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Imran Abbasi, Principal
 
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2017-18 Course Guide

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Science

The following courses have a separate lab that meets two days out of the four-day cycle:

  •  Physical Setting/Earth Science
  • Living Environment
  • Living Environment Honors
  • Physical Setting/Chemistry
  • Physical Setting/Chemistry Honors
  • Physical Setting/Physics

Physical Setting/Earth Science

Prerequisite – None 1
Year – 1 Credit
Grade 9

This course is an inquiry-based investigation of planet Earth. It includes the study of geology, meteorology, astronomy, oceanography and environmental awareness. The course involves not only the understanding of concepts, but also the process of science and the use of tools for gathering and analyzing scientific information. The laboratory component is an integral part of this course. Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers and develop solutions. This is a Regents level course that fulfills one year of the required three years of science needed for graduation.

Physical Setting/Earth Science Lab

This laboratory class must be taken by all students enrolled in Earth Science even if the student is repeating the course. The course meets every other day and is scheduled in addition to the lecture part of the course. Students must successfully complete the equivalent of 30 laboratory exercises in order to take the New York State Regents exam in Earth Science. The grade for this part of the course is averaged into the quarter grade for Earth Science.

Living Environment

Prerequisite - None
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grade 10

Living Environment is a mandatory course that all students must pass in order to graduate. It focuses on understanding and mastery of scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the living environment and recognizing the historical development of ideas in biological science. The key topics discussed are: unity and diversity among living things and their interactions with the environment, genetics, evolution, reproduction and development, equilibrium and ecology. The laboratory component is an integral part of the course and is scheduled in addition to the lecture.

Living Environment (H)

Prerequisite – Physical Setting/Earth Science Final average of 92% or higher, and 90% or above on mid-term and Regents
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grade 10

The honors program is an enrichment of the living environment course. Each unit that this taught goes in depth and at a faster pace. Students will take the NYS Regents Exam in Living Environment.

Living Environment Lab

Lab is required for all students taking the Living Environment course. Any pupil enrolled in this program must complete the lab requirements. The students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering and design to pose questions, seek answers and develop solutions. The student is required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 30 laboratory experiments, four of which are mandated by New York State in order to take the NYS Regents exam in Living Environment. The grade for the laboratory part of the course will be averaged into the quarter class grade.

Physical Setting/Chemistry

Prerequisite – Living Environment. Integrated Algebra
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grades 11-12

Chemistry is strongly recommended for any college-bound student.
The Physical Setting/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 and prepares students to undertake more advanced study in these fields. In addition, students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, problem solving, and research in order to understand and apply the themes that connect mathematics, science, and technology and to solve real-life problems. The core topics are: atomic structure; the periodic table; moles and stoichiometry; chemical bonding; physical behavior of matter; kinetics and equilibrium; organic chemistry; oxidation-reduction; acids, bases, and salts; nuclear chemistry; chemical laboratory skills. Students will take the New York State Regents Chemistry exam.

Physical Setting/Chemistry (H)

Prerequisite – Living Environment, Integrated Algebra, Final average of 92% or higher Grade 10 and 90% or above in the Living Environment midterm exam and Regents
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grades 11-12

The honors program is an enrichment of the chemistry course. Each unit that is taught goes in depth and at a faster pace.

Physical Setting/Chemistry Lab

Laboratory investigations explain science as a process of inquiry and investigation to explain natural phenomenon, providing guidelines and methods for designing and conducting experiments. The student must successfully complete 30 lab exercises to qualify for the New York State Regents exam in Chemistry. The grade for the lab part of the course will be averaged into the quarter class grade.

