Is at the heart of the processes that sustain our life and allow us to learn, work, keep warm, and travel. In fact Chemistry is vital to most of the activities in our lives. Understanding the chemical processes that maintain life and control the events in the world around us is essential to our continued well-being. The chemistry we study here will help you to understand the fundamental models of chemistry, show you how chemistry is involved in the real world, develop your chemical knowledge and help you develop your skills as a problem solver. Our program has a strong practical component to support the theory studied in classes.

  • Chemistry1: The introductory unit of Chemistry to ensure that all incoming students have the same information to build their understanding of the topic.
  • Chemistry 2: Physical Chemistry and Redox
  • Chemistry 3: Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry 4: Atomic Structure and bonding
  • Chemistry 5: Equilibrium and Periodicity
  • Chemistry 6: Electrolysis and Spectral Analysis
  • Chemistry 7: Analytical Chemistry


Physics is the most fundamental and all-inclusive of the sciences, and those who study it will gain an understanding of the basic laws that govern everything from the very small subatomic scale to the very large cosmic scale. The study of physics provides us with an unparalleled power of analysis that is useful in the study of the other sciences, engineering and mathematics, as well as in daily life. Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences, as it seeks to explain the universe itself, from the very smallest particles, quarks to the vast distances between galaxies.

  • Physics 1: Introductory Physics
  • Physics 2: Motion, Forces and Newton's Laws
  • Physics 3: Heat and Electricity
  • Physics 4: Wave Motion and Sound
  • Physics 5: EM Radiation, Induction and the Atom
  • Physics 6: Atomic and Nuclear Physics
  • Physics 7: Biomedical Physics
  • Physics 8: Astrophysics (under development)



Biological Science:

Biology is the study of living things- the range of organisms found on our planet, how they work, and how they interact with each other.

  • Biological Science 1: Diversity of Life
  • Biological Science 2: Requirements for growth & reproduction

  • Biological Science 3: Populations & Ecosystems

  • Biological Science 4: DNA and Genetics Biochemistry

  • Biological Science 5: Evolution & Homeostasis

  • Biological Science 7: Biochemistry

  • Biological Science 8: Australian Biota

The Human Biology course at Narrabundah is a unique course that allows students to study Biology with a medical focus on the human body. The course draws in new advances in medical research and current clinical practise.

In Year 11 students study the anatomy and physiology of all the body systems with a special focus on symptoms, causes and treatments for pathologies and diseases of each system.

In Year 12 students start with molecular biology and genetics, with significant investigation into genetic diseases and genetic counselling, this is followed by evolution with particular emphasis on the evolution of hominids and modern humans. Students are able to explore reproduction and development, drawing their knowledge of body systems discussed in Year 11, to explore comparative physiology between infant, child, adolescent and adult and clinical impacts. In the final session, immunity, infectious diseases and epidemics are studied.

  • Human Biology 1: Cytology and the Circulatory System
  • Human Biology 2: The respiratory and digestion system, movement by the muscular-skeletal system and the excretory system are studied.
  • Human Biology 3: The Endocrine and Nervous Systems
  • Human Biology 4: DNA and Mendelian Genetics
  • Human Biology 5: This session students explore where and how humans developed as a species and how we develop as individuals.
  • Human Biology 6: Microbiology, Epidemiology and Demography

Students can combine certain units to do a combined biology course

Environmental Systems looks at the interconnectedness of all things on our Earth, some of the problems that we are encountering as a species, and how we can make changes for a more sustainable future.

  • Environmental Systems 1: Systems, models and ecosystems
  • Environmental Systems 2: Global Cycles and Populations
  • Environmental Systems 3: Conservation and Biodiversity


If you want a major in Environmental Science you will need to do Forestry in 2013 then Environmental Systems in 2014.

Please note : Forestry will not be offered again until 2015.

Rae Pottenger

Executive Teacher Science.

Australian Science Olympiads

Certificates are awarded for outstanding achievement, with the top 20 students to attend a two week training school in January. The ultimate award is selection in the Australian team for the international Chemistry, Physics and Biology Olympiad. Year 11s are invited to nominate.

Questacon Explainer/Training

The National Science and Technology Centre runs a training program for senior students in the ACT. We have many participants in this scheme and they gain some points, as well as enjoying the interactions with other science enthusiasts. Other Exciting Opportunities and Activities offered in the Science Department:

  • CRS National Youth Science Forum - a career orientated youth program for students interested in science. This program occurs in January.
  • Engineering games at the National Science and Technology Centre. An evening organised by the Institute of Engineers, to advise students on the facets of engineering as a career, and to allow students to demonstrate their skills in building straw towers, mousetrap races, etc.
  • National Engineering Summer School.
  • ACT Science Fair.
  • BHP Student Science Award.
  • NSW Young Scientist Award.
  • Chemistry Titration Competition.
  • Chemquiz