Dr. Matthew McLain, Chairperson
The Department of Biological & Physical Sciences spans the disciplines of biology, zoology, botany, chemistry, geology, environmental science, paleontology, 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 considering 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, which includes a commitment to the doctrine of unique creation. The internally consistent outcome of these studies forms a basis for accurately evaluating 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. The department offers Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biological Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Geoscience.
Students are encouraged to pursue personalized scholarship opportunities with individual faculty in the department. 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.