Four credits of science are required at St. Thomas. Incoming ninth graders take either a regular or advanced level of Biology. Depending on their performance as freshmen, some students may be required to take Physical Science as Sophomores. Upperclassmen are offered a great deal of flexibility in their scheduling and are encouraged to take either the advanced or regular level of Chemistry and Physics to complete their science requirement. Other offerings, though, include Environmental Science as well as one semester classes in Geology and Oceanography. Advanced Placement courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are also open to qualified students.
Adv. Biology, Biology or Environmental Science
Grade 10: Adv. Chemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science or Biology
Grade 11: Chemistry, Physics or AP Biology, Chemistry or Physics (one credit each);
or Earth Science (.5 credit each)
Grade 12: Science Elective – AP Biology, Chemistry or Physics; Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, Earth Science, AP Environmental Science
Pete Nordloh, Ph.D.
(B.S., Biology, Xavier University in Cincinnati; Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Vermont) is the Dean of Science and has taught at St. Thomas since 2001. He currently teaches Advanced Biology, AP Biology and Anatomy. He served as a Research Fellow at the Biomedical Research Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Dr. Nordloh moved to Houston in 1991 to work in the Cell Biology Department at Baylor College of Medicine. He began teaching in 1993 as a biology Instructor at Southeastern Community College in Iowa.
Daniel Bryant ’93 (B.A. University of Houston at Clear Lake; M.Ed. Curriculum and Instructional Technology, Grand Canyon University; M. Ed. Educational Leadership, University of St. Thomas) is a graduate of St. Thomas and joined the faculty in 2015. He teaches Biology and AP Environmental Science. Daniel has been teaching Science in the Archdiocese for 18 years. He was named a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London in 2012. Mr. Bryant also serves as the Instructional Technology Specialist for the faculty.
Claire Conboy, Ph. D. (B.A., Chemistry and Mathematics, Holy Name College; M.S. Chemistry, University of California at Davis; Ph. D. Chemistry, University of Illinios at Chicago) joined the St. Thomas Science Department in 2015. She currently teaches Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry and AP Chemistry. Dr. Conboy has more than 20 years of industrial research experience and has taught at local community colleges.
Philip Cuneo (B.S., Science Education and M.Ed., Counseling, University of St. Thomas) joined the faculty of St. Thomas in 1990 and has served as both a Scienceteacher and Director of Guidance. He currently teaches Biology and Environmental Science.
Michael Lynch ‘94 (B.S., Loyola University, New Orleans; graduate studies Chemical Physics, Tulane University) is a graduate of St. Thomas and joined the faculty in 2008. He teaches Physics and AP Physics I and II. He also holds three U.S. patents for various process technologies.
Ed Marintsch, Ph.D. (B.A. and M.A., Queens College of the City University of N.Y.; Ph.D. Geology, State University of NY at Stony Brook) has taught at St. Thomas since 1986. Currently he teaches Earth Science and is the mentor of the Rocketry Club. He was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Paleobiology at the U.S. National Museum (Smithsonian Institution) in Washington, D.C., and is the author of several publications related to paleontology and geology.
Sean O’Neill ’00 (B.S., Biology, Texas A & M University) is a graduate of the St. Thomas Class of 2000 and teaches Chemistry and Physics. Mr. O’Neill is also an assistant coach for the varsity baseball team.