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Every year, the After School Program (ASP) offers courses to New York City high school students interested in the sciences. There are courses in anthropology, astrophysics, earth science, genetics, biodiversity, and more. Each course makes use of the Museum's unique resources through hall visits, lab and collections tours, talks and lectures by scientists, and hands-on activities.

ASP offers multiple sessions throughout the school year. Each session is six weeks long, and courses meet once or twice a week from 4:30 - 6:30 PM. Students may attend only one course per session.

All After School Program Exploratory and Science Research courses are offered free of charge!



Within these content areas, we offer two types of courses, Exploratory and Science Research. To Learn more about any of the courses listed below please follow the link in the course title.


Exploratory courses are introductory-level courses for students to explore their diverse interests. Any New York City high school student may take one or more exploratory courses throughout the school year. For a tentative schedule of 2015-2016 Exploratory Courses click the link below.

Exploratory Courses - Session 3 (1/13/16 - 3/2/16)

Mapping Disaster (Formerly Visualizing Climate Change)




Science Research courses are intensive courses on current scientific research in the fields of comparative biology, anthropology, and physical sciences. Science Research courses are taught by Museum scientists and introduce students to the concepts and methods used by Museum researchers. Completion of three Science Research courses is a prerequisite for application to a year of mentorship with a Museum scientist through the Science Research Mentoring Program.

Science Research courses are open to students in 10-12th grade (public, private, and homeschool).

For a tentative schedule of 2015-2016 Science Research courses click the link below.

Science Research Courses -  Session 3 (1/13/16 - 3/2/16) 


Culture, Language and Society in the 21st Century

Molecular Genetics

Mechanisms of Evolution



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Upcoming Offerings

Tree of LIfe

Tree of Life - Science Research Course

Learn how scientists use both physical and molecular characteristics of plants and animals to classify and name species, as well as determine how different species are related to one another.

Borokua Explore21 Coral

Medical Anthropology - Exploratory Course

Using the tools on anthropology, you will uncover how history, geography, and our own culture can affect how we treat malaria, HIV, guinea worm and other tropical diseases in the developing world, and what you can do to stop their spread.

Borokua Explore21 Coral

Marine Biology - Exploratory Course

In this course, students will learn about marine invertebrates and biodiversity through the field research and scientific expertise of scientists working at the Museum

Pleiades M45 Open Star Cluster

Stars - Science Research Course

January 13, 2016 - March 2, 2016

This class will introduce you to the variety of stars out there – from white dwarves to red giants, and G-type stars like our Sun to recently discovered brown dwarves that are changing our thoughts on what a star even is. 

Comparative Genomics

Molecular Genetics - Science Research Course

January 14, 2016 - March 1, 2016

Through a series of hands on labs exploring the sequencing and identification of DNA, study how scientists use genetic information to understand the history of life on earth and the conservation of endangered species.

Stars - Science Research Course

Cosmology - Exploratory Course

January 15, 2016 - February 26, 2016

Learn about both aspects of cosmology – see how different cultures represent their cosmologies through exhibits from around the Museum, and learn about how scientists study the Universe and what we have learned (and what we don't know!).

Past Offerings

Introduction to Physical Sciences

Life Beyond Earth - Exploratory Course

September 18, 2015 - October 23, 2015

In this course, you will learn the basics of the field of astrobiology, a systematic way of categorizing and searching for life in the cosmos.

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth - Science Research Course

September 16, 2015 - October 28, 2015

Learn about the latest research conducted here at the museum through interactions with scientists, lectures, hall visits and hands-on activities.

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Archaeology of Tomorrow - Exploratory Course

April 28, 2015 - June 9, 2015

Explore how the study of material culture is changing as satellites, 3D scanners, and digital museums gain use in the field, and gain hands on experience to see how technology is teaching us about the past.

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