Science


  • SCIENCE PREP CHEMISTRY H
    EARTH SCIENCE DR CHEMISTRY AP
    EARTH SCIENCE R GENERAL PHYSICS
    BIOLOGY DR PHYSICS
    BIOLOGY R AP PHYSICS
    BIOLOGY H ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY
    BIOLOGY AP SPORTS AND EXERCISE SCIENCE
    CHEMISTRY NR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
    CHEMISTRY R OCEANOGRAPHY

     

    Science class scheduling at Amherst is extremely flexible, but here are some typical programs…

     

    Developmental Regents level

    9th grade

    10thgrade

    11th grade

    12th grade

    DR1 Earth Science

    or

    DR1 Biology

    DR1 Biology

    or

    DR1 Earth Science

     

     

    NR2 Chemistry

    or

    two electives

     

     

     

     

    Regents level

    9th grade

    10thgrade

    11th grade

    12th grade

    Regents

    Earth Science

     

    Regents Biology

     

    Regents Chemistry

    plus electives

     

    General Physics3

    or

    Physics3

    plus electives

    Honors level

     

     

     

    9th grade

    10thgrade

    11th grade

    12th grade

    Honors Biology

    Honors Chemistry

    Physics3 or

    AP Physics3

    &

    AP Biology  &/or

    AP Chemistry

    plus electives

    Physics3 or

    AP Physics3

    &

    AP Biology  &/or

    AP Chemistry

    plus electives

    1DR or Developmental Regents courses end with the Regents exam.

    2NR or Non-Regents Chemistry ends with a local exam.

    3 Unlike AP Bio & Chem which are second-year courses, AP Physics is most often taken as the first year of Physics.  (Interested students may take Physics first and then AP as a second year.)

    General Physics earns Regents level grade weighting. 

    Physics earns Honors level grade weighting.


    SEMESTER ELECTIVES IN SCIENCE

    Most students at Amherst take four years of science.  All students, especially those considering post-secondary education, should avail themselves of the four basic laboratory sciences; Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  The Science department also offers these half-year electives as additional work for those students who are especially interested in these topics.  It is important to note that, for most students, these electives will be taken in addition to, not in lieu of, the laboratory sciences. 

     

    Half-year electives offered in addition to the regular program…

                Anatomy & Physiology

                Environmental Science

                Oceanography

                Sports & Exercise Science

     

    Science Prep is a full-year course, available upon teacher recommendation, which is restricted to first year science students who are well below grade level.