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The mission of the MSSM Science Department is to provide a challenging core curriculum in the areas of biology, chemistry, and physics. Diverse electives are also offered to cultivate and sustain individual student interests. The synergy between our core and elective classes allows for a depth of inquiry and breadth of discovery that prepares students for the successful study of science at the college level, and for careers in science, medicine, and engineering. The overarching values of the MSSM Science Department are as follows: have students actively doing science, offering courses with breadth and depth of topic coverage which challenge students, and reinforcing connections among mathematics, the sciences, and humanities.

In our department you can:

    • Learn science from professional practicing scientists.
    • Dissect an assortment of organisms and organs.
    • Create glow-in-the-dark bacteria.
    • Perform DNA restriction analysis, electrophoresis, and PCR.
    • Use computer integrated and interfaced lab stations.
    • Grow hydroponic fruits and vegetables for the cafeteria
    • Learn to use sophisticated analytical lab equipment.
    • Learn to communicate effectively in the language of science, both in writing and orally.
    • Help blow things up and torture gummi bears.
    • Conduct computational research on large data-sets.
    • Play with slinkies, study forces on a rotating chair, and shoot projectiles -- all in the name of physics.
    • Learn the physics behind real world phenomena.
    • Synthesize smelly organic compounds.
    • Watch a lunar eclipse in your pj's.

Courses Offered:

NOT all classes offered every year

Science Faculty

Dr. Richard Barrans

Dr. Richard Barrans

Physics Instructor
BA, Natural Sciences, Johns Hopkins Univeristy
M.Ed, Secondary Education, John Carroll University
PhD, Chemistry, California Institute of Technology
Mr. Lawrence Berz

Mr. Lawrence Berz

Astronomy Instructor
BA, History, Stanford University
MA, Arts and Teaching, National Louis University

Mr. David Dougan

Chemistry Instructor, Chemical Hygiene Officer
BA, Biochemistry, Colby College
MS, Molecular Biology, York University
MS, Public Health Industrial Hygiene, University of Massachusetts
Dr. Debbie Eustis-Grandy

Dr. Debbie Eustis-Grandy

Science Department Chair, Biology Instructor
BS, Environmental Studies, University of Maine Fort Kent
MS, Ecology, University of Connecticut
PhD, Ecology, University of Connecticut
Mrs. Deborah McGann

Mrs. Deborah McGann

Dean of Faculty, Science Instructor
BS, Foods and Nutrition, University of Maine
MS, Food Science, University of Maine

Mrs. Tracy Meyer

Chemistry Instructor
BS, Chemistry, Texas State University
MS, Chemistry, Texas State University