Regents Biology

  • Regents Biology
    (also known as  Regents Living Environment)

    As of the 2010-2011 school year, Frank A. Sedita Elementary has been happy to offer Regents Biology to 8th grade students.  As of the 2015-2016 school year ALL students in 8th grade are offered the advanced course to get a jumpstart on high school!   If you successfully complete the requirements below you will earn high school credit for Living Environment/Biology.  

    Requirements:
    • enrollment in Regents Biology Class AND Lab (two days a cycle)
    • complete mandatory NYS Science Labs & be present on mandatory lab days (four labs total - 1200 minutes required)
    • take the NYS Regents Living Environment Exam--see FAQs below

    What is the Format of the Living Environment Regents?
    Students have three hours to complete the following.  There are no make-ups for the exam. 

    Part A —Multiple-Choice
    Consists of 35 multiple-choice questions that test your knowledge of specific factual information. You must answer all questions in Part A. Maximum of 35 credits awarded.

    PART B1 —Multiple-Choice
    Variable number of questions that may be based on the student's direct knowledge of biology, interpretation of experimental data, analysis of readings in science, and ability to deal with representations of biological phenomena. You will be required to answer all questions in both sections of Part B.
    Maximum of 30 credits awarded.

    PART B2 —Free-Response and Multiple-Choice
    Variable number of questions that may be based on the student's direct knowledge of biology, interpretation of experimental data, analysis of readings in science, and ability to deal with representations of biological phenomena. You will be required to answer all questions in both sections of Part B.
    Maximum of 30 credits awarded.

    Part C —Free-Response
    Variable number of questions that may be based on the student's direct knowledge of biology, interpretation of experimental data, analysis of readings in science, and ability to deal with representations of biological phenomena. You will be required to answer all questions in Part C. Maximum of 20 credits awarded.

    Part D —Free-Response and Multiple-Choice
    Variable number of questions that will assess the student's knowledge of and skills on any of the four required laboratory experiences supplied to schools by the NYS Education Dept. You will be required to answer all questions in Part D.
    Maximum of 13 credits awarded.


    What topics are covered on the Living Environment Regents Exam?

    Unit 1 - Unity and Diversity among living things
        1. Concept of Life
        2. Diversity of Life
        3. Unity of Life

    Unit 2 - Maintenance in living things
        1. Nutrition
        2. Transport
        3. Respiration
        4. Excretion
        5. Regulation
        6. Locomotion

    Unit 3 - Human Physiology
        1. Nutrition
        2. Transport
        3. Respiration
        4. Excretion
        5. Regulation
        6. Locomotion

    Unit 4 - Reproduction and Development
        1. Asexual reproduction
        2. Sexual reproduction

    Unit 5 - Transmission of traits from generation to generation
        1. Foundations of Genetics
        2. Some major genetic concepts
        3. Mutations
        4. Applications of Genetic theory
        5. Interaction of heredity and environment
        6. Human heredity
        7. Modern genetics

    Unit 6 - Evolution
        1. Evolution
        2. Evolution theory
        3. Heterotroph hypothesis

    Unit 7 - Ecology
      1. Ecology
      2. Ecological Organization
      3. Ecosystems
      4. Biosphere and humans