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Science

Program Goal

Guided by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, students will develop an understanding of what science is, what science can and cannot do, and how science contributes to the culture of our society. Through a “minds-on,” experiential approach, students will become familiar with modes of scientific inquiry, rules of evidence, ways of formulating questions, and strategies for explanations. Students will practice applying both moral and ethical principles when evaluating advances in technology, the role of science in society, and personal decision-making.

Alumni Reflections

  • “I feel that I excelled in the science department because each of my teachers had a passion for what they were teaching and it made me want to learn more and push myself to succeed. They created an interactive classroom where I was never afraid to get involved and ask questions.”  Allie Danhof, Class of 2012, St. Mary’s College
  • “I feel I have succeeded in my science classes so far at MSU because all my science teachers at CC challenged me to go beyond my comfort level.  I grew in confidence and knowledge.  No matter what we were studying, I had to discipline myself to prepare daily for class.” — Stephanie Organ, Class of 2013, Michigan State University

Course Offerings

Advanced Integrated Science         Honors Physics                            Research Seminar

Biology                                                    Introduction to Research         AP Biology

Honors Biology                                    Environmental Science             AP chemistry

Chemistry                                               Anatomy/Physiology

Physics                                                     Pre-Engineering

Faculty

Cheryl Lambert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . Science Department

                                                                 cheryllambert@grcatholiccentral.org

           *Science Department Head

            B.S.      Aquinas College

                           Major:  Biology

                           Minor:  Chemistry

Elizabeth Maitner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Science Department

                                                               elizabethmaitner@grcatholiccentral.org

              B.S.       Michigan Technological University

                             Major:  Social Sciences and Secondary Education

               M.A.     University of Virginia

                              Major:  Physics Education

Jessica Malecki. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Science Department

                                                          jessicamalecki@grcatholiccentral.org

            *COREX, Assistant Coach Girls Cross Country, Track Coach*

            B.A.     Aquinas College

                           Major:  Biology

                           Minor:  Music

Julie VanderMolen  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Science Department

                                                         julievandermolen@grcatholiccentral.org

Julia Schnapp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Science Department

                                                                 juliaschnapp@grcatholiccentral.org

            *Science Department Head, Freshman Class Advisor*

            B.A.     Grand Valley State University

                           Major:  Social Sciences

                           Minor:  Elementary Educ.

            M.A.    Grand Valley State University

Honors and Awards

AP Scores (% receiving 3 or higher out of 5)                             ACT Scores         CCHS      State

     2011                  86%                                                                                2011                23.4        20.3
     2012                  89%                                                                                2012               24.1         20.4
     2013                  87%                                                                                2013               24.3         20.2
        • National Engineering Design Competition 1st Place – 2009
        • Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology Semi-Finalists – 2009-2010
        • Kettering Engineering Institute Summer Program Scholarship Recipient
        • Top Ten Science Intel Winner – 2010
        • AP Biology — 100% earn college credit; AP Chemistry — 74% earn college credit – 2013
        • Membership in American Institute of Biological Sciences
        • Membership in National Science Teachers Association

Department Opportunities

Annual Science Research Program / Annual Research Symposium

Science Olympiad Club