This course is designed to serve as a foundation for the study of chemistry as a tool to understand God’s world and man’s role in it. This two-segment course is a study of the foundations of chemistry, building on the concepts and scientific thinking laid in middle school 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 will be 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 will not only learn new things about God’s creation, but they will grow in their knowledge of how the Bible relates to chemistry and life.
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA®)
- University of California (UC)
10th-12th Grade recommended
Course Types Available:
- 1 Credit – Full course (12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
- ½ Credit – 1st semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
- ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
- Honors track available
Biblical Integration Information:
Creation: God’s true nature is partially revealed through the orderly, discoverable, and purposeful scientific laws He established to govern His Creation. Existing outside of His creation, God sustains Creation and can intervene in the predictable patterns He established in unpredictable ways (Genesis 1:1; Job 37:5; Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:17; Revelation 4:11). Creation is offered to man and woman as their dominion; they are to explore the vast boundaries of the universe, seek to understand the complex yet predictable nature of the world, apply its non-negotiable laws, use its abundant resources for God’s glory and the good of mankind, and protect it as wise stewards (Genesis 1:26–28; Psalm 139:7–12; Matthew 6:26). God designed His universe to work in certain ways we have no choice but to follow—and enjoy. God created the universe with the power to work according to His guidelines. God’s world demonstrates His power. God’s world is orderly and predictable, allowing us to use it and enjoy it to its fullest extent.
Fall: Man and woman’s sin and rebellion ostracized them from a perfect relationship with God, causing our nature, our character, and our reasoning to be flawed. Our ability to understand all God has revealed through creation is diminished (Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Peter 3:5). Man often mistakenly believes that, through science, he can become independent of His creator or explain reality outside of His existence. He also attempts to apply science in ways that do not honor God or promotes His purposes or causes for mankind (Job 12:7–25; Romans 1:25; 3:12).
Redemption: The progressive exploration and application of science should be used to encourage and promote life, health, and community. Man should employ wise stewardship of natural resources while promoting the design and purpose of man for God’s glory (Psalm 139:14; Philippians 2:3–4; 1 Peter 4:10–11). We are limited in the environment God created for us to enjoy as a result of His care and provision for us. All truth is God’s truth; as we passionately crave it, we will be led into a deeper understanding of our Creator and appreciation for His provision and wisdom. We use this knowledge as a tool to live in obedience to the creation mandate, the greatest commandment, and the Great Commission (Matthew 22:36–40; 28:16–20; Philippians 1:9; 4:8; 1 Timothy 6:20; 1 Peter 2:1–3). We are responsible to find, verify, and embrace truth. Man can seek to glorify God by using scientific reasoning and critical thinking combined with scientific processes and knowledge to understand God’s world, man’s role in it, and how to properly relate with His Creator and fellow man (Psalm 119:15; Proverbs 14:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:20–21; 2 Peter 3:18).
Authority of Scripture over Scientific Inquiry: Man’s attempt to understand God’s revelation of Himself through the natural world is limited due man’s fallen nature. Therefore, when science seems contradictory to Scripture, it is best understood as faulty understanding on man’s part. Scripture is the unchanging authority under which all of man’s scientific knowledge will eventually submit, as his faulty understanding and interpretation is refined (Romans 1:21; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Colossians 2:8; 2 Timothy 3:16).
Required Course Materials:
Household items for lab experiments.