A course designed for students that have a strong interest in the sciences, Coursework is designed to be equivalent to a year-long introductory biology college course. Students will undertake a responsibility to work hard and manage their time to keep up with a rigorous curriculum which includes summer and vacation assignments. All students are required to pay the $94.00 examination fee and MUST take the Advanced Placement Examination in May. Prerequisite: Final course grades of 90% or better in Living Environment H (95% in Living Environment R) and English. Physical Setting: Chemistry H or Physical Setting: Physics may be taken concurrently. Priority is given to upperclassmen. Permission of the Director of Science is required.
AP Environmental Science
This course will provides students with knowledge of scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies necessary for them to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems, evaluate the risks associated with current environmental problems, while examining alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing additional problems. The coursework is developed in such a manner as to provide the student with the equivalent of an introductory college course in environmental science and providing substantial laboratory and field experience utilizing the tools of the discipline. All students are required to pay the $94.00 examination fee and MUST take the Advanced Placement Examination in May Prerequisite: Final course grade of 80% or better in both Living Environment and Physical Setting: Chemistry and permission of the Director of Science.
AP Physics I
AP Physics I will be Algebra-based, rather than Calculus based, and will cover material included in a first semester introductory college-level physics course. Students will also be exposed to concepts found in the NYS Core Curriculum for and incorporate STEM activities covering Newtonian mechanics, work, energy, power and mechanical waves. Students will also be exposed to electric circuits. All students are required to pay the $94.00 examination fee and MUST take the Advanced Placement Examination in May as well as the NYS Regents examination in Physics in June. Prerequisite: Final course grade of 85 or better in Chemistry R and/or an 85 or better on the Regents Examination in Chemistry. Students should have completed Algebra II and Trigonometry or may take the course concurrently with AP Physics I.
AP Physics I and II
AP Physics I will be Algebra-based, rather than Calculus based, and will cover material included in a full year introductory college-level physics course. Students will also be exposed to concepts found in the NYS Core Curriculum for and incorporate STEM activities covering fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity/magnetism, optics and nuclear physics. Students will be required to take both the Advanced Placement 1 exam and the Advanced Placement 2 exam, as well as the NYS Regents examination in Physics. All students are required to pay the $94.00 examination fee for each AP exam. Prerequisite: Final course grade of 90 or better in Chemistry H and/or 95 or better in Algebra II.
College Level Forensic Science (Syracuse University)
College Forensic Science is focused upon the application of scientific methods and techniques to crime and law. The course is intended to build on the knowledge base students developed while enrolled in Forensic Science. Scientific methods specifically relevant to crime detection and analysis will be explored with an emphasis placed on techniques used in the evaluation of physical evidence. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, blood analysis, organic and inorganic analysis, DNA, toxicology, fiber comparisons and soil analysis. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Forensic Science. Students must meet Project Advance requirements; 85% overall average and 85% science average. Students must be SENIORS. Tuition costs per credit are paid to Syracuse University. Preference will be given to students who have successfully completed Physical Setting: Chemistry or who are taking it concurrently.
College Level Chemistry (Syracuse University)
This course is offered to students in their senior year who wish to initiate their college study of chemistry. It is designed to be the equivalent of first-year general College Chemistry with the expectation that those students who do well will earn 8 college credits in Chemistry. This course differs from Physical Setting: Chemistry in the depth of material covered, numbers of topics completed, the greater emphasis on mathematical calculations and formulations of principles, the nature and variety of experiments done in the lab and the increased time spent by students in and out of the class. Prerequisite: Final course grade of 90% in Physical Setting: Chemistry and Physical Setting: Physics. Regents grade of 90% or better on the Physical Setting: Chemistry Examination. Students must be SENIORS. Tuition costs per credit are paid to Syracuse University. Permission of Director of Science is required.