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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

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

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.

Grades:11, 12
Prerequisite:At least three (3) Regents Science credits and enrollment in, or completion of, CC Regents, Algebra 2

AP Physics 1

AP Physics 1 is a full-year honors level physics course that is the equivalent of a first-semester introductory college course in algebra-based physics. Students will deepen their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the topics of kinematics; dynamics; circular motion; gravitation; energy; momentum; simple harmonic motion; torque and rotational motion; electrostatics; direct current circuits; and mechanical waves and sound. Students will take the AP Physics 1 exam in May and then prepare to take the NYS Physical Setting: Physics Regents Examination in June.  Between the AP Exam and the Regents Exam, students will explore the topics of magnetism, electromagnetic waves, and particle physics.

Credit: 1
Grade: 11, 12
Prerequisite: At least three (3) Regents Science credits and enrollment in, or completion of, CC Regents Algebra 2 (without lab)
Final: Physical Setting: Physics Regents Exam. To be eligible to sit for the exam, students must have 1200 hands on minutes of laboratory experience with satisfactory reports on file.
AP exam is offered in May, college credit possible on test results

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

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

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