The Science Department is committed to expanding students’ understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and providing hands-on laboratory experiences that connect theory and the real world. All science courses are full-year courses and include laboratory experiences. All students must complete three years of Science and pass a Regents examination. Students must satisfactorily complete and submit a report for a minimum of 15 full laboratory periods (600 minutes) per term to receive credit for a Regents course.
This is a required course, one-four terms depending on the entry level of the student and the passing of the Living Environment Regents exam. The following topics will be covered: measurement, scientific method, research design, microscopy, organization and classification, molecular biology, animal and plant maintenance, homeostasis, disease and immunity, genetic inheritance, mitosis and meiosis, protein synthesis, genetic engineering, human reproductive systems, evolution, and ecology. In addition, there will be several special field and research reports. Students take a Regents exam at the end of the course.
The year long course follows completion of living environment and passing of the Living Environment Regents exam. The topics covered include: earth dimensions, celestial motion, interaction between matter and energy, heat and gravity, interpreting and constructing maps (contour and profile) plate tectonics, age of the earth, origin of the solar system, seasons and insulation, weathering and erosion, minerals and rocks, landscapes, climate, and meteorology. This is a full year science course that culminates in a Regents exam. This course satisfies NYS physical setting science course requirement.
This is a year long course that can be used as a required science course or as an elective course. The following topics will be covered: forms of energy, interaction between energy and matter resulting in change of motion, light, electricity, sound, magnetism, predicting velocities based on energy conservation. Physics is a yearlong course that culminates in a Regents exam. This course satisfies NYS physical setting science course requirement.