COLLEGE LEVEL SCIENCE COURSES
Advanced Placement Environmental Science: 1 Credit, MHS
AP Environmental Science Informational Video
This is a rigorous college-level course offered to students who have excelled in previous science courses and have an interest in environmental issues. Environmental Science examines the local and global environment to study how informed choices will improve the quality of life in the future. Field trips, guest speakers, and fieldwork are integral parts of this course. Students must take the Advanced Placement exam in May. Prerequisite: Successful completion of three (3) Regents Science courses and Geometry
Advanced Placement Biology: 1 Credit, MHS
AP Biology Informational Video
This is a rigorous college-level course offered to those students who have excelled in Regents Science courses. The course meets for two periods each day. Students who take this course must have the necessary time and interest to do the outside work necessary for success. Those successfully completing this course may be eligible for college credit. Students must take the Advanced Placement exam in May. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of 85 in Regents Biology and 80 in two other Regents Science courses
Advanced Placement Chemistry: 1 Credit, MHS
This is a rigorous college-level course offered to those students who have excelled in Regents Chemistry. The course meets for two periods each day. Students who take this course must have the necessary time and interest to do the outside work necessary for success. Those successfully completing this course may be eligible for college credit. Students must take the Advanced Placement exam in May. Students who have completed any three Regents science courses are eligible to take this course. Students scheduled for AP Chemistry must complete a summer assignment. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Regents Chemistry and Algebra 2. Accelerated 10th-grade students may enroll prior to satisfying prerequisites with teacher recommendation and departmental approval.
Advanced Placement Physics 1: 1 Credit, MHS
This is a rigorous course designed to give students experience with college-level algebra-based introductory physics while meeting the Regents Physics standards as well. This class meets for one period daily with an alternating day lab period. Students must take the AP Physics 1 exam in May and the Regents exam in June. Prerequisite: Completion of Regents Chemistry with a minimum final grade of 85 and a score of 85 on the Regents examination; Minimum final grade of 85 in Algebra 2 Accelerated; Corequisite: Continuation of accelerated mathematics.
Advanced Placement Physics 2: 1 Credit, MHS
This second-semester introductory college course in algebra-based physics is open to students that have completed a prior Physics course. Students will explore topics such as fluids, thermodynamics, electric force, optics and quantum, atomic and nuclear physics. This class meets for one period daily with an alternating day lab. Students must take the AP Physics 2 exam in May. Prerequisite: Regents or AP Physics 1; Precalculus is a prerequisite or a corequisite
Advanced Placement Physics C: 1 Credit, MHS
This is a rigorous college-level course offered to seniors who excelled in Regents Physics/Physics 1 and 2 and Pre-Calculus Accelerated. The course meets for two periods each day. The AP Physics C (physics with calculus) curriculum is followed, including one semester each of classical mechanics and electromagnetic phenomena, integrating calculus applications to solve physics problems. Students must take the AP exam in May, and a midterm exam. Students may be eligible to receive one or two semesters of college credit. Prerequisite: Minimum of 85 in Regents Physics or 80 in AP Physics 1 and 2 and Pre-Calculus AB or BC Accelerated; Corequisite: Calculus AB or BC
College Anatomy and Physiology: 1 Credit, MHS; optional 8 College Credits, LIU/Post
This course is available to students in grade 12 that meet the criteria established by LIU/Post Center. The goal of this two-semester course is to develop a detailed understanding of the structure and function of the human body and the mechanisms to maintain homeostasis. Students will study the body in depth from the chemical and cellular level to the body systems. Dissections are required in this course as part of the laboratory experience. This course will meet for one period daily with an additional lab period on alternating days. Students in SCALE courses purchase textbooks used in the course. Prerequisite: Regents Chemistry and Anatomy and Physiology
College Forensic Technology: 1 Credit, MHS; optional 6 College Credits, LIU/Post
Students who meet the criteria established by LIU/Post Center may take this course. Students must apply to and be accepted by the LIU/Post Center. The goal of this SCALE (Secondary Collegial Articulated Learning Experience) is to expand on the concepts and techniques acquired in the Forensic Science course and provide an in-depth study of crime scene investigations, forensic psychology, toxicology, DNA evidence and their role in the criminal justice system. Students will receive one Massapequa High School science credit as well as college credit upon successful completion of this two-semester course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Regents Biology, Regents Chemistry and Forensic Science.
College Oceanography: 1 Credit, MHS; optional 3 College Credits, Stony Brook University
This course will examine the ocean and the chemical, geological, biological and physical processes that control its major features and the life that inhabits it. Students will explore the human interactions with the marine environment. Students interested in obtaining credit through Stony Brook University must submit an application and meet the minimum requirements for the ACE Program. Prerequisite: Regents Chemistry and Algebra 2, recommended minimum Math-Science average of 80; Corequisite: Continuation in mathematics
College Engineering Methods: 1 Credit, MHS; optional 3 College Credits, Hofstra University
In this Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) course students study, design, build and test electro-mechanical systems. Junior and Senior students will learn computer programming in MATLAB and then use the software to solve authentic engineering problems. This course includes "hands-on" studio exercises where students work in teams to build electro-mechanical systems. Students will use mathematical equations, apply engineering principles, and use MATLAB software to study the systems and predict system performance.
This course is a required freshman course for all Hofstra engineering students. Most engineering programs at other colleges require a similar course integrating MATLAB software as a computational tool for solving engineering problems as a first-year course. Students interested in college credit must apply to Hofstra and pay a fee. Upon successful completion, students will be granted 3 credits. This course meets for one period daily. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Physics