Science Department Faculty and Course Descriptions:

Mrs. Erica DoktorMr. Michael NorwoodMs. Lyn Porcelli
Living Environment (Biology) Earth Science Chemistry
Environmental Science   Forensics
Honors Living Environment    
Joseph Smith, PhDMs. Stacy Scheuneman 
AP Biology Regents/AP-1 Physics  
Intro to Engineering    
Engineering I     

NYS Regents Courses offered every year:
Living Environment
– Biology is the study of living things and their interactions. This course is designed to help students apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting as well as the living environment. Students also learn to recognize the historical development of ideas in science. Along with the class material, students are also required to complete a minimum of 1200 minutes of laboratory time to be eligible to take the NYS Regents exam. Failure to complete ALL lab minutes results in an inability to take the final exam.

Earth Science – This course of study covers the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere. The lab requirement is in effect for this course as well.

Chemistry – This course is a rigorous study of matter and the changes it undergoes. It involves many hands-on investigations involving familiar materials and concepts that can be applied to everyday life. This course is encouraged for students interested in science-related careers such as medicine and technology. The lab requirement is in effect for this course as well.

Regents/AP-1 Physics – Physics is a comprehensive course dealing with real world phenomena at the macroscopic, subatomic, and cosmic levels. This course is encouraged for all students planning to study science in college. The lab requirement is in effect for this course as well.  Students also have the option to challenge the AP-1 Physics exam.  There is an additional 9th period recitation for the AP portion of the course.

Electives offered

Environmental Science – This course is designed to make students aware of the physical world around them, and the impact humans have on this world. We will explore the current state of the world’s environment, the impact of society’s decisions on the environment, the impact of our personal decisions on the environment, and what the future holds for our environment. Topics will include resource management, climate change, conservation, pollution, and alternative energy.

AP Biology – AP Biology integrates current topics with the concepts of Biology to offer a holistic view of how living things work. Labs meet once every third day to meet the AP requirements and focus on understanding and integration of concepts through inquiry. Topics of study include energy, evolution, genetics, and ecology.

Fundamentals of Engineering - Fundamentals of Engineering is a course designed to introduce students to advanced science and engineering topics. The course will allow students to explore multiple topics at their own pace individually and in groups. The course does not center on a traditional lecture-based style. Instead, students are challenged to do projects that lead them through various topics. Major topics include general engineering, computer science, and robotics.