• Science


    Every New Jersey public school graduate must successfully complete a minimum of three years of science. The LRHSD graduation requirements are that all students must take three science classes. Students are encouraged to take more than the minimum requirement. Our core science courses are environmental science, biology, chemistry, and physics. Depending on their college plans and math aptitude, those students interested in a science-related college major should double up in science in order to take AP or advanced science classes. All HON and ACC sciences, excluding environmental science, genetics and astronomy, are six period/six credit courses unless otherwise stated. Six period/six credit courses incorporate a weekly double lab period as a continuous block of instructional time designated to allow teachers to incorporate laboratory-based activities that extend beyond the standard 42-minute class period.  Technology is infused throughout the science program.  Students completing the first-year biology curriculum will be responsible for taking the NJDOE Biology Competency Test.

    Astronomy                                                        ACC

    Study of origin and makeup of the universe. Topics covered may include the earth's motions, the solar system, stars, galaxies, and cosmology. Processes will be explained using basic physics. Labs are integrated into the five contact periods per week. Mathematical applications are frequent, and completion of Algebra I and geometry is needed. Intended for students who have finished or are concurrently completing their core science requirements.

     

    Environmental Science                                       HON, ACC, CP, MOD, PR

    This course is an experiential exploration of the physical and biological aspects of the natural environment, both local and global, allowing students to discover their personal interrelationships with their surroundings and, using scientific methods, to develop a respect and sense of stewardship for the environment.  HON is a more rigorous version of the ACC course and is offered by invitation only to those students with a special ability in science. PR level is offered through Child Study Team.

    Biology                                                                           HON, ACC, CP, MOD, PR

    Basic survey course in the life sciences. Topics include: biochemistry, cell biology, energy, genetics, evolution, ecology and diversity of life. Students gain an appreciation of the interdependence of all living things and human impact on the biosphere. Successful completion of Algebra I is recommended for HON and ACC students. PR level is offered through Child Study Team. 

    *AP Biology                                                     HON

    Offered as a second-year biology course and designed for the student who excelled at first-year biology. Equivalent to two semesters of college biology. Students will be prepared to take the College Board's Advanced Placement Test and could receive college credit or advanced standing depending upon their scores and the policy of the college. The course is laboratory-oriented and includes dissections. Offered by invitation only, and completion of chemistry is strongly recommended.  *Offered as BCC CAP Course.

    Advanced Biology                                              ACC

    A second-year biology course offering an in-depth study of selected topics in biology.  Student involvement and initiative are emphasized.  Problem solving, mathematical analysis of data, and critical thinking are important aspects of advanced biology.  This course includes genetics, molecular biology and biotechnology; anatomy and physiology; evolution; and ecology.  The course is lab-oriented and includes dissections.  It is recommended for students with a strong interest in these areas of biology and who have successfully completed biology and have completed or are currently taking chemistry.

     

    Chemistry                                                         HON, ACC, CP

    Focuses on the nature and behavior of matter and utilizes mathematical skills in problem solving and laboratory experiences. Major topics include: atomic structure, chemical elements, compounds, reactions, gas laws, and applications of the periodic chart. Basic techniques are developed in laboratory experiments. Successful completion of Algebra I and geometry are recommended for HON and ACC students.

    *AP Chemistry                                                  HON

    Offered as a second-year course and designed for the student who excelled at first-year chemistry. Equivalent to a first-year college course. Students will be prepared to take the College Board's Advanced Placement Test and could receive college credit or advanced standing depending upon their scores and the policy of the college.  Offered by invitation only.   *Offered as BCC CAP Course.

     

     

    Advanced Chemistry                                        ACC

    A second-year chemistry course which covers in more detail much of the material from the first year course. Particular emphasis is placed on the mathematics involved. Laboratory experiences reinforce standard techniques relating to the material covered in class.  Recommended for students planning careers in the sciences or medicine.

     

    Integrated Science                                              MOD, PR

    Hands-on, critical thinking-based course with emphasis on life skills and work place readiness skills. Students are exposed to three areas of science: chemistry, physics and environmental science. Available to juniors and seniors after the completion of environmental science and biology. PR level is offered through Child Study Team.

    *AP Physics I                                                    HON

    Offered as a first-year course to students who display strong interest in area of physics. Equivalent to one semester of non-calculus based college course. Students will be prepared to take the College Board's Advanced Placement Test and could receive college credit or advanced standing depending upon their scores and the policy of the college. Students should have com­pleted or be currently taking pre-calculus. Offered by invitation only*Offered as BCC CAP Course.

     

    Physics                                                             ACC, CP

    Emphasizes concepts and theory in classical physics. Topics may include: motion, forces, energy, wave behavior and its applications, electricity and magnetism. This course involves laboratory applications of physics concepts. Successful completion of Algebra II is strongly recommended for ACC.

     

    *AP Physics C                                                   HON

    Offered as a second-year course and designed for the student who excelled at first-year physics. Equivalent to a first year college course. Students will be prepared to take the College Board's Advanced Placement Test and could receive college credit or advanced standing depending upon their scores and the policy of the college. Designed to follow the first year of physics and includes the use of calculus. Offered by invitation only.  *Offered as BCC CAP Course.

    *Genetics                                                          HON

     

    Designed for the student who excelled at AP or Advanced Biology, and has taken or will be taking either chemistry or physics. Stresses current developments and applications in the field of genetics. Topics may include molecular and cellular biology, inheritance patterns, chromosome behavior, and abnormalities, biotechnology, genetics of cancer, developmental biology, and experimental design. Students who elect this course should enjoy problem-solving and be motivated to work independently. Laboratory activities emphasized. Labs integrated into the five contact periods per week.   *Offered as BCC CAP Course.

     

    Science                                                             PR (Self-contained)

    A hands-on science course with emphasis on life skills and workplace readiness skills. Students are exposed to biology, environmental science, and physical science. PR level is offered through Child Study Team.