Science

New York State Standards

  • The student will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.
  • Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.

All students must earn three credits in science.

NOTE: Section 8.2 of the Rules of the Board of Regents states only those persons who have satisfactorily met the laboratory requirements as stated in the state syllabus for a science shall be admitted to a Regents examination in such science.

Course Offerings

LIVING ENVIRONMENT

1 Credit – Full Year Course

The course consists of eight topics as listed below. The Regents examination is the final exam. Separate laboratory periods are scheduled to fulfill the laboratory requirements for this course. Additional areas of study and projects are assigned to those students enrolled in Honors Living Environment. Honors Living Environment is open to students who have successfully completed the Earth Science Regents in 8th grade.

EARTH SCIENCE

1 Credit – Full Year Course

This course includes a study of the forces that have molded the earth and universe, geology of the earth, chemistry and identification of minerals, interpretation of topographic maps, physics of stars and planets, and various topics in meteorology, water, climate, and environmental awareness.  The Regents is the final examination. Students enrolled in Honors Earth Science must produce a series of extra individual activities throughout the year.

CHEMISTRY

1 Credit – Full Year Course
Prerequisite:  Algebra 1 and Geometry

Chemistry is devoted to the study of matter and the changes it undergoes. The course is designed to provide a broad and general understanding of the atom. It is recommended that students be enrolled in or have completed Trigonometry. The Regents examination is the final examination. Honors Chemistry is open to students who have passed Honors Earth Science and Honors Living Environment and both Regents exams.

HONORS PHYSICS

1 Credit – Full Year Course
Prerequisite: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry (may be concurrent).

This course is designed to provide an understanding of Physics that is required for the Physics Regents examination.

It is recommended that students in Honors Physics have completed Algebra and Geometry. Extra activities may include library research, development of some extra laboratory activities, and the application of some complex mathematics. The Regents examination is the final examination.

AP BIOLOGY

1 Credit – Full Year Course with Labs

Prerequisite: 80 or better on both the Living Environment and Chemistry Regents exams or teacher recommendation The AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college biology course. The course culminates in a standardized exam administered by the College Board. Colleges may accept an AP Biology exam score in lieu of Biology requirements, credit or prerequisites.

AP PHYSICS

1 Credit – Full Year Course with Labs
Prerequisite: successful completion of Physics and the Regents exam

An algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore these topics: kinematics; dynamics; circular motion and gravitation; energy; momentum; simple harmonic motion; torque and rotational motion; electric charge and electric force; DC circuits; and mechanical waves and sound. This course culminates with the AP Physics 1 exam.

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

1 Credit – Full Year Course (Grades 11 – 12) available only to continuing students

The Science Research course is a three-year course designed to provide students with firsthand experience with the methodology of research. The course requires an individual to work independently. The student must be willing to devote the time and effort necessary to search out and study scientific information. The student must be willing to assess this information and report the findings orally and as a written report. Up to 12 hours of college credit through the University in High School program at SUNY Albany can be earned after successful completion of the first year.

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

1 Credit – Full Year Course

Human Anatomy and Physiology surveys the structure and functions of the body, an intensive study is made of each of the body systems and organs. Disorders of each system will be discussed. The level of the material to be learned requires some previous knowledge of biological systems and their development. Anatomy and Physiology provides background for students who plan to pursue careers in biology, nursing, dentistry, medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, physical education, and sports. Numerous Hands-on activities including dissections are used to reinforce concepts and material covered in class. This class may be used as the third science required for graduation. A school exam is administered in June.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

1 Credit – Full Year Course

Environmental Science topics of study include ecology, biodiversity, climate change, pollution, energy and waste management. Students will relate course materials to meaningful discussions that relate to everyday lives.  This course can be used as a third credit of science which is necessary for graduation. A school exam is administered in June.

APPLIED PHYSICS

1 Credit – Full Year Course

Applied Physics is designed to present basic concepts of Physics and science investigation as listed by the National Science Foundation. Credits include Mechanics, Optics/Waves, Energy/Power and Electricity/Magnetism

APPLIED CHEMISTRY

1 Credit – Full Year Course

Applied Chemistry is designed to provide a practical, lab based (hands-on) approach to basic chemistry principles. It parallels the Regents course with less emphasis on math and more on real-life applications.

DANGEROUS EARTH

½ Credit – Half Year Course (Grades 11 or 12 only)

This course is an introduction to geologic hazards and will expand on prior Earth Science knowledge.  The following topics will be covered: Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tsunamis, Landslides, Mass Wasting and Subsidence and Exceptional Weather. This course may be used to fulfill one half of the third credit of the science requirement for graduation.

METEOROLOGY

½ Credit – Half Year Course (Grades 11 or 12 only)

This course is designed to teach students inquiry skills and to pose questions about the earth’s atmosphere and different meteorological phenomena. They will also learn about different weather systems, weather variables and instruments, learning how they are all interrelated. Utilizing this information, students will make basic forecasts. The course will end with a weather disasters credit which will focus on northeastern case studies. Students will learn the meteorological setups for these systems as well as safety and preparation should they encounter extreme weather in the future. This course may be use to fulfill one half of the third credit of the science requirement for graduation.

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