• SCIENCE

    BIOLOGY I
    5-6 Credits
    Grades 9-12|
    Biology is a science that studies living things, from the simplest form to the most complex. Biology I will provide the student with a deeper understanding of the basic biological principles and scientific processes. This is a rigorous course requiring extensive reading, organizational and study skills. Topics covered will include cellular biology, the origin of life, the fundamentals of genetics, and the five kingdoms of life. Assessments will include tests, laboratory reports, and homework assignments. The next course of study will be Chemistry I.

    *Academic course level (College Prep, Essentials, Adaptive) will be based on teacher recommendation

    Prerequisite: None 

    BIOLOGY I HONORS
    6 Credits
    Grade 9
    Biology is a science that studies living things, from the simplest form to the most complex. Biology I Honors will provide the student with a deeper understanding of the basic biological principles and scientific processes. This is a rigorous course requiring extensive reading, organizational and study skills. Topics covered will include cellular biology, the origin of life, the fundamentals of genetics, and the five kingdoms of life. The next course of study will be Chemistry I Honors.

    Prerequisite: Recommendation from sending district and passing grade on the Passaic Valley designated placement test

    CHEMISTRY I
    5 - 6 Credits
    Grades 10-12
    This course is designed to give the student an understanding of matter, its composition, structure and properties. The content consists of general chemical concepts, presented with emphasis on explaining the behavior of matter in the real world, laboratory procedures and quantitative problem solving which requires the use of basic algebraic skills. Topics covered will be measurement, matter and energy, atomic structure, chemical formulas and bonding, moles and stoichiometric calculations, gas laws, and solutions, acids, and bases. Assessments include lab reports and activities, tests, quizzes and homework. The recommended next course of study will be Physics I. However, students can take Environmental Science or semester courses where appropriate.

    *Academic course level (College Prep, Essentials, Adaptive) will be based on teacher recommendation

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology I and/or Algebra I              

    CHEMISTRY I HONORS                                                                                                                                                   
    6 Credits
    Grade 10
    Chemistry is the science that deals with the materials of the universe and the changes that these materials undergo. This course is designed to provide the foundation of basic principles of matter and energy. This course is directed to students who plan to take advanced courses in Science and feel comfortable working with information at a faster pace and a more detailed level than the Chemistry I curriculum. Topics covered will be chemical bonding, gases, liquids, solids, solutions, acids and bases, equilibrium, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, nuclear energy, organic and biochemistry. Methods of evaluation will include the following: tests and quizzes, lab reports, homework assignments, and class activities. The next course of study will be Physics I Honors.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology I with a final average of no less than an A-(90-92) or Biology I Honors with a B (83-86); and Algebra I with an A- (90-92); Instructor recommendation

    PHYSICS I
    6 Credits
    Grades 11-12
    This course will give the student an understanding of the physical world. It develops certain fundamental understanding about matter and energy and the quantitative relationships that enable us to describe, with precision, the behavior of matter and energy. The presentation emphasizes a laboratory approach when possible and utilizes video and computer simulations as reinforcement for topics, which are not so easily demonstrable. Assessments in Physics I include tests, quizzes, laboratory activities, and homework assignments. It is expected that students who successfully complete this course will have developed mastery and proficiency in use of physics lab equipment, use of algebraic and geometric techniques to solve quantitative problem, understand the basics of mechanics, sound and light, electricity, and magnetism, use of word processing to prepare lab reports, and use of physics software.

    *Academic course level (College Prep, Essentials, Adaptive) will be based on teacher recommendation

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry I with a final average of no less than a B (83-86) 

    PHYSICS I HONORS
    6 Credits
    Grades 11-12
    This course will give the students an understanding of the physical world. The content consists of a conceptual understanding about matter, graphing and using mathematical equations to describe the physical world. Students need to have strong algebra skills such as: graphing, solving linear and quadratic equations. Students also need to understand and manipulate trigonometric functions like Sin, Cos, Tan. The course emphasizes a laboratory approach when possible and utilizes video and computer simulations as reinforcement for topics. Students need to have good computer skills to research information online, and to use Excel for graphing. This course is designed to prepare students for the SAT II test in Physics. Assessment in Honors Physics includes tests, quizzes, laboratory activities, and homework assignments. Students who successfully complete this course will have developed mastery and proficiency in use of physics lab equipment, use of algebraic and geometric techniques to solve quantitative problem, understand the basics of mechanics, sound and light, electricity, and magnetism, use of word processing to prepare lab reports, and use of physics software.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II and Chemistry with a final average no less than a B+ (87-89) or Algebra II Honors and Chemistry Honors with a B (83-86); Instructor recommendation

    ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
    5 Credits
    Grades 11-12
    Environmental Science is a college preparatory science course that emphasizes two broad areas: Ecology and environmental science. Ecological topics include the study of ecosystems, evolution, and populations. Students will take advantage of the school’s proximity to the Peckman and Passaic Rivers for field studies. Environmental Science topics will be developed with student input and may include air and water pollution, climate change, threats to species, and human population growth. Assessments will be varied, including traditional tests, quizzes, and papers along with performance and databased activities. Students who successfully complete this course will have developed mastery and proficiency in understanding the scientific approach to problem solving, applying graphing and analysis techniques to data, identify an investigate indigenous fauna, flora and other indicators of quality, and assess the impact of human demands on the local and global environment.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of a Biology and Chemistry at the appropriate academic level

    FORENSIC SCIENCE
    2.5 Credits
    Grades 11-12
    Forensic Science applies Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, and technology to the analysis of criminal acts and law enforcement. This course focuses on the development of critical thinking skills and the examination of evidence as they relate to crimes and case studies. Students will apply scientific methods to consider aspects of evidence relevant to crime scenes. Students will also consider the functions of a typical crime laboratory. This course will involve presentations, discussions, projects, laboratory investigations, use of technology and readings. Students will also be exposed to career opportunities in the area of forensic science.

