• Science 10

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

    Science - REQUIRED (Choose one)

    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 must meet the required criteria to enroll in an honors course.
    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.

    Science - Electives

    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.

    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.