• SCIENCE
  • H PRINCIPLES OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES (PLTW)

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    9160                Grades 10, 11, 12               1 credit

    Prerequisite:  credit for Living Environment and Algebra

    This is the introductory course of the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences program. In this hands-on, problem-based, real-world application course students will explore the human body systems and various diseases as they investigate the death of a fictional person.   While investigating the case, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. Student’s work includes: the study of human medicine, research processes, bioinformatics, the use of computer science, mathematics, modeling and analyzing biological systems.

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  • AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

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    4512                   Grades 10, 11,12                          1 credit (Physical Science)        

    Prerequisite:  Regents credit for Living Environment, Earth Science, AND credit for OR concurrent enrollment in Regents or Honors Chemistry. 

    Advanced Placement Environmental Science is designed for students with an interest in a college degree in environmental science, environmental engineering, environmental planning, environmental policy or other science fields and wish to gain a college-level experience.  Topics covered in this course include Earth system concepts and resources, ecosystem studies, population studies, land and water use, energy resources and consumption, pollution, and global climate change. The class format consists of lecture and discussion with extensive reading, writing, and practice problems assigned outside of class.  AP Environmental Science includes a strong laboratory and field investigation component, complementing the classroom portion of the course, involving the collection, compilation, analysis, modeling, and presentation of environmental data. This course includes an independent summer project to review fundamental concepts which will be assessed during the first week of school.  Students are expected to take the AP Exam and may be able to earn college credit for the course. Double period labs alternate with single class periods. 

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  • OCEANOGRAPHY

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    4577         Grades 10,11,12       1 credit (Physical Science)                      
     
    Prerequisite:  Regents exam credit for one science course and course credit for Living Environment and Physical Setting – Earth Science.
     
    This course is designed to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of Earth’s Oceans.  Oceans cover three quarters of Earth’s surface.  The impact of ocean environments on the atmosphere and land areas of Earth is tremendous.  Topics in this course include but are not limited t  the importance of coral reefs; marine animals and their habitats; causes and effects of ocean currents; exploration of oceans including remote sensing and personal exploration; the nature of the seafloor, and the effects human activities have on the oceans.  Lab activities will be included.  It meets for one period every day.  The final assessment for this course is written by the instructor.
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  • SCIENCE IN THE MEDIA / FORENSICS

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    4578         Grade 10, 11, 12                1 credit (Physical Science)        
     
    Prerequisite:  Regents exam credit for one science course.
     
    This course covers both biology and principles of physics as well as an extensive Forensic Science unit. Several science fiction films will be viewed and critiqued as to the authenticity of the science portrayed. Students will have to complete several independent studies of commercials, films, or television shows, as well as individual scientific experiments. A research paper will also be required. The Forensic portion will include the study of crime scene investigation, evidence collection and analysis, case studies and crime processing techniques. Blood spatter, fingerprinting, and DNA analysis will be included in a laboratory setting. Class meets for one period every day. The final assessment for the course is written by the instructor.
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  • METEOROLOGY

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    4025         Grades 10,11,12             1 credit (Physical Science)            
     
    Prerequisite:  Regents exam credit for Physical Setting – Earth Science and course credit in two science courses (Regents level or higher).
     
    Do you want to learn more about the weather?  Join us for a year-long adventure in the science of meteorology.  Outdoor and indoor experiments supplement the topics studied in this course including: lake-effect snow, tornadoes, hurricanes, weather forecasting, severe weather and climate change.  This class will meet for one period each day.  The final assessment for this course is written by the instructor.
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  • ASTRONOMY

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    4015         Grade 10, 11,12                1 credit (Physical Science)     
     
    Prerequisite:  Regents exam credit for Physical Setting – Earth Science and course credit in two science courses (Regents level or higher).
     
    This is a basic course studying one of the oldest sciences. History and the tools of astronomy will be studied. Extensive examination of the solar system, including information received from our most recent probes, orbiters, and landers. Evolution of stars, galaxies, and deep space will be covered. History and current status of the space program as well as the future of space will be thoroughly examined. Math concepts are not emphasized and will be developed as needed. It meets for one period every day. The final assessment for this course is written by the instructor.
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  • GENERAL ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

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    4011         Grade 11,12                1 credit (Life Science)                        
     
    Prerequisite:  Regents exam credit for Living Environment and course credit for Living Environment and Physical Setting – Earth Science.
     
