3835 /3836Physics C (MEM), AP A/B PC
3856 /3857Astronomy A/B (PC)
3864 /3865Forensic Science A/B (SC)
3891 /3892PHYSICS 1, ADVANCED PLACEMENT A/B PC
3893 /3894Physics 2, Advanced Placement A/B PC
3941 /3942Physical Science A/B (PC)
3944 /3945Integrated & Applied Physical Science A/B PC
5150 /5151Principles of Engineering A/B
5152 /5153Introduction to Engineering Design A/B
5161 /5162Foundations of Technology A/B

Medical Career Courses

International Baccalaureate (IB) Science Courses

3574 /3575IB DESIGN TECHNOLOGY A/B
3606 /3607IB Biology A/B DP
3634 /3635MCPSPIB Biology A/B
3686 /3687IB Sports, Health, and Exercise Science A/B
3744 /3745MCPSPIB Chemistry A/B
3746 /3747IB Chemistry 1 A/B
3757 /3758IB Environmental Systems A/B
3844 /3845IB Physics 1 A/B
3846 /3847IB Physics 2 A/B

Blair and Poolesville Magnet Science Courses

3531 /0 Advanced Science 1, Physics
3532 /0 Advanced Science 2, Chemistry
3537 /3538Advanced Science 3: Earth Space Systems A/B
3539 /3540Advanced Science 4: Biology A/B
3541 /0 Advanced Science 3, Earth/Space Sciences
3542 /0 Advanced Science 4, Biology
3543 /0 Optics
3544 /0 Thermodynamics
3545 /0 Analytical Chemistry
3546 /0 Materials Science
3547 /3548Advanced Topics in Earth Science A/B
3551 /0 Cellular Physiology
3553 /0 Marine Biology
3554 /0 Introductory Genetic Analysis
3556 /0 Quantum Physics
3557 /0 Origins of Science
3614 /0 Introductory Physical Chemistry