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Science Department

Department Goals

The Jesuit High School science department believes that to become informed citizens and leaders in the world everyone should have a basic understanding of science. The world is increasingly dependent on scientific knowledge and technology which makes an education in science essential. The science department hopes that all of our students will gain a better understanding of current events, new technology, and healthy decision making through our science curriculum.

The science department believes the best way to learn science is by doing science. Our courses emphasize hands on engaging activities. Our students learn scientific practices, engineering design, and inquiry in a curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. We strive to make our students more inquisitive and proficient in the scientific method. We want our students to learn to think critically and to solve problems collaboratively. We hope our students develop skills that will be used whether or not they pursue higher education or careers in science. 

Scope and Sequence

The science department offers various courses depending on a student’s ability level. The XL and AP courses are aimed at students who benefit from courses that go at a faster pace and cover more material than the regular courses.

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Gen. Science
Biology XL
Biology
Biology XL
AP Biology
Chemistry
 
Chemistry
Chemistry (H)
AP Chemistry
Physics
 
Physics
Physics (H)   AP Physics
Bio 2
 
Faculty

Timothy Beers
Biology

Is beginning his 32 year of teaching at Jesuit High School and his 36 year of coaching football. This year is teaching both sophomore biology and freshmen general science.
Is married with 5 children and six grandchildren. Has had three boys graduate from Jesuit.

Education: 

Earned both a BS in Biology and a Teaching Credential from California State University of Sacramento.

Faculty

Ross Evans
Biology, P.E., Behavioral Health

Education:

  • BS CSUS, 1975 
  • FISHER MULTI SUBJECT SECONDARY CREDENTIAL 
  • RYAN SINGLE SUBJECT CREDENTIAL 
  • MS. CSUS 1988

Moderator/Coach:

  • VARSITY FOOTBALL COACH 
  • ASSISTANT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR 
  • DEPT CHAIR PHYSICAL ED. 
  • DRIVER TRAINING INSTRUCTOR

First year working at Jesuit: 1977

Faculty

Dr. Nicole Odell
Science

Dr. Odell has been teaching for 8 years at the high school level and really enjoys teaching all aspects of science. She has taught General Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Independent Research Classes. Outside of work, she is an avid hunter, which she enjoys with her husband, her two Labrador retrievers, and her kids.

Faculty

Tom Witzgall, ‘98
Department Chair, Chemistry

Education:

  • BS Biology – UCSD – 2002 
  • Single Subject Credential – Biology and Chemistry 

Moderator/Coach:

  • Cross Country Assistant Coach

First year working at Jesuit: 2006

Faculty

Julia Yang
Biology, General Science

Education:

  • BS Biochemistry – UC Davis

First year working at Jesuit: 2001

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