Actively experience science
The Science offerings at Salisbury constitute a unique blend. You can take both introductory and Advanced Placement levels of the traditional fields of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. We also offer more specialized courses that address contemporary concerns, make use of our natural surroundings, and target the interests of young men such as Environmental Science, Geology, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Forest Science. Though these courses are all rigorous, they vary in the degree of quantitative analysis, enabling you to remain engaged in science during your time at the School.
All science courses at Salisbury have a strong laboratory component, so you will actively “experience” the science as often as possible, whether it be dissecting a shark, titrating a solution, exploring the plant and animal life in our woods, measuring the acceleration of a bouncing ball, or wiring the electrical panel in the Tiny House. The terrain surrounding our Hilltop in rural Connecticut is a living laboratory of rock formations, rivers and streams, lakes, vernal pools, and forests. Our classrooms in the Wachtmeister-Bates Mathematics and Science Building are large, open, and fully equipped.
This course will explore the connection between the brain, the body, and our behavior. The first unit will cover the psychology of the self with a close look at brain anatomy, brain area functions, and how this organ connects to the rest of the body. Dissections, brain mapping, and imaging will be utilized for this unit. The second unit, the psychology of networks, will explore how our brain and body connects with our immediate world. Experimentation and research will assist students in gaining a deeper understanding of their personal networks. The third unit, the psychology of power and influence, will explore how individuals use the power of the mind to influence or be influenced by the minds of others. Portfolios and biographies will assist in analyzing particular case studies.
The purpose of the course is to teach students about forest ecology and the practice of forestry. The range of topics is comprehensive, and covers the scientific, technical, and social aspect of American forestry. The course introduces students to the importance of healthy forests as a contributing factor to ecological and economic stability. Salisbury School is situated within its own 600 acre forest, which serves as an outdoor laboratory for much of the students’ field work. The course covers twelve topics, including tree identification and dendrology, plant physiology, forest ecology, stress, forest genetics, measurements and sampling, silviculture, wildlife, policy and economics, and forest products. Recent issues of global significance include carbon sequestration, deforestation, and the impacts of invasive species. In addition, students prepare independent presentations in forest hydrology, the role of fire, and mapping.
The academic life at Salisbury is motivating. The teachers, coaches, and mentors at Salisbury are exceptional. They bring passion and expertise into their intimate classroom settings. Collaboration, innovation, problem solving, creativity, and civic responsibility are just some of the principles that guide Salisbury School’s educational model. Most importantly, these men and women partner with you each day and always with the highest expectations.
Dean of Academic Life