The goals of the Science Department are to develop in all Bentley students the analytical skills and knowledge base that will allow them to become scientifically literate members of our global society, and to provide opportunities for students to pursue a depth of study in a variety of fields on their path to becoming future scientists. The Bentley science curriculum is designed to develop students’ scientific reasoning, critical thinking, and laboratory skills, and challenges students to think both analytically and creatively. As students advance through their required sequence of courses, they develop more sophisticated experimental skills and enhance their ability to critically evaluate different ways of studying the natural world.
The ninth grades science course provides the foundation for later classes and introduces students to the pursuit of science through investigations and inquiry activities that have real-world relevance. While Bentley requires three years of laboratory-based science for graduation, many Bentley students choose to delve deeper into one or more subjects and/or increase their breadth of exposure in science by taking second exposure advanced electives. These courses include AP classes in each of the three main fields of science (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) as well as a wide variety of trimester electives Examples of these classes are: Medicinal Chemistry, Microbiology and Infectious Disease, The Chemistry of Cooking, and Forensic Science.