General Science



Niki Thiessen

Course Time:
This course is offered on Tuesdays.

Course Pre-Requisites:

  • This class is typically recommended for 7th-8th grade students.

  • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the tutor
    or a member of the Academic Affairs Committee.



Course Text:


  • Exploring Creation with General Science, 3rd Edition

       ISBN-  1946506273


       *WHCT is switching to the updated 3rd edition of this textbook.
         Students enrolling in General Science in the 2020.2021 school year
         that continue to follow our typical, recommended course progression
         (General Science, Physical Science, Biology) will continue to progress
         through the new, updated editions that are in the process of being released.
         This is necessary due to the updated scope and sequence of the Apologia series.

         If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the tutor or a

         member of the Academic Affairs Committee.


Course Description:

This course is designed to be a student's introduction to the sciences.


We will cover such topics as the history of science, scientific method, designing experiments, archaeology, geology, paleontology, astronomy, earth science, basic chemistry, physics, and biology, and marine and environmental science.  Its scope, therefore, is quite wide. 

The material is approached from a Biblical perspective, and thus, explores these topics and

their relationship to creation.

We do many in-class, hands-on experiments.

Two projects are assigned, one each semester.



Course Class Time: 

  • Class time will include review of homework and labs, as well as hands-on
    activities to reinforce the material that they will read from their text.

  • We will spend time reviewing the material in the text,
    and there will be a quiz every two weeks.


Course Homework Requirements: 

  • The student will be responsible for reading the material in the text on their
    own on a weekly basis.

  • Other homework will include weekly study guides, worksheets, pre-lab write-ups,
    and a project each semester.

  • Students can expect to spend approximately 3-4 hours per week on homework.  

      This will consist of reading about 15 pages in the text and answering around
      20 questions on the study guide.

  • Most weeks will involve a pre-lab write-up.


  • Tests will be given in class.





  • Quarter Grades:
    30%  Homework (study guides and misc. worksheets)
    30%  Lab (pre-labs, participation and write-ups)
    20%  Quizzes
    20%  Cumulative tests


  • First Semester Grades:
    40%  1st quarter grade
    40%  2nd quarter grade
    20%  Project​​


  • Second Semester Grades:
    40%  3rd quarter grade
    40%  4th quarter grade
    20%  Rube Goldberg Machine project




Specific Requirements:

  • Internet access and a reliable printer are required for this course.

  • The class information and assignments will be uploaded to Schoology.

  • A Study Guide is due each week and will be available on Schoology 
    at least one week before it is due.  


Course Supplies:

  • textbook

  • loose-leaf lined

  • 1" binder w. dividers  -labeled Study Guides, Experiments, Quizzes/Tests




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