SCIENCE ELECTIVE COURSES
Applied Chemistry: 1 Credit, MHS
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of basic chemical concepts and laboratory practices. Students will study the relationship between matter and energy and the applications to the physical world. Demonstrations, hands-on and laboratory activities are integral components of the course. Lab periods will meet on alternating days. Prerequisite: Regents Earth Science and Living Environment and departmental approval from the Curriculum Associate.
Ecology: .5 Credit, MHS
This course is designed for students that are interested in learning more about ecological systems, specifically Long Island Ecosystems, reducing the use of plastics in the environment and practical ways that they can make a difference in the environment. Students must enjoy project based learning and working in small groups. Projects may include a recycling initiative, making products such as soaps, and other personal use items to reduce the consumption of plastics. This course is not to be used to fulfill a third year science requirement and meets as an alternating day course.
Environmental Science: 1 Credit, MHS
This course will explore the environmental problems that the world is facing with respect to human population growth, climate change, energy consumption, human demand and resources, recycling and pollution from both a scientific perspective as well as the sociological perspective. The course will use a hands-on approach when possible to explore the concepts. Students will learn the interconnectedness of life, energy flow and the effect of human impact on the environment while learning science skills such as data analysis, graphing and the use of technology.
Meteorology: .5 Credit, Ames
This course will allow students to further develop their understanding of the atmospheric sciences learned in Accelerated Earth Science and apply their skills to forecast the weather. Students will learn to read and interpret weather maps, surface data, upper air data and computer forecasting models. In class weather forecasting competitions will be conducted during the second semester to allow students to perfect their forecasting skills using real-time data. Prerequisite: Accelerated Earth Science; Corequisite: Accelerated Biology
Astronomy I (Fall) and Astronomy II (Spring): .5 Credit/.5 Credit, MHS
- Astronomy I: The Night Sky (Fall) - This course applies the basic concepts of the physical sciences to the study of the universe. Topics include the movements of the sun and moon, stars of the night sky, the celestial sphere, constellations with Greek mythology, and modern constellations. This course can also be taken individually as an alternate day course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of two Regents Science courses as well as Geometry, or departmental permission.
- Astronomy II: The Solar System and Beyond (Spring) - In this course students will study the solar system, planets, spectra, star classification, galaxies, deep sky objects, cosmology, and the search for extraterrestrial life. Prerequisite: Successful completion of two Regents Science courses as well as Geometry, or departmental permission.
Applied Physics: 1 Credit, MHS
An activities-oriented laboratory course that emphasizes the applications of physics principles to the technologies of the modern high-tech world. Some topics included in the course are mechanics, electricity, magnetism and waves. Laboratory experiences are an integral component of the course. Lab periods meet every other day. Prerequisite: Successful completion of two years of science, as well as Geometry.
Microbiology: .5 Credit, MHS
Microorganisms are everywhere. What role do they play in health and medicine? How are they studied? The curriculum uncovers the role of microbes and their relationship to human health. Laboratory activities include microbiological techniques to study bacteria and viruses as well as the application of biotechnology to industry health and medicine. This course is designed for students with above average science skills with a strong understanding of lab techniques. Prerequisite: Minimum average of 80 in two (2) Regents Science courses
Marine Science: 1 Credit, MHS
A study of Oceanography and Marine Biology. This diverse course explores the physical ocean and interaction of organisms that must adapt to its sometimes extreme and dynamic conditions. Course of study includes hands-on lab activities and field trips. Oceanography topics include: tides, waves, currents, and the ocean’s role in weather and climate. Marine Biology is taught through the study of various biological phyla and their adaptations to the marine environment. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Earth Science and Biology suggested science average of 80
Forensic Science: .5 Credit, MHS
This elective is designed for students who have demonstrated above average skills in science. The curriculum develops the concepts of Forensic Science by using hands-on laboratory techniques such as: DNA analysis, fingerprinting, blood typing, hair and fiber analysis, identification of questioned documents and other methods of identifying crime scene evidence. These techniques model those used in a Criminology Laboratory. Students are required to complete written reports. Prerequisite: Successful completion of two Regents science courses in which a grade of 80 or better was attained.
Anatomy and Physiology: 1 Credit, MHS
This is a rigorous course devoted to the in-depth study of the structure and function of the human body. The organization of the body from the chemical and cellular level to the different body systems will be studied. Students will discover the interconnectedness of the different systems and their role in maintaining homeostasis. Dissections will be performed as an integral part of the course. Career exploration will be incorporated into the course for those students interested in medicine, dentistry, nursing, sports medicine or any health related field. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Earth Science and Biology with a recommended minimum 80 average. The completion of chemistry is also highly recommended.