A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Creation: Understanding the Natural World (8 hours)

  • In the modern world, the method of natural science, drawing on the language of mathematics, has become one of the most powerful tools for understanding the physical universe.  Science profoundly shapes the world that we today inhabit.  Students must therefore complete 8 hours of approved coursework in math and the natural sciences, to be chosen from at least two of the following disciplines: mathematics, computer science, biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics.  All students must take at least one science course that includes a laboratory experience.  Students not satisfying the quantitative literacy competency by some other means must take an approved math course in order to do so.
    • Goals and outcomes for Mathematics and Computer Science:
      • Students will use mathematical algorithms and reasoning to solve problems.
      • Students will learn mathematical and/or computer science content that is at least equivalent to introductory calculus or object oriented programming.
      • Students will communicate about mathematical ideas and problem-solving both orally and in writing.
      • Students will use technology (e.g., graphing calculator, Derive, Java) as a tool to solve problems.
      • Students will encounter mathematical and/or computer programming content that is historically significant in its impact on society.
    • Goals and outcomes for Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics:
      • Students will be able to identify aspects of nature that illustrate the intricacy of God's creation.

      • Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the materials, principles, and basic content of one or more of the natural sciences.

      • Students will be able to demonstrate basic current scientific literacy and language of one or more of the natural sciences.

      • Students will be able to use principles of one or more of the natural sciences to solve quantitative and conceptual problems relating to real applications.

      • Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the role of experimentation in one or more of the natural sciences and will be able (for courses involving a laboratory component) to use the laboratory skills and techniques of the discipline.