Science education strives to instruct students to think critically and logically by familiarizing them with the scientific method of inquiry and investigation, and encouraging them to value this knowledge as necessary in reaching their potential as individuals. The understanding of scientific theories and the acquisition of new knowledge is fostered among students so that they may relate their current experiences with those that have come in the past, and make projections into the future.
HEALTH (Required) Course # 501 Credit: 0.5
The course is designed to provide the students with the necessary information that will promote optimum health. The concepts of mental health, drug education, smoking, alcohol, sex education and nutrition will be discussed in this course as it affects the lives of the students.
REGENTS BIOLOGY ( Living Environment) Course # 510 Credit: 1.0
In this course students will study the biology of living organisms with emphasis on cell structure and function, biochemistry, plant/animal anatomy and physiology, genetics, ecology and evolution. In the laboratory, students practice some common laboratory techniques such as chromatography and animal dissection, and are required to submit corresponding lab reports. All students who fulfill the course and lab report requirements will take the Living Environment Regents exam in June.
HONORS BIOLOGY ( Living Environment) Course # 511 Credit: 1.0
Enrollment in this class is restricted to members of the Scholars Program, Honors Program and those students whose potential for success is determined by the Placement Test and the elementary school academic record.
This course is taken in place of the Regents biology course.. The same general topics are covered as in the Regents course, but in greater detail. In addition to the Regents exam, students will also be prepared to take the SAT II exam in Biology. This course also includes a weekly laboratory report. All students who fulfill the course and lab report requirements will take the Living Environment Regents exam in June.
CHEMISTRY (Required) Course # 530 Credit: 1.0
An introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry with an emphasis on the structure and logic of chemical formulas and equations, the phases of matter, atomic structure, chemical periodicity, chemical bonding, organic chemistry, the mathematics of chemistry, thermodynamics, acids and bases, redox and electrochemistry, as well as kinetics and equilibrium. In the laboratory, the students will practice some common laboratory techniques with an emphasis on quantitative measurements while recognizing the connection between the chemical principles and the experimental conditions.
The student must pass the regents exam to graduate. If a student fails the exam, she will have to re enroll for a semester of chemistry and retake the regents exam.
The student must pass the regents exam to graduate. If a student fails the exam, she will be reenrolled in this class for a semester and must retake the regents exam and pass.
HONORS CHEMISTRY Course # 531 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: This course is for members of the Ferrer Scholars Program as well as students who have a 90% average in Biology and Regents and and an 88% average in Math and regents.Entrance into the course also requires the approval of the Biology and Math teachers.
In this course the students will explore answer to questions regarding a variety of curiosities that occur in solutions, gaseous phases and with solids. Macroscopic understanding will be obtained through laboratory experiments, demonstrations, laser disc observations and CD-ROM. Included in this course is the development of advanced problem solving skills. Additionally, students will learn the deductive skills required to draw conclusions from information obtained in laboratory experiments. Technology will be used extensively as the students collect data with the computer and present topics using PowerPoint. Many assignments will be electronic and will be turned using email.
The student must pass the regents exam to graduate. If a student fails the exam, she will have to re enroll for a semester of chemistry and retake the regents exam
REGENTS PHYSICS Course # 540 Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Algebra 2/Trig (may be taken concurrently); 88% average or above in Algebra 2/Trig and must pass Algebra and Geometry Regents exams in Mathematics.The student must have at least 88% in Geometry. The student should have at least 85 in chemistry. The student should be taking some Math Class while taking Physics.
The Physics course is for students who wish to investigate physical laws and theories, relationships of physical phenomena, and the interrelationships of physics to other fields of human endeavor. First semester includes discussion of vector mathematics, kinematics, dynamics, energy and momentum. Second semester includes the discussion of thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, waves and modern physics. Students are expected to take the Regents exam in Physics.
All juniors must take the regents exam. All seniors have an option of taking the exam.