In order to meet State and District requirements, all students must successfully complete three years of lab science, including biology, chemistry, and one additional core science course.

Courses

PHYSICS 1st 
Grade: 9 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): None 

In this course, students explore the physical world in terms of motion, forces, momentum and energy. Learning is conducted in a hands-on format and emphasizes the development of algebraic thinking skills as they relate to physics concepts. (LAB SCIENCE COURSE)


CHEMISTRY 
Grades: 10 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Physics 1st or Biology. 

In this course, themes provide a framework for integrating chemistry core concepts. This course expands students’ understanding of fundamental structure and properties of matter, introduces basics of chemistry, uses the periodic table as an information tool and explores chemical bonding, and the nature of matter in solution. Laboratory experiments and hands-on activities are an integral part of the course. (LAB SCIENCE COURSE)


HONORS CHEMISTRY 
Grades: 10 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Grade of “B” or better in previous honors science course or regular science course with teacher recommendation. Successful completion of Physics 1st or Biology. 

This basic science course is designed to give students a broader perspective of Chemistry. It emphasizes problem solving, critical thinking skills, teamwork and shows students the value of chemical knowledge in everyday life. Topics of study include atoms and their structure, formation of compounds, types of compounds, periodic properties of elements, chemical reactions and equations, and acids and bases. Laboratory experience and hands-on activities are an integral part of the course. (LAB SCIENCE COURSE)


BIOLOGY 
Grades: 11 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Chemistry. 

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to study the principles of biological science. Areas of study include biochemistry, cellular basis of life and processes, genetics, evolution, general classification, microorganisms, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates and human body, and ecology. Skills such as observing, gathering and analyzing data, inferring, researching and reporting, problem solving, critical thinking skills and summarizing are developed and evaluated. Laboratory experiments and hands-on activities are an integral part of the course. (LAB SCIENCE COURSE)


HONORS BIOLOGY 
Grades: 11 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Grade of “B” or better in previous honors science course or regular science course with teacher recommendation. Successful completion of Chemistry. 

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to study the principles of biological science. Areas of study include biochemistry, cellular basis of life and processes, genetics, evolution, general classification, microorganisms, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates and human body, and ecology. Skills such as observing, gathering and analyzing data, inferring, researching and reporting, problem solving, critical thinking skills and summarizing are developed and evaluated. Laboratory experiments and hands-on activities are an integral part of the course. (LAB SCIENCE COURSE)


ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY (2012-13 and every other year after.) 
Grades: 11, 12 
5 Credits - Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Grade of “B” or better in previous Biology course with teacher recommendation. 

The AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory Biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. All college bound students, who are planning to major in the life and health sciences, are strongly encouraged to take this highly challenging course. The topics of study focus on Chemistry of Life, Cells, Cellular Energetic, Heredity, Molecular Genetics, Evolutionary Biology, Diversity of Organisms, Structure and Function of Plants and Animals, and Ecology. The course work will culminate with the AP examination in the spring. Colleges may offer students advanced standing or credit for one semester, or more, of college biology based on their performance on this test. 
(LAB SCIENCE COURSE)


ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY (20 12-13 and every other year after.) 
Grades: 11, 12 
5 Credits - Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Grade of “B” or better in previous Chemistry course with teacher recommendation. Co-requisite: Algebra II. 

The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general Chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. All college bound students, who are planning to major in science, are strongly encouraged to take this highly challenging course. The topics of study will include, but not be limited to Chemical Kinetics, Chemical Equilibrium, Chemical Thermodynamics and Electrochemistry. The course work will culminate with the AP examination in the spring. Colleges may offer students advanced standing or credit for one or more semesters of college chemistry based on their performance on this test. (LAB SCIENCE COURSE)


PHYSICS 
Grades: 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisites(s): Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry and a grade of C or better in most recent science course. 

This course encourages students to apply their knowledge of physical principles and basic mathematical principles to hands-on experimental challenges. During this course, students will explore the basic concepts of mechanics, energy, electrical circuits, thermodynamics, light and sound. Students will expand scientific vocabulary and increase understanding of qualitative relationships. This course is recommended for all college bound students, who are NOT planning to major in science or engineering as well as any student who is interested in manufacturing or non-degree technical fields. The work will include, but not limited to laboratory, outdoor, and classroom activities, critical thinking, problem solving, gathering and analyzing data to predict and evaluate scientific outcomes. (LAB SCIENCE COURSE)


HONORS PHYSICS 
Grades: 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisites(s): Grades of “B” or better in Algebra I, Geometry, previous lab science and at least one teacher recommendation. 

