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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 2 (11/4/15 - 12/18/15)

Medical Anthropology

Anthropology of Food

Marine Biology



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 2 (11/4/15 - 12/18/15) 

Secrets of the Solar System

Wonderful Universe

Human Origins

Tree of Life



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Upcoming Offerings

Comparative Genomics

Molecular Genetics - Science Research Course

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.

Wonderful Universe

Wonderful Universe - Science Research Course

November 4, 2015 - December 16, 2015

This class will introduce and discuss the physical laws and principles that make the Universe what it is, from gravity to electromagnetism to quantum mechanics.


Human Origins - Science Research Course

November 5, 2015 - December 17, 2015

Trace the path of human evolution through in-depth discussions, hands-on activities, and visits to Museum halls that plot the history of humankind.

Tree of LIfe

Tree of Life - Science Research Course

November 5, 2015 - December 17, 2015

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.

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Medical Anthropology - Exploratory Course

November 5, 2015 - December 17, 2015

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

November 6, 2015 - December 18, 2015

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

Past Offerings

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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.

Comparative Genomics

Our Concrete Jungle - Exploratory Course

April 27, 2015 - June 8, 2015

Our class will investigate NYC’s natural history from a pre-colonial Eden to concrete jungle, learn the skills of ecological research, and roam the Halls of the Museum (after hours!). We will visit Central Park, Inwood Park, and the shores of the Hudson River to learn about the diversity of animals and plants living right on our doorstep. Our class will also discuss what is needed to improve our NYC environment as we debate current conservation issues, including climate change resilience, environmental justice, hydrofracking, and urban re-wilding.

Microbial Warriors Battle Digestive Disease

Invisible Bodies: Friend or Foe? - Exploratory Course

February 27, 2015 - April 10, 2015

Find out how some of the hardiest life forms on the planet can cause disease, jump from body to body, and compete with other microorganisms to survive virtually everywhere you (don’t) look!

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From Claw to Wing - Exploratory Course

February 25, 2015 - April 1, 2015

Explore what extinct theropods and birds had in common with paleontological evidence and how paleontologists collect, prepare and analyze fossils in the field.

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