• SCIENCE

     

    Science instruction is guided by curriculum aligned to New York State Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Physical Science Standards.

     

    To graduate, students must earn three credits in science at the commencement-level. One of the three units of credit must be a life science, and another unit must be a physical science. Students must also successfully pass one Regents examination in science. The core content sequence is typically Regents Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry or Environmental Science, and Physics. However, students may choose to take Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses to replace a core course; AP courses may also be taken in addition to the core sequence for elective credit. Elective offerings may vary by school.

     

    Please note the NYS Laboratory Requirement for all Regent Science courses. As a prerequisite for admission to any Science Regents examination, students must have successfully completed 1200 minutes of laboratory experience and have satisfactory written lab reports on file. Each Regents Science course will have an additional lab period. The 1200 minutes of laboratory experience must be in addition to the required classroom instruction associated with earning one unit of credit.

     

    Please note:

    • Some classes are unique to a particular program or school.
    • Not every class is offered at every school.
    • Course offerings may change yearly based on student course requests and other factors.

     


  • SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

     

    REGENTS BIOLOGY (LIVING ENVIRONMENT) 

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: Regents Living Environment Exam

    LE01R

    1.0

    N/A

    Regents Biology / Living Environment is a comprehensive course in life science. It is designed to give students a broad, in-depth background in a diversity of biological concepts. Living Environment provides students with an understanding of how the human body functions and how humans relate to other organisms and the nonliving environment around them. Topics covered in the course include biochemistry, cells, plants and animals, human physiology, reproduction and development, genetics, biotechnology, evolution, ecology, and scientific methodology. This course emphasizes hands -on laboratory experiences.

    A minimum of 1200 minutes of hands-on laboratory experiences with satisfactory lab reports are required above and beyond the five periods per week of classroom instructional seat time.  

     

    REGENTS BIOLOGY (LIVING ENVIRONMENT) LAB 

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: Regents Living Environment Exam

    LE01L

    0.0

    Registered in Biology

    In addition to the five periods per week of classroom instructional seat time for Biology, a minimum of 1200 minutes of hands-on laboratory experiences and satisfactory lab reports are required.

     

    REGENTS EARTH SCIENCE 

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: Regents Physical Setting in Earth Science 

    EA01R

    1.0

    N/A

    The Physical Setting/Earth Science curriculum is an elaboration of the science content of the Math Science and Technology Learning Standards. This course is expected to prepare students to understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and recognize the historical development of ideas in science. The topics of geology, astronomy and meteorology are addressed in three key ideas: principles of relative motion and perspective; the interaction among components of air, water and land; the characteristics and reactivity of matter.

    A minimum of 1200 minutes of hands-on laboratory experiences with satisfactory lab reports are required above and beyond the five periods per week of classroom instructional seat time. 

     

    REGENTS EARTH SCIENCE LAB 

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: Regents Physical Setting in Earth Science 

    EA01L

    0.0

    Registered in Earth Science

    In addition to the five periods per week of classroom instructional seat time for Earth Science, a minimum of 1200 minutes of hands-on laboratory experiences and satisfactory lab reports are required.

     

    REGENTS CHEMISTRY  

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: Regents Physical Setting in Chemistry

    CH03R

    1.0

    N/A

    The Physical Setting Chemistry is an elaboration of the science content of the Math Science and Technology Learning Standards. This course is expected to prepare students to understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and recognize the historical development of ideas in science. The topics of atomic concepts, periodic table, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, matter, kinetics/equilibrium, organic chemistry, oxidation-reduction, acids/bases/salts and nuclear chemistry are addressed in three key ideas: the characteristics and reactivity of matter; the forms and conservation of energy; the interaction of energy and matter.

    A minimum of 1200 minutes of hands-on laboratory experiences with satisfactory lab reports are required above and beyond the five periods per week of classroom instructional seat time. 

     

    REGENTS CHEMISTRY LAB 

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: Regents Physical Setting in Chemistry 

    CH03L

    0.0

    Registered in Chemistry

    In addition to the five periods per week of classroom instructional seat time for Chemistry, a minimum of 1200 minutes of hands-on laboratory experiences and satisfactory lab reports are required.

     

    REGENTS PHYSICS 

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: Regents Physical Setting in Physics

    PH03R

    1.0

    N/A

    The Physical Setting/Physics Core Curriculum is an elaboration of the science content of the Math Science and Technology Learning Standards. This course is expected to prepare students to understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and recognize the historical development of ideas in science. The topics of mechanics, energy, electricity/magnetism, waves and modern physics are addressed in two key ideas: the forms and conservation of energy; the interaction of energy and matter.

     

    REGENTS PHYSICS LAB

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: Regents Physical Setting in Physics 

    PH03L

    0.0

    Registered in Physics

    In addition to the five periods per week of classroom instructional seat time for Physics, a minimum of 1200 minutes of hands-on laboratory experiences and satisfactory lab reports are required.

