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Science

Biology

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of modern biology. Students will learn biological facts and develop skills in organizing information, observations, and scientific data. Discussions, projects, homework and weekly labs help students put biological concepts into perspective in relation to their world and daily lives. Upon completion of the course, students will understand basic biological concepts, scientific literacy and writing skills & laboratory safety.

 

Chemistry

This is a one-year course focusing on introducing students to the basic concepts of Chemistry, covering such topics as atomic models, behavior, properties of elements, chemical reactions, states of matter and acids and bases. Laboratory exercises throughout the year will reinforce student understanding. Upon completion of the course, studnets will understand the basic chemistry concepts, scientific literacy, and laboratory safety.

 

Physics

This course is designed to focus on the basic concepts of physics and act as an introduction to more complex topics. The first semester will focus on types of motion and and Newton’s laws, while the second will focus on energy and electromagnetism. Upon completion of the course, students will understand underlying physical principles, scientific literacy and writing and laboratory skills.

 

Environmental Science

This course is designed as an introduction to environmental science. Students learn about the relationship between the diversity of organisms and abiotic factors that constitute the ecosystems on our planet. Special attention is given to the environmental impacts of modern humans and technology on the biosphere. Upon completion of this course, students will understand introductory concepts to environmental science, scientific literacy and writing and laboratory skills.

 

Anatomy & Physiology

This is a one-year course involving the study of basic human anatomy and physiology. Students will exit this class with a good comprehension of how the human body functions. Upon completion of this course, students will understand anatomical literacy and vocabulary and the body’s systems as they function both independently and as a whole.

 

Health

Health is a required (½ credit) semester class in the state of New York. This course is an in-depth approach to taking responsbility for one’s emotional, physical and social welfare as a young adult. Topics covered will include: emotional health, physical activity and exercise, nutrition, drugs and alcohol, and communicable and non-comunicable diseases.