Dr. Shane Smith, Chair
The natural sciences department teaches students the order and complexity of God’s creation as revealed in mathematics,
the natural sciences of biology, chemistry, and physics. The professional
preparation programs of pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, and pre-physical therapy provide a broad background in science along with a foundation in liberal arts to prepare students for further study.
Strong theoretical foundations are combined with practical applications,
preparing the student for future opportunities.
The laws of mathematics and skill in solving mathematical problems is
crucial to many fields and beneficial to all. Therefore, every student
takes college algebra (or higher) as a general graduation requirement.
Bachelor of Science Degree
The purpose of the mathematics major is to provide students
with the opportunity to develop their analytical thinking, quantitative
reasoning, problem-solving, and communication skills that will prepare
them to succeed in either graduate school or in a variety of careers in
business, industry, government, or teaching. Concurrently, the mathematics
major will help students recognize mathematics as the language
God used in establishing the physical laws of the universe.
Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the mathematics program will
be able to
- explain key concepts in the major areas of undergraduate
- apply established methods of problem solving in the major
areas of undergraduate mathematics,
- apply abstract reasoning to mathematical systems, and
- communicate the nature of mathematics as the language of
science and as a means of representing the natural laws that
God established in Creation.
Natural Sciences Major
The purpose of the natural sciences major is to provide a strong
background in science and to encompass a traditional, liberal arts
education from a Christian perspective as well as to prepare students
for admission to and successful completion of graduate studies in their
Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the natural sciences program will
be able to
- apply their understanding of key concepts to solve problems
in science and mathematics;
- evaluate scientific data;
- perform competently in basic skills of writing reports, communicating
research ideas, and giving oral presentations;
- evaluate scientific literature;
- evaluate scientific investigation based on a
supernatural creation of all things in six literal days approximately
6,000 years ago by the God of the Bible; and
- articulate ethical standards based on a biblical foundation.