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Science

3003 – – ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CCC – – 1 High School Credit – – 4 CCC Credits

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of Biology/Living Environment (3018/3024), Chemistry (3017/3021) and a minimum final average of 85 in Earth Science (3019/3025).
This college level course offers the opportunity to study various Earth processes and the interrelationships between human activities and the environment.  Topics to be covered include energy consumption, sustainable resources, global warming, water and air pollution, waste management, impacts of deforestation on biodiversity, and other environmental changes occurring on both a local and global scale.  The course will utilize group, lab and field experiences pertaining to energy conservation, chemical toxicology, river/stream systems, pond morphology, design of private water and sewage systems, evaluation of solar/wind power potential, solid waste/composting, and evaluating the distribution of environmental contaminants.

3020 – – PHYSICS – – 1 High School Credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Chemistry (3017/3021).
This Regents level course focuses mainly on energy.  Students study motion, forces, harmonic motion, projectiles, gravitation, circular motion, electricity, magnetism, waves and modern physics.  This challenging course requires students to apply and integrate knowledge gained throughout high school with the topics studied in Physics.

3017 – – CHEMISTRY HONORS – – 1 High School Credit

Prerequisite:  Must meet Honors criteria.  Successful completion of Biology/Living Environment (3018/3024) and Earth Science (3019/3025).
This Regents level course follows the basic curriculum for Chemistry (3021), however, in addition students must choose a chemistry topic for further research.  The research must be presented at a science fair and/or as a five-page paper with a five-minute classroom oral presentation.

3021 – – CHEMISTRY – – 1 High School Credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Biology/Living Environment (3018/3024) and Earth Science (3019/3025).
This Regents level course is an introduction to the basic topics of chemistry such as Atomic Structure, Chemical bonding, Thermodynamics, the Mathematics Chemistry, the Periodic Table of Elements, Acids/Bases/Salts, Electrochemistry, Nuclear Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.  The course requires laboratory work and written reports in all areas listed.  This course is required and especially valuable for students considering a career in engineering, health and related fields such as medical technology, medicine, pharmacy, nursing and others.

3018 – – LIVING ENVIRONMENT HONORS – – 1 High School Credit

Prerequisite:  Must meet Honors criteria.
This Regents level course parallels Living Environment (3024), yet proceeds at a faster pace and with increased rigor.  Students are required to read additional novels, perform greater exploration of topics, and complete more laboratory work.

3024 – – LIVING ENVIRONMENT – – 1 High School Credit

The Living Environment Regents level course includes the study of the structure and function of living things and how they interact with each other and the non-living environment.  Studies include, but are not limited to, ecology, evolution, human physiology, biochemistry, genetics, pathogens, and the structure and function of cells.

3019 – – EARTH SCIENCE HONORS – – 1 High School Credit

Prerequisite:  Must meet Honors criteria.
This Regents level course is offered to advanced eighth grade students.  Students explore a variety of topics including meteorology, geology, climatology, astronomy, historical geology, tectonics and landscape topography.  Students should complete this course with a good understanding of the natural processes that occur on the earth and be able to identify how these processes function in their local environment.  Additional experiments, in-depth research and projects will be required throughout the year.

3025 – – EARTH SCIENCE – – 1 High School Credit

This Regents level course closely examines a wide range of Geosciences.  Topics covered include meteorology, geology and astronomy as well as other sciences.  Students apply this knowledge to their local environment.  Laboratory work is an integral part of class.

3022 – – ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE – – ½ High School Credits

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Earth Science (3019/3025) and Biology/Living Environment (3018/3024).
This course is an introduction to the environments of the earth—physical, geological, hydrologic, atmospheric and biological, and of their interactions.  Additional topics explored include modifications (use and misuse) of the physical environment, as well as environmental issues and environmental law.

3009 – – FORENSIC SCIENCE – – ½ High School Credits

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of two of the following courses:  Earth Science, Living Environment, Chemistry, Physics.
This course provides an introduction to science as it applies to law.  Topics include the use of the scientific method in criminal investigation, crime scene procedure and an overview of analysis of blood, DNA, fingerprints, hairs, fibers, paint, gunshot residue and other types of physical evidence in the investigation of crime.  Careers in Forensic Science and related fields are also explored.

3010 – – HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY – – 1 High School Credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Biology/Living Environment (3018/3024) and Chemistry (3017/3021).
This course encompasses the study of the structures and functions of the human body.  Essential concepts that integrate anatomic structure with basic physiological processes are included.  Emphasis is placed on musculoskeletal studies, anatomical terms, regions of the body, disorders of the body and the relationships between behaviors and overall health.  Other topics include organization of the body, control systems and exercise physiology.  The course is tailored to help prepare students for the rigors of collegiate level Anatomy and Physiology, particularly in preparation for medical or related fields of study.

3012 – – FILMS IN SCIENCE – – ½ High School Credits

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Biology/Living Environment (3018/3024) and Earth Science (3019/3025).
Films in Science is a half-year course that will involve many genres of films including horror, psychological thrillers, comedies, and science fiction.  Many science topics will be covered in these motion pictures such as Bioethics, Forensics, Biology, Earth Science and Genetics.  After viewing the films, students will have discussions and do project packets that emphasize the science in the film.

3013 – – GENETICS – – ½ High School Credits

Prerequisite:  Successful Completion of Biology/Living Environment (3018/3024) and Earth Science (3019/3025).
This half-year course may interest students who are pursuing a career in a medical or biological field, or who simply have an interest in genetics.  The course utilizes concepts learned in Living Environment and builds on them to investigate the role of chromosomes in our lives.  Studies will begin with a brief review of Mendelian Genetics, DNA structure and replication.  Exploration of more modern genetic topics will follow, such as genetic engineering, cloning, stem cell research, DNA fingerprinting, genetic basis for disease, genetics of behaviors, and genetic technologies.