Science Department Philosophy and Goals


The Science Department Philosophy is inspired by faith that “Every concept, fundamental principle or equation which expresses an understanding of nature is a hymn of praise to God.” (paraphrased words of Maria Mitchell, astronomer).

This philosophy, as implemented in the Science Department curriculum, seeks to achieve in our students an intellectual enrichment that gives them “a sharp sense of understanding, a retentive memory, the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally, the talent of being exact in their explanations and the ability to express themselves with thoroughness and charm.” (from prayer by St. Thomas Aquinas),

This philosophy and the Science Department curriculum also call upon our students to be integrated individuals, who understand that “Science and technology by their very nature require unconditional respect for fundamental moral criteria.  Science and technology must be at the service of the human person, of his inalienable rights, of his true and integral good, in conformity with the plan and the will of God.”  (from  the Catechism of the Catholic Church)  

This faith based philosophy leads to following Science Department Mission Statement:

  1. A SMCHS graduate use the concepts, fundamental principles and equations from the biological and physical sciences in quantitative problem solving.  By the end of the second semester, problem solving ability in each basic course approaches college entry level expectations.  (Intellectually Enriched)
  2. A SMCHS graduate knows that observation and experimentation form the basis for scientific discovery.  (Intellectually Enriched)
  3. A SMCHS graduate knows correct laboratory techniques, including safety, and can apply them, using the scientific method. (Intellectually Enriched)
  4. A SMCHS graduate is prepared for college level engineering and science courses.  (Intellectually Enriched)
  5. A SMCHS graduate knows that facts and logic, when applied in real world situations, form the basis for an informed public policy debate and in a civil discussion of societal issues.  In particular, The Scientific Method and Occam's Razor are critical thinking tools for which the Science Department assumes responsibility.  (Integrated Individual)