Science Electives
  • Bioethics

    (1/2 Unit)

    This course is designed to let students become aware of ethical issues and moral dilemmas stemming from science innovations. Using problem-based learning students will debate court cases and current events that demonstrate issues related to class. The course requires a great deal of reading and participation. Students will write opinion papers based on readings and class discussions. Topics include: Healthcare Proxy, DNR, genetically modified organisms, and organ/tissue donations. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physical Setting: Earth Science and Living Environment

    Environmental Science

    (1/2 Unit)

    This course will provide students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Students will identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and man-made, and examine solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physical Setting: Earth Science and Living Environment.

    Forensic Science

    (1/2 Unit)

    This course will introduce students to the scientific aspects of crime scenes. Students will examine various methods for specimen collection and examination. Students will analyze and solve various "crimes” during this course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physical Setting: Earth Science and Living Environment

    Special Note: Preference will be given to upperclassmen.

    Science of Natural Hazards and Event(s

    (1/2 Unit)

    This half-year course will focus on the occurrence of natural disasters including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis. Severe weather, including tornadoes and hurricanes will be explored. Students will discover the processes that cause such hazards, and what can be done by the human population to minimize these hazards. Hazards specific to Long Island will be explored. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physical Setting: Earth Science.

    Human Anatomy and Physiology H (1 Unit)

    Each of the major body systems will be investigated in considerable detail. The study of each system will be divided into two different areas: ANATOMY - the names and location of the major organs, tissues, and specialized cells in the system, and PHYSIOLOGY – the way in which the various parts of each system function and the integration of one system with another. Laboratory experience will include dissections of various organs and organisms, Prerequisite: Final course grade average of 90% or better in Living Environment and Physical Setting: Chemistry and permission of the Director of Science.

    Introduction to Marine Biology and Oceanography

    (1 Unit)

    This course will focus on the marine environment through the study of four main oceans of the world and their associated seas. Content will focus on the physical and biological aspects of each ocean and the organisms that live within them. Emphasis will be placed on the interaction between the living and nonliving components of each ocean. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Living Environment or permission of the Director of Science.

    Sports Science: The Physics of Sports

    (1/2 Unit)

    Sports Science will introduce students to fundamental physics concepts through athletic application. The course will be organized into units based on specific sports (ex. Basketball, baseball and football) and will explore how the laws of physics apply to the games, plays and athletic activities most people take for granted. Students will be exposed to concepts found in the NYS Core Curriculum for Physics as well as NGSS and NYS Physical Education learning goals.

    Science Research in the High School

    (1/2 Unit per full year)

    This science research course is designed to provide students with an understanding of research methodology in the natural and social sciences. Emphasis is on both laboratory and bibliographic research. Students will enter various local, regional and national competitions. A commitment to long term, focused research, demonstrating initiative, perseverance, and creativity will be developed and fostered.