Science

Non-Honors Science Courses

Biology: The Living Environment
Required for all Non-Honors Freshmen

This course follows the New York State Syllabus for the Living Environment to prepare students for the Regents’ Examination, which is taken upon completion of the course. It builds on the Environmental Science course to allow students to gain scientific insight into the world of living things. Topics covered include evolution, taxonomy, biochemistry, cellular structure, life functions, body systems, reproduction, genetics, and biotechnology. The required practical component of this course includes all laboratory activities mandated by the New York State Department of Education.

Chemistry (The Physical Setting)
Required for all Non-Honors Sophomores

The Chemistry course is designed to provide students with a solid understanding of the nature of matter and its interactions which underlie all other scientific disciplines, preparing students to undertake more advanced study in these fields. Topics include matter and energy, atomic structure, bonding, the periodic table, stoichiometry, solutions, kinetics and equilibrium, acids and bases, redox reactions and electrochemistry, organic chemistry and nuclear chemistry. The required practical component of this course includes all laboratory activities mandated by the New York State Department of Education. Upon completion of this course students take the New York States Regents Examination in Chemistry: The Physical Setting.

Environmental Science
Required for all Non-Honors Juniors

This course will make connections between Science, Technology, Economics, Policy, People and the environment. It will build skills in problem solving and communication and improve students’ awareness of local environmental problems and their solutions as well as global issues. Upon successful completion of this course students receive New York State Regents’ credit. Students in the Environmental Science course will work with our Hydroponic Greenhouse using project based learning to experience hands-on the impact and importance of sustainable farming to our environment.

Honors Science Courses

Biology Honors: The Living Environment
Required for all Honors Freshmen

This course follows the New York State Syllabus for the Living Environment to prepare students for the Regents’ examination, which is taken upon completion of the course. As an honors course, this class offers a select group of students to delve into the topic of Biology at a slightly deeper level, allowing a greater understanding of our living world. We will cover the same topics as the Biology Regents course, including all state mandated laboratory activities.

Chemistry Honors (The Physical Setting)
Required for all Honors Sophomores

This course follows the New York State Syllabus for Chemistry: The Physical Setting to prepare students for the Regents Examination, which is taken at the end of the academic year. As an honors course, this class offers a select group of students to explore Chemistry at a deeper level and to understand nature and its marvels at a higher level. Topics covered will be the same as Chemistry Regents course. All New York State Regents requirement for Laboratory course will be covered. This course will prepare students for Advanced Placement Chemistry course.

Physics (The Physical Setting)
Required for all Honors Juniors

This is an introductory course in Algebra based high school Physics designed to provide students a basic understanding of Physics principles in the areas of mechanics, work and energy, electricity and magnetism, wave optics and modern Physics. This course follows the New York State syllabus for Physics: The Physical Setting to prepare students for the Regent’s examination in Physics, which is taken at the end of the academic year. The required practice component of this course includes all laboratory activities mandated by the New York State Department of Education and Regents.

Electives

Advanced Biology
Senior Elective; Departmental approval required

Advanced Biology is a college level study of human anatomy and physiology. A general overview of the biochemistry and anatomy of the cell starts the journey through the human body.

Advanced Placement Chemistry
Senior Elective; Departmental approval required

This course covers the same topics as college chemistry, levels 1 and 2. Topics essentially the same as the regular course, but with more rigor and in greater depth. All students must take the AP Exam in May.

Advanced Environmental Science
Senior Elective; Departmental approval required

This course provides students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and man-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Field studies and lab work are included.

Forensic Science
Senior Elective; Departmental approval required

As part of this course, the student will learn about the role of science in the criminal justice system and gain insight into the techniques and procedures used by forensic scientists to detect, collect, and analyze evidence. The course includes laboratory experience in analyzing fingerprints, hair analysis, shoeprint casting, chromatography, analysis of documents, and other techniques used in solving crimes.

Issues In Science and Technology
Senior Elective; Departmental approval required

In this course, students will be given the opportunity to explore scientific issues that affect them not only as students of science but as citizens of planet Earth. Some topics covered include Scientific Literacy (including how to differentiate between “fake science” and real science), the Space Program and life on the International Space Station, Medical Ethics, Environmental Issues (such as fracking, the Gowanus Canal cleanup, and the water crisis in Flint, Michigan), as well as other important issues in science and technology.

Science Research Program

Offered to select students upon completion of their Freshman year, with the intent of it being a three year succession of the three courses. Departmental approval is required.

Introduction to Scientific Methods
Prerequisite: Departmental approval required.

This course provides students with an introductory study and analysis of the scientific process. As a part of this course, students will develop scientific writing and presentation skills. Students will be introduced to basic laboratory techniques with emphasis on the development of independent research. Student will have the opportunity to enter research into local, state and national competitions, write a scientific research paper describing research results, and give a presentation of research results. This course meets once per six day cycle. 

Intermediate Scientific Research
Prerequisite: Introduction to Scientific Methods and departmental approval required.

This course provides students with a more in-depth study and analysis of the scientific process. As a part of this course, students will continue to develop independent research projects under teacher or research mentor supervision. Students will develop laboratory skills with emphasis on current advances in science and technology. Student will have the opportunity to enter research into local, state and national competitions, write a scientific research paper describing research results, and give a presentation of research results. This course meets once per six day cycle.

Advanced Scientific Research
Prerequisite: Intermediate Scientific Research and departmental approval required.

This course provides students with an advance study and analysis of the scientific process. As a part of this course, students will further develop independent research projects and the scientific paper to enter research into local, state and national competitions. This course meets once per six day cycle.