Course Name: Regents Living Environment
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 and 7.
The course emphasizes an in depth understanding of major concepts rather than memorization of science facts. Key topics covered include: Characteristics of Living Systems, Human Structure and Function, Genetics and Mechanism of Inheritance, Genetic Engineering, Variation Adaptation Evolution, Reproduction and Development, Energy Pathways, Disease and Homeostasis, Interdependence, Biotic and Abiotic Interactions, and Technology and the Environment.
The course culminates with a Regents exam. Students must successfully complete 1,200 minutes of NY State mandated hands-on laboratory exercises in order to be eligible to sit for the exam. The laboratory time is in addition to the normal instructional time compared to the other core courses. A satisfactory laboratory write-up is the criteria for successful completion of the lab exercise. There are four NYS recommended labs that are assessed on Part D of the Regents Exam.
A grade of at least 65 on the exam is required for Regents credit.
A passing grade of 65 or above in the course earns in 1 credit toward the RCSD and NY State graduation requirements for science. The RCSD use the Regents exam as the final exam for the course.