Living Environment Regents

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.