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The department puts science in historical perspective and relates it to problems in society and technology. Science is concerned with the facts, concepts, and processes at work in the physical and biological worlds. Emphasis is placed on problem–solving skills and scientific attitudes.

Course Offerings

Living Environment: Life Science

This course is designed to provide an understanding of life science and the interdependence of living things.  It is taught in accordance with the New York State core curriculum.

Credit 1.0
Grades 9,10
Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Science 8
Final: Living Environment Regents Exam

Living Environment I and II: Life Science

These courses are designed to extend the Living Environment course into a two-year program.  It is designed to help students gain the background information necessary to be successful on the Living Environment Regents Exam.  The curriculum of these courses has been designed to supplement English Language Arts and math skills.

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 9, 10
Prerequisite: Level 1 or 2 on Science 8 assessment, Level 1 on ELA 8 assessment, or teacher recommendation
Final: Living Environment I: Exam Living Environment II, Living Environment Regents Exam

Earth Science: Physical Setting

This course will explore the science of geology, astronomy, and meteorology.  It introduces students to a wide range of fundamental principle, ideas, and investigation techniques.

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 9,10,11
Prerequisite: Preferred to have passed Living Environment.
Final: Earth Science Regents Exam

Earth Science Honors: Physics Setting

This lab intensive course uses an inquiry based approach to develop the intuitive understanding of the Earth’s processes, events and functions.  Students will design their own experiments and conduct year long research projects.  Ethical evaluation of human impact on Earth’s resources is incorporated to a higher extent in this course.

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 9,10,11
Prerequisite: Preferred to have passed Living Environment and passes or be currently enrolled in CC Regents Geometry
Final: Earth Science Regents Exam

Principles of Chemistry: Physical Setting

In this course students will explore the nature of matter, energy; the mole, formulas and equations, states of matter , composition of atoms, chemical bonding, rates of reaction , acid and bases and several other chemistry concepts.

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Two years of science and enrollment in, or completion of CC Algebra 2 Part 1, CC Regents Algebra 2 or Intermediate Algebra
Final: Chemistry Regents Exam

Honors Chemistry: Physical Setting

This course will incorporate a much more rigorous pursuit of laboratory techniques and skills, mathematics on chemistry qualitative and quantitative procedures, problem solving, and optional topics not covered in the Principles of Chemistry course.

Credit: 1
Grades: 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Two years of science and enrollment in, or completion of,CC Regents Algebra 2
Final: Chemistry Regents Exam, College in the High School midterm, and final exam
College Credit: 8 CHS credits through SCCC

Principles of Physics: Physical Setting

This course is the study of the physical world from the subatomic to the cosmic level.  Is it designed for students with a strong science and math background, especially for those students planning to study science or engineering in the future.  Students will study the nature of matter and energy and how they are related.  Topics include mechanics, waves and light, electricity and magnetism and atomic and modern physics.

Credit:1
Grades:11, 12
Prerequisite: Two years of science and enrollment in, or completion of, Intermediate Algebra, CC Algebra 2 Part 1, CC Regents Algebra 2
Exam: Physics Regents Exam

Physics Honors: Physical Setting

This course is equivalent of a first year, two semester college physics course.  It will include much more rigorous pursuit of problem solving skills, laboratory techniques and a study of optional topics not covered in the principles of Physics course.  Topics include mechanics, electricity and magnetism, fluids and thermodynamics, waves and light, optics and atomic and modern physics.

Credit: 1
Grade:11, 12
Prerequisite: Two years of science and enrollment in, or completion of CC Regents Algebra 2
Exam: Physics Regents Exam

Introduction to Medical Science: Life Science

This course of study will help prepare students interested in entering a two or four year college program in an health or medical related related profession.  Weather interested in being a pharmacist, nurse, doctor, paramedic or technician etc. this course will expose students to the many branches of medicine.  Students will be instructed in standard diagnostic technostic techniques, treatment procedures, medical terminology, medical reporting, and biomedical ethics.  Topics include, but are not limited to: basic anatomy and physiology, microbiology and epidemiology, oncology, dermatology, orthopedics, hematology, cardiology, respiratory therapy, radiology, neurology, and psychology.  In addition, students will gain hands-on practical experiences to help develop skills in basic first aid CPR.  This course can be used to meet the third year science course requirement.

