Science and Computer Science

  • Tel. 413-774-1598
  • Office Koch Center 209

Deerfield's Science and Computer Science Department is located on the second floor of the Koch Center, room 209. The chair of the Science Department is Heidi Valk. If you have questions about the Science Department or about the science curriculum at Deerfield please feel free to contact the Science Department directly.


The Deerfield Academy Science and Computer Science Department seeks to inspire thoughtful citizens who are passionate about exploration and problem solving. We encourage our students to be curious about the natural world, critical thinkers, innovative, and independent yet collaborative. We strive to reach these goals by establishing an environment that requires students to be active learners. We facilitate this by asking students to communicate their understanding, connect what they are learning to what they already know, and apply their understanding to novel situations. Through their science education, Deerfield Academy graduates will be better prepared to make valuable contributions to society.


By definition, undertaking the challenge of science as a process is the ultimate in creativity because, simply put, it is about exploring and discovering what no one has before. Allowing students the academic freedom to explore in a guided, intentional way is to mimic the processes that lead to most great discoveries. Thus, we at Deerfield have made a conscious effort to begin engaging students in science, rather than simply studying science. Indeed, science at Deerfield follows a physics-chemistry-biology core sequence where students are not simply learning content, but the processes of exploration, inquiry, and problem solving. From there, Advanced Placement courses are offered in all core disciplines as well as Environmental Science. Awaiting our upper class students is a full menu of senior electives including Anatomy & PhysiologyAstronomyForensicsSpace ExplorationSports Medicine, and Geology, as well as an exciting array of research/project based senior courses including Synthetic BiologyBiomedical ResearchFinite Element ModelingRoboticsElectric Vehicle EngineeringChemical Research, and Environmental Science Research. These courses address real world initiatives and problems in collaborative, team-based settings, culminate with presentations at our annual Science, Math, and Technology Symposium, and sometimes lead to peer-reviewed professional journal publications.