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Natural Sciences Division

Division Philosophy

To participate fully in society, citizens require knowledge of scientific issues and an understanding of how those issues relate to their lives. People who are broadly educated and who also have special expertise in the sciences are vital to the well-being of our planet and its inhabitants. The science program is focused around four major goals.

In fulfilling the science requirement, Phillips Academy students should demonstrate:

1. They can do science.

2. They are scientifically literate.

3. They participate comfortably and fully in an inclusive community of learners.

4. They accept responsibility for the process of personal education.

The division of natural sciences offers a variety of introductory and advanced courses, yearlong and term-contained in biology, chemistry, physics, and interdisciplinary fields.

Biology

The biology curriculum consists of an introductory course for 9th graders, two advanced yearlong survey courses for 11th and 12th graders, a rotating selection of electives, and a 600 level lab research course for seniors. Laboratory work is heavily integrated into the courses as students are taught to apply their knowledge and devise their own experiments.

Chemistry

The chemistry department offers two yearlong introductory courses in chemistry, each of which fulfills part of the diploma requirement for laboratory science. Placement in CHM250 and CHM300 series is generally based on concurrent mathematics placement.

Physics

College Physics
PHY400

This is the first term of non-calculus physics course, covering classical mechanics in Term 1. The last two terms cover electricity, magnetism, wave motion, light, relativity, and atomic and nuclear
physics. Laboratory work is an integral part of the course.

Astronomy Research
PHY530

Students spend extensive time in the Phillips Academy Observatory, where they will learn to operate the telescope, dome, and CCD camera. Students will learn techniques for visual observing, astrophotography, and photometry. Students will engage in research projects designed to provide an introduction to research techniques in astronomy.

Our Faculty

Learning happens across all aspects of our campus. Andover's faculty are subject matter experts, mentors, stewards of Knowledge & Goodness, and much more. Keith Robinson ’96 is the Natural Sciences Department Chair.

Andrea Bailey

Andrea Bailey

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Jerry Hagler

Ravn Jenkins

Ravn Jenkins

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Clyfe Beckwith

Instructor of Physics and German, Girls' Volleyball Coach, Advisor [email protected] view full profile

“Teaching and coaching Andover students is an unparalleled satisfaction. Same building and material, same court and rules, but with a new roster every year/season, and therefore a unique experience every time. Eliciting a smile and joy of learning MAKES MY DAY.”

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Kevin Cardozo

Instructor of Chemistry, Tennis Coach, Complementary House Counselor, Advisor [email protected]

“I enjoy working with students as a classroom teacher, tennis coach, advisor, and complementary house counselor. I also feel extremely fortunate to be surrounded by an exceptional group of colleagues in the Chemistry Department.”

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Brian Faulk ’00

Instructor in Chemistry, Class of 2000, Co-Head Varsity Golf Coach, House Counselor [email protected] view full profile

Mr. Faulk teaches general and organic chemistry and lives in Taylor House with his wife and three children. A scratch golfer, he is a co-head coach of our varsity golf team and still competes in local and state amateur tournaments.

IN THE CLASSROOM:

Organic Chemistry | CHM610

This course introduces many of the basic reactions and concepts students will encounter in their future studies of chemistry, biology, or medicine. Rather than covering a large number of reactions, as might happen in a second-year (full year) college organic chemistry course, this course emphasizes an understanding of general principles of reactivity and mechanism. The classroom work is supplemented by demonstrations through which students learn some of the fundamental tools of this highly empirical science. In addition, each student gains detailed knowledge of an area of active research related to organic chemistry. After selecting a topic of interest, each student prepares a paper and a class seminar, using current scientific literature.

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Tracey Golini

Instructor in Physics, Snowshoeing Coach, Dorm Compliment, Advisor [email protected]

“I see every class as an opportunity to explain real world observations through physics.”

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Ella Houlihan

Ella Houlihan

Teaching Fellow in Biology, Brace Center for Gender Studies Advisory Board, Assistant Coach Nordic Ski Team [email protected] view full profile

"Learning Biology at Andover is no easy task. I am constantly impressed by the hard work on my students, their willingness to learn, and their ability to connect Biological topics to social justice issues."

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Catherine Kemp

Catherine Kemp

Instructor in Biology, House Counselor, Spin Coach [email protected] view full profile

“I love learning together with my students, helping them see how they can use scientific knowledge and practices to understand and influence themselves and the world they live in.”

IN THE CLASSROOM:

Molecular and Cellular Biology: Laboratory Research I: BIO600

This elective is open to Seniors. BIO600 meets six class periods (three double periods) a week, requiring extensive work both in and out of the laboratory. As such, students enrolling in BIO600 may take a maximum of four additional courses. Six-course loads will not be awarded to students enrolling in BIO600, unless the sixth course is a 900-level music course. Students will learn laboratory techniques through work with model organisms and experimental systems such as bacteria, mammalian cell culture, Caenorhabditis elegans, and Daphnia pulex. After learning a core of methodologies that are used in professional labs, students will apply them to focused research projects, oftentimes performed in collaboration with professional scientists at other institutions. As they develop their project proposals, students will spend a significant amount of time reading articles from scientific journals and learning to craft well-designed experiments. Students will be asked to keep a lab journal and to write and present a scientific paper.

Related Student Clubs

EcoAction

A Greener Blue Sustainability

Robotics Club

Astronomy Club

35+

students doing advanced independent research each year

8

VEX robotics kits

19,200

hours spent by Andover student in hands on lab work each year

24

lab classrooms

14

average number of different electives and advanced courses offered each term