Science

The Science Department supports the school’s philosophy of educating the whole person.

The Science Department is comprised of eight teachers whose collective experience, knowledge and passion are evident in their relationships with both their students and subject matter. The department boasts professionals from the fields of medicine, engineering, and genetics. These teachers strive to provide each student with a strong groundwork of knowledge in biology, chemistry and physics, while also encouraging their interests in such elective courses as Astronomy, Genetics, Environmental Science and Anatomy and Physiology.

All coursework, from the College Prep through AP level, provides the appropriate level of challenge to each student. From building a greenhouse, watching a live gall bladder surgery, and constructing a telescope, our students have unique opportunities to explore the scientific method both inside and outside the classroom.

Villa Maria requires the successful completion of three years of a lab science for graduation. Courses required are: Physical Science or Physics, Biology and Chemistry.

Science Department Faculty

  • Mrs. Jill Alexis

    Chair

    jalexis@vmahs.org

    Ext. 1214

    B.A. Chemistry

    Rutgers University

    M.Ed. Science Education

    Rutgers University

  • Mr. Edward Byrnes

    ebyrnes@vmahs.org

    Ext. 1210

    B.E.E. Electrical Engineering

    Villanova University

    M.E.E. Electrical Engineering

    Villanova University

  • Ms. Nicole Cronin

    ncronin@vmahs.org

    Ext. 1215

    B.S. Physics

    Muhlenberg College

    M.A. Teaching Science

    Stony Brook University

  • Dr. Jennifer Horan

    jhoran@vmahs.org

    Ext. 1112

    B.A. Biology

    Middlebury College

    M.D.

    Dartmouth Medical School

    Pediatric Residency F.A.A.P.

    North Shore University Hospital

  • Ms. Amy Keglovits

    akeglovits@vmahs.org

    Ext. 1111

    B.S. Biology

    University of Notre Dame

    M.S. Genetic Counseling

    University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

  • Mr. Joseph Koerner

    jkoerner@vmahs.org

    Ext. 1211

    B.S. Ed., Social Studies Education

    West Chester University

    M.S. Chemistry Education

    University of Pennsylvania

  • Mr. Michael Kolter

    jkolter@vmahs.org

    Ext. 1139

    B.S.

    Duquesne University

  • Mrs. Marci Luty

    mluty@vmahs.org

    Ext. 1058

    B.S. Math and Science

    West Chester University

    Area of Specialization in Sports Medicine

    West Chester

Science Course Sequence

GRADE 9GRADE 10GRADE 11GRADE 12
Physical Science (CP)Biology (CP)
Chemistry
Electives as requested:
• Anatomy/Physiology
• Environmental Science
• Sports Medicine
Electives as requested:
• Physics
• Anatomy/Physiology
• Environmental Science
• Sports Medicine
Biology (CP)Chemistry (CP)
Physics

Electives as requested:
• Anatomy/ Physiology
• Environmental Science
• Sports Medicine
Electives as requested:
• Anatomy/Physiology
• Environmental Science
• Sports Medicine
• AP Biology
Biology (H)Honors ChemistryHonors Physics
AP Physics 1

Electives as requested:
• Honors Anatomy/Physiology
• Honors Genetics & Bioethics
• Honors Advanced Chemistry
• Honors Introduction to Engineering
• Environmental Science
• Sports Medicine
• AP Biology
• AP Environmental Science
Electives as requested:
• Honors Anatomy/Physiology
• Honors Genetics & Bioethics
• Honors Advanced Chemistry
• Honors Introduction to Engineering
• Environmental Science
• Sports Medicine
• AP Biology
• AP Environmental Science
• AP Physics 1
• AP Physics C: Mechanics
• AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism
AP Biology
Freshmen will be invited to take AP Biology based on HSPT results.
Honors ChemistryHonors Physics
AP Physics 1

Electives as requested:
• Honors Anatomy/Physiology
• Honors Genetics & Bioethics
• Honors Advanced Chemistry
• Honors Introduction to Engineering
• Environmental Science
• Sports Medicine
• AP Environmental Science
Electives as requested:
• Honors Anatomy/Physiology
• Honors Genetics & Bioethics
• Honors Advanced Chemistry
• Honors Introduction to Engineering
• Environmental Science
• Sports Medicine
• AP Environmental Science
• AP Physics 1
• AP Physics C: Mechanics
• AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism