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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Tor Academy- Science

Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences

Location:

Jerusalem and other approved locations.

Length:

Varies; self study format.  

Dates:

March 2016 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the proficiency examination, students will be able to: evaluate how the basic units of matter interact to produce the complex macromolecules that imbue living systems with the many properties that constitute the living state; interpret the scientific basis for declaring the cell as the basic unit of life; understand the scientific method and develop critical thinking in seeking to solve problems; analyze the nature of the different processes involved in cell metabolism, cellular respiration, fermentation and photosynthesis; describe the processes of the cell cycle, genetics, meiosis, the chromosomal basis of Inheritance, the molecular basis of inheritance from gene to protein, and the regulation of gene expression; describe the life processes carried out by plant and animal life forms as well as human biological processes; and evaluate the different forms of ecology and ecosystems and how they apply to life on planet.

Instruction:

This exam broadly covers the core concepts in biology, emphasizing a familiarity with the vocabulary and concepts relating to structures and functions of life forms. The exam covers the major areas of biology, along with assessing students’ knowledge of basic subject matter including: cell structure and physiology, metabolism, cellular reproduction, Mendelian genetics, modern genetics, and genetic engineering, life processes, nutrition, respiration, circulation, excretion and regulation and the maintenance of homeostasis.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Biology or general science (3/16). 

Location:

Jerusalem and other approved locations in the United States

Length:

Varies; self study format.

Dates:

March 2016 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the proficiency examination, students will be able to: describe the Earth’s interior and exterior structure; identify the composition of indigenous rocks and minerals; explain how weather and erosion affect the surface of the Earth; explain how earthquakes and volcanoes affect the Earth’s surface and the formation of islands and mountains; apply the scientific method in order to conduct scientific inquire and data gathering with respect to many aspects of Earth Science; interpret data relating to earthquakes such as Richter scale readings and meteorological data such as barometer readings; outline characteristics of various types of climates and be able to discuss whether humans have the ability to affect weather and climate on the Earth’s surface for both positive and negative results.

Instruction:

This exam covers a basic overview of Earth Science, focusing on the major principles relating to the make up of Planet Earth, the different processes that give it shape, and its dynamic systems and cycles. The exam assesses students’ knowledge of major topics such as weathering and erosion, how major disruptions such as earthquakes and volcanoes affect the development of the Earth’s surface, meteorology and how weather is based on shifts in air masses, precipitation, and fronts. It also requires students to apply the scientific method in order to conduct scientific inquiry along with data gathering and interpretation.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Earth Science (3/16).

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