Science

Living Environment

The Living Environment follows the New York State Regents core curriculum and is designed to provide the student with a broad and general understanding of the fundamental principles of biology, culminating in the New York State Regents exam for The Living Environment. The topics included in the course are biochemistry, modern evolution, ecology, physiology of both plants and animals, and genetics. The Living Environment includes selected laboratory activities that supplement and enhance the classroom topics. Students who successfully complete this course are encouraged to go on to the Regents-level course in Earth Science.

Biology World

Biology World is offered in lieu of Living Environment. It follows the New York State Regents core curriculum but at a less rigorous pace. General concepts are stressed and this class incorporates additional lab time.  Students take the New York State Regents Exam for Living Environment at the conclusion of the course.  Placement in this course is by teacher recommendation only.

The Living Environment Honors

The Living Environment Honors course is for ninth grade students who have completed Earth Science in the eighth grade and/or have been recommended for this course by their eighth grade science teacher. The course parallels the New York State Regents core curriculum, with substantial quantities of additional information being provided for the enrichment of the students and a greater emphasis on laboratory activities. Students take the New York State Regents exam for The Living Environment at the conclusion of this course. Students who successfully complete The Living Environment Honors as well as Earth Science are encouraged to take Chemistry Honors.  Entry requirements for this honors course can be found at the top right hand side of the science course description page in the high school website.

Chemistry Honors

The content and order of topics covered in this course is similar to the Chemistry course, but places greater emphasis on the mathematical aspects of chemistry and laboratory work.  At the conclusion of this course, students take the New York State Regents Exam for Chemistry.  Students who successfully complete this Chemistry Honors course are encouraged to take AP Physics I.

Physics

Physics is a college preparatory course that closely follows the New York State core curriculum. The content includes such topics as description of motion, forces, energy, electricity and magnetism, and the standard model. Students also perform a wide variety of laboratory activities that parallel the classroom topics. At the conclusion of this course, students must take the New York State Regents Exam for Physics. It is recommended that the student be concurrently enrolled in, or have successfully completed, the Algebra 2 course in mathematics. Students who have already taken Physics can take AP Physics 1 as a second year physics course.

AP Physics I

The content and order of topics in this course is similar to the Physics course, but covers additional topics in the Advanced Placement Physics 1 curriculum, including rotational dynamics and angular momentum, with some introduction to calculus. Unlike most other science courses that students take in high school, the Advanced Placement Physics 1 course emphasizes the role of mathematical inquiry in the study of the world around us. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Physics 1 or Physics C Mechanics Exam as well as the New York State Regents Exam for Physics at the conclusion of the course. This course has a summer assignment.  It is highly recommended that students have already completed Algebra 2, although this is not required.

Earth Science

Earth Science is a lab-oriented course that follows the New York State core curriculum and is offered primarily to 10th grade students, culminating with the New York State Regents Exam for Earth Science at the conclusion of the course.  Major areas of study include the processes of change, mineralogy, meteorology, astronomy, and historical geology.  Laboratory experiences are stressed in this course and the student must satisfactorily complete all lab assignments. Upon successful completion of this course, students should enroll in Chemistry.

Planet Earth

Planet Earth is offered in lieu of Earth Science. It follows the New York State Regents core curriculum but at a less rigorous pace. General concepts are stressed and this class incorporates additional lab time.  Students may take the New York State Regents Exam for Earth Science at the conclusion of the course.  Placement in this course is by teacher recommendation only.

Earth Science Honors

Earth Science Honors is a course for students that have attained Mastery on the Living Environment Regents Exam and have been recommended by their Living Environment teacher. The course parallels the New York State Earth Science core curriculum with substantial quantities of additional information being provided for the enrichment of the students enrolled. A greater emphasis is also placed on using math in laboratory activities. At the conclusion of this course, students take the New York State Regents Exam for Earth Science. Students who successfully complete this course are encouraged to take Chemistry Honors.

The Environment

½ Credit – one semester

The Environment is a semester course covering the topics of basic ecology, world population, soil and agriculture, the water cycle, refuse generation and disposal problems and energy.  In this standards-based course, emphasis will be on the negative environmental impact of many of our current practices and on the consideration of possible solutions. Students actively discuss how, and are encouraged to, incorporate ideas into their daily lives.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Living Environment and Earth Science courses.

Ecology

½ Credit – one semester

Ecology is a semester course covering the topics of pesticide problems, natural pest control methods, water pollution, air pollution, acid rain, the Greenhouse Effect, the depletion of the ozone shield and the risks and economics of pollution. In this standards-based course, various specific examples and case studies (Hudson River, Great Lakes) will be discussed.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Living Environment and Earth Science courses.

Oceanography I

½ Credit – one semester

Oceanography I is a semester course which emphasizes the biological aspect of the oceans.  Adaptations of various life forms are explored with a goal of understanding human impact. This standards-based course integrates aspects of Biology, Earth Science and Chemistry.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Living Environment and Earth Science courses.

Oceanography II

½ credit – one semester

Oceanography II is a semester course which emphasizes the physical aspects of the ocean, including topics in light, temperature, pressure, sound and water chemistry. In this standards-based course, aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Science are integrated. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Living Environment and Earth Science courses.

Forensics I

½ credit – one semester

Forensics I will help students understand and appreciate the world of a crime scene investigator. This course will combine hands-on laboratory experiences with real world scenarios to show students the “Real CSI.” Some of the topics that will be explored are forensic anthropology, forensic entomology, fingerprints, DNA, blood spatter, forensic toxicology and arson. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Living Environment and Earth Science courses.

Forensics II

½ credit – one semester

Forensics II will help students understand and appreciate the world of a crime scene investigator. This course will combine hands on laboratory experiences with real world scenarios to show students the “Real CSI.” Some topics that will be explored are forensic botany, environmental forensics, glass analysis, the forensics of car crashes and document analysis. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Living Environment and Earth Science courses.