Academics

Science

Each student is an explorer, and every day in the science department at Drew you’ll cultivate your curiosity and develop the tools and tenacity to pursue authentic questions.

Drew’s science classes emphasize experiential learning, community integration, and hands-on, student-driven projects that spark a lifelong curiosity about the world from a scientific perspective.

Graduation requirement: Three years of Science. Four years is recommended.

Science Curriculum

List of 12 items.

  • Biology

    • 9th-grade, full-year course
    • This course is required for graduation
    Begin the study of life through experimental design and research projects. Topics include scientific skills, proper lab technique, cellular processes, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, and diversity of plants and animals.
  • Chemistry

    • 10th-grade, full-year course
    • This course has one or more prerequisites
    • An honors version of this course is available
    • This course, or its honors equivalent, is required for graduation
    Explore the fundamentals of chemistry, including measurement, properties of matter, gas laws, the structure of the atom, electron configuration, periodic table patterns, bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solutions, and acids and bases through individual and group-based activities.
  • Physics

    • 11th-grade, full-year course
    • This course has one or more prerequisites
    • An honors version of this course is available
    • This course, or its honors equivalent, is required for graduation
    Focus on kinematics, electricity, and magnetism, and optics while creating models of physical phenomenon and testing hypotheses to determine which ones best describe nature. This course involves extensive lab design to broaden your understanding of the scientific approach, applied math, and data analysis.
  • Anatomy and Physiology Honors

    • 11th- and 12th-grade full-year academic elective
    • This course has one or more prerequisites 
    Discover the beauty and complexity of the human body, building up from molecules to cells, to tissues and systems. Any student considering a career in healthcare or who simply has a genuine desire to learn about the body should consider this course.
  • Electronics & Design

    • 11th- and 12th-grade full-year academic elective
    • This course has one or more prerequisites 
    Explore hydraulics, electronics, programming, and microcontrollers through hands-on activities and projects like the mouse trap car, programming circuits that react to sensors, and various self-defined independent projects.
  • Environmental Science & Policy

    • 11th- and 12th-grade full-year academic elective
    • This course has one or more prerequisites
    Take an interdisciplinary approach to the major topics of environmental science with an emphasis on problem-solving. You will delve into topics like biogeochemical cycles, climate change, energy resources, biodiversity and conservation, bioethics, population, water, and environmental policy.
  • Evolutionary Genetics and Ecology

    • 11th- and 12th-grade full-year academic elective
    • This course has one or more prerequisites
    Begin the study of the theory and practice of evolutionary ecology through scientific literature. You will gain familiarity with literature review, hypothesis testing and the development of novel theories. You will engage in numerous hands-on activities, research experiences, and presentations.
  • Introduction to Engineering: Robotics

    • 11th- and 12th-grade full-year academic elective
    • This course has one or more prerequisites 
    Using STEAM fundamentals, you will learn basic programming and circuitry to build and control robotic components such as microprocessors, servo motors, optical and audio receivers, and transmitters. You will program robots to sense and respond to the environment based on pre-programmed libraries or to be controlled remotely by a smartphone app.
  • Marine Systems: Physical Oceanography and Marine Biology

    • 11th- and 12th-grade full-year academic elective
    • This course has one or more prerequisites 
    Examine marine sciences through topics including oceanography, plankton, and a survey of invertebrate and vertebrate life in oceans including sea turtles, marine mammals, and seabirds. You will culminate your work through a survey a variety of ecosystems on Catalina Island.
  • Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

    • 11th- and 12th-grade full-year academic elective
    • This course has one or more prerequisites
    Explore the interdisciplinary world of biotechnology using scientific literature, hands-on experience, and research projects. You will learn the essential skills, understandings, and laboratory techniques involved in practicing molecular biology.
  • Advanced Topics in Chemistry: Environmental Chemistry

    • 11th- and 12th-grade full-year academic elective
    • This course has one or more prerequisites 
    • If you find success in this class and are motivated to do additional prep work, you may choose to take the corresponding AP exam
    Broaden and deepen your understanding of chemistry and its role in the modern world as you study the chemistry of water systems, atmospheric chemistry, agricultural chemistry, mineral and mining chemistry, thermochemistry and power generation, industrial chemistry, and biological chemistry.
  • Advanced Topics in Physics

    • 11th- and 12th-grade full-year academic elective
    • This course has one or more prerequisites 
    • If you find success in this class and are motivated to do additional prep work, you may choose to take the corresponding AP exam
    Continue your exploration of the physical world by designing labs to build and test scientific models and by applying mathematics to tackle practical scientific problems. This class is ideal if you have an interest in becoming a professional scientist because you will make links with real-life research questions.

List of 6 members.

  • Dr. Chiron Mukherjee 

    Science Department Chair
    University of Oxford - DPhil (PhD)
    Imperial College London - MSci
    Year Appointed: 2016
  • Maren Anderson  '03 

    Director of Experiential Education I Science Faculty
    415.430.3755
    University of Colorado - B.A.
    Year Appointed: 2008
  • Shraddha Chaplot 

    Director of STEAM Innovation
    U.C. San Diego - B.S.
    Year Appointed: 2019
  • Dr. Luis Fernandez 

    Science Faculty
    415.430.3701
    Tufts University - Ph.D.
    Stanford University - MA
    University of California Davis - MA
    University of Santo Tomas - BS
    Year Appointed: 2016
  • Dr. Kristen Marinakis 

    Science Faculty
    415.430.3756
    Columbia University - Ph.D.
    Columbia University - M.S.
    University of New Mexico - B.S.
    Year Appointed: 2018
  • Alex Wankowicz 

    Science Faculty
    415.430.3753
    University of Massachusetts - Amherst - M.Ed.
    University of Massachusetts - Amherst - B.A.
    Year Appointed: 2018

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