Science

In Chatham Hall science classes, be ready to question, observe, experiment, and evaluate as you study such subjects as physics, chemistry, biology, environmental science, and even robotics as part of a club.

Through our boarding school curriculum, you’ll learn to inquire purposefully, think critically, and judge wisely. You’ll also get the background needed for further scientific pursuit—which many of our students opt for in college. In fact, a 2000 survey showed that those who attend all-girls schools are seven times more likely to major in math and science in college than those who go to coed schools.

Meet the Science Department Faculty

Graduation requirements

3 credits of laboratory science including Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Courses Offered

  • Physics 9 – full year; 1 credit
  • Physics 9 Honors – full year; 1 credit
  • Chemistry – full year; 1 credit
  • Biology – full year; 1 credit
  • Physics 11/12 – full year; 1 credit
  • Advanced Placement Physics – full year; by application and permission of the Science Department and the Academic Dean; 1 credit (prerequisite: B+ average or better in Biology, B+ average or better in Chemistry, Physics (recommended with an A- average or better, A- or better in Math courses)
  • Advanced Placement Chemistry – full year; primarily for seniors; by application and permission of the Science Department and the Academic Dean; 1 credit (prerequisite: B+ average or better in Biology, B+ average or better in Chemistry and A- average or better in Algebra II)
  • Advanced Placement Biology – full year; by application and permission of the Science Department and the Academic Dean; primarily for seniors, but juniors may take it with departmental approval; 1 credit (prerequisite: B+ average or better in Biology and B+ average or better in Chemistry)
  • Environmental Science – full year; 1 credit (prerequisite: Biology)
  • Anatomy & Physiology – spring semester; .5 credit (prerequisite: Chemistry)
  • Astronomy - fall semester, .5 credit
  • Sustainability – spring semester; .5 credit