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.
The training students receive at The Master’s University in biological and physical sciences helps them prepare for the
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 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
Biology examination – LS151 Organismic Biology (3 units).