This class is designed to help students prepare for the Living Environment Regents. It is based on the New York State Standards and key ideas. Questions are taken form actual regents exams. Text, images, movies, and flash presentations are used to illustrate scientific concepts.
NYS Regents Earth Science ends in the Regents Exam and includes a Performance Exam. There are three major areas of study in this course: Geology, Astronomy, and Meteorology. The bulk of the emphasis is on the Theory of Plate Tectonics which examines earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. This part of the course also includes Rock and Mineral identification. The Astronomy section of the course is primarily oriented to understanding the Earth-Moon-Sun system. This part of the course also examines how celestial objects orbit other celestial objects. This dovetails with Meteorology which is primarily concerned with Storms. The relevance of these topics to our daily lives pertains to developing a sense of awareness and safety.
Zoology is the study of the evolutionary history of animals. This course will examine the biology of invertebrates during the first semester. The 2nd semester will examine the biology of vertebrates including human evolution.
NYS Regents Biology: Living Environment ends with a Regents Exam. This course is oriented to an evolutionary biology perspective of life in relation to the Earth's changing environment. The main topics include ecology, evolution, genetics, and cell biology.