Science at CDH

The mission of the Science Department is to provide innovative, technological and progressive science offerings for students of all levels and interests that prepare them to become skilled citizens living in the global 21st century.

Science in the Classroom

The Science Department of Cretin-Derham Hall provides science offerings for students of all ability levels including 4 AP courses, 3 PACC courses for college credit, and two CIS courses for college credit.

Graduation Requirements: 9 credits (equivalent to 3 years)

9th Grade

  • Science and Engineering (STEM) - College Prep, Advanced, or Honors

10th Grade

  • College Prep Biology, Advanced Biology and AP Biology - Honors

11th and 12th Grade

  • Biology - College Prep, Advanced, Honors or AP - Honors
  • Environmental Science - Honors, or AP - Honors
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology - Advanced or Honors (CIS)
  • Chemistry - College Prep, Advanced, Honors (PACC), AP- Honors
  • Physics - Advanced (CIS), Advanced (PACC), Honors (CIS), AP Physics C - Honors

11th and 12th Grade Trimester Electives

  • Astronomy Solar System and the Vagabonds - College Prep or Advanced
  • Astronomy Stars and Constellations - College Prep or Advanced
  • Astronomy Deep Space and Beyond - College Prep or Advanced
  • DNA, Forensics, and Genetics - College Prep or Advanced
  • Outdoor Education (winter and spring)

This requirement may be met by a variety of combinations that fit individual student abilities and needs  Students are encouraged to get a broad background across the various fields of science before specializing in one area.  Students who apply to college must be aware that many colleges require three years of science, including one physical and one biological science.

To find out more about course options and class details, see the Curriculum Guide.

The CDH Advantage!

  • STEM Program Anchors Science Track
    • All 9th graders will take a foundational STEM class to address the critical need for science skills to meet 21st century challenges in all disciplines
  • Variety of College Credit Options
    • PACC Credit (Saint Mary's University of Minnesota)
    • CIS Credit (University of Minnesota)
    • Advanced Placement (AP) Options 

The Science Faculty

To contact one of our outstanding science teachers, take a look at our Staff Directory.