Science

The Science Department focuses on teaching students to think critically, to practice scientific thought, and to examine God’s world around them.  It is this department’s goal to prepare students for success in college science programs and to train them to give an answer for the hope that lies within them as followers of Christ.

Science Department Courses

Chem/Phys
This is an introductory science course designed to give students a foundation for Chemistry and Physics. Students will learn the basics of Chemistry, including the makeup of matter, the periodic table, bonding, and chemical reactions. Students will also be introduced to the basics of Physics, including motion, speed, energy, force, and waves. Students will be prepared to take college-prep Chemistry or Physics upon the completion of this course.

Full Year—1 credit.

Biology
Biology is a sophomore level lab science course which is an introduction to the life sciences. It covers topics such as how God reveals himself through creation, a Christian approach to science, scientific method, basic organic chemistry, microscopy, creation/evolution, microorganisms, classification, genetics, genetic engineering, invertebrate classes and characteristics, vertebrate classes and characteristics, as well as ecology. This course is taught with a hands-on approach.

Full year—1 credit

STEM Biology
STEM Biology is a one-year elective course open to all students and also fulfills the science requirement for Biology. It covers topics such as how God reveals Himself through creation, a Christian approach to science, scientific method, cellular organization and processes, biogeochemical cycles, bioenergy, biotechnology, and bioethics.  The course is project based and students conduct research with teams. This course also teaches students standard laboratory operations, instrumentation and appropriate laboratory safety practices and procedures.

Full year-1 credit.

Chemistry
Chemistry is designed for junior students simultaneously enrolled in Algebra II or higher. Material covered includes: critical thinking and problem solving skills, properties of elements and compounds, model of the atom up to Bohr’s model, quantum mechanics, chemical bonding, ionic bonds, covalent bonds, metallic bonds, covalent networks, nomenclature, shapes of molecules, VSPR model, Lewis structures, the periodic table and periodicity, chemical reactions and product prediction, stoichiometry, chemical composition, properties of gases, liquid and solids, solutions and heterogeneous mixtures, acids and bases, titration, buffer solution, chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics and thermochemistry, red-ox reactions and electrochemistry, radioactivity and nuclear energy, and an overview of organic chemistry. It is a laboratory class to provide basic lab techniques with proper laboratory write ups.

Prerequisites: Chem/Physics.

Full year – 1 credit

Anatomy and Physiology
This course examines human anatomy and physiology from a systematic perspective. Students will discuss most of the major systems. Besides examining the major systems of the body, this course delves into cell biology, organic chemistry, homeostatic processes within the human body, histology, various disorders and diseases, and other human physiological processes.

Prerequisites: Biology (or STEM Biology) and Chemistry.

Full year – 1 credit

Physics
This is a yearlong, physical science course designed for students who are planning on pursuing science or engineering in college. It is a laboratory class that teaches students basic lab techniques and how to complete proper laboratory write ups. Seventy-five percent of the class is spent on application of principles and equations by intensive problem-solving. Areas covered include: vector and scalar operations, motion in one- and two-dimensions, projectile motion, forces, Newton’s laws of motion, work energy, power, momentum, elastic and inelastic collisions, gravitational forces, rotational motion, torque, simple machines, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat engines, simple harmonic motion, springs, waves, sound, the Doppler effect, harmonics, light and reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction, electric fields, electricity, electrical energy, circuits and circuit elements, magnetism, induction and alternating current, nuclear physics, subatomic physics, relativity, and modern electronics.

Full year—1 credit

Forensic Science
This is an elective science course designed to give students an avenue to combine basic scientific concepts, critical thinking skills, and technology to solve and analyze crimes. Students will utilize a combination of facts, scientific concepts, and principles, along with lab techniques from the fields of earth science, biology, physics, anatomy and physiology, as well as chemistry for the purpose of interpreting and providing analysis of evidence and its application within the legal system. This course will also allow students the opportunity to discuss and learn about ethics, legalities, and miscellaneous social concerns regarding forensic science and the legal/judicial systems. The goal of this course is to prepare our students for citizenship and to advance their knowledge of science and how it relates to the world around them.

Full Year—1 credit.

Earth Science
This course is designed for juniors or seniors and covers the basics of the four main areas of the earth sciences: oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, and geology. It is an elective course designed solely to give the students a taste of these four areas of study. Incorporated into all of this is scientific evidence that points to an intelligent creator vs. the random chance theories of evolution.

Full year—1 credit