• Science 12

    Science Department Requirements: 6 credits of science grades 9-12. College preparatory courses should include biology, chemistry and physics.

    Science - CHOICES

    Biology - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite/Co-requisite: Earth and Space Science or Honors Earth and Space Science
    Students will learn and apply basic principles of biology. Emphasis will be given to the study of cells, genetics, heredity, evolution, and ecology. Throughout the course students will develop their ability to practice scientific inquiry – asking questions, hypothesizing, designing experiments, analyzing data, reaching evidence-based conclusions, and communicating results. This course meets the entrance requirements for a 4-year Regents university and is also the prerequisite for AP Biology.

    Honors Biology - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite/Co-requisite: Earth and Space Science or Honors Earth and Space Science
    Students will learn and apply basic principles of biology at an accelerated pace. Emphasis will be given to the study of cells, genetics, heredity, evolution, and ecology. Throughout the course students will develop their ability to practice scientific inquiry – asking questions, hypothesizing, designing experiments, analyzing data, reaching evidence-based conclusions, and communicating results. Students will design and conduct their own investigations several times throughout the course and will be engaged in complex scientific reading, writing, and discussion with intellectual peers. This course meets the entrance requirements for a 4-year Regents university and is also the prerequisite for AP Biology.

    AP Biology - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: Includes the following:

    1. Completion of Biology or Honors Biology course, 
    2. Either completion of or simultaneous enrollment in Chemistry or Honors Chemistry course, 
    3. Requirement by DMACC of a cumulative 3.00 GPA for enrollment, and 
    4. Recommendation of current science instructor. 

    AP Biology is a AP Biology is a two-semester course designed to be the equivalent of a college-level introductory biology course. It is purposely rigorous and requires good study habits, self-discipline, and time commitment. This course is designed to prepare the student for the AP Biology exam given in May. Topics covered include Biochemistry, Cells, Energetics, Heredity, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Diversity, Plant Structure and Function, and Animal Structure and Function. Students should plan to spend 1-2 hours outside of class for each hour spent in class. It is possible that students may need to complete some lab work outside of class time.

    During the first semester of this course, students will enroll in the aligned 4 credit DMACC course BIO112 General Biology I. During the second semester of this course, students will enroll in the aligned 4 credit DMACC course BIO113 General Biology II. At the conclusion of this course students will be prepared and encouraged to take the corresponding AP exam as a summative assessment of their achievement.

    Anatomy and Physiology - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology
    Students will conduct an in-depth study of the structures and functions of the mammalian body. This course explores interrelationships of body systems with an emphasis on skeletal/muscular, circulatory/respiratory/digestive, integumentary/nervous and endocrine systems. Students will further their science literacy skills through laboratory experiences and clinical studies.

    Chemistry - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite/Co-requisite: Biology or Honors Biology
    Students will develop knowledge in how the structure of a substance influences its physical and chemical properties, such as placement of elements on the periodic table, bonding, and chemical reactions. Students will use an inquiry approach to problem solving through lab experiences. Students will utilize technology and mathematics to communicate and defend their scientific arguments. This course meets the entrance requirements for a 4-year Regents university and is also the prerequisite for AP Chemistry.

    Honors Chemistry - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite/Co-requisite: Biology or Honors Biology
    Students will develop knowledge in how the structure of a substance influences its physical and chemical properties, such as placement of elements on the periodic table, bonding, and chemical reactions. Students will use an inquiry approach to problem solving through lab experiences. Students will utilize technology and mathematics to communicate and defend their scientific arguments. Students will design and conduct their own investigations several times throughout the course and will be engaged in complex scientific reading, writing, and discussion with intellectual peers. This course meets the entrance requirements for a 4-year Regents university and is also the prerequisite for AP Chemistry.

    AP Chemistry - 4 credits (90 minute block,full year)
    Prerequisite: Includes the following:

    1. Completion of Chemistry or Honors Chemistry, 
    2. Completion of Algebra II, and
    3. Recommendation of current science instructor. 

    AP Chemistry is a two-semester course designed to be the equivalent of a college-level introductory chemistry course. It is purposely rigorous and requires good study habits, self-discipline, and time commitment. This course is designed to prepare the student for the AP Chemistry exam given in May. The course differs from Chemistry with respect to the textbook used, the topics covered, the emphasis on chemical calculations, and the kind of lab work done by students. Some topics included are: atomic theory, chemical bonding, nuclear chemistry, gases, liquids, solids, solutions, reaction types, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, organic chemistry and thermodynamics. This course may qualify for postsecondary credit. Please see a counselor for more information. At the conclusion of this course students will be prepared and encouraged to take the corresponding AP exam as a summative assessment of their achievement.

    Physics - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite/Co-requisite: Chemistry or Honors Chemistry and Algebra II
    Students will develop knowledge to describe motion using forces, work and energy, and momentum, as well as topics in electricity and waves. Students will investigate topics using an inquiry approach to problem solving, through lab experiences. Students will utilize technology and mathematics to communicate and defend their scientific arguments. This course meets the entrance requirements for a 4-year regents University and is also the prerequisite for AP Physics C.

    AP Physics C - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: Includes the following:

    1. Completion of Physics, 
    2. Completion of simultaneous enrollment in AP Calculus, and
    3. Recommendation of current science instructor 

    This course will This course will prepare students for the AP Physics C exams given in May. Students are assessed separately on two 90-minute AP exams. Students will receive a separate score on each exam. This is a college freshman level course offered as part of the AP Program at AHS. The course differs from Physics with respect to the textbook used, the topics covered, the emphasis on calculus rather than algebra, and the type of lab work done by students. First semester Mechanics topics include: motion, forces, work, energy, momentum, circular motion, oscillations and gravitation. Second semester Electricity and Magnetism topics include: electrostatics, circuits, magnetic fields and electromagnetism. This course may qualify for postsecondary credit. Please see your counselor for more information. At the conclusion of this course students will be prepared and encouraged to take the corresponding AP exam as a summative assessment of their achievement.

    Geology - 1 credit (one semester-Fall only)
    Prerequisite: Earth and Space Science or Honors Earth and Space Science
    Students will explore the interactions of Earth’s materials including rock and mineral formation and their physical and chemical characteristics. Students will use an inquiry approach in the development of their understanding of practical and essential geology concepts using labs and real world data. Specific topics will include Earth’s natural resources, geologic hazards, rock and mineral identification, water quality and the interpretation of the rock record.

    Astronomy - 1 credit (one semester-Spring only)
    Prerequisite: Earth and Space Science or Honors Earth and Space Science
    In this course, student will take a comprehensive look at the solar system and our universe. Students will develop an understanding of the historical development of astronomy, formation of Earth and the solar system, the origins of the stars, galaxies and other astronomical phenomena. Throughout the course students will develop their ability to conduct scientific inquiry - asking question, hypothesizing, designing experiments,analyzing data, researching data, researching evidence-based conclusions, and communicating results.