Credit: 1
Grades: 10,11,12
Prerequisite: two years of High School science courses – One in Life and one in Physical science – (one of those a  Regents level class ).
Final: Exam

Anatomy and Physiology: Life Science

This course will cover the general aspects of the anatomy of the human body as well as study the body functions and the mechanisms that control them.  This course is designed to introduce you to the structure and locations of the different body parts and organs as well as the body functions at the cellular, tissue, organ, and systems level.  This course is also designed to provide a basic understanding of acute and chronic physiological responses to exercise.  Particular attention will be placed upon muscle function, metabolism, and the cardiopulmonary responses to exercise.

Credit: 1
Grade: 11, 12
Prerequisite: two years of regents level science with a minimum of 75 average and successful completion or currently enrolled in Chemistry.
Final: Exam

Advanced Placement Biology: Life Science

This course is the equivalent of a first year, two semester college biology course.  It is based on the College Board AP Biology framework.  Topics include evolution and diversity of life, biological systems and maintenance of homeostasis, life processes, and the interactions of biological systems.  The course will culminate in the AP Biology exam in May.

Credit: 1
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Three  years of regents level science with a minimum of 85 average and successful completion or currently enrolled in Chemistry.
Final: exam
AP exam is offered in May, college credit possible on test results

College credit: 3 CHS credits through SCCC

Environmental Studies

Relevant environmental issues and their resulting impacts, as well as sustainable energy and agriculture, will be investigated through interdisciplinary research, literature and field based inquiry.  This course includes fall/spring garden labor and production, and on campus multipurpose landscape design, installation and maintenance. Additionally this course incorporates lectures, guest speakers, off campus learning labs and student projects.

Credit: 1
Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite two years of science
Final: Exam
3 CHS credits through SCCC

Mo-Tech Emerging Technology

Alternative Energy Systems: Physical Science

This course is designed to introduce students to the growing field of alternative energy systems and provide students with a comprehensive overview of renewable energies.  Topics include electrical units, the concepts of voltage, current, resistance, and power, as well as Ohm’s law. The fundamentals of series and parallel circuits are covered in detail. Students are also provided with a basic overview of photovoltaic and wind power generation.  This course incorporated lectures, guest speakers, laboratory work and student projects.

Credit: .5
Grades 10,11,12
Prerequisite one year of science
Final: Exam

Mo-Tech Criminal Justice

Criminal Science

This course is a survey of a crime laboratory. It looks at the role of the lab in criminal investigations including firearms identification, examination of documents, crime scene analysis, and fingerprinting.

Credit: 1.0
Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Application
Other: Must be taken with Introduction to Criminal Justice
*Registration priority given to juniors

Mo-Tech Emerging Medicine

Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology

This online learning course is an overview to the structure and function of systems in the Human Body.  It also will discuss external agents of infection as well as related topics concerning pathology of disease.  Open to Emergency Medical Technician students only.

Credit .5
Grade 12 (Students need to be 18 years old in May to sit of the EMT exam)
Prerequisite: Minimum of two years of Regents level science with a minimum of a 75 average and successful completion or currently enrolled in Chemistry.
College Credits: 3 CHS credits thought HVCC

Emergency Medical Technician – Basic

The Emergency Medical Technician Basic (EMT) program combines didactic, psychomotor labs, and clinical observation in a progressive manner to prepare students to provide emergency care to patients in an out-of hospital setting based on New York State Department of Health and US Department of Transportation mandates.

Credit.5
Grade 12 (Student needs to be 18 years old in May to sit for the EMT exam)
Prerequisite: Minimum of two years of Regents level science with a minimum of a 75 average and successful completion or currently enrolled in Chemistry.
College Credits: 7 CHS credits thought HVCC