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. 

Chemistry-SC1, SC2

This is a yearlong course that culminates in a Regents exam.  Along with five recitation classes a week, students are required to take a lab class.  The focus of the course will be to understand the important relationships, processes, mechanisms and applications of chemistry. 

Physics-SP1, SP2

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. 

Forensics

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

This is a yearlong advanced placement class that prepares students for the AP Biology exam given each spring by the College Board.  Successful completion of the course and score on the exam may allow students to receive credit for an introductory-level biology course at the university level.  This course is a survey of current biological theories and ideas.  Students will explore biology through textbook learning, laboratory experiences, and current event discussions.  The laboratory component is designed for students to discover that science is a process. 

Advanced Placement Chemistry-SCX1, SCX2

This is a yearlong advanced placement course that prepares students for the AP Chemistry exam given each spring by the College Board.  Successful completion of the course and score on the exam may allow students to receive credit for an introductory-level chemistry course at the university level. This course is a survey of current chemistry theories and ideas.  Students will explore chemistry through textbook learning, laboratory experiences and discussions.  The laboratory component is designed for students to discover science is a process.