Please note that all students are required to have a Texas Instruments Calculator for Math and Science. The acceptable models are listed below:
Texas Instruments # 83
Texas Instruments # 84
Texas Instruments # 83+
Texas Instruments # 84+
Texas Instruments # 83 Silver Edition
Texas Instruments # 84 Silver Edition
The overall purposes and objectives of the Science Department are:
- To introduce the student to the scientific method
- To integrate text and class work with practical lab experience
- To relate the science learned in the classroom to the real world
- To build the discipline, academic confidence and competence to further one’s study of science successfully
Students should be able to:
- Demonstrate critical thinking by using the scientific method through the application of laboratory experimentation
- Demonstrate the ability to test hypotheses and to experiment in a safe and responsible manner with the expectation of achieving reasonable results
- Organize and manipulate data using appropriate statistical and mathematical methods
- Demonstrate competency in the uses of laboratory apparatus
- Understand the environment as well as the impact of humans on the environment
- Demonstrate the ability to participate, discuss, and question issues of science and morality within a Catholic Christian atmosphere, and to demonstrate an understanding of the role of evolution in the creation of all living things
- Demonstrate an understanding of how the world functions biologically, physically, and chemically in an interdependent fashion
Science courses have a laboratory component, in which students gain direct experience with observation and interpretation of evidence, leading to theoretical understanding of basic principles and integration with classroom material. Critical thinking and evaluation skills are strongly reinforced.
Likewise, most science courses have strong quantitative/analytical components geared toward developing and strengthening problem solving capabilities. This also reinforces interdisciplinary connections, particularly in mathematics, while the required writing of lab reports in a format based on the professional journal article reinforces language and writing skills.
Lab experiments and other cooperative learning exercises are done in groups of two to four students. As they develop the ability to be part of a cohesive team effort, students increase their chances of success through working together.
Science courses, taught at four levels – College Preparatory, Accelerated, Honors, and Advanced Placement – appeal to diverse learning styles and range through three required years: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, leading to various senior-year electives. Students in the Brother Kevin Program begin with Earth Science and progress to Biology in sophomore year.