Physical Setting/Physics

Prerequisite – Living Environment, completed Geometry or above
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grades 11-12

Physics is the study of the basic nature of the world around us and is the foundation of modern science and technology. Physics is strongly recommended for any college-bound student. The main focus of the course is the development of conceptual understanding of basic concepts of physics as well as problem-solving skills. The five main topics are mechanics, energy, wave phenomena, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. The course uses basic algebra and involves experiments, projects and formulas that explain the basic laws of the physical world. Physics will give students an essential foundation for real understanding in later study of engineering, professional sciences, technical training, medical and health-related fields, engineering, architecture, math, electronics and computer science. The course demonstrates the connection of physics to the real world while emphasizing the application of physics principles. There is a mandatory lab requirement and Regents exam.

Physical Setting/Physics Lab

The lab component is an integral part of the Physical Setting/Physics course, incorporating analysis, inquiry design, engineering design, and information systems. Physics lab is required for all students taking Regents Physics. Any pupil enrolled in the course must complete the lab requirements. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1,200 minutes of laboratory experiences with successfully completed reports in order to qualify for the New York State Regents exam in June.

Science Electives

Applied Chemistry

Prerequisite – Living Environment, Earth Science, Passed one Science Regents exam
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grades 11-12

This is an activity-based course that provides students with an introduction to the major concepts in chemistry and their application to our daily lives. Students will engage in scientific inquiry and practice the rules of safety required in a chemistry lab. The course focuses on the classification and structure of matter, the history of chemistry, the use of models, and experimental design. Topics vary based on student interest, but may include: separation techniques, types of chemical reactions, acids and bases, and the chemistry of food, industry, and the environment. While not as comprehensive or rigorous as Regents Chemistry, it is a college preparatory course for non-science majors. This course can also be taken before a student enters Regents Chemistry as an introduction to the major concepts of chemistry.

Astronomy

Prerequisite – Living Environment, Earth Science, Passed one science Regents
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grades 11-12

This is a project-based, hands-on approach to the study of the Universe. Students will use various computer programs and websites for course study. Topics include the sun and stars, planets and moons, extrasolar planets, black holes, galaxies, the formation of the universe and the history of space exploration. Students will be required to give oral presentations on their research.

Environmental Studies

Prerequisite – Earth Science, Living Environment, Passed one science Regents
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grades 11-12

This course is designed as a project based/hands-on approach to environmental science dealing with issues such as: fresh water quality analysis, energy uses and alternative energy, climate change, natural resource management, environmental policy and legislation, biodiversity, ecology, and human impacts.

Forensic Science

Prerequisite – Earth Science, Living Environment, Passed one science Regents
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grades 11-12

This course is an introduction to the science of solving crimes. It will introduce students to what evidence is, how it is collected, and the scientific foundation for the examination of physical, chemical, and biological items of evidence. Topics of study include fingerprints, blood spatter, toxicology, DNA, skeletal remains, hair and textiles, arson, bite-marks, tool-marks, glass and soil analyses. Students will participate in hands-on activities and labs as well as research and discuss forensic careers. Area professionals are invited to share their experiences. Students may take another science course concurrently in addition to this elective during their high school career.

Human Biology (CHS - SCCC) (4 College Credits)

Prerequisite – Regents Chemistry,  Physics (seniors may take concurrently with this course)
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grades 11-12

In Human Biology, the primary emphasis is placed on the anatomy and physiology of the human body systems. Diseases are studied from malfunction perspective, the environment and heredity. Lab exercises include the use of anatomical models and videos to study anatomy, and microscopes to study cell and tissue structure. Dissections, chemical analyses and independent work are part of the lab experience. Other topics include comparative anatomy, nutrition, DNA technologies, fetal development and injuries. Students who are interested in a health-related career are strongly encouraged to enroll.


More Information

Counselors

Department Coordinators

  • English, 9-12:
    Kevin Curtin x3510
  • Math, 9-12:
    Natalie Casalinuovo x3504
  • Music, K-12"
    Mike Christy x3021
  • Science, 9-12:
    Becky Remis x3560
  • Social Studies:
    9-12 Adam Dolan x3521
  • Foreign Language 7-12:
    Fred Orlando x3529

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