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Science Course Sequence

Course Name

Grade Level

Course Description

Prerequisites and Credit Granted

6th Grade Science

 

6

Physical Science

 

This is a required course in the 6th Grade sequence.  Each student will take the 6th grade science MOSL near the end of the course and be involved in the schools science fair.

 

7th Grade Science

7

Earth Science / Pre-APES

 

This is a required course in the 7th Grade sequence.  Each student will take the 7th grade science MOSL near the end of the course and be involved in the schools science fair.

 

8th Grade Earth Science

 

 

8

The Physical Setting/Regents Earth Science course of study is designed to encourage students to understand the processes of change in earth and space through first-hand observation and inference.  Throughout the various units, including Rocks and Minerals, Earthquakes, Landscapes, Geological History, Meteorology and Astronomy, emphasis is placed on scientific inquiry an analysis of data relevant to the NYS Learning Standards.  Students will be taught to formulate questions that relate to their experiences, and to use their acquired skills to investigate these questions.  Throughout the year, timely environmental issues such as global warming and environmental pollution will be explored, with an emphasis on how we interact with the planet Earth, and our responsibility to understand and value our natural environment.

 

 

All students will complete 1200 lab minutes and take the associated Regents exam as an assessment of their proficiency.

 

Biology

9

This course and its associated Living Environment Regents are typically a requirement for graduation.

 

--project based learning

--more rigorous than regents to prep for AP

--focuses on the big ideas of science

All students will complete 1200 lab minutes and take the associated Regents exam as an assessment of their proficiency.

 

 

Chemistry

10

The Regents Chemistry course prepares 10th grade students for the Regents exam in Chemistry, the Physical Setting. The program covers diverse subject matter associated with Chemistry, providing knowledge,  understanding and hands-on experimentation of several topics including atomic structure, Periodic Table, molecular bonding, kinetics, organic chemistry, nuclear chemistry and more. Students should be prepared to neatly write/type up lab reports for experiments, as well as commit to complete all the work/ assignments required to be successful in the course. COURSE Units: General Science Knowledge & Lab Safety, Math of Chemistry, Matter and Energy, Atomic Structure, Nuclear Chemistry, Periodic Table trends, Bonding, Kinetics, Equilibrium, Thermodynamics, Solutions, Acids & Bases, Electrochemistry, Organic Chemistry

Satisfactory completion of (Algebra I) or concurrent algebra course

AP Biology

 

The AP Biology course covers topics typically found in a first-year college biology course and advances the student's understanding of concepts normally covered in high school biology. It provides a solid preparation for the AP Biology exam.

Major course themes include:

      biochemistry

      energy transfer

      cellular structure and specialization

      cellular metabolism

      mitosis and meiosis

      genetics

      ecology

      evolution

Organismal diversity, from microorganisms to plants and animals and the continuity of life through genetics and development are emphasized. Students learn through class lectures, readings, animations, laboratory exercises, and other resources. Student knowledge is assessed through homework assignments and exams. This course includes a laboratory component designed to meet College Board standards and has been reviewed and approved by the College Board.

Career opportunities: Biological Technician, Forensic Scientist, Bioinformatics, Biostatisticians

Biochemist, Biological Technician

 

     Completion of CSS Science sequence

 

     85 in Chemistry Sem 1 (or current science course)

 

     85+ Living Environment Regents, Priority to 90+

 

     If waitlisted, students will be ranked based on prior science GPA and Regents score.

 

College Environmental Science

12

This course is designed to be an introductory college course in environmental science.There will be facilitated learning supported by lectures, field experiences, laboratories and activities. Peer teaching and collaboration between students is expected.

This course covers many topics and ideas at a variety of levels. The three main goals established for students enrolled in this course are: (a) The student will understand how they are connected to the earth and its resources. Every action has a consequence! (b)  The student will become confident in their ability to pursue and understand their own curiosities about the natural world. (c) The student will become confident in their ability to read and utilize a textbook as a resource for learning academic content. Further, students will understand the linkages between local, rural, urban and suburban communities and the larger global ecosystem.

 

     Completion of CSS Science sequence

 

 

AP or Advanced Computer  Science Principles

12

Subject to change:

 

Computer Science Principles. The course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. The program designed with the goal of creating leaders in computer science fields and attracting and engaging those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities. Students will write programs that address a variety real-world needs including: data structures, privacy, digital information and app making.  If the course is AP rather than Advanced, the course will terminate in an AP Exam.  The course objectives will be similar whether the course is AP or Advanced.

 

 

     Completion of CSS Science sequence

 

     Completion of Algebra and Geometry in the CSS math sequence

 

     If waitlisted, students will be ranked based on prior science GPA and Regents score with preference to students who have completed Alg II Trig.