Science

LIVING ENVIRONMENT I AND II (SLS21 & SLS22)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Course: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: None
Requirement Satisfied: Life Science

This class has a state mandated laboratory component and terminates in a required Regents examination in June. Students must complete a minimum of 1200 minutes of laboratory work to be eligible to take the Regents exam. This course is designed to be an introduction to the major biological concepts. Students will learn concepts related to evolution, organization, homeostasis, genetics, reproduction and development, ecology, human impact on ecosystems and scientific inquiry. Most entering 9th grade students are programmed for this course, unless they have already taken it in 8th grade.


CHEMISTRY I AND II (SCS21 & SCS22)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Course: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: Living Environment I and II
Requirement Satisfied: Physical Science

This class has a state mandated laboratory component and terminates in a required Regents examination in June. Students must complete a minimum of 1200 minutes of laboratory work to be eligible to take the Regents exam. This course is designed to be an introduction to atomic structure, electron configuration, the Periodic Law and the Periodic Table, chemical bonding, chemical composition, writing chemical formulas and equations, gas laws, molecular composition of gases, liquids and solids, the solution process, ionization, acids and bases, stoichiometry, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, organic chemistry and natural radioactivity. A large percentage of these students are in the 10th grade.


EARTH SCIENCE I AND II (SES21 & SES22)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Length of Course: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: Living Environment I and II
Requirement Satisfied: Physical Science

This class has a state mandated laboratory component and terminates in a required Regents examination in June. Students must complete a minimum of 1200 minutes of laboratory work to be eligible to take the Regents exam. Topics covered include mapping skills, rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, erosion, Earth’s geological history, meteorology, climate and astronomy. The student population in this course varies but is mostly comprised of 10th and 11th graders.


PHYSICS I AND II (SPS21 & SPS22)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
Length of Course: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: Living Environment I and II, Geometry I and II
Requirement Satisfied: Physical Science

This class has a state mandated laboratory component and terminates in a required Regents examination in June. Students must complete a minimum of 1200 minutes of laboratory work to be eligible to take the Regents exam. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and principles concerning matter and energy through the laboratory study of mechanics, wave motion, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics. The student population consists mostly of 11th and 12th graders that must be at grade level in mathematics.


AP Courses

AP BIOLOGY (SBS21X & SBS22X)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
Length of Course: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: Department Supervisor's Permission
Requirement Satisfied: Life Science

This course is open to students who have exhibited a mastery of Biology and Chemistry. This course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. Students enrolled in this class are required to take the advanced placement exam in May.


AP CHEMISTRY (SCS21X & SCS22X)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
Length of Course: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: Department Supervisor's Permission
Requirement Satisfied: Physical Science

This course is open to students who have demonstrated a mastery of Chemistry. Students must also exhibit mastery in certain math classes to be considered for this course. This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. Students enrolled in this class are required to take the advanced placement exam in May.


AP PHYSICS B (SPS21X & SPS22X)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 11, 12
Length of Course: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: Department Supervisor's Permission
Requirement Satisfied: Physical Science

This course is open to students who have exhibited a mastery of Physics and Math. This course provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and emphasizes the development of conceptual understanding and problem-solving ability using algebra and trigonometry. Students enrolled in this class are required to take the advanced placement exam in May.


Electives

ADVANCED SCIENCE RESEARCH (SDS61 THROUGH SDS66)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
Length of Course: 6 semesters
Prerequisite: Department Supervisor's Permission
Requirement Satisfied: Elective

This is a specialized 3 year program that enables students to learn research skills while working with mentors from the scientific community. Students are encouraged to select their own topics of research and to enter national competitions, such as Intel.


ASTRONOMY (SRS11)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 12
Length of Course: 1 semester
Prerequisite: 2 Science Regents Exams
Requirement Satisfied: Elective

This is a 1 semester course open to students who have completed their laboratory science requirements. Students will study the universe as they cover the following topics: history of astronomy, gravity and motion, planets, stars, galaxies and the structure of the universe. This course places an emphasis on how astronomers gather information about distant objects without leaving the Earth.


ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE I AND II (SES21QPE & SES22QPE)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 12
Length of Course: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: 2 Science Regents Exams
Requirement Satisfied: Physical Science

This is a 2 semester course open to students who have completed their laboratory science requirements. The course serves as an introduction to environmental science and environmental studies. Topics include the use of basic scientific concepts and tools for environmental problems; human population growth; cycles of carbon, water, and other matter; weather and climate; and the use of natural resources, in particular water and energy.


FORENSICS I AND II WITH LAB (SFS21 & SFS22)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 11, 12
Length of Course: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: 2 Science Regents Exams
Requirement Satisfied: Physical Science

This is a 2 semester course open to students who have completed their laboratory science requirements. Forensic science draws on all the basic fields of science. Students will explore the techniques, skills and the science used in the modern crime laboratory. This course will provide students with the opportunity to investigate complex problems, gather evidence and use logical reasoning to defend their conclusions.


PSYCHOLOGY (SQS11QPY)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 12
Length of Course: 1 semester
Prerequisite: 2 Science Regents Exams
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Elective

This is a 1 semester course open to students who have completed their laboratory science requirements. This course introduces the history of psychology, human development, personality, abnormal behavior, social psychology, feelings and emotions, research methodologies, experimental psychology, psychophysiology, learning and memory, altered states of awareness, sleep and dreams, and industrial and organizational psychology.


METEOROLOGY (SDS11QM)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 12
Length of Course: 1 semester
Prerequisite: 2 Science Regents Exams
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Physical Science

This course is a hands on, project based investigative study of local, as well as global, weather and climates. Students will create and work with weather instruments, gather real time weather data investigating patterns and factors that affect weather systems. Students will develop fundamental skills in weather measurements such as temperature, pressure, wind, and precipitation. Weather hazards and climactic change will be addressed as well.


CURRENT ISSUES IN SCIENCE (SQS11QC)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 12
Length of Course: 1 semester
Prerequisite: 2 Science Regents Exams
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Elective

This one semester course will help students understand current issues in science as presented in the new and impact upon society. Current research topics will vary each semester based upon current research as released through newspapers, magazines, scientific journals and internet resources. Technology and medicine will be examined through moral and ethical implications.


ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (SWS11S)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 12
Length of Course: 1 semester
Prerequisite: 2 Science Regents Exams
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Elective

This self paced anatomy and physiology course will cover all bodily systems playing a major role in the human anatomy. Physiological systems structure, functions, and processes will be learned by students. Systemic integration and interdependence will be a focus.


ELECTROMAGNETISM (SKS21QE & SKS22QE)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 12
Length of Course: 1 semester
Prerequisite: Department Supervisor's Permission
Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Elective

Students will study Electromagnetism in detail. Topics include: The Electric Field, Gauss’s Law, Electric Potential, Capacitance, DC Circuits, Magnetostatics, Magnetic Induction, Inductance. This course is for advanced students. Departmental permission is required.