Science Courses

Earth Science R

1 Credit

This course follows the Physical Settings/Earth Science Core Curriculum established by the New York State Education Department. The course is intended to expose students to a study of the process and concepts that shape our globe and influence our environment. This course culminates in a Regents examination.

Earth Science H

1 Credit

This course follows the Physical Setting/Earth Science Core Curriculum as established by the New York State Education Department. The course is intended to expose students to a study of the process and concepts that shape our globe and influence our environment. In addition, students are exposed to supplemental and extrapolations of concepts to enhance both the laboratory and lecture portions of the course. This course culminates in a Regents examination. In addition to the Regents examination, a special assignment/examination will comprise a percentage of the final examination grade.

PREREQUISITE:

Admission to the Honors Earth Science program is contingent upon successful completion of our Middle School Living Environment course and Regents Exam as well as a recommendation from the Middle School Science Department and administration. Honors grade requirements must be maintained.

Living Environment R (Biology R)

1 Credit

This course follows the Living Environment Core Curriculum established by the New York State Education Department. Studies include the relationships between animals and plants and their interactions with the environment. Also studied will be unity and diversity, maintenance in living organisms, human physiology, reproduction and development, genetics, and biotechnology, evolution, and ecology.  The course culminates in a Regents examination.

Living Environment H (Biology H)

1 Credit

This course follows the Living Environment Core Curriculum as described in the Biology R program. In addition, the course provides supplemental material and extrapolations of concepts to prepare the student for the SAT II examination in Biology. This course culminates in a Regents examination. In addition to the Regents examination, a special assignment/project/examination will comprise a percentage of the final examination grade.

PREREQUISITE:

Admission to the Honors Biology program is contingent upon successful completion of Earth Science as well as on a recommendation from the science teacher and department and administrative approval.  Honors grade requirements must be maintained.

Biology – Advanced Placement

1 Credit

Advanced Placement Biology is a college-level course which surveys the nature of living organisms in terms of: evolution taxonomy, ecology, biochemistry, cellular energetics, cell structure and function, maintenance in animals, animal reproduction and development, maintenance in plants, plant reproduction and development, genetics, and contemporary problems in Biology. Correlated with the lectures are readings and laboratory exercises.

PREREQUISITE:

Successful completion of a minimum two Regents Science Classes (Biology and Chemistry) with a minimum of a B, and permission of the department and administration. The student assumes financial responsibility for all administrative and examination costs associated with the Advanced Placement Examination. Students may also enroll in the “University in the High School Program” at S.U.N.Y. Orange and receive up to eight college credits (four each for Introduction to Biological Science and Biology of Organisms) if all course requirements are successfully completed.  Students are responsible for all S.U.N.Y. Orange course fees.

Chemistry R

1 Credit

This course follows the Physical Settings/Chemistry Core Curriculum established by the New York State Education Department. Studies include matter and energy, atomic structure, bonding, the Periodic Table, kinematics and equilibrium, acids and bases, organic chemistry, redox, and electrochemistry.  This course culminates in a Regents examination.

PREREQUISITE:

Admission into this course require the successful completion of Earth Science R and Biology R with a minimum class average of 75% and successful completion of the Regents examinations.

Chemistry H

1 Credit

Admission to this Honors-level course involves a reassessment of student performance after successful completion of Living Environment and Earth Science. The course predominately follows the Chemistry Syllabus above. Enrichment topics and projects are from the SAT Chemistry Achievement Program. Students are responsible for all fees connected with the SAT examination. This course culminates in a Regents examination. In addition to the Regents examination, a special assignment/project/examination will comprise a percentage of the final examination grade.

PREREQUISITE:

Admission to the Honors Chemistry program is contingent upon successful completion of Biology and Earth Science as well as on a recommendation from the science teacher and department and administrative approval. Honors grade requirements must be maintained.

Chemistry – Advanced Placement

1 Credit

This is a college-level chemistry course which surveys: atomic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, principles of thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, qualitative and quantitative analysis, nuclear structure and radioactivity, and application of the foregoing principles to elements in the periodic table. Laboratory experiences are designed to further develop and challenge students’ creative thinking skills.

PREREQUISITE:

Successful completion of a minimum two Regents Science Classes (Earth and/or Biology and Chemistry) with a minimum of a B, and permission of the department and administration. The student assumes financial responsibility for all administrative and examination costs associated with the Advanced Placement Examination. Students may also enroll in the “SUPA” Program at Syracuse University and receive up to eight college credits (Chemistry 106/107 and Chemistry 116/117) if all course requirements are successfully completed.  Students are responsible for all Syracuse University course fees.

Environmental – Advanced Placement

1 Credit

This college-level course is designed to challenge the students’ critical thinking skills by exploring the topics with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.

PREREQUISITE:

Successful completion of two Regents Science Classes (Biology, Earth Science and/or Chemistry) with a minimum of a B, and permission of the department and administration. Students may also enroll in the “University in the High School Program” at S.U.N.Y. Orange and receive up to eight college credits (four credits for each course) if all course requirements are successfully completed.  Students are responsible for all S.U.N.Y. Orange course fees.

Physics R

1 Credit

This course follows the Physical Settings/Physics Core Curriculum established by the New York State Education Department. Studies include space and time, measurement, motion, dynamics (Newton’s Laws, momentum, work and energy, etc.), light, electrostatics and electrodynamics, and modern concepts in Physics. The course culminates in a Regents examination.

PREREQUISITE:

Admission into this course requires the successful completion of Earth Science R, Biology R and Chemistry R or higher with a minimum class average of 75% and successful completion of the Regents examinations.

Physics H

1 Credit

This Honors-level course predominantly follows the Physics curriculum above. Appropriate enrichment topics from the SAT Physics Achievement Program are also included. Students are encouraged to take the SAT II in May, and they assume all costs for the examination. This course culminates in a Regents examination. In addition to the Regents examination, a special assignment/project/examination will comprise a percentage of the final examination grade.

PREREQUISITE:

Admission to the Honors Physics program is contingent upon successful completion of Chemistry as well as on a recommendation from the science teacher. Honors grade requirements must be maintained.

Physics – Advanced Placement-1

1 Credit

This algebra based college-level course is designed to challenge the students’ critical thinking skills by exploring the topics of: mechanics, electricity and magnetism. Laboratory exercises, with computer articulation, are designed to allow the students to experiment with the theoretical concepts involved in modern physics. Students are responsible for all applicable the AP examination costs.

PREREQUISITE:

Successful completion of two Regents courses with a minimum of a B+, and permission of the department and administration.

Physics – Advanced Placement-C

1 Credit

This calculus based college-level course is designed to challenge the students’ critical thinking skills by exploring the topics of: mechanics, electricity and magnetism. Laboratory exercises, with computer articulation, are designed to allow the students to experiment with the theoretical concepts involved in modern physics. Students may also enroll in the “University in the High School Program” at S.U.N.Y. Albany and receive up to eight college credits (Introductory Physics I and Introductory Physics II) if all requirements are successfully completed. Students are responsible for all applicable S.U.N.Y. course fees and the AP examination cost.

PREREQUISITE:

Successful completion of AP Physics A or Physics Regents with a minimum of a B, and permission of the department and administration. Interested students must have completed calculus or be concurrently enrolled in calculus and AP Physics-C.

Living Environment Science Academic Intervention Services (AIS)

This course is mandated for students who have not demonstrated competency in completing the New York State Education Department graduation requirements and assessments for Science. The emphasis of this course is to help students to prepare for Science Regents examinations. This alternate-day semester course may also be taken for the full-year on an alternate-day basis.