    This course involves an in-depth study of the structure and function of the human body.  Topics include integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems and current topics in medicine/Allied health.  It meets for one period every day.  The final assessment for this course is written by the instructor.
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  • GENERAL CHEMISTRY

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    4211         Grade 10, 11,12                 1 credit (Physical Science)            
     
    Prerequisite:  Regents exam credit for one science course and course credit for two science courses (Regents level or higher).
     
    This course provides an excellent background in the practical aspects of chemistry without great emphasis on the theoretical or mathematical aspects.  Topics investigated include atomic structure, periodic table of elements, formulas and equations, bonding, acids and bases, forensics, and the study of chemistry in living organisms. It meets for one period every day.  The final assessment for this course is written by the instructor.
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  • AP PHYSICS C

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    4333         Grades 11,12                          1 credit (Physical Science)        
     
    Prerequisite:  Course credit in Honors Physics (Regents Physics by teacher recommendation only)
     
    This course is designed for students who desire a college degree in engineering, mathematics, physics or related scientific field, or for those who plan to enter highly competitive college academic programs.  Students enrolled in the Project Lead the Way program are highly encouraged to take this course.  AP Physics C will engage students in studies of Newtonian Mechanics which correspond to a first year, calculus-based physics course designed for scientists and engineers.  Along with knowledge of physics concepts, the main spirit of this course is the development and practice of mathematical application and problem-solving skills.  Solid foundations in algebra and trigonometry are essential; the needed calculus tools will be explored as part of the curriculum.  Topics covered in this course include vector and graphical analysis, kinematics, dynamics, work & energy, momentum, circular & rotational motion, oscillations, and gravitation.  The laboratory section of this course is designed to engage students in the investigation of scientific phenomena so as to develop sophisticated models and understandings of the physical world.  This course includes independent summer studies to review physics concepts which will be assessed during the first week of school.  Students are expected to take the AP Exam and may be able to earn college credit for the course. Double period labs alternate with single class periods. 
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  • AP CHEMISTRY

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    4511         Grades 11,12                          1 credit (Physical Science)            
     
    Prerequisite:  Final average of 85% or better in Honors Chemistry or 90% or better in Regents Chemistry.

    This course is designed for students who plan on pursuing careers in chemistry, medicine, engineering, pharmacy, or other science fields and wish to gain a college-level experience.  Students will extend their knowledge and skills in various areas of chemistry explored in their previous chemistry course.  The class consists of a “flipped” format in which notes are taken from video lectures at home and practice problems and labs are performed in class.  Students should not only possess an interest and ability in chemistry, but also be highly motivated with a strong work ethic.  A project involving the topics of Electronic Structure and the Periodic Table will be assigned over the summer and tested on the second week of school.  Double periods alternate with single period classes. 

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  • AP BIOLOGY

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    4410      Grades 11,12              1 credit (Life Science)         
     
    Prerequisite:  Regents credit for Living Environment and credit for OR concurrent enrollment in Regents or Honors Chemistry.
     
    Advanced Placement Biology is a college level course designed for students with an interest in a college degree in biology or a biology related field. Topics that are covered are Cells, Heredity, Molecular Genetics, Evolution, Diversity of Organisms, Structure and Function of Plants and Animals and Ecology. Students will participate in college level labs exploring such areas as diffusion and osmosis, gel electrophoresis, genetics, animal behavior and photosynthesis. This course includes a summer reading assignment to review some basic concepts learned in Living Environment. Students are expected to take the AP exam in May. Double periods alternate with single period classes.
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  • HONORS PHYSICS -- Physical Setting

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    4323         Grade 11,12           1 credit (Physical Science)          
     
    Prerequisite: Grade of at least 72 on Chemistry Regents Exam and at least 82 on both the Earth Science and Living Environment Exams or recommendation of most recent Regents science teacher.
     
