2020 - 2021 MCPS High School Course Bulletin


The goal of the science program is for all students to achieve full scientific literacy through standards-aligned problem-based instruction. Students apply content knowledge through scientific and engineering practices to solve non-routine problems. For high school graduation, each student must earn a minimum of three credits in science courses that are aligned to the Maryland Science Standards (Next Generation Science Standards). In selecting courses to meet the 3-credit requirement,students should   seek a broad array of learning experiences that include experiences in each of the major disciplines of science(Earth/space, life, and physical science [physics and chemistry]). Recommended course sequences for students entering high school beginning in 2016 are shown in the following diagram. The varying pathways in the diagram are intended to represent options for students as they select core science courses.

NGSS Biology NGSS Chemistry NGSS Physics AP/IB Science
Science Elective

Other NGSS-aligned sequences, including options for AP and IB, also are available. For exampleother approved pathways might include but are not limited to:

NGSS Biology NGSS Chemistry AP/IB Science AP/IB Science
Science Elective

NGSS Physics
AP/IB Physics
NGSS Chemistry NGSS Biology
AP/IB Biology
AP/IB Science

*indicates students have completed the course requirements to take the MISA at the end of the grade level identified.

Additionally, students must fulfill state requirements for assessment in science at the high school level. Beginning in the 2017–18 school year, students must participate in the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) if they have not yet participated in the Biology High School Assessment (HSA). Since MISA will include science ideas from the Earth/space sciences, life sciences, and physical sciences (physics and chemistry), students will participate in MISA during the school year when they are completing their 3-credit requirement.

Alternatives to Dissection
Dissection is one of many instructional methods that may be used in laboratory science courses. Students/parents/guardians may request alternatives to dissection from the teacher. Alternatives may include such materials as videos, computer programs, films, models, transparencies, charts, diagrams, and textbook overlays.

Three Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) credits, including one life science (BC) credit and one physical science (PC) credit of organized instruction that integrate laboratory components in each are required for graduation.Each credit engages students in the application of the science and engineering practices, the cross- cutting concepts, and the disciplinary core ideas of Earth/space science, life science, physical science (chemistry and physics), engineering, and technology; align to the Maryland High School Assessment for science.

High School Science

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 (NGSS-BC)
3631 /3632Biology A/B (NGSS-BC)
3636 /3637Biotechnology A/B (SC)
3641 /3642Biology, Advanced Placement A/B (NGSS-BC)
3651 /3652Biology, Advanced Placement A/B (Double period) (NGSS-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, AP A/B (NGSS-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 (NGSS-PC)
3721 /3722Chemistry A/B (NGSS-PC)
3741 /3742Chemistry, Advanced Placement A/B (NGSS-PC)
3749 /3750Matter and Energy A/B (PC)
3751 /3752Chemistry, Advanced Placement A/B (Double period) (NGSS-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 (NGSS-PC)
3827 /3828Physics C (Elec Mag), AP A/B (NGSS-PC)
3829 /3830Physics C (Mech), AP A/B (NGSS-PC)
3831 /3832Physics A/B (NGSS-PC)
3835 /3836Physics C (MEM), AP A/B (NGSS-PC)
3856 /3857Astronomy A/B (PC)
3864 /3865Forensic Science A/B (SC)
3891 /3892PHYSICS 1, AP A/B (NGSS-PC)
3893 /3894Physics 2, AP A/B (NGSS-PC)
3941 /3942Physical Science A/B (PC)
3944 /3945Integrated & Applied Physical Science A/B PC

International Baccalaureate (IB) Science Courses

3606 /3607IB Biology A/B DP (NGSS-BC)
3634 /3635MCPSPIB Biology A/B (NGSS-BC)
3686 /3687IB Sports, Health, and Exercise Science A/B
3744 /3745MCPSPIB Chemistry A/B (NGSS-PC)
3746 /3747IB Chemistry 1 A/B (NGSS-PC)
3757 /3758IB Environmental Systems A/B (NGSS-SC)
3844 /3845IB Physics 1 A/B (NGSS-PC)
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