     

    ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks 

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    AP05G

    1.0

    Regents Biology

    This course is designed for students who plan to enter careers that require extensive knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. Focus will be on the orientation and organization of the human body, the support and movement of the human body. Building on the knowledge acquired in previous courses, this course additionally focuses on the studies of systems involved with integration, control, absorption, excretion, and metabolism.

     

    ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    EV03G

    1.0

    N/A

    Environmental Science is a standards-based elective ending in a district-level examination. The Environmental Science curriculum places emphasis on the relationships between living organisms and their environment and the ecological concerns of modern society. Building on the instruction from The Living Environment and the Physical Settings, this curriculum will help students make educated decisions regarding the interaction of human activities with natural resources, pollution, endangered species and local, state and federal legislations.

    Laboratory experiences are required but can be embedded into the five periods per week of classroom instructional seat time.

     

    GENERAL PHYSICS 

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    PH03G

    1.0

    N/A

    The General Physics curriculum is an elaboration of the science content of the Math Science and Technology Learning Standards. This course is expected to prepare students to understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and recognize the historical development of ideas in science. 

     

    ADVANCED BIOLOGICAL LAB TECH

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    OFFERED: Research Laboratory High School for Bioinformatics & Life Sciences #366

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    AB05G

    1.0

    N/A

    This course will expose students to a variety of advanced laboratory techniques in the biological sciences.  It will prepare students with the tools and skills needed to jump into a college level science course with respective laboratory requirements, as well as for advanced research opportunities within a laboratory setting.  Students who complete this course will be well prepared for employment opportunities located in the area and on the expanding BNMC within the biological sciences. It will provide hands on practical skill building opportunities on a daily basis to master a variety of techniques within the fields of microbiology and genetics.

     

    BIOETHICS

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    OFFERED: Research Laboratory High School for Bioinformatics & Life Sciences #366

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    BE03G

    1.0

    N/A

    This course will explore the major ethical issues confronting the practices of biomedical science and research science. Students will become familiar with legal and institutional positions, consider and debate opposing arguments on the various topics, and examine relevant case studies.  The objectives for this course are to achieve familiarity with some basic ethical frameworks and understand how these ethical frameworks can help students think through contemporary questions in bioethics. Have students think clearly and carefully through their own positions on important issues in contemporary bioethics. Have students express their own views clearly in class discussion and engage in the views of their classmates while developing well-argued, well-written papers that show understanding of the subject matter.

     

    BIOINFORMATICS

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    OFFERED: Research Laboratory High School for Bioinformatics & Life Sciences #366

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    BN04G

    1.0

    N/A

    Bioinformatics (BN04G) is designed to expose students to the field of Bioinformatics through career explorations and authentic research using current tools and applications through problem based learning and inquiry.   The course is designed to introduce the most important and basic concepts, methods, and tools used in Bioinformatics. Topics include but are not limited to bioinformatics databases, sequence and structure alignment, protein structure prediction, protein folding, protein-protein interaction, and molecular dynamics. Students will use bioinformatics applications to predict cellular localization and enzymatic function of proteins; investigate alternate open reading frames, duplication and degradation and horizontal gene transfer, as well as a brief introduction to drug targets and interactions.  Emphasis will be put on the understanding and utilization of these concepts. The objective is to help the students to reach rapidly the frontier of bioinformatics and be able to use the bioinformatics tools to solve the problems on their own research.  

     

    SCIENTIFIC NOMENCLATURE

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    OFFERED: Research Laboratory High School for Bioinformatics & Life Sciences #366

    EXAMINATION: N/A 

    SN04G

    1.0

    N/A

    Scientific Nomenclature is a linguistic introduction to scientific and medical vocabulary derived from ancient Greek and Latin. In this course, students will explore the systematic study of science terminology by studying. Greek and Latin word elements (words, roots and forms) from which scientific vocabularies are constructed. Students will learn a wide range of scientific terms as well as etymological techniques to decipher and interpret new terminology.

     

    INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    OFFERED: Research Laboratory High School for Bioinformatics & Life Sciences #366

    EXAMINATION: N/A 

    SR01G

    0.5

    N/A

    This is an elective course where students will be acquiring and developing scientific skills through observation, data collection and analysis, and the use of scientific equipment. Throughout the course students will be required to complete laboratory experiments as well as demonstrate research knowledge. 

     

     SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH II

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    OFFERED: Research Laboratory High School for Bioinformatics & Life Sciences #366

    EXAMINATION: N/A 

    SR02G

    0.5

    Introduction to Scientific Research

    In Scientific Research and Design courses, students conceive of, design, and complete a project using scientific inquiry and experimentation methodologies. Emphasis is typically placed on safety issues, research protocols, controlling or manipulating variables, data analysis, and a coherent display of the project and its outcome(s).

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) BIOLOGY

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks 

    EXAMINATION: AP Biology Exam

    AB03P

    1.0

    Regents Biology & Chemistry

    Advanced Placement Biology is a college-level course designed to provide students with the opportunity to receive college credit for work done in high school. Advanced Placement Biology is equivalent to a two semester college biology course covering topics such as: Molecules and Cells; Heredity and Evolution; and Organisms and Populations. The Advanced Placement Biology course is designed to be taken by students after the successful completion of a first course in high school biology and one in high school chemistry as well. 

