This course follows the core curriculum set up by the Department of Education for New York State, covering such topics as astronomy, meteorology, weather, climate, and geology. The class is structured so that the students will develop or strengthen their ability to explain, analyze and interpret Earth Science processes and phenomena and to generate scientific inquiry. The class consists of a lecture with formatted note taking. Weekly quizzes, unit tests, and a mid-term exam are tools used during the year to evaluate student progress. The laboratory periods assess students’ ability to understand major concepts while working in small group settings.
Each student must fulfill the mandatory NYS requirement 1200 minutes of lab work in order to take part D, “The Performance Test,” of the Regents exam. The written portion and the performance part are both administered in June.