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  • BIOLOGY - Regents


    Who Should Take Biology Regents?

     

    Any student who has successfully completed Physics 9 and Chemistry should enroll in Biology Regents. Students should have average or above average reading skills and should have a solid knowledge of chemistry. Vocabulary is an important part of the Biology curriculum.

     

    What Will We Be Studying In Biology Regents?

     

    Biology Regents follows a course of study that is built upon the NYS Living Environment curriculum. In addition to the syllabus of that course, the course involves biochemistry, molecular biology, and the anatomy and physiology of living organisms.

     

    What Will Be Expected Of Me?

     

    You will be expected to take notes regularly, to perform lab investigations, and to write lab reports. You may expect that to adequately complete homework and lab assignments you will need to spend a minimum of two hours per week on preparation outside the classroom.

     

    How Is The Course Taught?

     

    Lectures, group work, videos, and labs.

     

    What Are The Completion Requirements?

     

    Students will be required to take the NYS Living Environment Regents in June. Students must complete 1200 minutes of laboratory work, which must be submitted, graded, recorded, and stored at school in order to sit for the Regent examination.
    1 unit of credit Prerequisite: Physics-9 and Regents Chemistry or Physics 9 and Living Chemistry.

     

     

    BIOLOGY - Advanced Placement

     

    Who Should Take A. P. Biology?

     

    The Advanced Placement course in Biology is a challenging college level course designed for students who have a firm mastery of the factual information and the concepts of high school biology and chemistry and who have demonstrated ability in critical thinking and in mathematical and laboratory skills.Consider enrolling if you identify with all of the following predictors of success: grades of "A" in the Regents sciences, a "B” or better in other core academic studies, above grade level reading and writing skills, ease in working individually in laboratory investigations, and solid problem solving skills.

     

    What Will We Be Studying In A. P. Biology?

     

    The course is designed to be the equivalent of a full year of introductory college biology, usually taken during the first college year. Topics studied include biological chemistry, cells, energy transformations, molecular genetics, and ecology. Laboratory work is experimental and quantitative, rather than descriptive. Assigned reading includes a widely used college text, Biology by Campbell, as well as selected reprints from Scientific American and other journals and books. This is a vocabulary heavy course.

     

    What Will Be Expected Of Me?

     

    Major emphasis will be placed on understanding of biological concepts and the development of biological thought. You will be expected to demonstrate your understanding both orally and in expository essays. You must be prepared to spend a minimum of four-six hours per week on independent work outside of the classroom to adequately complete the reading and writing assignments (which include extensive written lab reports). In addition, you will be expected to complete after school any laboratory work which could not be completed during the allotted laboratory time. Grading is based upon mastery of the A.P. curriculum.

     

    How Is The Course Taught?

     

    Both lecture and laboratory formats will be used in this fast-paced class. Lecture will require aural concentration and attentiveness, note taking, and the ability to conceptualize and to formulate connections. Laboratories are an integral part of the course and will include experimental work which will sometimes extend beyond the double lab period. The weeks following the A. P. exam will be devoted to the completion of individual extended projects.

     

    What Are The Completion Requirements?

     

    Students will be required to prepare for and take the Advanced Placement examination in Biology in May and the Biology Regents in June if not previously completed. Students must complete 1200 minutes of laboratory work, which must be submitted, graded, recorded, and stored at school in order to sit for the Regents examination.
    1 unit of credit Prerequisites: Physics 9, Chemistry Regents, and Department recommendation.
    Those not receiving the department recommendation will be required to meet with counselor, department head, and parents to ensure full awareness of the high level of commitment and skill required to succeed in AP Biology.