The goals of the Science Department are to instill an understanding and knowledge of the world, of matter, of biological systems, of the laws of the universe, and of the complex interaction between inanimate and animate concerns. The department seeks to develop critical and analytical thought processes which enable students to interrelate the theoretical model and experimental observations, and to train students in basic laboratory techniques and procedures. Faculty members strive to relate the science of the textbook to an increasingly scientific and technological world, and to encourage students to understand that scientific, political, and ethical decisions are often part of the same package, and that they must keep abreast of the changes and growth in scientific knowledge to make responsible decisions.