English philosopher, statesman and scientist, Francis Bacon, once said, “God has given us two books by which to know him; the book of His word (the Scriptures) and the book of His world (Creation) and it is incumbent upon us to study both!” Truly, our study of the sciences ought to be classified by wonder and awe as we peer into the window of God’s creation.
Students are encouraged to learn to think like scientists through observation, experimentation, data gathering, interpretation and presentation. From the earliest instruction in kindergarten to the final class in Chemistry or Environmental Science as seniors, classrooms are encouraged to include hands-on experiences and real world applications.
Perhaps a key differentiator, Trinity approaches science from a standpoint of inoculation not quarantine. In other words, controversial topics are not excluded from the curriculum; rather, students are exposed to these ideas in an environment that embraces sound inquiry while exercising dialectic skill. As a result, Trinity’s graduates possess the skills necessary to distinguish truth from error. We believe this is a better strategy for equipping our students as they are launched into institutions of higher learning that may or may not embrace a Christian worldview.
The course is designed to be an introductory study of life processes and organisms. Students will explore topics including ecological connections and cycles; cell structure, division, respiration and other processes; genetics, inheritance patterns, and evolution; and organism classification, anatomy, and physiology. The course uses a combination of lecture, discussion, field study, supplemental readings, projects and laboratory activities to communicate to students. Laboratory activities, including dissections, allow students to apply the skill of observation and analysis to concepts covered in class.
Texts: Biology: Exploring Life (2006), Campbell, et al.
The Nature of Life: Readings in Biology (2001), Great Books
For most tenth graders, chemistry is the first opportunity to explore God’s creation at the atomic and subatomic level. The perfection of our world is astounding when we consider the tiny size of particles and the billions that compose everything we see. As chemistry principles are introduced, it is hoped that each student gains more than knowledge but they also gain an understanding and appreciation for the intricate way God has created our world. Labs take place every other week where students can experiment in a sober-minded yet fun atmosphere.
*Honors course available in 10th grade
*AP course available in 12th grade
Text: Modern Chemistry, Holt McDougal
AP Text: Chemistry the Central Science, Pearson
This course provides a conceptually-based exposure to the fundamental principles and processes of the natural world. Topics to be covered include basic concepts of motion, forces, energy, heat, electricity, and the structure of matter and the universe. Upon completion, students should be able to describe examples and applications of the principles studied. Laboratory experiments and demonstrations enhance the understanding of basic physical principles and applications.
*Honors course available
Text: Conceptual Physics: The High School Program, Hewitt
Honors Text: Physics: Principles and Problems, Zitzewitz
Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary study including aspects of both pure sciences – biology, chemistry – and social sciences, like sociology and economics. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive analysis of the scientific principles and methodologies necessary to understand the interdependence of the natural world. Students will explore topics including: natural and biogeochemical relationships; ecology and issues of conservation; human effects on the environment; environmental problems within a cultural, social, and economic context, and the development of practices that will help to create sustainable systems and manage resources; Christian responsibility and the context of faith within our personal behavior. The course uses a combination of lecture, discussion, field study, supplemental readings, projects and laboratory activities to communicate to students.
*Honors course available
Text: Environmental Science: A Global Concern, 9th ed., Cunningham, et al.
Keeping Things Whole: Readings in Environmental Science, Great Books Foundation