SCIENCE COURSE OFFERING
All students must complete three years of science in addition to one passing grade on a science Regents examination. A passing grade on a second Regents examination is required for an Advanced Regents Diploma. The first two years of science must be Regents sciences, one of which must be Living Environment.
EARTH SCIENCE will focuses on the study of our planet, its changing systems and its setting within the universe. Students study the geological processes on earth and their influence on nature and on humans. Students will also learn weather patterns and astronomy. All students are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 30 periods of laboratory class. Students are also required to take the Regents Examination in June.
LIVING ENVIRONMENT is a one year biology course designed to prepare students to understand basic biological concepts. This includes the similarities and differences among living organisms, homeostasis in organisms, genetics, reproduction and development, evolution, ecology, human impact on the environment, scientific inquiry, and laboratory skills. This course follows the New York State Core Curriculum for Living Environment. All students are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 30 periods of laboratory class. Students are also required to take the Regents Examination in June.
CHEMISTRY investigates the study of energy and the interactions of particles which make up the physical properties of matter. Students learn to use symbols, formulas and numerical trends to study chemical reactions and the process of radioactive decay. All students are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 30 periods of laboratory class. Students are also required to take the Regents Examination in June.
AP BIOLOGY is designed to help students develop a conceptual foundation and a deeper understanding of science as a process. The students are expected to be highly motivated in achieving their own academic success. The breakdown of this course is as follows: Molecules and Cells (25%), Heredity and Evolution (25%), and Organisms and Populations (50%). All students are required to take the Advanced Placement Examination in May.
PHYSICS is a course with fundamental concepts of physics. Emphasis is placed on understanding the concepts of energy, energy transfer, energy conservation, and radiation, developing laboratory skills and using scientific method to investigate, applying the ideas of physics to technology and developing an awareness of the impact of physics on society.
FORENSICS (Fall Semester) focuses on the relationship between science and crime. Students examine how the proliferation of scientific technology has impacted the criminal laboratories, autopsies, types and analysis of evidence. Students use a combination of textbooks, the internet, current news articles, and media to prepare for class discussions.
MARINE BIOLOGY (Spring Semester) In Marine Biology, you will explore the amazing watery world and the life that calls the ocean home.