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    Regents Living Environment & Lab
    Credit:  1 Unit High School                                                 Length:  40 Weeks
    This course provides students with a basic understanding of biological processes and generalizations.  Topics to be discussed include unity and diversity in living things, maintenance in living things, human physiology, reproduction and development, genetics, evolution, and ecology.  This course counts toward achieving an Advanced Regents Diploma upon satisfactory completion of the Regents exam.  This course can also be used as one of the 3 required credits for a Regents Diploma.  Successful completion of ALL LABORATORY WORK (which is scheduled every four days) is a New York State requirement for admittance to the Regents Exam.
     
     
    Regents Earth Science & Lab
    Credit:  1 Unit High School                                                  Length: 40 Weeks
    Students will study the characteristics of the earth on which we live.  Some units of study will include weather, astronomy, climate, rocks, minerals, forces that change and shape the face of the earth, and important features of the earth.  Emphasis is put on the theory of plate tectonics, which explains formation of the continents, earthquakes and volcanoes. Students will be taking the New York State Regents Exam in June.  This Regents course can count as one of the science course options for the purpose of getting a Regents or Advanced Regents Diploma and is recommended for college bound students.  Successful completion of ALL LABORATORY WORK (which is scheduled every four days) is a New York State requirement for admittance to the Regents Exam.
     
     
    Regents Chemistry & Lab
    Credit:  1 Unit High School                                                 Length:  40 Weeks
    Recommended Prerequisites:  successful completion of Living Environment, Earth Science, Algebra and Geometry.
    This course will allow students the opportunity to understand and to apply scientific concepts, principles and theories pertaining to modern Chemistry.  Chemistry is a science that challenges one's higher level thinking skills and involves a lot of math, so strong math skills are recommended.  The topics that are included in Regents Chemistry are:
    Atomic Concepts                     Chemical Bonding
    Moles & Stoichiometry             Kinetics & Equilibrium
    Physical Behavior of Matter      Oxidation-Reduction
    Organic Chemistry                   Nuclear Chemistry
    The Periodic Table                   Acids, Bases & Salts Solutions
    This Regents course can count as one of the science course options for the purpose of getting a Regents or Advanced Regents Diploma and is recommended for college bound students.  Successful completion of ALL LABORATORY WORK (which is scheduled every four days) is a New York State requirement for admittance to the Regents Exam.
     
    Regents Physics & Lab
    Credit:  1 Unit High School                                                   Length:  40 Weeks
    Recommended Prerequisites: successful completion of Chemistry, Algebra II/Trigonometry
    This course provides students with a modern view of the fundamental concepts of Physics.  The six topics addressed are measurement and mathematics, mechanics, waves, electricity, electromagnetism, an modern physics.
    Successful completion of ALL LABORATORY WORK (which is scheduled every four days) is a New York State requirement for admittance to the Regents Exam.

    General Chemistry
    Credit:  1 Unit High School                                                 Length:  40 Weeks
    This course will allow students the opportunity to understand and to apply scientific concepts, principles and theories pertaining to modern Chemistry.  Chemistry is a science that challenges one's higher level thinking skills and involves a lot of math, so strong math skills are recommended.  The topics that are included Chemistry are:
    Atomic Concepts                     Chemical Bonding
    Moles & Stoichiometry             Kinetics & Equilibrium
    Physical Behavior of Matter      Oxidation-Reduction
    Organic Chemistry                   Nuclear Chemistry
    The Periodic Table                   Acids, Bases & Salts Solutions
     
    Animal Science  
    Distance Learning Course - offered when available
    Credit: 1  Unit High School                                                    Length 40 Weeks
    This course involves a comprehensive study of agricultural animal industries including: dairy, beef, sheep, goats, horses, swine, and poultry. Class study also involves the study of less common agricultural enterprises such as aquaculture species, rabbits, ostrich, honeybees, etc.  Animal behavior, care, genetics, nutrition and reproduction are studied.  The judging of each species will be covered in detail as well.
     
    Veterinarian Science
    Distance Learning Course - offered when available 
    Credit: 1  Unit High School                                                      Length: 40 Weeks
    Veterinary Science students will have the opportunity to study animal health care, disease prevention, and treatment. The course focuses on small and large animals. Some topics of instruction include veterinary terminology, anatomy & physiology, zoonotic diseases, pet emergency care, and veterinary office practices. Exploration of careers in veterinary medicine will be included.
     
    Conservation Science
    Distance Learning Course - offered when available 
    Credit:  1  Unit High School                                                    Length 40 Weeks
    This course looks at how soils are formed, soil profiles, land classification, soil fertility, growing requirements and harvesting.  Will include in-class growing experiments and in-the-field observation.
     
