Science

Course Titles

Science 7Science 8AIS (Chemistry, Earth Science, Living Environment)ChemistryEarth ScienceEco-ChemistryAP Environmental ScienceLiving EnvironmentOceanographyPhysics

Course Descriptions

Science 7

Grades: 7 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: Included in this course are topics found in the NYS Intermediate Science Core Curriculum Guide: The Living Environment. These topics include the scientific method, characteristics of living things, structure and functions of cells, and concepts in genetics and evolutionary theory. Human biology, including systems and interactions, are also studied.  The goal of science in 7th grade is to enable students to understand science concepts through the use of scientific inquiry. Students will develop their skills of analysis, inquiry, and design through active laboratory work on a regular basis.  

Requirements this course fulfills: This course fulfills the state requirement for 7th grade science.

Science 8

Grades: 8 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: Included in this course are topics found in the NYS Intermediate Science Core Curriculum Guide: The Physical Setting. Major concepts in each of the physical sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science, are taught.  Students will be engaged in laboratory experiences that have been designed to teach them the interrelationships of the physical environment.  Students will use creative problem solving to develop simple solutions to simple problems and develop explanations of natural phenomena in a continuing creative process that incorporates scientific inquiry.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course fulfills the state requirement for 8th grade science.

AIS (Chemistry, Earth Science, Living Environment)

Grades: 9-12 (this course will be offered every year or as needed)
Credits: N/A
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: This class provides students with additional practice and assistance.

Requirements this course fulfills: The AIS class provides the students with additional practice and assistance.

Chemistry

Grades: 11-12 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: Students should have completed and passed Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and be enrolled in Trigonometry or equivalent.  Successful completion of Regents Geometry including a passing grade on the Geometry Regents. Successful completion of Regents Earth Science and a grade of 75 or higher on the Earth Science Regents exam.
Weight for Ranking: 1.03

Description: 

The Physical Setting/Chemistry course is intended to provide the student with an understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of Chemistry and the ability to handle equipment and chemicals safely. This course will enable the successful student to enter the freshman level Chemistry class at any university this means that it may serve in place of a college Chemistry class.  This course is intended for above average students with a history of successfully completing Regents level Science courses.  The topics in Chemistry include, but are not limited to, matter and energy, atomic structure, bonding, the periodic table, mathematics of Chemistry, kinetics and equilibrium. acids and bases, redox and electrochemistry, nuclear Chemistry and organic Chemistry. There are five lecture periods each week plus a Chemistry lab that meets twice in a six-day cycle. Students must satisfactorily complete all required laboratory experiences in order to sit for the Regents examination.  Students will need to take the NYS Regents in Physical Setting/Chemistry. 

Requirements this course fulfills: This course counts towards the graduation requirement in science.

Chemistry – Lab Requirement: Required for all students enrolled in Chemistry.  The lab component meets two days out of a six-day cycle.  Students must meet the minimum lab requirements to sit for the Regents exam.

Earth Science

Grades: 10 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: Students should have completed and passed Regents Living Environment and Algebra and associated Regents exams.
Weight for Ranking: 1.03

Description: Students will study many aspects of the earth, thus gaining critical thinking skills and a better understanding of the world in which we live.  Course content includes earth formation, composition of earth, relationship between earth, sun and moon, geology, meteorology, and astronomy.  Students will need to take the NYS Regents in Physical Setting/Earth Science.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course counts towards the graduation requirement in science.

Earth Science – Lab Requirement: Lab component meets two days out of a six-day cycle.  This is not a separate course offering.  It is in addition to Regents Earth Science and is a mandatory course requirement – 1200 minutes of laboratory experiences as required by NYS education regulations.  Failure to successfully complete the 1200 minutes will exclude the student from taking the Physical Setting/Earth Science Regents exam.

Eco-Chemistry

Grades: 11-12 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: Earth Science or Oceanography
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: This course is divided into two semesters. The first semester is Chemistry and the second semester is Ecology. The Chemistry curriculum will parallel the first half of the full-year Chemistry class.   

Requirements this course fulfills: Successful completion of this course will provide students with one-credit towards the graduation requirement in science.

AP Environmental Science

Grades: 12 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: Students should have completed and passed Regents Biology, Regents Earth Science and Regents Chemistry –both the course and Regents exams.
Weight for Ranking: 1.05

Description: This course is a comprehensive study of the basics of environmentalism and is designed to link together the major ideas in Biology, Earth Science and Chemistry while introducing students to all environmental fields. Course content consists of basic mechanics of ecosystems and earth sciences, energy use and production, alternative energy, human population growth and impact, climate change, pollution, waste disposal, land and water use and sustainability. Students will be required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course will provide students with one credit towards the graduation requirement in science.

Living Environment

Grades: 9 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.03

Description: This course is a comprehensive study of Biology designed to prepare students for the Living Environment Regents and college-based Biology courses.  Course content includes the Nature of Life, Exploring Life, Cells, Ecology, Genetics, Mechanisms of Evolution, The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity, Plant Form and Function, Animal Form and Function.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course will count towards the graduation requirement in science.

Living Environment – Lab Requirement: Required for all students enrolled in Living Environment.  The lab component meets two days out of a six-day cycle.  Students must meet the minimum lab requirements to sit for the Regents exam.

Oceanography

Grades: 10-12 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit
Prerequisite: One year of high school science, passed one science Regents exam.
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: In Oceanography, students will study earth’s oceans and their basins.  Students will gain critical thinking skills and a better understanding of the world in which we live during the course.  Course contents include the creation of our oceans and seas, movement within our oceans, life in our oceans, and the interactions of these processes with life on land.

Requirements this course fulfills: Successful completion of this course will provide students with one credit towards the graduation requirement in science.

Physics

Grades: 11-12 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 2 including a passing score on the Regents exams. Successful completion of Chemistry.
Weight for Ranking: 1.05

Description: The Physical Setting/Physics course has a rigorous mathematical and theoretical component. This course is intended for above average students with a history of success in both mathematics and science. The class meets five times per week and the lab component meets two days out of a six-day cycle. Students must meet the minimum lab requirement to sit for the Regents exam. The topics include but are not limited to: mechanics, energy, waves, electricity/magnetism and modern physics.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course counts towards the graduation requirement in science.

Physics – Lab Requirement: Required for all students enrolled in Physics.  The lab component meets two days out of a six-day cycle.  Students must meet the minimum lab requirements to sit for the Regents exam.