• Standard 1:

    Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.

    Science relies on logic and creativity. Science is both a body of knowledge and a way of knowingÑan intellectual and social process that applies human intelligence to explaining how the world works. Scientific explanations are developed using both observations (evidence) and what people already know about the world (scientific knowledge). All scientific explanations are tentative and subject to change. Good science involves questioning, observing and inferring, experimenting, finding evidence, collecting and organizing data, drawing valid conclusions, and undergoing peer review. Understanding the scientific  view of the natural world is an essential part of personal, societal, and ethical decision making. Scientific literacy involves internalizing the scientific critical attitude so that it can be applied in everyday life, particularly in relation to health, commercial, and technological claims.

    Standard 4:

    Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.


    Key Idea 1:

    Living things are both similar to and different from each other and from nonliving things.

    Key Idea 2:Organisms inherit genetic information in a variety of ways that result in continuity of structure and function between parents and offspring.

    Key Idea 3:

    Individual organisms and species change over time.


    Key Idea 4:

    The continuity of life is sustained through reproduction and development

    Key Idea 5:

    Organisms maintain a dynamic equilibrium that sustains life.


    Key Idea 6:

    Plants and animals depend on each other and their physical environment.


    Key Idea 7:

    Human decisions and activities have had a profound impact on the physical and living environment.



    Laboratory Requirements:
    Critical to understanding science concepts is the use of scientific inquiry to develop explanations of natural phenomena. Therefore,as a prerequisite for admission to the Regents examination in the Living Environment, students must have successfully completed 1200 minutes of laboratory experience with satisfactory written reports for each laboratory investigation.