Natural Science - Year I

Chat times for 2017-2018
Tue 9-10:30am ET/6-7:30am PT

Dr. Christe Ann McMenomy


Course Materials Under Revision for 2017-2018

Scholars Online Natural Science - First Year for 2017-2018

Natural Science is an integrated two-year high school science course provides the background in earth, life, and physical sciences necessary for success in more intensive college-preparatory courses in biology, chemistry, and physics. We learn the basic principles underlying both physical and life sciences, and how they support specialized areas such as geology, meteorology, astronomy, oceanography, zoology and botany. The core concepts of modern science are presented in their social and historical context, rather than as abstract theories isolated from each other or their historical roots, so that students can see both how the methodology of scientific investigation both shapes and limits theory development, as well as how scientific theories are shaped by social and cultural concerns. Students develop skills to apply experimental methods to observation and mathematical methods to data analysis and presentation.

The first year course surveys scientific developments in the ancient world through the Scientific Revolution. Historical topics include

Scientific topics include

Meetings: The course will meet once a week for discussion of material drawn from primarily from extensive website reading on the historical background and substance of modern scientific theories. Exercises and lab assignments will help students learn the practical application of the ideas discussed in class.

We will approach this mass of material through directed web reading, our live chat discussions, and through lab experiences. As we learn about the formation of modern science, we will try to put our concept of science into perspective by addressing these questions:

Students who satisfactorily complete the class will be prepared to continue high school level studies in astronomy, biology, chemistry, or physics.

Natural Science is designed to be an introductory course and assumes no specific science background. Simultaneous enrollment in, or completion of a general course in world history, is recommended but not required.


Required Texts:

Students will need to purchase How to Study Science, Edition 4, by Fred Drewes and Kristen L.D. Milligan [McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2003. ISBN 0-07-234693-0]. All other reading assignments are based on web-accessible materials. Several book resourses for optional supplemental reading are listed on the Text page. Optional websites for more detailed exploration of individual topics are also given in each unit.


Labs and Lab Equipment:

Students must have parental permission to perform labs in order to receive credit. The lab permission form and a list of required equipment and materials is available from the Lab Requirements page.


Need more information? Further details on this course are available at this site on course procedures and other frequently-asked questions.

Enrollment: To enroll in this course, or for further information on Scholars Online, please visit the Scholars Online Website.