"Studying science opens students to a range of ways of thinking. A student of science at The Masters School will not only study the details of respiration, the distance from earth to the sun, or what makes a chemical bond covalent, but will spend time studying the world around them and how it works." — Frank Greally, Department Chair

How do we teach?

Teachers employ Harkness methodology to help students develop the critical thinking skills necessary to understand and address the issues generated by today’s scientific and technological advances. One way to accomplish this is by asking students to master a solid base of factual information as well as problem-solving techniques to be used in both lab and classroom settings. In addition, these analytical skills are fundamental to their success in situations encountered both in high school and beyond.

All students are required to take three years of science, two of which must be lab sciences. (With the exception of Contemporary Issues in Science, all science courses have laboratory components.)

501 Biology
502 Honors Biology
505 AP Biology
511 Chemistry
512 Honors Chemistry
515 AP Chemistry
521 Physics
522 Honors Physics
525 AP Physics B
533 Seminars in Science

Environmental Science

539 Independent Science Research

Science Seminars

  • Animal Behavior and Training
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Culinary Chemistry
  • Electronics
  • Forensics
  • Human Physiology
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • World Health


Science Faculty

Frank Greally
Department Chair
B.S. and B.A., State University of New York at Purchase

Christopher Allen
B.A., Dartmouth College
M.S., University of Maryland

Catharine Boothroyd
B.A., State University of New York at Purchase
Ph.D., The Rockefeller University

John Comforto
B.A., Williams College

Eileen Dieck
B.S., St. Lawrence University
M.D., New York Medical College

Rene Hurley
B.S., Texas University

Elisabeth Merrill 
B.A., Mercy College
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Amy Norris
B.S., Roger Williams University
M.S., Sonoma State University

Erin Rent
B.S., LeMoyne College
M.S., Syracuse University

Eric Shear
B.A., University of Michigan

Robert Stanford
B.S., Binghamton University

Kristen Tregar
B.A., Bryn Mawr College
M.S., John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY