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The Santa Barbara Board of Education has established that the minimum graduation requirement is to include two years of science with one year to be taken from the physical sciences and one year from the life sciences.

Students planning a career in any area of science, medicine or engineering should take a minimum of three years of science: physics, chemistry, and biology. The Academic Senates of the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California expect entering freshmen to have taken biology, chemistry and physics.

Science courses provide laboratory experience in the methods of science and develop an understanding of the biological and physical world. Students collect data and interpret natural phenomena. In addition, students develop an understanding and appreciation of the influence of science on modern society.