• Science

    LIVING ENVIRONMENT COURSE #40010
    GRADE: 9-12 CREDITS: 1
    LENGTH: 40 WEEKS PREREQUISITE: NONE
    Living Environment is intended to provide a basic understanding of the general areas of Biology. These areas include the Study of Life, both at biochemical and metabolic levels, energy transformations, the study of the process of aerobic respiration and photosynthesis in both plants and animals, reproduction and development, heredity, evolution, and ecology. Completion of the minimum of 1200 minutes of laboratory exercises is a course requirement. Students will take the New York State Regents Examination in June.


    PHYSICAL SETTING: INTERMEDIATE EARTH SCIENCE COURSE #40008
    GRADE: 10-12 CREDITS: 1
    LENGTH: 40 WEEKS PREREQUISITE: Teacher recommendation required.
    This course is designed to introduce the study of Earth Science and basic science skills. Students will also be required to complete laboratory exercises to aid in greater understanding of covered material. The course culminates with a final examination in June.


    PHYSICAL SETTING: EARTH SCIENCE COURSE #40009
    GRADE: 10-12 CREDITS: 1
    LENGTH: 40 WEEKS PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Living Environment course and passing of Regents exam.

    Earth Science offer insight into the environment on earth and the earth’s environment in space, while presenting the concepts and principles essential to students’ understanding of the dynamics and history of the earth. Completion of a minimum of 1200 minutes of laboratory activities is a course requirement. The culminating assessment is a New York State Regents examination in June.


    PHYSICAL SETTING: CHEMISTRY COURSE #40011
    GRADE: 11-12 (accelerated 10 th ) CREDITS: 1
    LENGTH: 40 WEEKS PREREQUISITE: successful completion of CC Algebra II or currently enrolled. Successful completion of LE and Regents ES.

    This course is designed to help students develop an interest in a career in pure and applied science, as well as an attitude of curiosity and involvement in natural events. Students with interests in medical fields, forensic analysis, lab-based research, engineering, and agriculture (to name a few) will find the concepts taught in this class to be helpful in their future college and/or career goals. Inclination towards problem solving in a scientific manner, plus knowledge of facts, terminology, concepts, and principles will help the student interpret scientific information and data. The student will learn to handle, construct, and manipulate materials and equipment safely, as well as to measure, organize, and communicate scientific information. This course is an excellent preparation to any college level chemistry or health science class. Completion of 1200 minutes of laboratory exercises is a course requirement. The culminating activity is a New York State Regents Examination.


    PHYSICAL SETTING: PHYSICS COURSE #40012
    GRADE: 12 (accelerated 11 th ) CREDITS: 1
    LENGTH: 40 WEEKS PREREQUISITE: successful completion of CC Algebra II or currently enrolled. Successful completion of Regents Chemistry course.

    The study of the forces and laws of nature affecting matter, such as equilibrium, motion, momentum, and the relationships between matter and energy.  The study of physics includes the examination of sound, light, and magnetic and electric phenomena. This course is designed to present the basics of physics to those who will be pursuing a career in the sciences, a medical field, or engineering. 1200 minutes (30 successful written reports) of laboratory exercises are required in order to qualify for the NYS Regents Exam.


    COLLEGE BIOLOGY COURSE #40015
    GRADE: 12 CREDITS: 1
    LENGTH: 40 WEEKS PREREQUISITE: Completion of Earth Science, Living Environment, Chemistry and passed all 3 Regents exams

    This class is the equivalent to the NCCC college-level course, Biology 109. This course represents the first semester of a two semester study of topics in General Biology. Initial emphasis is placed on the chemistry of living organisms. This knowledge is applied to the second major area of study, the cell. The third major area of emphasis will be the study of
    classification, structure, and function of representative members from the five major kingdoms of living organism. This course meets SUNY General Education requirement for Natural Sciences. The tuition for this course will be set up through NCCC with the Roy-Hart Teacher. This course will award 4 credits at the college level and 1 credit at the high school level. This course will be weighted at 1.07. (NCCC 4 credit course - students can pay for college credit


    FORENSIC SCIENCE COURSE #40014
    GRADE: 11-12 CREDITS: 1
    LENGTH: 40 WEEKS PREREQUISITE: Students must have successfully completed the living environment course and Regents exam and one course in the physical setting: earth science, chemistry or physics.

    The course allows the student to investigate the science of evidence. Throughout the fall semester students will assume the role of a crime scene investigator. They will learn how various forms of evidence are scientifically collected, tested and interpreted. The evidence for this course will include the study of microscopy through examination of the physical properties of glass, soil and sand. DNA analysis, document analysis (i.e.: handwriting, typewriting, paper and ink analysis, forgery and voice patterns). This course will also explore the topics within the disciplines of the study of botany and feature the analysis of organic and inorganic evidence. Legal debate, case study readings will also be required in this course. Throughout the spring semester, students will learn how to collect, and interpret scientifically. The evidence for this course will include the study and interpretation of prints (finger, lips, teeth, and shoe forensic toxicology of drugs, alcohol, poisons, and trace evidence such as hair, fibers and paint. Forensic serology collection techniques and investigations include laboratory handling and testing on samples of simulated body fluids (i.e.: blood, sweat, and tears), measurements of crime scenes and more.


    ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE COURSE #40013
    GRADE: 11-12 CREDITS: 1
    LENGTH: 40 WEEKS PREREQUISITE: Students must have successfully completed the living environment course and Regents exam and one course in the physical setting: earth science, chemistry or physics.

    Environmental Science is a 40-week course designed to promote learning about the natural environment. The goal is to equip students with the knowledge and hands-on skills needed to effectively evaluate resource management practices and use critical thinking skills to proficiently analyze complex environmental issues. Areas covered include wildlife, forestry, aquatics, soils and current environmental issues of interest. Course work will require students to work in teams, investigate issues and develop cooperative problem-solving and decision-making skills while considering environmental, social and economic factors affecting our environment. The final mission is to enable students to become skilled and dedicated citizens willing to contribute in maintaining a balance between quality of life and quality of the environment.


    CONCEPTUAL CHEMISTRY COURSE #40007
    GRADE: 10-12 CREDITS: 1
    LENGTH: 40 WEEKS PREREQUISITE: Students must have completed Earth Science and Living Environment and passed one regents exam.

    This course is designed for students who desire an understanding of chemical concepts and applications. This course will include basic information and skills required to study every day, common occurrences. The units of study will more than prepare students for entrance into more advanced chemistry courses of study (such as Regents Chemistry or an introductory college chemistry class), but the approach to this class will be problem centered. The emphasis will be on authentic assessments such as inquiry labs and unit projects. There is no laboratory requirement, but experiments will be completed during class time to help students understand major unit concepts.