Science Department

Science Department

Ms. Marie Micheline Jean, Assistant Principal

The goal of the Science Department is to allow all learners to obtain knowledge and skills that are not the results of rote learning or the memorizations of abstractions devoid of personal experience but rather for students to achieve in a way that correlates and gives purpose for the present and the future.

Science Course Offerings

LIVING ENVIRONMENT BIOLOGY – Grades 9, 10

The Living Environment is the science of life.  Students will learn to explain, analyze and interpret biological processes and phenomena.  Instruction will focus on understanding important relationships, processes, mechanisms, and applications of concepts dealing with diversity of life, genetics, evolution, reproduction and development, dynamic equilibrium, and ecology. Students must fulfill the laboratory requirement to be admitted to the required Regents examination at the end of the course.

CHEMISTRY 1 AND CHEMISTRY 2 (Physical Setting)Grades 10, 11

This course is based on the NYS Learning Standards for Math, Science and Technology. Chemistry examines the basic structure of matter and is essential for those who wish to pursue careers in any of the sciences, including the health careers.  Students will be required to perform laboratory work, demonstrate their understanding of the acquisition of data, interpret observations and draw valid conclusions from gathered data.

Students must fulfill the New York State laboratory requirement to be admitted to Regents examination upon completion of the course.

PHYSICS (Physical Setting)Grades 9,10, 11, 12

Physical Setting: Physics is the science of energy, which includes concepts and the scientists who discovered them. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the fact that physics today is based upon the achievements of the past. Particular emphasis will be placed on scientific thinking and a scientific method. Topics will include mechanics, subatomic investigations, cosmic developments, the role of transistors, and the laws of physics. Students must fulfill the laboratory requirement to be admitted to the required Regents examination at the end of this course.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY – Grades 11, 12

AP Biology is a college-level course that deals with the study of the simplest to most complex living organisms from different perspectives. Extensive laboratory work involves several dissections, standard microscopic analysis and chemical analysis of biological specimens. Students who are enrolled in this course are also expected to pursue independent research projects. All students will take the Advanced Placement examination in May.

PRE-REQUISITE: Living Environment, Physical Setting: Chemistry or Physics.

FORENSICS – Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Forensics introduce students to the scientific method of gathering and examining evidence; describe how crimes are solved with the use of pathological examinations that gather fingerprints, palm prints, footprints, tooth bite prints, blood, and hair and fiber samples. It also focuses on how handwriting and typewriting samples are studied, including all ink, paper and typography methods.  PRE-REQUISITE: One year of Living Environment Biology

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

Both subdivisions of biology, Anatomy and Physiology are related to each other and they help students understand how the body works and how it is structured. Anatomy is the study of the body structures. Physiology studies the functions of the structures. This course is a pre-requisite for the Medical Careers Program.

Special Science Programs

Mr. Vladimir Hurych, Coordinator

PRE-MED PROGRAM
The program is designed for students with an average of 85 or above interested in health careers.  The sequences include classes in anatomy/physiology, medical technology, pharmacology, and internships with LIJ North Shore Hospital.

The medical careers students will be enrolled in a 9 period day.  We are partnered with Queens Borough Community College and York College.  Upon successful completion of this program, students will have the skills to pursue college courses leading to the medical professions. Eligibility: Students must have all of the following:

  • Priority to incoming 9th graders with an average of 85 or above
  • Minimum level 3 in ELA, Math, and Science state tests
  • A written letter of recommendation from Math and Science teachers

ENGINEERING AND ROBOTICS PROGRAM
The program is designed for students interested in the field of math, engineering and technology.  Students are enrolled in engineering and programming courses at Queens Borough Community College.  A six-week workshop at NYC-Poly is required to maintain matriculation in this program.  Students will earn up to 10 college credits upon completion of this program.
Eligibility:
Students must possess and maintain the following averages:

  • Math, Science and English (85-100)
  • Minimum level 3 in ELA, Math and Science state tests

LAW & FORENSICS PROGRAM
Students will learn the mechanics of crime solving with the use of pathological examinations that gather fingerprints, blood, hair, and fiber samples.  Students will also explore the science of DNA testing.  This program will develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration, chemistry, report writing, and defend research findings.  Upon successful completion of this program students will have the skills to pursue college courses leading to the careers in Forensics. Eligibility: Students must possess and maintain the following averages:

  • Math, Science and English (85-100)
  • Minimum level 3 in ELA, Math and Science state exams