This course provides a comprehensive study of the basic concepts of physics for students who plan to study science, engineering, or medicine at the college level. Among the topics covered are mechanics, gravitation, momentum, light, electricity and magnetism. In addition to learning how physics is related to the students’ lives and world around them, the course offers a balance of conceptual development and quantitative applications. Laboratory experiments and hands-on activities are an integral part of the course. (LAB SCIENCE COURSE)


ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS B (2013-14 and every other year after.) 
Grades: 11, 12 
5 Credits - Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Grade of “B” or better in previous honors science course with teacher recommendation, and Algebra II or Pre-Calculus. 

The Physics B course provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and emphasizes the development of problem-solving ability. This course is appropriate for the college- bound students who are interested in studying physics as a basis for more advanced work in life sciences, medicine, or as a component in a non-science college program that has science requirements. The topics of study focus on Newtonian Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Electricity and Magnetism and Atomic and Nuclear Physics. The course work will culminate with the AP examination in the spring. Colleges may offer students advanced standing or credit for one semester, or more, of college physics based on their performance on this test. (LAB SCIENCE COURSE) 

Students who are successful in their AP Physics-B class may earn dual credit from New Brunswick High School and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in the AP Physics class to be eligible for dual credit; those who receive a grade of “D” will earn only New Brunswick High School credit.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (2013-14 and every other year after.) 
Grade 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Grade of “B” or better in Honors Biology and Honors Chemistry or regular Biology and Chemistry with teacher recommendation. 

The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. This course work will culminate with the AP examination in the spring. Colleges may offer students advanced standing or credit for one semester, or more, of college environmental science based on their performance on the AP test. (LAB SCIENCE COURSE)


SCIENCE ELECTIVES


INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING 
Grades: 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): None. 

Students will investigate in this project-based course the various branches of engineering (Aerospace; Biochemical; Civil; Computer/Software; Electrical; Mechanical). They will understand the expected requirements for becoming professional engineer.


ISSUES IN SCIENCE 
Grades: 10, 11, 12 
2.5 Credits – 1 Semester 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of one laboratory science course. 

Selected topics of high interest and high public concern from diverse areas of science compose this course. It is possible to study such topics as Kinds, Effects, and Control of Pollution; Conservation and Natural Resources; The Energy Crisis, History of Science; the Relationships between Science and Society; Public Health Communicable Diseases, and Drugs; Population Problems; Radiation; Genetics; Computer; Archaeology; and Humans in Space. The course is flexible to permit each class to select topics according to the interest and needs of the class.


ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 
Grades: 10, 11, 12 
2.5 Credits – 1 Semester 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Biology. 

As you make your way through this lab science course, you will be learning about one of the most fascinating subjects possible -- your own body. If you are to appreciate emerging discoveries in medicine, to understand new techniques for detecting and treating disease, and to make use of published facts on how to stay healthy, it is important to learn about the workings of your body and the basic concepts that form the foundation of Anatomy and Physiology. (LAB SCIENCE COURSE)


COMPUTER SCIENCE FOR ENGINEERS 
Grades: 11, 12 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Introduction to Engineering. 

The course will enhance the skills students will need to proceed toward careers in Mathematics, Research Sciences and Engineering. This course is recommended for students in the Math, Science and Engineering Themed Institute who have successfully completed Algebra 1 and 2 and have a strong interest in analytical science and/or computer programming. 

The Computer Science for Engineers course will consist of the following units: Introduction to program design, Incorporation of common algorithms and data structures, Developing algorithms and data structures, and Individualized designs for specific needs. Throughout each unit, the social and ethical aspects of computer use shall be stressed as well as efficiency and reliability of design. Each unit will contain multi-discipline benchmark assessments that will measure student mastery of the material and skills in that unit. This course is designed to prepare students for post-secondary mathematics, science and engineering courses. This course will focus on hands-on problem solving and practice while developing skills and will culminate with students independently developing solutions to individual problems.


INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE ** 
Grades: 11, 12 
2.5 credit—1 Semester 
Prerequisite(s): None. 

This is a science elective course designed to give the student background in forensic science and criminalistics used in today’s law enforcement. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to learn how forensic scientists analyze the evidence found at crime scenes, and elsewhere, to determine suspects guilt or innocence in a particular crime. Biological and chemical background knowledge needed to perform tasks will be investigated, as well as how that information is used by particular sub-disciplines within the role of forensic scientist.



* - Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Theme 
** - Law, Public Safety and Security Theme Institute 

Faculty

Caputo, John
 
Chilelli, Patricia
 
Donatelli, Rebecca
 
Patil, Shalan
 
Schrenk, Christopher