Welcome To Science!
This course introduces students to the science foundations they will need to succeed in the rest of our science courses offered at Liberty. We dive into several areas of study forming the basics of Chemistry, Biology and Physics. We offer hands-on experience with the concepts covered so that the students can be challenged beyond just listening to lectures or answering questions from their textbooks. By firmly grounding them in the concepts needed, they are prepared to tackle the college-prep classes offered the other three years.
College Prep Classes
Our upper level classes have been approved by the UC system as fulfilling the applicable parts of the A-G Requirements, meaning that our students who graduate from Liberty and fulfill the application requirements can go straight to any California US, CSU or private University. They do not need to attend a junior college to gain the prerequisites. We have done this while maintaining our biblical perspective and curriculum. We are very proud of our students who have gone on to represent Liberty as they pursue education at these institutions.
This course is a full year (two semester) class which discusses the scientific method, its implication, limitations, and its applications to God’s creation.
After studying genetics and embryology, the students are led through a survey of all life forms beginning with bacteria, fungi, plants, protists and then moving on to other animals, concluding with a study of the systems in humans. There is an emphasis on the biological systems as they are evident in “lower” life forms and are seen to be more complex in “higher” life forms such as mammals. There are also studies of plants and of the interrelationships of living things.
To supplement our trip to the coast, each student will complete a "book" describing the various activities we will be doing. They will have to answer trivia questions about each stop and give detailed descriptions of others. In addition to these details, they will also be classifying some of the organisms they see and interact with on our trip.
Included with the classification will be one or more pictures of each organism and identifying information based on their observations. I will hand out the blank book with the questions and the students will complete the majority of the work while we travel. Time will be given in class the week following the trip to finish up any other parts, such as the classification, that cannot be completed in the field.
Goals for the Year:
1. Gain an appreciation for God's Creation which, even in its fallen state, is incredible in its illustration of God's love and provision for Man.
2. Edify the students as I challenge them to look at the world around them through "biblical glasses" and see that the evidence every scientist uses is the same, only their conclusions are dependent on their presuppositions.
3. Encourage the students by sharing the examples of so many scientists both current and historically that believed in the Bible and in God as Creator. Many of our most important breakthroughs have come form those who based their hope for eternity on God's faithfulness and provision for us in His setting up physical laws that we can count on.
Our Physics class focuses on understanding the concepts that control the interactions of everything we see around us. Physics is a subject that any student can excel at, yet every student can be challenged. I enjoy seeing students eyes light up when they realize how something works that they are familiar with and have wondered about for some time. We mix hands-on experiments with book and lecture time to make sure that the students have a strong foundation they can use when they enter college.
Goals for the year
- The student should be able to recognize God’s attributes which are evident both internally and externally in every part of creation.
- The exploration of Christ's provision in the design of each area of creation and to impress the students with the importance of glorifying Christ with their lives.
- To develop the student’s proper relationship to his Creator.
- To develop the proper foundations for those students who wish to pursue a career in biology or physics as God’s call for their lives.