Science

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

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

Meet Faculty Members

Instructors in Sciences

Michael Boone

Michael Boone

Instructor in Physics & Engineering
Virginia Tyson Faus

Virginia Tyson Faus

The Edward R. Tinker Chair, Instructor in Chemistry
William Fenton

William Fenton

The William Elfers '37 Teaching Chair, Instructor in Physics and Astronomy
Jennifer Hatch

Jennifer Hatch

Instructor in Physics
Michael Hickey

Michael Hickey

Instructor in Physics
Richard Kirby

Richard Kirby

The Independence Foundation Chair #1, Instructor in Chemistry
Jennifer Likar

Jennifer Likar

Instructor in Biology
Paul Oberto

Paul Oberto

Dean of Summer Programs, Director of the Class of 2017 EFX Lab, Instructor in Chemistry
Christopher Oostenink

Christopher Oostenink

Instructor in Environmental Science
Susan Park

Susan Park

Instructor in Biology
Jennifer Rinehart

Jennifer Rinehart

Instructor in Environmental Science
Eileen Sullivan

Eileen Sullivan

Head of Science Department, Instructor in Chemistry
Anju Taneja

Anju Taneja

Instructor in Physics
Elizabeth Webb

Elizabeth Webb

Instructor in Biology, Head of School Spouse
Mario Williams

Mario Williams

Teaching Fellow in Environmental Science
Pierre Yoo

Pierre Yoo

Instructor in Chemistry