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Science courses at Hotchkiss are creative, innovative, and dynamic. Instructors emphasize observation and analysis, oral and written communication, use of the scientific method, and creative problem-solving. Laboratory experimentation and hands-on activities form the basis of nearly all science courses. In addition to standard and AP courses in biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics, the elective program allows students to explore a variety of subjects, including astronomy, robotics, anatomy, and biochemistry. Students can also pursue independent study and research opportunities.

THE PREP SCIENCE CORE

This year-long requirement for all preps introduces students to environmental topics while providing them with a background in biology, chemistry, physics and environmental science. Food, energy, and water are the unifying themes in this field-based course, and students explore the School's natural surroundings through the lens of scientific inquiry.

Programs of Study
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics
  • Applied Science

Faculty

Teal Atkinson

Teal Atkinson

Science Lab Technician
Ian Chute

Ian Chute

Teaching Fellow in Science
William Fenton

William Fenton

William Elfers Teaching Chair
Instructor in Physics and Astronomy
Richard Kirby

Richard Kirby

Instructor in Chemistry
Jennifer Likar

Jennifer Likar

Instructor in Biology
Molly Nickerson

Molly Nickerson

Teaching Fellow in Science
Paul Oberto

Paul Oberto

Associate Dean of Faculty, The William Elfers ’37 Chair
Instructor in Biology and Chemistry
Christopher Oostenink

Christopher Oostenink

Instructor in Science
Susan Park

Susan Park

Instructor in Biology
Kadeine Peterson

Kadeine Peterson

Instructor in Biology
Jennifer Rinehart

Jennifer Rinehart

Instructor in Environmental Science
Dana Slaughter

Dana Slaughter

Instructor in Science
Eileen Sullivan

Eileen Sullivan

Head of Science Department
Instructor in Science
Anju Taneja

Anju Taneja

Instructor in Physics
Virginia Tyson Faus

Virginia Tyson Faus

The Edward R. Tinker Chair
Instructor in Chemistry
Pierre Yoo

Pierre Yoo

Instructor in Chemistry
Jesse Young

Jesse Young

Instructor in Physics

Resources and Technology

  • An on-campus observatory featuring a 20-inch reflecting telescope, which allows viewers to see galaxies hundreds of millions of light-years away
  • A robotics lab
  • The Hotchkiss Weather Station
  • A DNA lab
  • An augmented reality sandbox, a tool students can use to learn about topography