Science and Technology

Each student will complete four years of laboratory science beginning with Biology (integrated with English as well as Design and Technology) followed by ChemistryPhysics, and Geosystems. Each science course has substantial laboratory experiences. Science electives assist students in preparing for their senior research projects and include advanced placement courses in biology, chemistry, physics and an array of other courses.

Freshmen enroll in the Design and Technology course integrated with Biology and English (IBET). This required course is designed to help each student explore and acquire basic skills needed for later experience in research laboratory courses courses.

During the sophomore and junior years, students are expected to prepare for senior research through coursework in science, technology, and computer science electives.

All seniors are expected to complete a major science or engineering research project, either by working in one of the science and technology research laboratories, or by working in a commercial, government or university research lab or technical facility through our mentorship program.

Science

Each student will complete four years of laboratory science beginning with Biology (integrated with English as well as Design and Technology) followed by Chemistry, Physics, and Geosystems. Each science course has substantial laboratory experiences. Science electives assist students in preparing for their senior research projects and include advanced placement courses in biology, chemistry, physics and an array of other courses.

Science Courses

Below are the courses offered through the Science department.

  • Advanced Astronomy: The Solar System
  • Advanced Astronomy: The Universe
  • Advanced Marine Biology
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics C
  • Biology 1 (IBET)
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Chemistry 1
  • CHUM Chemistry 
  • Computational Physics
  • DNA Science 1
  • DNA Science 2
  • Geosystems
  • Intro to Optical Systems & Phenomena
  • Intro to Organic Chemistry with Instrumental Analysis
  • Neurobiology
  • Physics 1
  • Physiology and the Arts
  • Relativity, Electrodynamics and Quantum Mechanics

Technology

Freshmen enroll in the Design and Technology course integrated with Biology and English (IBET). This required course is designed to help each student explore and acquire basic skills needed for later experience in research laboratory courses courses.

During the sophomore and junior years students are expected to prepare for senior research through coursework in science, technology, and computer science electives.

All seniors are expected to complete a major science or engineering research project, either by working in one of the science and technology research laboratories, or by working in a commercial, government or university research lab or technical facility through our mentorship program.

Technology Courses 

Below are the courses offered through the Technology department.

  • Advanced Analog Electronics
  • Advanced Communications Data Stream
  • Advanced Communications Signal Processing
  • Advanced Digital Electronics
  • Advanced Microprocessor System Design
  • Advanced Prototyping Processes
  • Alternative Energy Systems
  • Architectural Drawing & Design
  • Audio Electronics
  • Automation & Robotics 1
  • Automation & Robotics 2
  • Conventional Energy Systems
  • Design & Technology (IBET)
  • Intro to Communications Systems
  • Intro to Engineering
  • Prototyping Development & Processes
  • Specialized Computer Assisted Design

View the entire FCPS TJHSST Course Catalog.

Research Labs

A distinguishing characteristic of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is its specialized research laboratories. They are designed to enhance the academic curriculum as well as to provide students with unique learning experiences in state-of-the-art technological environments. Students are also given opportunities for independent research and experimentation, and interaction with professionals from the scientific, engineering, technological, and industrial communities through the mentorship program.

The division manager for Science and Technology is Mark Hannum | mshannum@fcps.edu

The division administrator for Science and Technology is Gary Grosicki | gjgrosicki@fcps.edu

Science and Technology Faculty