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The Living Environment Core Curriculum is based on Standard 4 of the Commencement level New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology, building on the concepts covered in the elementary and intermediate levels. It incorporates scientific inquiry from Standard 1, the use of information systems in Standard 2, the interconnectedness of content and skills and the problem-solving approaches in Standards 6 & 7. This is a standard Regents course. It is designed to provide a broad general understanding of the fundamental principles of biology. The course emphasizes an in depth understanding of major concepts rather than memorization of science facts. To support the curriculum and provide a real life connection, a visit to the museum may be scheduled and hands-on crime scene investigation through gel-electrophoresis are performed in the lab.

Key topics covered in this course include:

  • Scientific Inquiry
  • Ecology
  • Cell Structure/Function
  • Basic Biochemistry
  • Immunity & Homeostasis
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Mitosis
  • Meiosis
  • Genetics & Biotechnology
  • Protein Synthesis
  • Evolution
  • Reproduction/Development
  • Human Impact on the Environment

The laboratory work is an important aspect of this course.

Course Requirements:

This course culminates with a Regents exam. Students must successfully complete 1,200 minutes of NY State mandated hands-on laboratory exercises in order to be eligible for the exam.

All labs or lab activities we do must be competed successfully in order for students to take the regents examination.

There are four NYS recommended labs that are assessed on Part D of the Regents Exam. The laboratory time is in addition to the normal instructional time compared to the other core courses. A satisfactory laboratory write-up is the criteria for successful completion of the lab exercise.