At Moses Brown, the Science department strives to nurture a spirit of inquiry in every ninth grader. Laboratory experiments, field observations, and group work guide students as they study the natural and physical sciences and consider the implications of science in modern life. In every discipline, students apply the scientific method and their best critical thinking to connect concrete data to the topics they are learning.
Biology is organized around Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection, and brings together biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, biodiversity, and ecology. To help students adjust to the rigor of this course, we coach and reinforce good study skills, both in the classroom and suggesting approaches for out-of-class work that will help students stay ahead of the material and get the most out of every class. For students with a strong background in laboratory-based science and an interest in the natural world, Honors Biology offers an opportunity to study much of the same material in greater depth. Along with a strong background in science, Honors Biology students should have strong reading, analytical, and mathematical skills.
Students who choose to take conceptual physics are exposed to the fundamental principles and processes that govern the physical world. They learn to apply these principles and processes in the context of forces and motion, energy, electricity and magnetism, and waves. In addition, students engage with laboratory investigations to support their conceptual understanding of the content.Inquire