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ANATOMY/HUMAN BIOLOGY I (Enriched)
20 weeks, 1/2 HS credit
A general human anatomy and physiology course. An in-depth study of the human body and the systems that govern it. Normal structure (gross and microscopic) and function of the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems.  Emphasis on physiology in lectures and anatomy in the laboratory.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Living Environment Biology
 
AP BIOLOGY (NCAA approved)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit
Grade Levels:  11, 12 (10th if Biology was taken in 9th grade)
A college freshman General Biology course with specialization in biochemistry, heredity and physiology, plus evolution, behavior and ecology. Double period classes every other day.  Grade based on unit exams, lab reports, quizzes and homework. There is a required Advanced Placement exam at the completion of this course.
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Living Environment Biology & Physical Setting Chemistry.
 
APPLIED CHEMISTRY
40 weeks, 1 HS credit
Chemistry in Context is a course designed for college bound students who do not plan to major in science. The course allows students to discover the fundamental principles of chemistry through its application in their world, both locally and globally. Students will explore societal issues such as climate change, pollution, industrial procedures, and water/food quality among others. Chemistry concepts will be learned in the context of real-world applications and issues. Much of the course will be hands-on and will challenge students to work as individuals and teams to answer questions and seek solutions to problems using scientific reasoning. Grades will be based on participation, projects, labs and appropriate assessments of knowledge and skills attained.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Living Environment Biology.  
 
BIO MEDICAL SCIENCE I
20 weeks, 1/2 HS credit
Grade Levels:  9, 10, 11, 12
Students examine the interaction of human body sustems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection and homeostasis. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal mannequin; use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscular movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration; and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases.
PREREQUISITE:  Successful completion of Living Environment Biology 
 
COMPUTER SCIENCE
20 Weeks – ½ HS Credit
Introduction to the fundamentals of coding, web design, and structured programming using C. Topics may include input-output statements, data types, loop structures, decision structures, and functions. Assignments include using a C compiler to create programs showcasing the aforementioned topics. PREREQUISITE:Successful completion of Algebra I
 
ENVIRONMENTAL SURVIVAL
20 weeks, 1/2 HS credit
In this class, students will study how to survive in our ever-changing environment. With an emphasis on the outdoors, this class will teach students how to identify various life-sustaining elements of nature and to appreciate their surroundings. Stress will be placed on humanity's impact on our ecosystems. Students will examine the first-hand observations and experiences of survivalists and nature writers. This class will also provide students with hands-on experiences such as tracking game; growing, gathering and storing food; making candles and soap; building basic shelters.
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Living Environment Biology; outdoor clothing and footwear
 
FORENSIC SCIENCE (College Level) (NCAA approved)
20 weeks, 1/2 HS credit, 3 SUNY Broome credits
SUNY Broome:  CHM 121 80F 30808 Forensic Science
The science behind the examination of firearms, cartridges, explosives, drugs and other types of physical evidence by the crime lab is presented. Emphasis on the proper handling of substances found at crime scene investigations.  Laboratory techniques include many modern instrumental methods, such as gas chromatography, infrared and mass spectroscopy as used in today's modern crime labs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Living Environment Biology
 
FORENSIC TOXICOLOGY (College Level) (NCAA approved)
20 weeks, 1/2 HS credit, 3 SUNY Broome credits
SUNY Broome: CHM 290 80F 30808 Forensic Toxicology
The Forensic Toxicology course is designed to provide the student with the basic knowledge to understand the deleterious effects of drugs and chemicals on the human body. If you have ever wondered about drugs and poisons and their interactions in biological systems, what makes heavy metals, such as lead and mercury, toxic, or how to assess food additives and contaminants, then this course will begin to answer some of your questions. This course introduces the basic principles of toxicology, to include recognition of toxic responses, toxicity testing methods and mechanisms of action of specific classes of compounds and environmental contaminants.
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Living Environment Biology and Physical Setting Chemistry (concurrent enrollment accepted)
 
