Science Courses

Biology

is devoted to the study of living things and their processes. As such, biology is integrally linked to the biblical account of creation and will use the Bible as a lens to view all that is studied in it. Throughout the year this course provides an opportunity for students to develop scientific process skills, laboratory techniques, and an understanding of the fundamental principles of living organisms as they explore biological science as a process, cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, origins (theory of evolution and theory of creation), classification, diversity of living organisms and their ecological roles, and an introduction to animal structure and function.


Chemistry

This course explores atoms and molecules as the building blocks of elements, compounds and mixtures. Properties of sub-atomic particles, their arrangement and the influence that they have on chemical reactions and bonding will be considered. Math is used as a tool to understand how atoms and molecules behave, how they combine in specific proportions and how the products of chemical reactions can be predicted both quantitatively and qualitatively. Hands-on activities are used as much as possible.


Physics

Physics is the study of how God makes matter and energy interact. Physics explains motion through measurable and observable means. This course explores Newtonian mechanics (i.e. topics like how things move, changes in motion, momentum, harmonic motion, and gravity, wave mechanics, sound, light, electricity and magnetism.) Math is regularly used as a tool to understand how objects behave. Hands-on activities are used whenever possible.


Field Ecology

Field Ecology is a lab course that is conducted in various outdoor locations. In this course, students will be collecting, analyzing and reporting data they collect from the field and relating it back to ecological concepts. Students will be responsible to write lab reports for each of the labs. The final project will be picking one of the labs and writing up the lab report more thoroughly and presenting it to the class.


Anatomy & Physiology

This course provides a basic study of the structure and function of the human body. Topics include a basic study of the body systems as well as an introduction to homeostasis, cells, tissues, nutrition, acid-base balance, and electrolytes. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships.


Environmental Science

Environmental Science is a course designed to show thematic connections between a variety of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, and physics. It gives students a coherent and realistic picture of the applications of a variety of scientific concepts as they manifest in our environment. Students will focus on human population growth, natural resources, and ecosystem dynamics. The aim of this course to increase student knowledge of the environmental challenges of today in light of the Christian mandate to be stewards of God's creation, while continuing to cultivate scientific critical thinking skills.