    Anatomy & Physiology
    Credit:  1  Unit High School                                                      Length:  40 Weeks
    Students will be introduced to basic chemistry and physics, cytology, and histology. The following organ systems will be covered: skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, immune, and respiratory.
     
    Endangered Ecosystems
    Credit: .25 Unit High School                                                      Length:  10 Weeks
    Ecosystems area of study focuses on the structure, function, dynamics, and resilience of terrestrial ecosystems, at a range of scales, from tree genetics and plant physiology to landscape ecology, modeling and remote sensing.
     
    Botany 
    Credit:  .5  Unit High School                                                       Length:  20 Weeks
    The premise of this course is to investigate the environment we live in by focusing on the plants that are in that environment.  The greenhouse will be primarily utilized in our investigations.  Lecture, lab, and fieldwork (Nature Place, Audubon, Terrarium, Local Greenhouses) will be utilized in this course.  We also will investigate new research methods such as cloning & genetic engineering of plants and fertilizing techniques. Other objectives will include the:
    • Development of an appreciation of plant science and its importance to the welfare of humankind.
    • Survey of the diversity of plants emphasizing structure, reproduction and phylogeny.
    • Understanding of some of the principles of ecology and field botany.
    • Familiarity of the literature of plant science.
    • Knowledge of the cycles of trans-location, transpiration and growth regulation.
     
    Zoology
    Credit:  .5  Unit High School                                                          Length:  20 Weeks
    The premise of this course is to investigate the many animal phyla that make up our world.  Some of these animals are Arthropods (Crayfish), Arachnids (Spiders, Mites), Sea Sponges, Starfish, Fish (including our Coi Pond), Vertebrates (reptiles, mammals, amphibians), and birds. Through Power Point, laboratory work (including some dissection), travel abroad (Nature Trail, Moon Brook, Audubon), and in class study, we will explore animals in many different ways.  We will also invite members of the community and business to speak to us regarding issues dealing with animals (Taxidermists, DEC, Audubon Society).
     

    College Courses - (Credit awarded through Jamestown Community College)

     
    BIO 1515 Biology of Reptiles and Amphibians
    Credit: .25 Unit High School/1 College Credit                                Length:  10 Weeks
    Students will learn the basic organismal biology, anatomy and physiology, evolutionary history, classification, behavior, and ecological relevance of amphibians and reptiles. In addition to basic amphibian and reptile biology topics highlighting unique features of these charismatic and often poorlyunderstood animals will be discussed. Students will examine amphibians and reptiles as part of our environment including inter and intra-specific interactions, environmental pressures and conservation issues. Students will explore the biomedical relevance of amphibians and reptiles to mankind as biological indicators, sources of medically relevant pharmacological agents as well as significant threats to human health in some parts of the world (snake bite, crocodile attacks). Current conservation issues surrounding global decline in amphibian species and other future threats to the continued survival of these groups will be discussed.  Accuplacer 80+writing score of 4+.
     
    BIO 1520 Biology of Birds
    Credit:  .25 Unit High School/1 College Credit                               Length:  10 Weeks
    In this introduction to birds, one of the most colorful and popular groups of animals on our planet, students will learn about basic anatomy and physiology, evolutionary history, classification and identification by sight and song, behavior, and ecological importance. Outdoor fieldwork is included. Eligibility: ENG 1510; Must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+writing score of 4+. 
     
    BIO 1540 Biology of Insects
    Credit:  .25 High School/1 College Credit                                        Length:  10 Weeks        
    This course studies insects, the most abundant and diverse group of animals on our planet. Students will learn about basic anatomy and physiology, evolutionary history, classification and identification, behavior, and ecological and economic importance. Field trips and a small insect collection are required. Outdoor fieldwork included. Eligibility: ENG 1510; Must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+ and writing score of 4+.

    BIO 1560 Biology of Mammals
    Credit:  .25 High School/1 College Credit                                        Length:  10 Weeks
    This course studies mammals, the group considered to be the peak of animal evolution. Students will learn about physiology, evolutionary history, classification and identification, behavior, and ecological importance. Outdoor fieldwork included. Eligibility: ENG 1510; Must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+ and writing score of 4+.

    BIO 1570 Principles of Biology I & Lab
    Credit:  1 High School/4 College Credits                                          Length:  40 Weeks            
    Students will identify, understand, and interpret fundamental biological principles such as biodiversity, evolution, ecology, chemical foundations of life, cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, photosynthesis, respiration, cellular reproduction, and classical, human and molecular genetics. Laboratory may include one or more outdoor experiences. Prerequisite: high school chemistry or Co-requisites: CHE 1500 or CHE 1530 and MAT 0600 and ENG 1510 (or Eligibility: ENG 1530).