Science classes offer students a breadth and depth of exposure in both life and physical science.

Courses are designed to engage students of wide-ranging ability and interest and at every grade level. Each course builds a foundation of essential knowledge, but we emphasize science as a process of inquiry, facilitated by laboratory experience. We believe the goal of science instruction at the secondary level should be the development of positive attitudes and interests related to science, an ability to see the world through the lens of science, an understanding of basic concepts, and skill in critical analysis and sequential reasoning. Deep understanding is achieved by engaging prior understanding and by embracing the vital role of factual knowledge within conceptual frameworks.

2020–21 Science Department Courses

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Honors Chemistry
  • Experimental Physics
  • Physics
  • Honors Physics
  • CL Microbiology
  • CL Pathobiology of Human Disease
  • CL Chemistry
  • CL Physics
  • Biotechnology (half credit)
  • Cancer Immunology I
  • Cancer Immunology II
  • Cancer Immunology III
  • Cancer Informatics (half credit)
  • Ecological Sustainability
  • Astronomy (half credit)
  • Advanced Astronomy (half credit)
  • CL SynBio - Inventing with DNA
  • Marine Biology →

View our complete course offerings list and the Academic Course Descriptions 2020-21.

Meet the Faculty

Robert Aguilar

Robert Aguilar

Titles: Susan & John '63 Steen Chair for Science and Mathematics
Wanda Boesch

Wanda Boesch

Titles: Science Chair, Director of Community Outreach and Global Engagement
Jon Butensky-Bartlett

Jon Butensky-Bartlett

Titles: Science Faculty
Beth Pethel

Beth Pethel

Titles: The Roush/Wayburn Chair in Environmental Studies