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Diploma Requirements

Regents Diploma: 3 years of Science, the passing of one Regents Examination.

Advanced Regents Diploma: 3 years of Science; the passing of Living Environment Regents Examination and one other Regents Examination in Science.

 

 

425 Living Environment          

This course concentrates on the Living Environment curriculum which examines the interaction of species with the environment at the ecological level and the study of Modern Genetics. Scientific inquiry and laboratory experiences are central to this course.

Credit:  1 Required

 

 

428 Biology Honors

This course approaches the curriculum at a more advanced level, preparing the students for both the Living Environment Regents and the SAT II in Biology.  SAT II in Biology is mandatory.

Fee is required.

Credit:  1

 

 

470 Advanced Physical Science

This course focuses on an introduction to Chemistry and Physics.  It provides students with a hands-on approach to understanding scientific principles and the scientific method.  Students will be actively engaged in solving problems, formulating hypotheses, gathering data and analyzing data to form conclusions about experimental objectives. 

Credit:  1 

Instructors: Ms. Laura BartonMs. Patrice D'Orazio

 

472 Honors Advanced Physical Science

This course focuses on an introduction to Chemistry and Physics.  It provides students with a hands-on approach to understanding scientific principles and the scientific method.  Students will be actively engaged in solving problems, formulating hypotheses, gathering data and analyzing data to form conclusions about experimental objectives. Students will have the opportunity to take the Regents examinations in Chemistry and Physics required.

Credit:  1 

Instructor: Mr. Robert Winston 

 

430 Chemistry             

Chemistry is the quantitative and qualitative study of matter and energy.  Included is an overview of kinetics, atomic theory, organic chemistry and modern applications.  This course follows the New York State Regents syllabus and incorporates required laboratory exercises.

Credit:  1

Instructor:  Mrs. Alla Tandilashvili

 

438 Chemistry Honors

This advanced chemistry course focuses on the quantitative and qualitative study of matter and energy. Included is an in-depth study of kinetics, atomic theory, organic chemistry, and modern applications. This course follows the New York State Regents syllabus and incorporates laboratory exercises.  In addition to taking the NYS Regents examination, students will be encouraged to take the SAT II in Chemistry.

Prerequisites: Strong math and science skills; Departmental Recommendation.

Credit:  1    

 

485 Science Research      

Science Research is a three-year sequence of classes that begins in sophomore year.  Students select a topic of investigation and conduct original research under the guidance and supervision of a research scientist at a college or university.  The class will meet each morning at 7:20am and students will also meet with a teacher during a resource period once each cycle.  Over the course of three years, 12 college credits can be earned that are awarded by SUNY Albany.  Students should be aware that working on a project will involve work over the summer months.

Credit:  1

Instructors: Mrs. Megan Correira, Mr. Adam SegallMs. Mary Ann Spicijaric

 

486 Intermediate Science Research

The second course in the three year Science Research Program.  Science Research is a prerequisite.  The class will meet twice a week, after school and student will also meet with a teacher during a resource period once per cycle.  College credits may be earned from SUNY Albany.

Credit: 1

Instructors: Mrs. Megan Correira, Mr. Adam Segall, Ms. Mary Ann Spicijaric 

 

440 Physics

This course presents a modern view of physics with concentration on fundamental theories and laboratory investigation.  The Physics program covers the following areas: Mechanics, Wave Phenomena, Electricity-Magnetism, Solid State Physics and Atomic and Nuclear Physics.  This course follows the New York State Syllabus and allows for Regents credit through the Regents examination and required laboratory exercises.  Prerequisites:  Successful completion of Chemistry course, strong mathematics and problem-solving skills, and Departmental Approval.

Credit:  1  

Instructor: Mrs. Alla Tandilashvili 

 

447 Physics Honors  

This advanced course presents an in-depth study of physics with concentration on fundamental theories and laboratory investigations. This program studies topics in mechanics, wave phenomena, electricity, magnetism, solid state physics and atomic and nuclear physics. Mastery of mathematical applications is required. This course follows the NYS Regents syllabus.  In addition to taking the NYS Regents examination, students will be encouraged to take the SAT II in Physics.

Prerequisites: Strong mathematics and problem-solving skills, passing the June Chemistry Regents Examination and departmental signature.

Credit:  1

Instructor: Mrs. Alla Tandilashvili

 

455 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

This course is designed for students interested in the fields of nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, sport medicine, occupational therapy and related disciplines.  The course includes the study of the functions of systems of the human body.   In addition, a laboratory component that focuses on learning common medical/nursing terminology and the study of diseases is required.  Qualifying students may take this course for St. John’s University. Prerequisites: Department approval-chairperson signature required; passing of all NYS Science Regents Examinations.

Credit:  1  

Instructor: Mr. Robert Winston

 

481 Forensics         

Forensics is the integration of science and the law. Students will learn to incorporate scientific and laboratory techniques to solve simulated legal problems. Laboratory includedQualifying students may take this course for St. John’s University.

Prerequisite: Departmental Approval.

Credit:  1

Instructor: Ms. Patrice D'Orazio     

 

465 Advanced Placement Biology     

The equivalent of a required first-year college Biology course with a curriculum set by the College Board, includes cell chemistry, bioenergetics, plant and animal physiology, cell structure and reproduction, and modern genetics. Included are mandatory laboratory units. The AP exam in May is required.

Prerequisite: Strong comprehensive science background. Departmental Approval - signature required; NYS Regents Examinations in Living Environment, Chemistry, Physics.

Credit:  1  

Instructor: Ms. Laura Barton

 

475 Advanced Placement Chemistry        

This is the equivalent of a required first-year college Chemistry course with a curriculum set by the College Board. This course will cover topics such as the arrangement of atoms, chemical and physical properties of materials, changes in matter, rates of chemical reactions, and laws of thermodynamics.  Included are mandatory laboratory units. The AP exam in May is required.

Prerequisite: Strong comprehensive science background; Departmental approval- signature required; NYS Regents Examination in Living Environment.

Credit:  1   

Instructor: Mrs. Alla Tandilashvili 

 

477 Advanced Placement Physics 1:  Algebra-Based Course

This is an algebra based, introductory college-level course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics, work, energy, and power:  waves and sound.  Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. Included are mandatory laboratory units.  The AP Exam in May is required.

Prerequisite: Strong comprehensive science background; Departmental approval- signature required; NYS Regents Examination in Living Environment.

Students must have completed Geometry and concurrently taking Algebra 2 or an equivalent course.

Credit:  1

Instructors: Mrs. Alla TandilashviliMr. Robert Winston

 

487 Advanced Placement Environmental Science (online)

This course will help students identify and analyze environmental problems and their effects.  Students will evaluate the effectiveness of proposed solutions.  They will learn to think like environmental scientists as they make predictions based on observation.  Students will write hypothesis, design and complete field studies and experiences, and reach conclusions based on the analysis of resulting data.

Credit:  1

Instructor: Ms. Patrice D'Orazio

 

489 The Brown University Women in Engineering Program (online)

This pre-college engineering program is an online year long course that presents the following pre-college curricula:  Exploring Engineering, Biomedical Design for Society’s Needs, and Renewable Energy Engineering:  Wind and Solar Power.  The course is taught by a professor from Brown University, with a hands-on engineering project, facilitated by an FHA faculty member.  In order to take the course, students must be available for project work after school and course work will require 5 hours of work per week.  This class is open to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students.  Administrative approval is required.  The class is limited to 25 students.

Credit:  1

Instructor: Mr. Adam Segall