    *Students in this course are eligible to participate in dual enrollment with Passaic County Community College.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of a Biology and/or Chemistry course.

    SPORTS SCIENCE
    2.5 Credits
    Grades 11-12
    This course is designed for students interested in a career in sports medicine. It will combine topics from Biology and Chemistry as they relate to sports related injuries. A more practical/hands-on approach will be utilized to explore the prevention and treatment for such injuries. This course reinforces learning about kinesthetic functions and helps students identify and differentiate various sports injuries. It also reviews the goals of rehabilitation and emphasizes the importance of each step in the process. Specific units will review common lower and upper body injuries and their treatment. There will also be an overview of how many general medical conditions affect athletic performance. This course will involve presentations, projects, discussions, and various case studies.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of a Biology and Chemistry at the appropriate academic level

    ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCE
    2.5 Credits
    Grades 11-12
    This course if designed to benefit students interested in biomedical and health related careers. Students are introduced to biosciences and skills utilized in biomedical research. Anatomy and physiology and medical terminology are emphasized as well as topics that include cells, biochemistry, disease, microbiology and pathogenic organisms, infections, metabolism and nutrition, development and birth, and body defenses and immunity. Students will also consider topics in bioethics and medical genetics. This course will involve presentations, discussions, projects, laboratory investigations, and the use of technology.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of a Biology and Chemistry at the appropriate academic level

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
    5 Credits
    Grades 11-12
    This course is the equivalent of a one semester introductory college course in Environmental Science. The goal of the course is to help students acquire the scientific principles, concepts, and methods needed to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Topics which will be explored include Earth systems and resources, the living world, populations, land and water use, energy resources and consumption, pollution, and global change. Students in this course are expected to take the AP exam in May.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology I and Chemistry I with a final average of no less than a B+ (87-89) or Biology Honors and Chemistry Honors with a B (83-86); Instructor recommendation

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY
    6 Credits
    Grades 11-12
    This course is designed to prepare students for both the Advanced Placement test and the SAT II Test in Biology. This is a college level course that requires students to have excellent skills in reading, observing, and formal reasoning. Students must show proficiency in using lab equipment, designing an experiment, and analyzing data. Topics which will be covered include biomolecular and cell function, cellular energetics, fermentation, respiration and photosynthesis, heredity, molecular genetics, evolutionary biology, anatomy and physiology of plants and animals, and ecology. Since this course is designed to prepare students to take the AP Exam in May, tests will be the major instrument of evaluation. Other methods of evaluation will be quizzes, lab reports, and homework. Students in this course are expected to take the AP exam in May.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology I and Chemistry I with a final average of no less than a B+ (87-89) or Biology Honors and Chemistry Honors with a B (83-86); Instructor recommendation

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY
    6 Credits
    Grades 11-12
    This course is designed to prepare students for both the Advanced Placement Test and the SAT II Test in Chemistry. This is a college level course that requires students have excellent skills in mathematics, reading, and formal reasoning. Exams are the primary means of assessment in A.P. Chemistry. Laboratory activities, and other types of assessment are utilized to reinforce the concepts discussed during class. Topics which will be covered include stoichiometry, atomic theory, thermodynamics, equilibrium and kinetics, acids, bases, salts, and electrochemistry. Students in this course are expected to take the AP exam in May.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry I and Algebra II with a final average of a B+ (87-89) in both or a B (83-86) in Chemistry I Honors and Algebra II Honors; Instructor recommendation

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS
    6 Credits
    Grades 11-12
    This course is designed to provide the student with a college level presentation of the laws of physics in preparation for the Advanced Placement Exam in Physics. The ability to recall and apply physics concepts to solve complex problems is emphasized. Successful students exhibit excellent reading and mathematical skills and the formal reasoning needed for solving equations. The course content includes: Mechanics, Conservation Laws, Thermodynamics, Waves and Optics, Electricity and Magnetism, General and Special Relativity, and Modern Physics. The presentation emphasizes a laboratory approach when possible and utilizes videos and computer simulations as reinforcement for topics, which are not so easily demonstrable. Assessments in Advanced Placement Physics include tests, quizzes, laboratory activities, and homework assignments. Students in this course are expected to take the AP exam in May.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physics I Honors and Pre-calculus with a final average of no less than a B+ (87-89); Instructor recommendation; Co-requisite: Calculus

    ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY HONORS
    6 Credits
    Grades 11-12
    This course is designed to introduce students to the structural, functional and organizational relationships of the human body as a whole. It will include a detailed study of the human, not simply as material to be memorized, but to clarify the interwoven relationships of structure and function. The anatomy and physiology of the individual organs will be studied first, then the systems they form, and finally, the unified organism, man. Appropriate laboratory experiments in biochemistry and dissections are used to supplement the class work. A detailed dissection of all the systems of the cat will be performed. Topics which will be covered include orientation of the human body, chemistry, biochemistry, cytology, histology, the ten human systems, and the nervous system.

    *Students in this course are eligible to participate in dual enrollment with Fairleigh Dickinson University.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology I and Chemistry I with final average of a B+ (87-89) in both or Biology I Honors and Chemistry I Honors with a B (83-86) in both; Instructor recommendation