Upper School Science
Science is a process of questioning nature. Scientists and students of science make observations, analyze data, build theories and test hypotheses. The curriculum focuses on creating a healthy, skeptical attitude and fostering the joy of discovery. The guided-inquiry approach is used throughout the various courses. Independent study projects in the senior year are more inquiry-oriented, thus patterning true scientific research.
Three years of science are required (Biology 1, Chemistry l and Physics 1) to provide students with relevant, first-hand experiences with phenomena using the processes of science and with inforniation about how major scientific concepts were developed. In addition, these courses will also aid the students in making thoughtful decisions about scientific-related issues later in life.
Advanced courses in biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astrophysics, environmental science, engineering and electronics/robotics enable students to increase their depth and breadth of scientific understanding of the world and universe around them. The advanced courses include more projects, experiments, field activities and research opportunities for the students. Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, and Advanced Physics not only go into greater depth on major topics, but also venture out into more modern research findings. Some science courses may be taken concurrently (Chemistry 1 and Physics 1) with approval of the department and academic dean. Biology l and Chemistry l must be completed before enrolling in most of the advanced science electives. However, Physics l may be taken concurrently with Biology 11, Chemistry 11, Geology, Environmental Science and Electronics/Robotics.