The TAS Upper School Science department sustains a dynamic and flexible program with an abundance of choice, and emphasis on the fact that students must do science, to learn science. TAS is a “Physics First” school with students progressing from Physics in 9th grade, Chemistry in 10th grade, and in Biology in 11th grade. There are conceptual, regular, and honors courses so all students are appropriately placed in courses which fit their needs. We are unique in offering both the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs for students who wish to take on more challenging course work. For students who like to dabble in science, we offer several elective courses, and we also have a vibrant scientific research program so students can fully assume the role of scientist. Our facilities boast 12 classrooms where most have separate classroom discussion and lab areas.  We also enjoy a newly renovated research suite! See the links below to obtain a more detailed look at opportunities for students in US Science at TAS. More importantly, watch the video to observe students excited to be a part of the ultimate thrill of discovery: Science!


Scientific Research

The TAS Upper School Scientific Research program offers students the opportunity to create innovative projects that deal with current research topics. Introductory research classes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology are available to students in 10th – 12th grade who have an interest and a natural curiosity in science. Advanced research classes in Nanotechnology and Synthetic Biology are available to motivated students in 11th and 12th grade who have excelled in previous research classes. Nanotechnology students create nanomaterials (on the scale of 1 to 1000 nanometers) such as carbon nanotubes, and synthetic biology students engineer DNA devices using standardized genetic parts. All research classes and projects occur in one of our two top-notch research laboratories on the first and fifth floor of D block. Additionally, there are opportunities for students to work at off-campus research institutions, such as NTU and Academia Sinica, in the Advanced Scientific Research I and II classes.

The Scientific Research program is enriched by student research symposia, the TAS scientific research speaker series, and our world champion iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines) research team.

Course Offerings 2022-2023

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