Educational Philosophy

We believe that students should be exposed to the process of scientific inquiry so they can acquire and interpret scientific knowledge, and begin to realize the wider applicability of scientific problem-solving methods. By making the laboratory the focal point of learning, we seek to foster students' appreciation for the experience of doing science.

Guiding Principles
  • Students must be able to collect and analyze data and formulate hypotheses.
  • Inductive and deductive problem-solving skills are central to science education.
  • An effective program in science addresses the limitations of data and conclusions.
  • Students should be able to use or design a strategy for testing scientific concepts.
  • A comprehensive science program will emphasize the delicate checks and balances in humans' abiotic and biotic environments and the stresses upon these ecosystems, which could affect the destiny of the world.
  • Science is integrally related to mathematics.
  • An effective science program builds students' ability to communicate accurately and precisely.
  • An effective science program stresses both cooperative and independent learning.


Read the Program of Studies for detailed course descriptions, curriculum documentation is also available.
  • Earth Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Environmental
  • Electives (Anatomy and Physiology, Bioethics, Human Biology, Astronomy, Forensics, Ocean Marine Biology)


David Baumritter,  Interim Regional Department Chair
Telephone: (978) 264-4700 extension 3442
Fax: (978) 266-1133