Due to COVID-19, we are revising our Maverick For A Day program. For more information about Moore Catholic please call 718-761-9200 ext. 104 or 102.
Due to COVID-19, we are revising our Maverick For A Day program. For more information about Moore Catholic please call 718-761-9200 ext. 104 or 102.

Science

Department of Science

The science curriculum at Moore Catholic High School is based on New York State Regents requirements and is strictly a college preparatory program. All students are required to take three years of science and a fourth year elective is strongly advised. Students in the Presentation Scholars Academy are required to take four years of science.  Our state of the art laboratories provide wonderful hands on experience necessary for the understanding and appreciation of science. Students meet their state mandated laboratory requirements in a modern setting with the latest in laboratory equipment.

Presentation Scholars Academy:

Freshmen – Living Environment (Biology) (R)
Sophomores – Chemistry(R)
Juniors – Physics (R)
Seniors – AP Biology* *Students may receive college credits through St. John’s University upon completion of this course.

Advanced Regents:

Freshmen – Living Environment (Biology) (R) Sophomores – Chemistry (R) or Earth Science (R)
Juniors – Physics (R) or Chemistry (R)
Senior Electives – AP Biology*, Anatomy and Physiology*, Immunology and Infectious Diseases or Physics(R) *Students may receive college credits through St. John’s University upon completion of this course.

All students are capable of receiving Advanced Regents status in science with a 65 on two science Regents.  Students who enter Moore Catholic as freshmen with an 80 or better on the Living Environment Regents will be placed in the next course level.

Course Descriptions

Living Environment/Biology 9

The Living Environment is a course that has been designed to comply with the New York State Learning Standards for Math, Science and Technology. Topics covered include biochemistry, plant and animal anatomy and physiology, reproduction and development, evolution, ecology, classification, genetics, cell biology and molecular genetics. Focus is placed on understanding important relationships, processes, mechanisms and application of concepts. Scientific inquiry is incorporated to develop explanations of natural phenomena. Students who have completed the course qualify for and must take the Regents examination. It should be noted that students must complete 1200 minutes of laboratory experience with satisfactory written reports for each laboratory investigation. Various lab activities will enable the student to demonstrate the achievement of required laboratory skills. 

PSA Living Environment/Biology 9  

PSA Biology 9 is a course that has been designed to comply with the New York State Learning Standards for Math, Science and Technology. Curriculum, while following the New York State Standards, is more in depth than Regents Biology, expanding on covered topics and adding additional topics for PSA enrichment. Topics covered include biochemistry, plant and animal anatomy and physiology, reproduction and development, evolution, ecology, classification, genetics, cell biology and molecular genetics. Focus is placed on understanding important relationships, processes, mechanisms and application of concepts. Scientific inquiry is incorporated to develop explanations of natural phenomena. Students who have completed the course qualify for and must take the Regents examination. It should be noted that students must complete 1200 minutes of laboratory experience with satisfactory written reports for each laboratory investigation. Various lab activities will enable the student to demonstrate the achievement of required laboratory skills. 

Chemistry Regents (10, 11)

Regents Chemistry is based on course content and laboratory investigations as prescribed by the New York State Regents Chemistry Syllabus. Lectures and laboratory assignments include the following units of study: atomic structure, electron configuration, the Periodic Law and the Periodic Table, chemical bonding, chemical composition, writing chemical formulas and equations, gas laws, molecular composition of gases, liquids and solids, the solution process, ionization, acids and bases, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, organic chemistry and natural radioactivity. Students who have completed the course qualify for and must take the Regents examination. It should be noted that students must complete 1200 minutes of laboratory experience with satisfactory written reports for each laboratory investigation. Various lab activities will enable the student to demonstrate the achievement of required laboratory skills. 

PSA Chemistry 10

PSA Chemistry is based on course content and laboratory investigations as prescribed by the New York State Chemistry Syllabus. Curriculum, while following the New York State Standards, is more in depth than Regents Chemistry, expanding on covered topics and adding additional topics for PSA enrichment. Lectures and laboratory assignments include the following units of study: atomic structure, electron configuration, the Periodic Law and the Periodic Table, chemical bonding, chemical composition, writing chemical formulas and equations, gas laws, molecular composition of gases, liquids and solids, the solution process, ionization, acids and bases, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, organic chemistry and natural radioactivity. Students who have completed the course qualify for and must take the Regents examination. It should be noted that students must complete 1200 minutes of laboratory experience with satisfactory written reports for each laboratory investigation. Various lab activities will enable the student to demonstrate the achievement of required laboratory skills.

Earth Science Regents (10,11)  

The curriculum reflects the New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science and Technology. Topics covered include mapping skills, rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, erosion, Earth’s geological history, meteorology, climate and astronomy. The course will emphasize a student-centered problem-solving approach to stated learning objectives and laboratory assignments using scientific inquiry to develop explanations of natural phenomena. Students who have completed the course qualify for and must take the Regents examination. Students must successfully complete 1200 minutes of laboratory experience with satisfactory written reports for each investigation. 

