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Science Department
Contact TypeContact Information
Meghan Martin
Head Teacher
Dept. Phone
Victor Brandalise
Graeme Marcoux
Susana Castillo
Danielle Marquis
Joyce Davison
Benjamin Ruback
Peter DiMauro
Patricia Santos
Nicole Greenway
William Warren

The Science Department offers students a core of science courses including Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, and Physics, as well as a rich variety of electives such as Environmental Science, Marine Science, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Forensics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Environmental and the Human Body in Health and Disease. All science courses at Salem High School involve a laboratory component.  It is recommended that a fourth year of science be taken for those students interested in pursuing a career in any of the science related fields.  Students should discuss their sequence choices with their guidance counselor, science teacher, and parents.

Science Graduation Requirements:  
  • Students are required to pass a minimum of three (3) units of science.
  • Students are also required to take and pass an MCAS Science exam- a majority of our students take freshman Biology and then the MCAS Biology Exam in June of their freshman year.
Course Sequencing/Progression:

Science Courses:
CP Level
Science Courses:
Honors Level
Science Courses:
AP Level
Math Course ñ For needed
CP Biology
Honors Biology

Honors Biology
CP Earth Science
CP Chemistry
CP Environmental (F/S)
CP Marine Science (F/S)
CP Anatomy & Phy.
CP Human Body
H Earth Science
H Chemistry
H Anatomy & Phys.
H Human Body

AP Biology (2 units)
AP Environmental (1 unit)

* H Chem. recommended for AP Chem.
For Chemistry:
Algebra I grade at least 70% or Algebra II
All the previous classes

CP Physics
CP Forensics
All the previous classes

H Physics
All the previous classes OR:

AP Chemistry (2 units)
(Prereq. Chemistry)

* H Physics recommended for AP Phy.
For Physics,  
AP Chemistry & AP Physics:
Prerequisite Algebra II
All the previous classes OR:

AP Physics (2 units)
(Prereq. Physics or AP Chemistry)