Natural Sciences Department
Dr. Denise McCollim
Dean of Arts and Sciences
THE PURPOSE OF THIS DIVISION is to provide a traditional liberal arts education that prepares students to function as Christian professionals in a variety of career settings in their chosen field of study.
This division comprises the engineering, humanities, natural sciences, and nursing departments of Pensacola Christian College, each of which offers undergraduate degrees. The nursing department also offers a graduate degree.
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 mathematics,
- 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.
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 chosen field.
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.
The purpose of the biology concentration is for the student to learn to apply both scriptural and scientific methods toward understanding how living things function and how they depend upon each other for sustenance. The accomplishment of this dual goal encompasses biblical concepts about the relationships between God, man, and the physical universe. The scientific method is used to observe and explore the variety and design of God’s creation.
Additional Learning Outcome: Graduates of the biology concentration will also be able to apply their understanding of key concepts in the biological sciences to explain physiological and behavioral life processes.
The purpose of the chemistry concentration is to teach our students to apply the scientific method with modern experimentation in the field of chemistry so that they can fulfill God’s command to be wise stewards of His creation. This purpose will be accomplished by providing the students with a strong background in the physical sciences and with a broad liberal arts education from a Christian perspective.
Additional Learning Outcome: Graduates of the chemistry concentration will also be able to apply comprehensive understanding of mathematics and the physical sciences to chemical processes.
The purpose of the pre-medicine emphasis is to encompass a broad, liberal arts education from a Christian perspective and to provide a strong background in science and mathematics, as well as to prepare students for admission to and successful completion in medical school.
Additional Learning Outcome: Graduates of the pre-medicine emphasis will also be able to perform satisfactorily on health professions entrance exams.
The purpose of the pre-pharmacy emphasis is to provide a strong background in science and mathematics and to encompass a traditional, liberal arts education from a Christian perspective as well as to prepare students for admission to and successful completion in pharmacy school.
Additional Learning Outcome: Graduates of the pre-pharmacy emphasis will also be able to perform satisfactorily on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).
The purpose of the pre-physical therapy emphasis is to prepare students to pursue graduate work in the area of physical therapy.
Additional Learning Outcome: Graduates of the pre-physical therapy emphasis will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of human anatomy and physiology and the function of selected joints and their related injuries and therapies.