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
- Environmental Science
- Applied Science
- 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