This laboratory course, a study of the foundations of chemistry, is designed to serve as a tool to understand God’s world and man’s role in it. The course builds on the concepts and scientific thinking established in middle school science while asking students questions like, “What knowledge is obtained from science?” “What knowledge is obtained from religion?” and “What role does religion play in science?” Students use scientific inquiry and higher-order problem-solving as they explore the composition, properties, and changes of matter and their applications through interactive simulations, engineering solutions, and virtual and hands-on experiences. Scientific inquiry, research, experimental procedures, data collection and analysis, and making inferences are an integral part of the learning experience. In addition, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts are integrated throughout the course. Through phenomenon-based learning, students are able to demonstrate a vast understanding of the importance of chemistry in the world, enabling them to apply these principles to their everyday lives and our global society in a way that brings glory to God. Students not only learn new things about God’s creation but grow in their knowledge of how the Bible relates to chemistry and life.

This course is approved by the NCAA® and the University of California.

When taken as credit recovery, at least one attempt at the full course in either the traditional or online environment is required as a prerequisite. The credit recovery course is not approved by National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA®) as a graduation requirement.


1.0 (Two semesters)

Course Versions

Honors and credit recovery versions also available


Algebra 1

Recommended Grade Levels


Required Materials

Lab Materials: This course contains lab activities. A list of required lab materials is included in the course.

In addition to a computer with an Internet connection, most courses require speakers (or headphones); a digital camera or scanner to take photos of completed work; a printer; common household items; access to research materials; and productivity software for word processing, presentations, etc.

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