Science Courses

“For science develops best when its concepts and conclusions are integrated into the broader human culture and its concerns for ultimate meaning and value.”
— Pope John Paul II

The Science program at Saint John Paul II Catholic High School provides students with a method of acquiring, organizing, analyzing, and explaining scientific data. The purpose of the program is to foster in students knowledge of and respect for the order and beauty of creation, an awareness of the forces that shape our physical and biological world, and a sense of personal responsibility for the direction science and technology will take in the course of their lives.


9th Biology

Biology, Miller & Levine or other TBD

Chance or Purpose? Creation, Evolution, and a Rational Faith, Shoenborn

Souvenirs, Fabre

Lazzaro Spallanzani (1729-1799) Italian Catholic priest who was the first to come with the theory of animal echolocation (and is one of the scientists considered to be the "Father of Modern Biology").

10th (AP) Chemistry

Modern Chemistry, Holt McDougall or other TBD

“The Double Helix: A personal account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA” by James D. Watson

Elements of Chemistry, Antoine Lavoisier (1743-1794) French Catholic chemist, considered the "Father of Modern Chemistry," coming up with the first table of elements, inventing the terms "oxygen" and "hydrogen", who theorized that mass always stays the same, and defined the unit that was later termed the "kilogram".

11th (AP) Physics

Text TBD

Writings of Marie Curie

Robert Grosseteste (c. 1175-1253) English Catholic Bishop who developed mathematical physics, put forward the first known wave theory of light, and advocated the use of controlled experiments (which led to the modern scientific method).

Pope John Paul II Galileo Galilei and “Address to the Pontifical Academy of Science"

12th AP Biology

Text TBD

Blaise Pascal Pensées

AP Physics

AP Chemistry

Environmental Science

Anatomy & Physiology