Science plays such a major role in modern life, it is vital that students have an understanding of its workings. Science courses make students aware of the vast amount of information being discovered daily about our world. The science program offers courses in both the biological and the physical sciences. It aims to stimulate critical thinking, to teach students how to understand and interpret data, and how to apply the scientific method. Laboratory experiences form a major part of science study. Through them, students explore the world via the microscope, experimentation and observation, and field work, which helps them relate the more abstract concepts to their immediate experience. Opportunities for individual research programs are available for students who wish to go beyond the basic required courses.