Science Elective Courses

Elective Sequence Requirements in Science

After successfully completing two years of science students may choose to either follow the full year Science course track or the 2-elective track. This track allows students to select two electives for their full year Science course selection. These selections must be made during the scheduling process. Students will be asked to choose their top two selections and every attempt will be made to place the student in their first request.

ELECTIVE COURSES

Conceptual Physics: Mechanics of Motion
1/2 Credit

Studies include space and time, measurement, motion, dynamics (Newton’s Laws, momentum, work and energy, etc.), This course is designed to be an introductory course in Physics to be used in conjunction with other electives to meet the third year science requirement.

PREREQUISITE:

Successful completion of two years of science or department chairperson and administrative approval.

College Human Biology
1/2 Credit

An introduction to the human body with emphasis on normal functioning of body systems. The structure and function of body systems, the principles of homeostasis and the usual causes of disruption to the human body will be discussed. Students will be able to apply learned theory to facilitate choices of positive health behaviors in their personal lives.

This course is BIO 101, from St. Thomas Aquinas College and students can earn three college credits. Students are responsible for any fees associated with credit from St. Thomas Aquinas.

PREREQUISITE:

Successful completion two years of science including Biology with a minimum of a B or department chairperson and administrative approval.

College Marine Biology
1/2 Credit

This course centers around the study of life in and under the sea. This includes geological, chemical and physical properties of the oceans, classification of marine organism, different marine ecosystems and human impact on marine ecosystems are addressed.

This course is BIO 140 from St. Thomas Aquinas College and students can earn three college credits.

PREREQUISITE:

Successful completion two years of science including Biology R with a minimum of a B or department chairperson and administrative approval.

College Forensics
1 Credit

In this course you’ll discover unique was to analyze blood, how to deconstruct organic and inorganic evidence; the many uses of DNA; drug chemistry and toxicology; how to compare fibers, paints, glass and soil.  Techniques in forensic investigation, including identifying food dyes by paper chromatography, classifying carbohydrates and performing qualitative tests for amino acids, proteins and other chemicals.

This course is Chem 113(four college credits) through the Syracuse University “SUPA” program. Students are responsible for any fees associated with credit from Syracuse University.

PREREQUISITE:

Successful completion two years of science including Biology R and Chemistry R with a minimum of a B or department chairperson and administrative approval.

College Earth Science
1/2 Credit

A first year college course for students interested in the planet Earth. The four basic areas of study are geology, meteorology, oceanography and Astronomy with particular emphasis on the physical properties of the planet. Discussions include the composition of the Earth and its structure, terrestrial processes, resources and geologic hazards such as earthquakes.

This course is GLG 101(three college credits) through the University in the High School Program through SUNY Orange. Students are responsible for any fees associated with credit from OCCC.

PREREQUISITE:

Successful completion two years of science including Biology R and Earth Science R with a minimum of a B or department chairperson and administrative approval.

General Chemistry 1
1/2 Credit

Studies include matter and energy, atomic structure, bonding, the Periodic Table, kinematics and equilibrium, acids and bases.. This course is designed to be an introductory course in Chemistry to be used in conjunction with other electives to meet the third year science requirement.

PREREQUISITE:

Successful completion two years of science or department chairperson and administrative approval.

General Chemistry 2
1/2 Credit

Students will explore the essential concepts of chemistry as they work to find solutions to problems confronting our lives, our community and the world. The course will explore topics in the everyday world that impact the students lives such as household products, nuclear and organic chemistry, medicine, construction materials, fuels and energy sources.

PREREQUISITE:

Successful completion two years of science. Completion of General Chemistry 1 or Regents Chemistry and/or department chairperson and administrative approval.

Forensics
1/2 Credit

This course is designed to emphasize the laboratory techniques used by forensic scientist in the analysis of crimes. Techniques studied include analytical chemistry, spectrophotometry, fingerprinting, DNA analysis, crime scene management, and investigative procedures. Case studies of actual crimes are discussed. Additional activities include solving a “murder mystery” and researching an independent case-study of a crime.

PREREQUISITE:

Minimum of one Regents Science with successful completion of a Regents Examination and department and administrative approval.

Human Biology I
1/2 Credit

This course reinforces concepts related to Human Biology as presented in Living Environment including Chemistry of Life, Cell Structure and Function, and Tissue Types. After preliminary topics are complete, students will survey the Integumentary, Skeletal, Articular, and Muscular Systems. Basic structure and function of each system will be articulated. Students will also study common diagnoses and treatments for disorders and diseases related to each system.

PREREQUISITE:

Successful completion two years of science including Biology or department chairperson and administrative approval.

Integrated Science
1 Credit

This course is designed to introduce students to the Chemistry and Physics New York State curricula. Topics have been selected to provide students with a broad-based understanding of fundamental concepts and an opportunity to master skills that can be applied to real-world applications. Students will study Newton’s Laws of Physics, gravitational force, kinematics, magnetism and electromagnetic devices, atomic structure, chemical equations and aspects of nuclear and organic chemistry. Global  warming, thermal pollution, the greenhouse effect, and other environmental problems will also be investigated.

PREREQUISITE:

Successful completion two years of science including Biology or department chairperson and administrative approval.

Introduction to Computer Coding
1/2 Credit

This course will introduce students to computer logic with a hands-on approach to computer coding. Students will work with various computer system to develop computer programs to solve real world problems by learning basic  coding pathways and structure. Students will learn format and style using AP based software, HTML and CSS coding. Students will also program micro controllers to control LED lights, displays, speakers, etc. as well as wire components using a breadboard.

PREREQUISITE:

Successful completion two years of science including Biology or department chairperson and administrative approval.

Introduction to Ecology
1/2 Credit

This Living Environment course is based on current issues in environmental science, such as: natural resource exploitation, impacts of climate change, human population growth, and pollution. Understanding chemical cycles, restoration ecology, and sustainable living practices will be necessary for exploring solutions to these environmental issues.

PREREQUISITE:

Minimum of one Regents Science with successful completion of a Regents Examination and Department and Administrative approval.

Natural Disasters
1/2 Credit

This course will investigate atmospheric and geologic related natural disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and other severe phenomenon. The impacts of these events on humans and the environment will be incorporated into study. Students will work on projects and content designed around these catastrophic events using both current and historical perspectives.

PREREQUISITE:

Successful completion two years of science including Biology or department chairperson and administrative approval.

Physics of Electricity and Waves
1/2 Credit

This course is designed for the student who does not wish to take the more rigorous Regents Physics lab course. Studies include dynamics (Newton’s Laws, momentum, work and energy, etc.), light, electrostatics and electrodynamics, and modern concepts in Physics. There is no extended lab periods scheduled with this course and the course culminates with a locally prepared final examination.

Scientific Research in the High School
1 Credit Per Year

This three-year college level course provides students with an opportunity to conduct actual research at a professional level.  The course offers an opportunity to earn up to 12 credits from S.U.N.Y. Albany through the University in the High School program. The course culminates with the students presenting their research in National Science competitions such as the INTEL Science Talent Search and the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.
Students will be scheduled in an every day Scientific Research Class and will be expected to do independent research outside of their class. Students will complete 240 hours of time that includes main components of the research program: whole class activities, independent work, out-of-class independent work, Students will also be expected to meet with their instructors on a regular basis outside of their scheduled class time. Students must enter at least 3 Scientific Competitions during their Senior Year.

PREREQUISITE:

Selection to the program is based on academic performance, teacher recommendation and an essay describing reasons for interest in the program.  Admission to this program begins in the 10th grade. Department Approval Required. Students are expected to complete a summer assignment prior to the class each year.