Science

 SCIENCE DEPARTMENT FACULTY   

 John Burns   Tressa Cintora 

Katie Holtz   Jamie Sesselman   Haley Mooney

Beginning with entry into the 9th grade (8th grade for students on the accelerated science track), Regents exams are given as the final exam in the course.  The normal sequence for students striving to receive an Advanced Regents diploma is Biology, Earth Science and then Chemistry. During the senior year, either Physics or AP Biology may be selected.  It is very strongly recommended that students progress through the courses in this order due to their increasing level of difficulty as well as the maturational and educational demands of each course.  

Students who traditionally have the most success in Earth Science have successfully completed CC Algebra I prior to enrollment.  Those who are most successful in Chemistry have successfully completed Geometry prior to enrollment. The math skills and logical thought processes that are developed in these mathematical courses lead students to a greater depth of understanding and therefore, better academic achievement in these subsequently taken science classes.

For Regents science courses, NYS requires 1200 minutes of laboratory activities along with successfully completed laboratory reports.  The activities that will be used to meet this requirement shall be solely determined by the instructor. The instructor will then certify those students who has met the requirement and are therefore eligible to sit for the Regents Exam in that science.  Successfully completed lab reports for all regents science courses shall be submitted by 3pm on the last day of classes in June. If the laboratory requirement for that course is not met by that time and date, the student is ineligible to sit for that exam.

Additionally, the Regents Exam in Physical Science/Earth Science has a laboratory practical component that is administered during the regular school year in early June.  Students must be present on the day that the practical is given. There will be no make ups for the lab practical, just as there are not make ups for the Regents Exam. If a student is retaking the Regents Exam in Physical Science/Earth Science, NYS requires that they also retake the laboratory performance test each time that they take the Regents Exam.*


  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY

GRADE: 11,12

Students use the methods of science to become familiar with the processes of scientific investigation.  They learn how to handle data, use literature and to develop experiments and ideas in investigating biological phenomena.  The course final is the examination administered by the College Board Testing Service in Princeton, NJ, in which students may earn college credits.  

CREDIT:  1.0 FINAL ASSESSMENT:  AP EXAM


  • BIOLOGY (LIVING ENVIRONMENT)

The study of living things with an emphasis on characteristics of life, cells and cell structures, similarities and differences among living organisms, the maintenance of homeostasis in organisms, heredity and genes, reproduction and development, evolutions, ecology, human impact on ecosystems, scientific inquiry and skills and laboratory skills and techniques.  At the conclusion of the year (pending the fulfillment of required laboratory hours and the NYS Laboratory Activities for the Living Environment Part D) all students will take the Living Environment Regents Exam.

CREDIT:  1.0 FINAL ASSESSMENT:  LIVING ENVIRONMENT REGENTS EXAM


  • CHEMISTRY

This science treats composition and transfiguration of matter along with the corresponding energy changes.  Topics covered include: the atomic structure of matter including quantum theory; nuclear reactions, acid-base theory, ionization and dissociation; stoichiometry; principles involved in reactions; the study of periodic law; organic chemistry, chemical equilibrium and oxidation.  It is strongly recommended that students have completed Algebra and Geometry and be currently enrolled in CC Algebra II. At the conclusion of the year (pending the fulfillment of required laboratory hours) all students will take the Physical Setting in Chemistry Regents Exam. Prerequisite:   Earth Science

CREDIT:  1 .0 FINAL ASSESSMENT:  CHEMISTRY REGENTS EXAM


  • EARTH SCIENCE

An in-depth study on the earth's motions, size, position in space and the changes that occur on the earth.  These changes include changes in the atmosphere, weather and climate. At the end of the year, all students will take the regents exam in Earth Science.

CREDIT:  1.0 FINAL ASSESSMENT:  EARTH SCIENCE REGENTS EXAM



  • GENERAL EARTH SCIENCE

The Earth Science curriculum builds on the natural curiosity of students by connecting them to the beauty of geological history, the amazing landforms around the globe, the nature of the sea and air, and the newest discoveries about our universe.  It will give students an opportunity to relate to their everyday world. Students will explore the following topics: Earth’s changing environment, water and climate, measuring Earth, weathering, erosion, and deposition, the universe, rocks and minerals, motions of the Earth, Moon and Sun. Earth’s crust and interior, the atmosphere, plate tectonics, weather and geologic history. 

CREDIT: 1.0  FINAL ASSESSMENT: LOCAL EXAM


     

  • ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (ELECTIVE)

This course will fulfill the third unit of science requirement for a Regents Diploma or provide remediation in science where necessary.  A general knowledge of biology and physical science is helpful before taking this course. This course is specifically designed to provide students with numerous hands-on experiences of the interactions and relationships which exist in nature. 

CREDIT:  1.0 FINAL ASSESSMENT:  LOCAL EXAM



  • FORENSIC SCIENCE (ELECTIVE)

GRADE:  11, 12

Students will work individually and in teams to investigate crimes using scientific knowledge and reasoning.  This course incorporates all areas of science and NYS learning standards across disciplines. Topics include the history, educational requirements, and role of forensic specialist.  Laboratory investigations may include fingerprints, fiber and glass analysis, forensic facial reconstruction, toxicology, body fluids, DNA, and other evidence as time allows. Students will complete a project about a novel or true crime book of their choice.  Scientific thinking and effective communication skills are emphasized.  

CREDIT:  1.0 FINAL ASSESSMENT:  LOCAL EXAM


  • PHYSICS

GRADE:  11, 12

This course covers the following areas:  forces, motion, work and energy, heat energy, waves, electricity and magnetism, atomic structure and models, and nuclear energy if time permits.

CREDIT:  1.0 FINAL ASSESSMENT:  PHYSICS REGENTS EXAM



  • STAR (SCIENCE TEACHING & RESEARCH)

This academic course provides students with an exposure to various topics within the earth science, physics, chemistry, and biology fields. This course provides students with an understanding of the concepts and principles of science and provides opportunities to develop problem solving and technological skills necessary to compete successfully in the 21st century. The students will learn to read and understand scientific journal and current event articles, perform experiments, collect information on various topics and convey their findings through presentations. This course devotes a majority of the class time to small group activities related to team projects and research. Team projects include, but are not limited to, researching a topic within a given area, creating lab/class activities related to the topic and presenting information which includes running a lab/class activity for our elementary students.

CREDIT:  1.0 FINAL ASSESSMENT:  LOCAL EXAM

  















     


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