West High Math and Correlating Science Pathways

CHART A:  The typical student at TUSD’s West Area middle schools/WHS can consider one of the following science pathways,with concurrent math classes as shown.

Direction of interest

9th

10th

11th

12th

Concurrent math course

Algebra 1 (regular or Honors)

Geometry (regular or Honors)

Algebra 2 (regular or Honors)

Precalculus (regular or Honors) or Trigonometry

Life science/

Integrative biology

Biology

(Biology Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

Chemistry

(Chemistry Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

Choice of elective:

*Anatomy

*AP Biology

*AP Chemistry

*Biotechnology

*Physics  (concurrent Alg 2 required; precalc recommended)

Choice of elective:

*AP Biology

*AP Chemistry

*Biotechnology

*Astrobiology

*AP Environmental Science

*Physics (concurrent Alg 2 required; precalc recommended)

Biomedical careers

Biology

(Biology Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

Chemistry

(Chemistry Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

Choice of elective:

*AP Biology

*AP Chemistry

*Biotechnology

*Anatomy

OR

*Physics (concurrent Alg 2 required; precalc recommended)

*Physics (concurrent Alg 2 required; precalc recommended)

OR

Choice of elective:

*AP Biology

*AP Chemistry

*Biotechnology

*Anatomy   

Physical science

Biology

(Biology Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

Chemistry

(Chemistry Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

Choice of elective:

*AP Chemistry

*Astrobiology

*AP Environmental Science

*Physics (concurrent Alg 2 required; precalc recommended)

Choice of elective:

*AP Chemistry

*Physics (concurrent in precalc)

*Astrobiology

*AP Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Biology

(Biology Honors with approval/ completion of readiness req’ts)

Earth Science

Chemistry

(Chemistry Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

AP Environmental Science

Non-science college/career path

Biology

(Biology Honors with approval/ completion of readiness req’ts)

Earth Science or Chemistry

Marine Science or choice of 3rd year of science, if desired

 

Engineering

Concurrent CTE courses:

**see clarification below

Biology

(Biology Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

Introduction to Engr.  Design

Chemistry

(Chemistry Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

Principles of Engineering

Physics

Computer Science AP**see below for pathway completion

Choice of elective:

*AP Chemistry

*Astrobiology

*AP Physics

Engineering Design and Development

 

**The Project Lead the Way engineering pathway is offered through the WHS Career Technical Education Department.  The pathway consists of Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, an optional engineering specialty course, then EDD.  At West High School, the computer science course acts as the third year specialty course in the engineering pathway.

CHART B:  The accelerated student at TUSD’s West Area middle schools and high school can consider one of the following science pathways,with concurrent math classes as shown.  For concurrent Engineering, see Chart A.

Direction of interest

8th

9th

10th

11th

12th

Concurrent math course

Algebra 1 (regular or Honors)

Geometry (regular or Honors)

Algebra 2 (regular or Honors)

Precalculus (regular or Honors)

Calculus

Life science/

Integrative biology

8th grade science



 

OR

Biology Honors (with permission)

Biology

(Biology Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

OR

Chemistry

(Chemistry Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

Chemistry

(Chemistry Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

OR

Choice of elective:

*Anatomy

*AP Biology

*AP Chemistry

*Biotechnology

Choice of elective:

*Anatomy

*AP Biology

*AP Chemistry

*Biotechnology

*Physics (precalc recommended; Alg.2 required)

Choice of elective:

*AP Biology

*AP Chemistry

*Biotechnology

*Astrobiology

*AP Environmental Science

*Physics

Biomedical careers

8th grade science



 

OR

Biology Honors (with permission)

Biology

(Biology Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

OR

Chemistry

(Chemistry Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

Chemistry

(Chemistry Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

OR

Choice of elective:

*Anatomy

*AP Biology

*AP Chemistry

*Biotechnology

Physics  (precalc recommended; Alg.2 required)

Choice of elective:

*AP Biology

*AP Chemistry

*Biotechnology

*Anatomy

Physical science

8th grade science



 

OR

Biology Honors (with permission)

Biology

(Biology Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

OR

Chemistry

(Chemistry Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

Chemistry

(Chemistry Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

OR

*AP Chemistry


 

*Physics

Choice of elective:

*Astrobiology

*AP Physics

Environmental Science

8th grade science



 

OR

Biology Honors (with permission)

Biology

(Biology Honors with approval and completion of readiness requirements)

OR

Chemistry OR Earth Science

Chemistry OR Earth Science

AP Environmental Science OR Choice of elective

AP Environmental Science OR Choice of elective