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Biological and Physical Sciences

Dr. Joseph W. Francis, Chairperson

The Department of Biological and Physical Sciences spans the disciplines of biology, zoology, botany, chemistry,

paleobiology, and physical science. The department seeks to produce in students the ability to carefully analyze any area

of knowledge that intersects these diverse disciplines. The department strives to instill in students the desire to be

professionally competent, to develop lifelong patterns of intellectual growth, and to be uncompromising in their faith.

This is accomplished by a consideration of the history of science and current perspectives in the various scientific

disciplines in the context of the Christian worldview based on the Word of God. The internally consistent outcome of

these studies forms a basis for the accurate evaluation of science past, present, and future. The goal of all instruction is

to send forth the saints with an understanding of science, so that through their professional, academic, and spiritual

testimony, the Master is presented and exalted.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The training students receive at The Master’s University in biological and physical sciences helps them prepare for the

following careers:

Biochemist

Dietitian

Laboratory Technician

Dentist

Physician

Veterinarian

Nurse

Zoologist

Ecologist

Marine Biologist

Pharmacist

Microbiologist

Park Ranger

Research Scientist

Students in the natural history/environmental biology emphasis can complete certifications as a certified naturalist,

certified land resources analyst, certified water resources analyst, or certified environmental analyst in conjunction with

The Master’s University and the Au Sable Institute. Interested students should coordinate their program early in their

university years with Dr. Dennis Englin.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Students are encouraged to pursue personalized scholarship opportunities with individual faculty in the department. A

particular forte of our institution is the interest and emphasis of our faculty in creation science research. Students may

translate such research opportunities into academic credit toward graduation in the form of practicums in industrial

settings and/or scholarly articles presented to academic and professional societies.

CALIFORNIA SINGLE SUBJECT TEACHING CREDENTIAL IN LIFE SCIENCES

Students desiring to teach at the secondary level (junior and/or senior high) should also plan on completing the Teaching

Credential Program after obtaining their bachelor’s degree. The fifth-year credential program includes methods

coursework and student teaching, leading to eligibility for a California Preliminary Single-Subject Teaching

Credential. Consult the Teaching Credential Program section of this catalog for information on admission requirements,

which involve meeting specific requirements in advance, including certain prerequisite courses and exams. Interested

students should make an appointment with the Credential Analyst by the end of their sophomore year in order to assure

a seamless entry into the Teaching Credential Program.

CREDIT-BY-EXAMINATION

Credit-by-examination in the department will be granted for certain course segments if the student has scored 4 or 5 on

the Advanced Placement Program examination of the College Board, or a score of 55 or above on the College Level

Examination Program test. This applies to:

Chemistry examination – CH151 General Chemistry (4 units). (Biology majors must take CH152 at the university

level.)

Biology examination – LS151 Organismic Biology (3 units).