Department of Science
Living Environment-SL21, SLS22
This is a yearlong core curriculum course which all students take. Along with five recitation classes a week, students also take one lab class. The focus of this course is the important relationships, processes, mechanisms and applications of biology. Students take a Regents exam at the end of the course.
Earth Science-SE1, SE2
This is a full year science course that culminates in a Regents exam. Along with five recitation classes per week, students also are required to take a lab class. The focus of the course is how geology, meteorology, astronomy, and physical geography have combined through the course of time to produce the earth’s landscape.
Regents Chemistry is a yearlong physical science course where students will study the behavior, properties, and reactivity of matter. The goal is to have students learn the local and NYS standards in chemistry so as to broaden their understanding of the universe and simply make them more knowledgeable human beings in relation to the world around them. This includes successful completion of a laboratory component as well as earning a passing grade on the Chemistry Regents exam in June. NYS requires students to complete 1200 minutes of lab work, and so students will also gain valuable hands-on chemistry experience.
This is a yearlong course that culminates in a Regents exam. Along with five recitation classes per week, students are required to take a lab class. The focus of this class is to provide students with an understanding of the behavior of matter in motion, the nature of forces, gravity and energy.
The students in this course are taught the fundamentals of a criminal investigation and how it is applied in a court of law. They learn by doing; they process crime scenes, analyze lab data, conduct scientific investigations, interact with guest speakers, explore the Internet and become familiar with various texts. Students use technology to participate in activities that closely resemble those used by law enforcement personnel, forensic scientists and district attorneys. They document their findings through laboratory reports and legal briefs to ultimately be presented to a student court and jury. All of these tools are designed to engage a wide variety of learners in our school's very diverse community.
Advanced Placement Biology-SBX1, SBX2
Advanced Placement Biology affords students the opportunity to complete an introductory course at the college level. This course is focused on the building connections between biology at the cellular and molecular level though biology at the environmental level. It is important for students to understand the role biology has on society and the responsibility that students have to make informed decisions about issues raised by advancements and research in biology.
The curriculum is built around the four big ideas in AP Biology. They include the following
- The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.
- Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building block to grow, reproduce and maintain dynamic homeostasis.
- Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes.
- Biological systems interact. These systems and their interactions possess complex properties.
The big ideas are interconnected and cannot be taught in isolation. The students will create concept maps throughout the year that will connect the big ideas and enduring understanding with one another. These are indicated in this document as “Connecting Big Ideas” within each unit. In order to investigate these four big ideas, the curriculum will focus on developed enduring understandings with identified essential knowledge. The essential knowledge in conjunction with the seven science practices are the foundation for the learning objectives for the course. The learning objectives for the course will be the basis for formative and summative assessments.
Advanced Placement Chemistry-SCX1, SCX2
AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of a first year college general chemistry course and follows the College Board's AP Chemistry syllabus. The course is designed to increase students' depth of knowledge on topics previously learned in Regents Chemistry such as Atomic Structure, the Physical Behavior of Matter and Acids and Bases as well as to introduce new topics such as Thermodynamics, Equilibrium, and Stoichiometry. The advanced problem-solving strategies obtained during this course will prepare college-bound students for careers in the sciences, medicine, engineering, and other technical areas.
Michelle Daly, Assistant Principal of Science
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