Science at GSA
Part of GSA's mission is to provide academic and experiential programming. Nowhere is the integration of theory and practice more evident than in our science courses.
Our courses prepare students for further education.
Our ninth- and tenth-grade courses lay a solid scientific foundation, while our upper-level science courses, like Marine Ecology, Environmental Science, and Chemistry, present the kind of specialized knowledge students will need in college and in their careers.
They also prepare our students for informed citizenship.
Together, our courses prepare students well to distinguish between opinion and science-based work in articles about issues that are important to them, whether that be dam relicensing, fisheries regulation, air quality controls, or food safety and sovereignty.
Nearly half draw substantially on local natural resources.
For example, Exploring Earth Systems courses engage students with soil sampling and local geology, tree studies and climate change, invertebrate studies in local streams, weather-data collection, visits to local farms, restoration ecology, and more.
In Marine Science, students learn what makes our coast unique and how all environmental elements impact us.
Others prepare students for careers of special importance here.
One of these courses, Ocean Studies, depends on substantial field work and collaboration with local experts in the marine industry, all of which prepare our students well to join the vital state marine resource-based economy.
Another such course, Anatomy and Physiology, was created in response to student requests and community needs. The course prepares students well for further education and careers both in scientific research and in the medical/health care fields. The Jackson Laboratory, the MDI Biological Laboratory, and area hospitals, nursing homes, and home health care businesses are chief drivers of job growth in Hancock County, but employment opportunities in both fields are growing across the country and around the world.