    This course is intended to enrich a student’s study of physics beyond the Regents syllabus.  Satisfactory completion of laboratory work and written reports are required.  This course is designed for students with an interest in physics and engineering and a very good understanding of math. This course has four class periods, one study hall and two double lab periods every six days.  The final assessment for this course is the New York State Regents exam. 
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  • PHYSICS -- Physical Setting

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    4312         Grade 10, 11,12         1 credit (Physical Science)       
     
    Prerequisite: Grade of at least 72 on Chemistry Regents Exam and at least 82 on both the Earth Science and Living Environment Exams or recommendation of most recent Regents science teacher.
     
    This course focuses on mathematical applications and problem solving of physical phenomena.   A solid foundation in algebra and basic trigonometry is critical for success in this course.  Physics is for students with a strong work ethic and an interest in engineering and science. Topics covered include Mechanics, Energy, Electricity, Magnetism, Waves and Modern Physics including the Standard Model. Satisfactory completion of laboratory work and written reports are required.  This course has four class periods, one study hall and two double lab periods every six days. The final assessment for this course is the New York State Regents exam. This course is highly recommended for students enrolled in Project Lead the Way.
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  • HONORS CHEMISTRY -- Physical Setting

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    4411      Grade 10, 11,12          1 credit (Physical Science)        
     
    Prerequisite:  Grade of at least 85 on Earth Science Regents Exam AND grade of at least 85 in Geometry AND credit for or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2.

    This course is intended as a college and AP preparatory class.   This course includes all requirements for the Physical Setting: Chemistry course plus additional topics, advanced problem solving, and higher level mathematical skills.  Students must have a good working knowledge of ratios, algebra, unit conversions, scientific notation, and logarithms.  In addition, students must have the ability to communicate scientific concepts in written form.   Students will be required to design and perform laboratory experiments and complete written lab reports.  Double periods alternate with single period classes.  The final assessment for this course is the New York State Regents Exam.

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  • CHEMISTRY -- Physical Setting

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    4311         Grade 10, 11,12         1 credit (Physical Science)        
     
    Prerequisite:  Grade of at least 70 on the Earth Science Regents Exam. Grade of at least 70 on the Integrated Algebra and Geometry Common Core Exams. Credit or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 or Applied Algebra 2.

    This course deals with both the theoretical foundations of chemistry and its many applications to everyday life.  Topics include matter and energy, phases of matter, atomic structure, nuclear chemistry, the periodic table, bonding, kinetics and equilibrium, acids and bases, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry. Students must have a working knowledge of ratios, proportions and algebra along with the ability to express themselves in writing. Skills to be developed during the course include making connections between concepts and everyday life, problem solving, characterizing concepts and ideas in written form, and carrying out laboratory procedures.  Students will be actively participating in inquiry based labs and completing written lab reports. Double periods alternate with single period classes.  The final assessment for this course is the New York State Regents exam.

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  • HONORS EARTH SCIENCE -- Physical Setting

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    4409      Grade 9                 1 credit (Physical Science)   
     
    Prerequisite:  Course average of at least 85 in Living Environment and score of at least 85 on Regents exam in Living Environment.
     
    This rigorous course is designed for highly motivated, science-oriented students with both the interest and potential to major in science in college.  In addition to meeting all requirements for the Physical Setting – Earth Science course, this fast-paced course will provide a broader and more in-depth study of Astronomy, Meteorology, and Geology. This course has four class periods, one study hall and two double lab periods every six days.  The final assessment for this course is the New York State Regents exam. 
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  • EARTH SCIENCE - Physical Setting

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    4309         Grade 9, 10                1 credit (Physical Science)    
     
    Prerequisite:  Course credit for Living Environment
     
    This course includes the study of three general areas:  Astronomy, the study of the sun, moon and planets; Meteorology, the mechanics, description and prediction of weather and climates; and Geology, the study of Earth materials, their formation, movements, and history.  Written lab reports are required.  This course has four class periods, one study hall and two double lab periods every six days.  The final assessment for this course is the New York State Regents exam.
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  • LIVING ENVIRONMENT

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    4310         Grades 9, 10                    1 credit (Life Science)   

    This course is an introductory study of the living world.  Topics covered include classification of living things, life activities, cell structure and function, biochemistry, genetics, plants, animals, ecology and evolution.  Laboratory work, including written lab reports, is required.  This course has four class periods, one study hall and two double lab periods every six days.  The final assessment for this course is the New York State Regents exam.
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