Department of Science


Investing in the Future


All new state-of-the-art biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, and STEM laboratories were recently constructed as part of Monsignor Farrell's multi-year, multi-million dollar Strengthen the Legacy capital campaign. The labs contain the newest equipment and rival those on college campuses. 

Biology Laboratory

Students are able to explore the microscopic world with digital, WiFi-enabled microscopes from National Optical in addition to running DNA analysis on electrophoresis stations.

The Bio Lab also houses an Anatomage Table, the most technologically advanced anatomy visualization tool, which allows our science classes to study and perform virtual dissections of human and animal cadavers and allows students to study Medical CT, CBCT, or MRI scans. 

The tropical saltwater coral ecosystem and freshwater environment will enrich students’ experiences in the field of marine biology. The biology lab is also home to our water testing research facility.  Monsignor Farrell students use the IDEXX Laboratory Enterolert system to test water samples, making us the only high school in New York City to have a running laboratory research facility using this equipment.

Chemistry Laboratory

Modern technology has transformed the chemistry lab into a place where students can collaborate and investigate the atomic and molecular world in a variety of ways. Students will gain the skills needed to design, safely conduct and interpret chemical research and apply their knowledge in a breath of experimental techniques.

Earth Science & Physics Laboratory

Students will use a full suite of products from PASCO Scientific in which they will be engaged in inquiry-based activities. The state-of-the-art equipment can assist students in recording data and wirelessly sending it to their Lenovo device. Then, students can analyze the data, make conjectures, and replicate their experiments to confirm their hypotheses and apply theories to situations in everyday life.


*Seniors have the option of studying AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology, AP Physics, or AP Environmental Science. St. John’s University awards college credit to students who have successfully completed these courses. Courses in AP Environmental Science and AP Physics are being phased in over the next few years.


The Goals of the Department of Science Are to Establish:

  • An understanding of science with regard to data collection, objective interpretation, analysis, and synthesis.
  • Logical thinking skills based on the scientific method.
  • A respect and awareness of our role in the world around us.
  • An appreciation for God’s work in the living and non-living world.
  • ​At the end of four years, the students will have been provided with a background in science that will provide them with the skills needed to succeed in college, leading to careers in engineering, medicine, computer science, and technology.


Department of Science Course Sequence


At Monsignor Farrell, those incoming freshmen who score 85 or higher on the Living Environment Regents in the 8th grade may begin with chemistry in freshman year, physics or earth science in sophomore year, then electives in junior and senior year.

Those incoming freshmen who score 85 or higher on the Earth Science Regents in the 8th grade will take biology in freshman year, chemistry in sophomore year, and then electives in junior and senior year.


Freshman Year

​Living Environment (Regents Curriculum)
​Living Environment (Scholars Curriculum)

Sophomore Year

Chemistry (Regents Curriculum)
​Chemistry (Scholars Curriculum)

Junior Year

Earth Science (Regents or Scholars Curriculum)
​Physics (Scholars Curriculum)


A.P. Biology, A.P. Chemistry, A.P. Physics,
A.P. Environmental Science, Human Anatomy & Physiology