Earth Science AR 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.

Environmental Science This course will fulfill a sequence requirement for a non-regents student 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 experience of the interactions and relationships which exist in nature.

Biology R & AR) The study of: Living things; physical and chemical basis for life; basic activities of living things; how plants and animals maintain themselves by solving basic life requirements, with an overriding theme of strategies of living things; reproduction and development of single cells to multicellular organisms; heredity, the ways that organisms transmit traits from generation to generation; evolution and diversity of living forms of plants and animals in their environment; ecological relationships with plants and animals in their environment, with emphasis on man. At the end of the year, all students will take the Regents exam in Biology.

Advanced Placement Biology 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, N.J., in which students may earn college credits. Prerequisite: a grade of 90 in Regents Biology, successful completion of Regents Chemistry and permission of the instructor.

Chemistry AR 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 or be currently enrolled in Course III.

General Chemistry This chemistry program serves as an option students may select to fulfill the Regents diploma science requirement. A very major purpose of this course is to require students to apply previously learned science and math skills and concepts to many different types of problem solving activities. Competency in basic lab skills and procedures is another goal. The content of the course allows the student to obtain a solid conceptual understanding of the major scientific and chemical principles normally encountered at this level. The topics covered in this course include: density, heat energy and phases of matter, air pressure and the gas laws, atomic structure, bonding, formulas and equations, solubility, organic chemistry, acids and bases, and electro-chemistry.

Physics AR 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.

*Whenever lab work is done, students will wear protective glasses and follow all prescribed measures to insure safety.

For regents science courses, the last day that labs will be accepted for regents eligibility will be determined by the instructor of the course. New York State requires that these labs be completed at a satisfactory level and filed with the student’s teacher before the pupil is allowed to take the regents exam.

Applied Science Special Topics in Applied Science (Food Science) is a one-unit science course designed to meet the needs of students fulfilling the third required unit of science for graduation. This course is designed to reinforce and expand the students’ knowledge and skills in science by applying scientific principles and processes to the study of food and nutrition. As a physical science, it promotes an in-depth exploration of the physical, biological, and chemical nature of food. Learning experiences involve hands-on experiences in order to encourage application to real life situations. Students will be encouraged to demonstrate their knowledge of course content through scientific methods of investigation. Laboratory results will sometimes be subject to taste testing and other sensory evaluation. This course may also be applied to a fifth unit in a Family and Consumer Science sequence.

Forensic Science Students will work individually land 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, toxicology, body fluids, DNA, and other evidence as time allows. Students will be required to read, research, use scientific thinking, and obtain laboratory results to support evidence in ai mock trial. A novel will be read and a journal kept detailing the use of forensic evidence in the novel. Students must be able to work both independently and as part of a team to successfully complete the course. Scientific thinking and effective communication skills are emphasized. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Regents biology and a chemistry course.

Health New York State Law states that all high school students must complete a ½ credit course in health education taught by a certified health teacher. The course has units in mental health, fitness, nutrition, drugs, tobacco, alcohol, family life, first aid, disaster survival, safety, disease, consumer education, and environmental health.

H.I.V. Instruction H.I.V. instruction needs to provide accurate information concerning the nature of the disease, methods of transmission, and methods of prevention stressing abstinence as the most appropriate and effective premarital protection against AIDS. Please note that a student may be excused from the methods of prevention classes upon receipt of a written request to the Principal from a parent or guardian.

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