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See the world through a new lens. 

Scientific inquiry has the power to enrich students’ understanding of the natural world and positively see their relationship with it. We encourage our students to pursue the study of nature while making deep and wise impacts on this earth, our only home.

In Branson science classes, students will sharpen their habits of intelligent inquiry, thoughtful research, organized experimentation, and critical analysis and use these skills in other academic work and everyday life. They will be able to express scientific ideas clearly, interpret data, and organize a diverse body of material into a coherent whole.

As a Branson science student, you will learn cooperatively with your peers as you come to gain perspective on, and gain a better understanding, of the natural world and your role in it. You will gain confidence in your scientific abilities and any interest you might develop in pursuing science beyond high school. Branson science teachers will help you cultivate an open – but critical – mind, so you can revel in the wonder of scientific understanding and inquiry.

Science Requirements

9 units (3 years) that includes Physics, Chemistry, and Biology

All students take Physics in the ninth grade, Chemistry in the tenth grade, and Biology in the eleventh grade. Students may take elective courses in Science during the junior or senior year, and they may take AP courses in Science during the senior year.

Meet Our Science Faculty

Lorena Alvear

Lorena Alvear

Science Teacher
Ryanne Chitjian

Ryanne Chitjian

Science Teacher
Heather Duncan

Heather Duncan

Science Teacher, Girls Lacrosse Assistant Coach
Carl Ma

Carl Ma

Science Teacher, Science Department Chair
Karl Schmidt

Karl Schmidt

Science Teacher
Peter Zdrojewski

Peter Zdrojewski

Science Teacher, Freshman Class Dean

View the Curriculum Guide

Core Courses

  • Physics I
  • Physics I Honors
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry Honors
  • Biology Honors

Elective and AP Courses

  • Advanced Environmental Studies 
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics 
  • Biotechnology, Medicine, and Science Research 
  • Engineer Your World 
  • Marine Biology 
  • Microbiology and Infectious Disease 
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics 2 

For a complete list of science courses and their descriptions, read the 2021-22 Curriculum Guide