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Students applying to the Academy for Science and Technology should have a passion for science and a curiosity to explore modern scientific questions through a comprehensive, hands-on curriculum. The AAST core curriculum incorporates classes taken with other academy students while emphasizing its own academy focus. For example, AAST students take multiple years of chemistry and physics while completing studies in chemical engineering, organic chemistry and modern physics particular to AAST. Graduates from AAST are prepared to continue studies across a wide range of scientific disciplines.

The following are a few of the highlights included in the AAST curriculum:

During the freshmen year, AAST students learn the theories and techniques necessary to complete real-world investigations in nanotechnology, chemistry and optics.

AAST sophomores explore the practical and environmental considerations involved in scaling experiments from the small classroom laboratory to the large industrial production plant.

Junior and Senior students extend their theoretical knowledge and laboratory skills to the study of organic chemistry and can choose among several AP or IB science electives. Throughout the curriculum, students are encouraged to find original answers to modern research challenges using the state-of-the-art facilities available on campus.

Many of the AAST faculty hold doctorates in their area of expertise. Additionally, through our Senior Experience program and other industrial or academic collaborations, AAST students have several opportunities to interact with outside experts from institutions including Columbia, BASF, Princeton, Stevens and the American Museum of Natural History to name just a few. Whether they pursue further science or choose another path, AAST graduates possess the knowledge, skills and experience to succeed in a number of fields.