• COLLEGE LEVEL SCIENCE COURSES

    AP Environmental Science:  1 Credit, MHS
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Regents Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry and current science teacher recommendation. Students may be co-enrolled in Regents Chemistry.
    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. This full year course meets daily with a laboratory section meeting on alternate days. Students must take the Advanced Placement exam in May.  Failure to complete all course requirements, including participation in all AP exams, will result in the loss of AP course designation on a student’s transcript and AP weighting will NOT be applied.  

    AP Environmental Science Informational Video

     

    AP Biology:  1 Credit, MHS
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Regents Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry AND current science teacher recommendation. Minimum Biology Regents grade of 85 with an average of 80 in two additional Regents Science courses.
    This is a rigorous college-level course offered to those students who have excelled in Regents Science courses. This course meets for two periods each day. Students who take this course must have the necessary time and interest in doing 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. Failure to complete all course requirements, including participation in all AP exams, will result in the loss of AP course designation on a student’s transcript and AP weighting will NOT be applied.      

    AP Biology Informational Video

     

    AP Chemistry:  1 Credit, MHS
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Regents Earth Science and Biology and current science teacher recommendation. It is highly suggested that students have successfully completed or are co-enrolled in Algebra 2. If a student is enrolled in a Math course of lesser rigor than Algebra 2, Science Supervisor approval is needed.  

    This is a rigorous college-level course offered to those students who have excelled in Regents Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry. This course meets for two periods each day. Students who are accelerated in science and mathematics may take this course during their sophomore year with science teacher recommendation. In addition to taking the Advanced Placement exam in May, such students will also sit for the Regents Chemistry exam in June.  This course is also offered to students who have successfully completed Regents Chemistry. Students who take this course must have the necessary time and interest in doing the outside work necessary for success. Students must take the Advanced Placement exam in May. Those successfully completing this course may be eligible for college credit. Failure to complete all course requirements, including participation in all AP exams, will result in the loss of AP course designation on a student’s transcript and AP weighting will NOT be applied.     

     

    AP Physics 1:  1 Credit, MHS
    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Earth Science, Biology, and Regents or AP Chemistry; Chemistry grades equal to or above 85 and current science teacher recommendation; student should have completed Algebra 2; for students not accelerated in mathematics, Science Supervisor approval is needed.   

    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 course meets for two periods each day.  Students must take the AP Physics 1 exam in May and the Regents exam in June. Failure to complete all course requirements, including participation in all AP exams, will result in the loss of AP course designation on a student’s transcript and AP weighting will NOT be applied.       

     

    AP Physics 2:  1 Credit, MHS
    Prerequisite:  Regents or AP Physics 1; Precalculus is a prerequisite or a corequisite   
    This year long 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 full year course meets daily with a laboratory section meeting on alternate days. Students must take the AP Physics 2 exam in May. Failure to complete all course requirements, including participation in all AP exams, will result in the loss of AP course designation on a student’s transcript and AP weighting will NOT be applied.         

     

    AP Physics C:  1 Credit, MHS
    Prerequisite:  Minimum of 85 in Regents Physics or 80 in AP Physics 1 and 2 and Pre-Calculus AB or BC Accelerated; Corequisite: AP Calculus AB or BC  

    This is a rigorous college-level course offered to seniors who excelled in Regents Physics/Physics 1 and 2 and Pre-Calculus Accelerated. This 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. Failure to complete all course requirements, including participation in all AP exams, will result in the loss of AP course designation on a student’s transcript and AP weighting will NOT be applied.           

     

    College Anatomy and Physiology:  1 Credit, MHS; optional 8 College Credits, Stony Brook University
    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Regents Biology, Regents or AP Chemistry, successful completion of Anatomy & Physiology and recommendation by current science teacher.  Students who have NOT completed Anatomy & Physiology require Science Supervisor approval.
    This course is available to students in grades 11 and 12 who meet the criteria established by Stony Brook University. 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 full year course meets daily with a laboratory section meeting on alternate days. Students in this course are required to purchase a laboratory manual.    

    College Anatomy and Physiology Course Video

     

    College Forensic Technology:  1 Credit, MHS; optional 6 College Credits, LIU/Post
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Regents Biology, Regents or AP Chemistry, successful completion of Forensic Science and recommendation by current science teacher.  Students who have NOT completed Forensic Science require Science Supervisor approval.
    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.       

    College Forensic Technology Course Video

     

    College Engineering Methods:  1 Credit, MHS; optional 3 College Credits, Hofstra University, 11th and 12th grade students only; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Physics    
    In this Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) course, students will study, design, build and test electro-mechanical systems. Students will learn computer programming in MATLAB and then use the software to solve authentic engineering problems.  This course includes "hands on" 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. 

     College Engineering Methods Course Video

     

    College Marine Biology:  1 Credit, MHS; optional 4 College Credits, LIU/Post
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Regents Biology, Regents Chemistry, and recommendation by current science teacher.    
     
    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. This course introduces students to life in marine waters. Topics include physical and biological properties of marine waters, identification and characterization of major groups of marine plants and animals as well as adaptive modifications to marine environments they have, and the special nature and diversity of marine ecosystems. Field and laboratory work emphasizes methods of collecting, sampling, and analyzing marine organisms.