Science

LIFE SCIENCE

GRADE 7

Life science, at the intermediate level, studies the concepts, principles, and theories of cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and the interactions between organisms and their environment.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

GRADE 8

Pre-requisite: Life Science

Physical Science is exploration of matter and energy. Throughout the year, students explore that matter is made of particles whose properties help us distinguish them from one another, the many forms of energy and energy conservation, and how energy and matter interact through forces that result in changes of motion. The course is presented through hands-on activities, problem solving, and critical thinking with heavy emphasis on scientific and mathematical skills.

*Students in grades 9-12 will automatically be enrolled in separate state-mandated laboratory class. Course content will be reinforced by a set number of acceptable written lab reports. Reports will emphasize scientific inquiry, methodology, and lab skills.

EARTH SCIENCE REGENTS (PHYSICAL SETTING)

1 Credit (includes NYS mandated lab requirement)

(Grade 9)

Earth Science studies six major topics from the ground up: geography, geology, hydrology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. Throughout the year, students will learn about Earth’s structure and composition. They will discover how geological processes and natural disasters have shaped our planet and how the Earth relates to its neighbors in the cosmos.

EARTH SCIENCE HONORS (PHYSICAL SETTING)

1 Credit (includes NYS mandated lab requirement)

Pre-requisite: 85% or higher overall average (7th and 8th grade science) and high level 3 or level 4 on the 8th grade NYS science assessment.

Honors Earth Science follows the same core content as its Regents counterpart, however, it delves deeper and covers more scope. Lessons move at a faster pace and are oriented towards higher-level thinking skills. More time is spent on mandatory projects and in-depth discussions beyond the normal curriculum.

LABORATORY SCIENCE I

This is a half-year course that allows students to experimentally define and explore key scientific concepts. Students will investigate the mechanics of the scientific method through laboratory experiments. Then, through pre-designed experiments, students will investigate chemistry and physics concepts. This course will be open to any junior or senior who has completed at least their earth science and biology requirements.

INTRODUCTION TO FOOD SCIENCE

This is a half-year course providing an overview of the science of foods from nutrition and digestion to processing and preservation. Food chemistry, safety, environmental concerns, and advanced careers in food science and technology will be covered. This course is open to any junior or senior who has completed at least their earth science and biology requirements.

LIVING ENVIRONMENT (LIVING ENVIRONMENT SETTING)

1 Credit

(Grade 10)

Pre-requisite: Earth Science

The course is based on provided notes which correspond to the NYS curriculum and lecture explanation of those notes with frequent quizzes, daily vocabulary homework, and unit tests in which the vocabulary homework may be used. Students will be given, either through review or study guides, exactly what information is to be quizzed. Each quiz also includes questions from the current lab. A sample test will be given and reviewed prior to each unit test. A cumulative midterm examination is given with a Regents Examination at the end of the year.

LIVING ENVIRONMENT HONORS (LIVING ENVIRONMENT SETTING)

1 Credit

(Grade 10)

Pre-requisite: 85% or higher average in Earth Science

The Living Environment Honors course is designed to have success in Regents-level Biology, and develop the skills needed to continue into Advanced Placement Biology as a junior. The course is based on provided notes, fast-paced question and answer discussion, and supplemental lectures which encompass numerous topics not contained in the notes. Frequent quizzes, daily vocabulary homework, and unit tests provide a majority of the overall grade. Preparation for quizzes is based on independent reading, and two or more sample tests are given prior to a unit test. Essay writing is practiced with brainstorm questions and time management skills emphasized. Quarterly projects and/or presentations along with a required MST Fair experiment are additional grades required. A cumulative midterm examination is given with a Regents Examination at the end of the year.

CHEMISTRY (PHYSICAL SETTING)

1 Credit

(Grade 11)

Pre-requisite: Current enrollment in Math B or higher

Chemistry instruction will focus on the understanding of concepts, relationships, processes, mechanisms, models, and applications of the following: atomic theory, the periodic table, physical behavior of matter, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, redox reactions, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry.

PHYSICS (PHYSICAL SETTING)

1 Credit

(Grade 12)

Pre-requisite: current enrollment in Pre-Calc or higher

Physics studies the mathematical relationships, processes, mechanisms, and applications of the following topics: mechanics, energy, electricity and magnetism, wave phenomena, modern physics, motion, internal energy, optics, solid state physics, and nuclear energy.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY (LIVING ENVIRONMENT SETTING)

1 Credit

(Grade 11 OR 12)

Pre-requisite: Top 15 students based on the average of four components -Earth
Science grade, Earth Science Regents Exam score, Living Environment grade, and Living Environment Regents Exam score.

Advanced Placement Biology is a college introductory survey course. The national curriculum emphasizes three general areas covered in most freshman college courses: molecules and cells, heredity and evolution, and organisms and populations. The course helps students develop a framework for future studies in modern biology and to appreciate science as a process. College credit may be earned based on the student’s results on a required AP Biology examination and the particular requirements determined by individual colleges.

Provided notes along with lecture give the background for multiple choice homework, two essays, and a unit test for each of 14 units. Twelve required labs supplement the curriculum, allow students to work with high-tech equipment and learn proper lab skills, and provide practice in analyzing data. A summer assignment is given, collected, and graded at the start of the course. It is recommended that students enrolled in AP Biology also enroll in Regents Chemistry as many of the same topics are utilized in each course.