    NB: Institutions of higher education may grant college credit to students who earn a passing score on the AP exam that is offered at the end of this course.

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) BIOLOGY LAB

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks 

    EXAMINATION: AP Biology Exam 

    AB03L

    0.0

    Registered in AP Biology 

    As part of the Advanced Placement Biology Course, students must complete 13 laboratory investigations that support the Advanced Placement Biology course and allow the student to explore the natural world. The labs support the "big ideas" and science practices of Advanced Placement Biology and help students to gain enduring understandings of biological concepts and the scientific evidence that supports them.  

    NB: Institutions of higher education may grant college credit to students who earn a passing score on the AP exam that is offered at the end of this course.

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CHEMISTRY

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks 

    EXAMINATION: AP Chemistry Exam

    AC03P

    1.0

    Regents Chemistry & Algebra

    The Advanced Placement Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. Students in such a course should attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. Topics Include: I. Structure of Matter (20%), II. States of Matter (20%), III. reactions (35–40%), IV. Descriptive Chemistry (10–15%) and V. Laboratory (5–10%). Secondary schools that wish to offer an Advanced Placement Chemistry course must be prepared to provide a laboratory experience equivalent to that of a typical college course. The Advanced Placement Chemistry course is designed to be taken only after the successful completion of a first course in high school chemistry. 

    NB: Institutions of higher education may grant college credit to students who earn a passing score on the AP exam that is offered at the end of this course.

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks 

    EXAMINATION: AP Environmental Science Exam

    AE03P

    1.0

    Regents Biology & Earth Science

    The Advanced Placement Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Yet there are several major unifying constructs, or themes, that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science. The following themes provide a foundation for the structure of the Advanced Placement Environmental Science course. 1. Science is a process 2. Energy conversions underlie all ecological processes 3. The Earth itself is one interconnected system. 4. Humans alter natural systems. 5. Environmental problems have a cultural and social context. 6. Human survival depends on developing practices that will achieve sustainable systems. 

    NB: Institutions of higher education may grant college credit to students who earn a passing score on the AP exam that is offered at the end of this course.

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) PHYSICS C

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks 

    EXAMINATION: AP Physics Exam

    PH03P

    1.0

    Regents Physics and Algebra

    Advanced Placement Physics C: Mechanics should provide instruction in each of the following six content areas: kinematics; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation. 

    NB: Institutions of higher education may grant college credit to students who earn a passing score on the AP exam that is offered at the end of this course.

     

    INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) PHYSICS HL

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 11, 12 (this is a two-year course)

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    OFFERED: City Honors School #195

    EXAMINATION: IB assessments in Physics

    PH03I

    1.0

    None

    PH04I

    1.0

    IB Physics Jr

    Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences, as it seeks to explain the universe itself, from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies. Despite the exciting and extraordinary development of ideas throughout the history of physics, observations remain essential to the very core of the subject. Besides helping us better understand the natural world, physics gives us the ability to alter our environments. This raises the issue of the impact of physics on society, the moral and ethical dilemmas, and the social, economic, and environmental implications of the work of physicists. By studying physics, students will become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. While the scientific method may take on a wide variety of forms, it is the emphasis on a practical approach through experimental work that characterizes the sciences. Teachers provide students with opportunities to design investigations, collect data, develop manipulative skills, analyze results, collaborate with peers, and evaluate and communicate their findings. Lab work constitutes approximately one-third of the course.

    Note: Institutions of higher education may grant college credit to students who earn a passing score on the IB assessments in this course.

     

    INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) BIOLOGY HL

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 11, 12 (this is a two-year course)

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    OFFERED: City Honors School #195

    EXAMINATION: IB assessments in Biology

    BI03I

    1.0

    None

    BI04I

    1.0

    IB Biology Jr

    Biology is the study of life. The vast diversity of species makes biology both an endless source of fascination and a considerable challenge. Biologists attempt to understand the living world at all levels from the micro to the macro using many different approaches and techniques. By studying biology, students will become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. While the scientific method may take on a wide variety of forms, it is the emphasis on a practical approach through experimental work that characterizes the sciences. Teachers provide students with opportunities to design investigations, collect data, develop manipulative skills, analyze results, collaborate with peers, and evaluate and communicate their findings. Lab work constitutes approximately one-third of the course.

    Note: Institutions of higher education may grant college credit to students who earn a passing score on the IB assessments in this course.

     

    TOPICS IN BIOLOGY- CLIMATE SCIENCE

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 11, 12

    LENGTH: 20 Weeks

    OFFERED: This course will be available at all BPS High Schools

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    CG03G

    0.5

    N/A

    This course integrates concepts from the Life and Earth Sciences as well as the most current data on climate systems to help students understand the phenomena of climate change, the justification for these phenomena, and why these phenomena are both scientifically and socially important.