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AP Physics C

EinsteinGrade(s): 11-12 

Credit: 1 Science credit (Strand C) and 1 elective credit

Session I: M/T/TH
Session II: M-F 12:30-1:50

Prerequisite(s): Student should have taken Calculus or be taking Calculus concurrently.

AP Physics C is officially authorized by the College Board in mechanics. The course also offers supplemental material, including electricity and magnetism to design and build battle bots for the final project. This course is equivalent to calculus-based Physics at the university level and serves as the foundation physics course for students majoring in the physical sciences or engineering with the following:

  • Motion, force and energy
  • How to hit your teacher with a water balloon from 200 feet
  • Hands-on lab activities with Nerf guns, Hot Wheel cars, and ultrasonic motion detectors

Designing and building small remote-operated vehicles

Adv. Pre-Medical Research Techniques

MoleculeGrade(s):  11-12   

Requirements: CEC Pre-Med program and teacher recommendation

Credit: 2.0 Elective credits

Meets: Session III WEDNESDAYS 2:00-5:30 and a five-hours per week internship

Recommended: 3.0 cumulative GPA, 1 year of Biology, 1 year of Chemistry and a recommendation from a Pre-Medical science teacher or Anatomy/Physiology teacher.

Are you interested in learning more about disease and disease treatments while working with a medical professional? This course will emphasize microbiology and pathogenesis of disease.

The course focus is:

  • Advanced medical case studies
  • Biochemistry, immunology, oncology
  • Pharmacology and genetics
  • Aseptic microbiological techniques
  • Pathogen identification and classification
  • Pathogenesis of disease

Students will be interning at a medical facility once a week


galaxyGrade(s):  10-12 

Credit: 1.0 Science Credit (Strand C)

Meets: Fall Semester Only
Session III M/W 2:00-5:30

Recommended: Successful completion of Algebra I and Chemistry

(CNM Dual Credit may be available)

Would you like to learn more about the universe such as galaxies, stars, and the earth’s position in these entities?

Topics include:

  • Formation of the solar system and galaxies with current theories
  • Workings of a star and comparison of planets
  • Theories of the cosmos
  • History and development of astronomy

This course is project driven and uses a variety of learning methods to develop a more expansive understanding of astronomy.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Grade(s): 11-12


Session I: M/T/TH
Session II: M-F 12:30-1:50


Prerequisite(s): 2.75 cumulative GPA, two years of a laboratory science with a grade of C or better, must be 18 within 9 months of completing the program


Fees: $105 total ($35 fee for UNM EMS Dept processing + $35 x 2 for needle stick insurance each semester)

(UNM Dual Credit Available)


Do you want a job that puts you in the action while saving lives? EMTs provide vital medical care for the sick and injured.

In this class you will:

  • Train to work in emergency rooms, with ambulance service, or for fire departments
  • Acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities to recognize and stabilize patients with life-threatening emergencies at the scene and during transport
  • Be prepared to take the National licensing exam for EMT’s
  • Develop the skills to become a firefighter, ski patrolman, mountain rescuer, and other such jobs requiring emergency medical responder training

Requirements: In addition to coursework, students will be required to complete 13 hours of clinical experience working with certified EMTs.

Other Information: Upon successful completion of this course and prior to employment you must pass the National licensing exam for EMT’s. This class may fulfill the graduation requirement for a Dual Credit class if UNM continues supporting this program.

Pre-Med Science

skullGrade (s): 11-12

Meets: Session I M/T/TH and Session III T/TH 2-5:30

Credit: 1 Science credit (Strand C if full year completed) and 1 elective credit



Medical Physics is designed as an advanced lab science course to prepare college-bound students for a career in medicine. The student leaves the course with a strong background in cardiology, anatomy, histology, biochemistry, physiology, and experimental design and presentation. The student diagnoses, treats, and understands disease processes using case studies of real patients throughout the entire year. When possible, a field trip to the UNM medical school cadaver lab culminates a lab unit on the internal organs. Reading, writing, speaking, and research strategies are integrated throughout the course. 

Forensic Science

handprintGrade (s): 11-12

Session II M-F 12:30-1:50
Session III M/W or T/TH  2-5:30pm 

Credit: 1 Science credit (Strand C if full year completed) and 1 elective credit

Forensic Science is an advanced laboratory course designed for students interested in forensic science. The philosophical, rational, and practical framework that supports a forensic investigation is presented via an integrated curriculum. This course presents the unifying principles of forensic science, discusses the foundation of forensic science in the basic sciences and mathematics, and

introduces the technique of integrating these areas in the determination of the cause of death.
The student studies forensic anthropology, biochemistry, chemistry, botany, entomology, and physics as well as problem-solving techniques utilized in analyzing a crime scene. Other topics include ballistics, autopsies, mass disasters, epidemiology of environmental disaster, biological weapons as well as toxicology, microbiology, and pathology. The instructor utilizes a variety of techniques (e.g., demonstration, lecture, laboratory case studies) and literacy strategies (e.g., reading, writing, speaking, research) to deliver the curriculum. 

Veterinary Medicine

golden retrieverGrade (s): 11-12

Meets: Session I W/F 7:30-9:40 plus a 5 hour weekly internship

Credit: 1.5 elective credit each semester

Veterinary Medicine is a mentorship and lab course designed to provide the student with the necessary skills to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. The clinic, which the student is assigned to, provides all aspects of the operation of the clinic including exams, diagnosis, treatment, and surgeries. In the classroom, the student studies animal anatomy, cardiology, case studies unique to animals, and research and presentation of animal diseases. The student integrates literacy strategies (e.g., reading, writing, research) throughout the curriculum. The student’s instructor and workplace mentor take an active role in facilitating the student’s mentorship work experience.  

Students are in class 2 days a week and working in a clinical setting 5+ hours each week.