Science

Living Environment (Regents Exam required)

Lab class required concurrently 

Living Environment Regents classes presents the materials as outlined in the NYS Core Curriculum. There are six core themes that are covered: Evolution, Energy Matter and Organization, Maintaining a Dynamic Equilibrium, Reproduction, Growth and Development, Genetics and Molecular Biology, and Interaction and Interdependence. All of these themes will be discussed in class with numerous lab experiences reinforcing the major topics of the course. Daily requirements of the students include reading of the text, written assignments, and in-class assignments. Time will be spent in preparation for the Regents exam and the development of test-taking skills. The labs are required to take the Regents exam.

Earth Science (Regents Exam required)

Lab class required concurrently 

This course attempts to present material with an investigator’s approach. The lab periods are used to develop inquiry and investigation skills. Following the standard Earth Science program: Investigation and Process of Change, The Earth Model, Energy Budgets, and Rock Cycle are presented with adequate laboratory situations to meet the NYS requirement for lab experiences. There will be a field trip in May for which a field trip report is required. Daily homework and reading assignments, coupled with the laboratory experiences will provide the students with ample experience for evaluating our earth.

Chemistry (Regents Exam required)

Lab class required concurrently 

(Prerequisite: 1 unit of science, Geometry)

Recommended for all college bound students. This course follows the New York State regents Syllabus and major areas of study are: The Structure and Composition of Matter, Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding, Processes and Energy Changes involved in chemical reactions, Acid and Base Properties, Equilibrium, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, Nuclear Chemistry, and Applications of Chemical Principles.

Human Anatomy and Physiology

(Grades 11 & 12) 

A lecture and laboratory course in the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Study begins with basic terminology and cell structure; then extends to a survey of the organ systems. The areas covered will includes, medical terminology, basic chemistry, cell and tissue structure, and the 11 systems of the human body: Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscular, Nervous, Endocrine, Circulatory, Lymphatic, Digestive, Respiratory, Urinary and Reproductive. Midterm and Local Final Exam

Forensic Science (1/2 year)

(Prerequisite: Living Environment) 

Forensic Science is an introductory course in which students will have the opportunity to explore how scientific principles are used in analyzing physical evidence found at crime scenes and to be introduced to the wide array of career choices in forensics. The fundamental objective is to teach the basic processes and principles of scientific thinking so as to apply them to solving problems that are related not only to science but to all disciplines. The focus will be to introduce students to some of the specialized fields of forensic science, the principles of science and the application. Students will be evaluated based on their performance on quizzes, tests, homework, and lab reports. A local final exam.

Physics (Regents Exam required)

(Prerequisite: 2 units of science and Trigonometry)  

Lab class required concurrently

Physics is an excellent preparatory course for any student who plans to major in a science, technical or math-intensive college program. Extensive application of analytical thinking, math skills, and scientific curiosity are stressed. Topics include: mechanics (linear, circular, & projectile motion, momentum & energy conservation laws), sound & light wave phenomena (reflection, refraction, diffraction, basic optics); static & current electricity, magnetism, basic circuits; and modern physics (quantum theory, sub-atomic structure and nuclear reactions). Many everyday examples of the use of these physical principles are presented both in class and through discovery-based labs.

Environmental Science

(Prerequisite: Living Environment or one year of science) 

This is an introductory level course in environmental science which integrates concepts of ecology, biology, chemistry, earth science and physics to discover the interrelatedness among living things and the physical environment. Environmental issues and topics will be explored as well as past and present human impact, legislation, conservation, preservation, and ethics. Concepts will be presented in lecture and elaborated on in lab activities, readings, film, and journal writing. Lab activities will be performed during class time, i.e. no additional lab time required. Students will be evaluated based on their performance on quizzes, tests, homework, and lab reports. A local final exam is given.

Surveys in Medical Science (1/2 year)

This course is designed to explore the career possibilities in science. This course will incorporate the use of film, microscope activities, other science labs and journaling as a way of exploring medical careers and the kinds of work technician do in each field. Scientist write, so there will be research and reporting on our findings. Medical terminology will be stressed as well as scientific endeavors in this area like nanotechnology. You will be encouraged to suggest career’s to survey, too.

Meteorology (1/2 year)

(Prerequisite: Living Environment and Earth Science) 

Meteorology is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the atmosphere that focuses on weather processes and short term forecasting (in contrast with climatology). Students in this course will gain further knowledge about the study of the atmosphere and its variables through laboratory exercises and culminating in an oral report of a week-long weather forecast for a city in the United States as their final exam. Prerequisite: Earth Science

Astronomy (1/2 year)

(Prerequisite: Geometry & Earth Science) 

This course is designed to give students a broader and more scientific perspective of the universe we inhabit. Some of the topics include: the historical and cultural importance of astronomy, viewing the night sky, our solar system, what’s beyond our solar system, cosmology (the dynamic changing universe), and the unknown (dark matter, black holes, etc.).