LIVING ENVIRONMENT BIOLOGY AND LAB (Regents) (NCAA approved)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit
As living things, we are deeply connected to the world around us. By exploring these connections, we get a better understanding of the environment we live in, and can make a positive impact on the future. In this class, students will be required to make connections between important biological concepts, and apply that knowledge on a grand scale. Topics for this course include cells, plants and animals, biochemistry, ecology, evolution and human body systems.  Lab periods are two days out of every six day cycle. Overall grade will be based on a combination of homework, labs, quizzes, tests and projects. There is a Regents examination for this course.
PREREQUISITE:  Successful completion of Physical Setting Earth Science
 
PHYSICAL SETTING CHEMISTRY AND LAB (Regents) (NCAA approved)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit
Regents Physical Setting Chemistry is an exploratory course, which allows students to discover the fundamental principles of chemistry, which shape the world we live in. This course is governed by the New York State Board of Regents, and all students will take a statewide Regents exam in June. Topics will include: atomic concepts, periodic table, moles and stoichiometry, chemical bonding, nomenclature, physical behavior of matter, gases, solutions, thermos-chemistry, kinetics and equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, acids and bases, organic chemistry and nuclear chemistry. This course will also consist of laboratory experiences where the concepts found within the NYS curriculum will be explored. Every Regents student is required to complete all laboratory experiences before being allowed to take the Physical Setting Chemistry Regents examination. Grade will be based on chapter tests, quizzes, homework, labs and projects.
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Algebra I and Living Environment Biology
 
PHYSICAL SETTING CHEMISTRY (College Level)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit, 4 SUNY Broome credits
SUNY Broome: CHM 145 General Chemistry I
SUNY Broome: CHM 146 General Chemistry II
Grade Levels;  11, 12
A college freshman general chemistry course. An in-depth study of the same topics given for Regents Chemistry. All topics are studied in greater detail. Chemical mathematics is used for all topics. A calculator is a necessary tool. Double period classes every other day. Grade based on unit exams, lab reports, quizzes and homework.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Physical Setting Chemistry or permission from instructor
 
PHYSICAL SETTING EARTH SCIENCE AND LAB (Regents) (NCAA approved)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit
This course allows students to explore and improve their learning and understanding of major core concepts in the Earth Science curriculum such as weather, astronomy, oceanopgraphy, and geology. Content will be presented through student directed class activities, hands on laboratory experiments, and visuals such as video clips, diagrams, tables and charts. Students will apply their knowledge gained from this course on the NYS Earth Science Regents exam.
 
PHYSICAL SETTING PHYSICS (Regents) (NCAA approved)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit
Introductory algebra-based physics course. Major topics to be studied in this course are mechanics, wave phenomena, electricity and atomic/nuclear physics. Grade based on quizzes, tests, labs and homework. Three labs every six-day cycle in addition to meeting eery day for class discussion and lecture. There is a Regents examination for this course.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Algebra II/Trigonometry
 
PHYSICS (College Level) (NCAA approved)
40 weeks, 1 HS credit, 4 SUNY Broome credits
SUNY Broome: PHSC 161 General Physics I
SUNY Broome: PHSC 162 General Physics II
Grade Levels: 11, 12
College Physics is an algebra based college level physics class in which the following topics are studied:  Newtonian mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, energy, phenomena, fluid mechanics and modern physics.  Grade is based on unit exams, lab reports, quizzes and homework. Double period classes are every other day.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Physical Setting Chemistry or Algebra II
 
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF INDUSTRY
40 weeks, 1 HS credit
This course is designed to help students understand what engineering is at a level that is appropriate to their knowledge of mathematics and science. It is also designed to inspire students to explore career pathways in engineering and technology. This class will help students develop the technological literacy and problem-solving skills that are valuable in today's world as well as first year post-secondary engineering and engineering-technology programs. Units discussed may have "hands on" projects to help reinforce engineering concepts. Heavy emphasis is placed on problem solving and science concepts. Students may use this course to fulfill the 3rd year science requirement.
PREREQUISITE: Approval by the Science Department Chairperson

Science Dept. Staff

EDWARDS, COLIN
Chemistry Teacher
GIOVENCO, TINA
Science Teacher
KROLIKOWSKI, KATHERINE
MS-HS Earth science teacher
LAINE, SABRINA
Physics Teacher
O'MALLEY, COLLEEN
Science Teacher (HS)
ROOSA, JOSEPH
Science Teacher
SANSEVERINO, ALAN
HS science teacher
TECZA, LORI
Science Teacher

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