Biology introduces students to the world of microscopic life. They will study cell structure and energy relationships within living systems. Importance is placed on analyzing evidence and characteristics that indicate order and design. Students will study the interrelationships of living and nonliving factors and compare them with the Christian concept of stewardship and environmental issues. Marine biology and biotic communities are introduced during several days of intense school on the Northern California coast.


Physical Science

Physical science serves as an introductory survey of Chemistry and Physics. Students study composition of matter, the atomic model theory, electrons and chemical bonding. They take part in activities where basic theories of physics can be tested and demonstrated with a core theme of order and design being evident in the physical world. Students are involved in activities (such as basic darkroom chemistry of photography), which help demonstrate the connection between basic concepts of Physical Science and daily life. Field trips are taken to the Exploratorium in San Francisco where students can experience hands-on activities in the Physical Sciences. Students also visit the San Francisco Bay Model in Sausalito to learn how models may be used in research and education.


Chemistry is an introductory course that stresses the principles of structure, composition, and interaction of matter. Much of this course is based on the atomic model theory and the quantum theory. Electron configuration and the periodic table are used to build a foundation for studying chemical reactions and compound formations. The Mole theory is central to the development of skills and laboratory exercises that deal with the quantitative aspects of chemical reactions. Students are taken on outings to observe how chemistry is applied in the industrial community. They visit oil refineries and other production facilities where concepts of chemistry are used on a daily basis. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II.

Student holding a science model


Physics class students learn to solve problems in the areas of acceleration, velocity, parallel and concurrent forces, conservation of energy and momentum, phases of matter, heat, waves, sound, light, and electricity. This class will provide a good foundation in science and prepare students for college-level classes. Prerequisite: completion of Algebra II.


Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy & Physiology is an upper-division course designed to give students an in-depth view of how our body parts fit and work together. The main emphasis of the class is to learn the names and functions of the structures that form the human body. Students learn medical terminology for the organ systems and for diseases and other external factors that may affect them. Principles of preventative health are stressed. Models and lab specimens are used to help students visualize what they are studying. Study trips are taken to various medical and health care facilities where students can observe daily application of concepts studied in class. Prerequisite: B− or higher in Biology and completion of Algebra I.