Physics Regents (11,12)

Regents Physics is based on course content and laboratory investigations as prescribed by the New York State Standard. The Curriculum covers classical and modern physics which include the following: the study of optics; electricity; magnetism; waves (mechanical, sound and light); motion; Newton’s Law (including forces and dynamics); work/energy/power; momentum and impulse; atomic and nuclear theory; and particle physics. The course uses basic and vector algebra. It also involves experiments, projects and formulas that explain the basic laws of the physical world. The course will reinforce and help students see the real-life application of the Math learned in Algebra and Geometry. Physics will give students an essential foundation for real understanding in later study of medicine, chemistry and earth science as well as the fields of engineering, architecture, mathematics, electronics and computer science. Students who have completed the course qualify for and must take the Regents examination. It should be noted that students must complete 1200 minutes of laboratory experience with satisfactory written reports for each laboratory investigation. Various lab activities will enable the student to demonstrate the achievement of required laboratory skills. 

PSA Physics 11

Full Year  PSA Physics is based on course content and laboratory investigations as prescribed by the New York State Learning Standards. Curriculum, while following the New York State Standards, is more in depth than Regents Physics, expanding on covered topics and adding additional topics for PSA enrichment. The curriculum covers classical and modern physics which include the following: the study of optics; electricity; magnetism; waves (mechanical, sound and light); motion; Newton’s Law (including forces and dynamics); work/energy/power; momentum and impulse; atomic and nuclear theory; and particle physics. The course uses basic and vector algebra. It also involves experiments, projects and formulas that explain the basic laws of the physical world. The course will reinforce and help students see the real-life application of the Math learned in Algebra and Geometry. Physics will give students an essential foundation for real understanding in later study of medicine, chemistry and earth science as well as the fields of engineering, architecture, mathematics, electronics and computer science. Students who have completed the course qualify for and must take the Regents examination. It should be noted that students must complete 1200 minutes of laboratory experience with satisfactory written reports for each laboratory investigation. Various lab activities will enable the students to demonstrate the achievement of required laboratory skills.

Chemistry Non-Regents 11 

In Chemistry Non-Regents students learn about matter, its composition and the changes it undergoes. Students will explore many different topics pertaining to chemistry and life with chemistry including:, structure of matter, behaviors of matter, and the properties pertaining to the changes in matter, scientific measurement, atomic structure, the periodic table, percent composition and chemical formulas, chemical reactions, solutions, acids and bases, and the chemistry of life. This course also consists of laboratory experiences where students will examine the concepts taught in class. 

AP Biology/SJU Biology (Senior Elective, PSA requirement)

This is an introductory course designed to familiarize students the core knowledge in biology. The biological principles of chemistry, the structure and function of cells, energy and how it interacts within living systems, genetics, biotechnology, DNA and its replication, expression and the human genome will be discussed in depth. An evolutionary perspective that links unifies and integrates the sub specialties in biological sciences, evolutionary theories, taxonomy and binomial nomenclature, population biology and ecology. An emphasis will be placed on

THE FOUR BIG IDEAS: 

Big Idea 1: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life. 

Big Idea 2: Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis. 

Big Idea 3: Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes. 

Big Idea 4: Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties. 

*Students who enroll in this course must take the AP Biology exam in May.  Students may enroll in each semester of St. John’s University’s Biology 1000 and 2000 courses and receive 4 credits per semester for a total of 8 credits from SJU which may be transferable to other colleges.

Anatomy and Physiology (Senior Elective)

Anatomy and Physiology is a course that explores the structures and functions of the human body.  This course will provide students with the opportunity to investigate and understand the human body at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and organ system levels.  Students will examine the methods in which the body maintains internal balance (homeostasis) as well as how the body is affected by disruptions in homeostasis in the form of disease.  This course is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in the biological sciences or medical fields, or for anyone who is interested in gaining a better understanding of the way in which the human body functions.  Student participation in this course is subject to department approval.  Requirements for this course include a grade of 80 or higher in Living Environment, a passing grade on the Living Environment Regents Exam as well as a grade of 80 or higher in Chemistry and/or a passing grade on the Chemistry Regents Exam. Students who enroll in this course may enroll in St. John’s University’s Anatomy and Physiology course for a total of 3 credits which may be transferable to other colleges.

Immunology and Infectious Diseases (Senior Elective)

In this course students will examine infectious diseases, such as Asian flu, West Nile virus, HIV, cholera, and Lyme disease, which are a major threat to human health. Historic links between human health, disease pathogens and ecology will be explored, as well as the origin of each disease and how it is regulated by specific environmental conditions. Students will also explore how global change and biodiversity-loss will increase the possibility of future epidemics and the steps needed to reduce their effects on human health. The Immunology portion of this course introduces the principles of immunology including: development of the immune system, innate immunity, antigen-antibody reactions, T cell receptors, T cell activation apoptosis, phagocytic cell function, immune responses to infectious organisms and tumors, autoimmune diseases, autoimmunity, allergies, and immune deficiencies.