The senior schedule allows for a wide selection of courses for the mandatory fourth (third for rising juniors) year of science chosen from the following: Astronomy, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Forensics, Geology, Health Science, and Sports Medicine.  Each senior MUST choose from one of these courses.  During the week of February 26, junior (and sophomore who are currently enrolled in Physics) students will log on to the PowerSchool portal in order to solidify course choices for next year.  Please review the course descriptions below to consider the choices. 


This course is an inquiry oriented, descriptive astronomy course applying the basic concepts of the physical  sciences to the study of the solar system, galaxy, and universe. Topics include the movements of the sun and  moon, stars of the night sky, the celestial sphere, constellations with Greek mythology, and modern  constellations. Students will develop a detailed understanding of planets, spectra, star classification, galaxies,  deep sky objects, cosmology, and the search for extraterrestrial life. They will identify the main constellations  visible in the northern hemisphere as well as analyze the motions of the sun, moon, and planets in the  planetarium and outdoors during night labs at the observatory.  Dual college credit is available for this course.


This interdisciplinary STEM course is co-taught by both a science teacher and technology education teacher.  Junior and senior students become familiar with a professional software program (MATLAB) to solve authentic engineering problems encountered in a workplace environment. This is a project-based course in which students will work in teams to develop multidisciplinary products. Students will apply engineering principles,  integrate the use of MATLAB software with an emphasis on physical science applications and develop technical  communication skills through product design.  This course is a required freshman course for all Hofstra engineering students. In addition, most engineering  programs require a similar course integrating MATLAB software as a computational tool for solving engineering  problems as a first year course.  Dual college credit is available for this course.

Environmental Studies

This course will explore the environmental problems that the world is facing with respect to population, global  warming, energy consumption, demand and resources, recycling and waste from a scientific approach. The course  will use a hands-on approach when possible to explore the concepts. Students will learn the interconnectedness  of life, energy flow and the effect of the human impact on the environment while learning science skills such as data analysis, graphing and the use of technology. The class also covers the history of the environmental  movement, sustainable food production practices, water and water pollution, soil and soil pollution and waste  management.  Dual college credit is available for this course.


In forensics science, students will get an introduction to the history of, and varied science disciplines involved in,  forensics. Emphasis will be placed on the application of science to investigate evidence in a variety of forms. They  will learn the difference between forensic science and crime scene investigation. Laboratory work will center on  applying principles and techniques of various sciences to the examination and comparison of biological evidence, trace evidence, impression evidence, and ballistics. Students will develop a strong foundation in physical and  natural sciences as they relate to the relevant aspects of the legal system. 


Geology is the core discipline of the earth sciences and encompasses many different phenomena, including plate  tectonics and mountain building, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the long-term evolution of Earth’s atmosphere, surface and life. Because of the ever-increasing demand for resources, the growing exposure to natural hazards,  and the changing climate, geology is of considerable societal relevance. Through a combination of lectures and  labs, we will address topics ranging from mineral and rock identification to the origin of the continents, from  geologic mapping to plate tectonics, and from erosion by rivers and glaciers to the history of life.  Dual college credit is available for this course.

Health Sciences

Health Science is a course taken by students who are interested in entering an undergraduate Allied Health-related program. Students will be exposed to Anatomy and Physiology of the human  body systems along with an introduction to Kinesiology, Microbiology, Pathology and Forensic Science. As these topics are vital prerequisites for any Allied Health-related field, this course is aimed at early exposure to such  materials before the student enters a college undergraduate program.

Sports Medicine

This course is a full academic year course designed for students who are interested in fields such as athletic training, physical therapy, and other sports medicine related fields. This class will provide students with a general overview of athletic training, sports medicine, and its history. This class will include introductory information about the athletic trainer’s scope of practice: injury prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, emergency injury management and administrative functions. It is offered as a classroom and lab course to provide students with an avenue through which to explore these fields of study. This course focuses on the basic information and skills important in the recognition of, care, prevention, and preliminary rehabilitation of athletic injuries.  Dual college credit is available for this course.