Scientific Perspectives on the Natural World

Climate change. Antibiotic resistance. Alternative fuels. Engineering for earthquakes. Some of these most challenging issues in society today demand solutions that require a scientific understanding of the natural world.

Scientific understanding can also illuminate the beauty and wonder of natural phenomena all around us. To prepare Pacific graduates to be scientifically literate citizens, the classes that meet this Exploration help students learn how to use scientists’ tools to understand natural phenomena and apply that understanding to societal problems.

Upon completion of this requirement students will be able to:

  • use measurable evidence to support or reject a scientific hypothesis about the natural world.
  • apply scientific approaches to problem-solving and decision-making.