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BS Natural Science

Bachelor of Science in Natural Science

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Natural Science exists to educate pre-health professional students in the knowledgeable application of God’s natural laws of health. This program builds on the rich medical missionary heritage of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and strives to balance scientific study with applied learning. It focuses on core science subjects such as chemistry, biology, physics, and their related sub-disciplines, which are foundational to success in post-graduate study in the health sciences. The Natural Science degree includes interactive classroom instruction along with significant laboratory experiences in the core sciences that will prepare students for the MCAT/DAT or other pre-professional exams. These courses  are taught with a decidedly Biblical and health-based focus while providing practical hands-on experience in medical situations through clinical rotations in the NEWSTART Lifestyle and Nedley Ten-Day Residential Depression and Anxiety Recovery Programs. In addition to these on-campus experiences, students will also have the opportunity to be involved in local, national, and international mission experiences.

Students graduating from the BS in Natural Science will:

  • Be prepared for the MCAT or other pre-professional exams
  • Be competent in creation/evolution issues
  • Gain a greater understanding of God through the study of core courses
  • Recognize the relationship between spiritual truths and the sciences

Students should contact the Natural Sciences Program Chair regarding their specific needs, graduate school possibilities and where other students have successfully transferred their coursework or degrees.

What’s unique about Weimar Natural Science?

  • Unique because clinical rotations are necessary for graduation — History, physical exam, laboratory analysis, application of peer review medical research in a clinical setting in physical health including treatments for hypertension, coronary artery disease, renal failure, diabetes mellitus, and other chronic diseases.
  • Unique because of clinical rotations in depression/anxiety recovery — Students will learn diagnostics skills-including laboratory and epigenetic analysis-to determine the precise cause of depression and how by treating the precise cause, the disease can be eradicated.
  • Clinical research — Weimar Natural Science students are all able to publish in the medical and scientific peer review literature due to the tremendous clinical practice/database available at Weimar.

These 3 unique aspects of the Natural Science program greatly expand the future education and employment opportunities beyond what the typical Natural Science degree affords.

Occupational Opportunities

Natural Science program graduates may find opportunities as missionary physicians, dentists, physical therapists, public health servants, educators, or other allied-health careers after completing the appropriate post-graduate studies. Graduates will be prepared to minister to their local and global community through Comprehensive Health Evangelism in a community-based setting.

Programs Courses

Pre-Med/Pre-PA/Pre-Dent Track

Core

›   Biology I3

›   Biology I Lab1

›   Biology II3

›   Biology II Lab1

›   General Chemistry I3

›   General Chemistry I Lab1

›   General Chemistry II3

›   General Chemistry II Lab1

›   Organic Chemistry I3

›   Organic Chemistry I Lab1

›   Organic Chemistry II3

›   Organic Chemistry II Lab1

›   General Biochemistry4

›   Physics I3

›   Physics I Lab1

›   Physics II3

›   Physics II Lab1

›   Issues in Origins3

›   Natural Science Capstone I1

›   Natural Science Capstone II1


Major Electives

Select 7 credits from elective science courses, Such as

›   Introductory Microbiology3

›   Introductory Microbiology Lab1

›   Advanced Human Physiology3

›   Advanced Human Physiology Lab1

›   Genetics3

›   Cell Biology3


Major Cognates

›   Research Methods3

›   Pre-Calculus II3

(Or equivalent score on Mathematics Challenge exam)

›   Introduction to Sociology3

›   Introduction to Statistics3


Total Credits 57

Pre-Physical Therapy Track

Core

›   Biology II3

›   Biology II Lab1

›   General Chemistry I3

›   General Chemistry I Lab1

›   General Chemistry II3

›   General Chemistry II Lab1

›   Organic Chemistry I3

›   Organic Chemistry I Lab1

›   Organic Chemistry II3

›   Organic Chemistry II Lab1

›   General Biochemistry4

›   Medical Terminology1

›   Physics I3

›   Physics I Lab1

›   Physics II3

›   Physics II Lab1

›   Issues in Origins3

›   Natural Science Capstone I1

›   Natural Science Capstone II1


Major Electives

Select 9 credits from elective science courses, Such as

›   Introductory Microbiology3

›   Introductory Microbiology Lab1

›   Advanced Human Physiology3

›   Advanced Human Physiology Lab1

›   Cell Biology3


Major Cognates

›   Fit & Well1

›   Pre-Calculus II3

(Or equivalent score on Mathematics Challenge exam)

›   Developmental Psychology3

›   Introduction to Statistics3

›   Cross Cultural Mission3

or

›   Christian Ethics3


Total Credits 57

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • PSLO #1
  • PSLO #2
  • PSLO #3
  • PSLO #4
  • PSLO #5
PSLO #1

Truth-Centered Scientists

Students develop a Biblical worldview perspective as they effectively identify and integrate key concepts from the core sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics) as they relate to Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy.

PSLO #2

Comprehensive Health Evangelists

Students practice and promote physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing by leading in collaborative, community-based programming among diverse people groups domestically or internationally.

PSLO #3

Critical Thinkers

Students investigate a controversy, problem, or question related to the core sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics) or the medical field where diverse perspectives are assembled, analyzed, and used to draw an informed conclusion that considers the influence of context, possible sources of bias and a priori assumptions.

PSLO #4

Effective Communicators

Students communicate the key (threshold) concepts of the core sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics) in both written and oral forms.

PSLO #5

Scientific Problem Solvers

Students interpret and solve quantitative problems using one or more threshold concepts of the core science fields (biology, chemistry, and physics).

General Education Requirements

Students intending to complete a BS in Natural Science are required to meet the Baccalaureate General Education requirements of Weimar Institute.

Program Length

The BS in Natural Science typically takes 4 years to complete.

Program Cost

The cost approximation of the 4 year degree is $96,000 including room and board.

Admission

As future health care providers and leaders in health evangelism training and practice, the Natural Science graduate must have a reputable character, intellectual capacity, a deep commitment to the well-being of both their local and global community, and dedication to service. These components are assessed in the initial application process and throughout the program. 

While students may declare Natural Science as a major, formal admission to the BS in Natural Science degree program is open to students during the middle of their second year (see requirement checklist in the Registrar’s office). Students will submit an application requesting admittance into the program. If denied, students may submit more than one application. The Natural Science program faculty together with the Academic Standards Committee will determine whether or not the student qualifies for the program. 

The criterion for admittance into the program includes, but is not limited to the following: 

  • Spiritual commitment 
  • Dedication to health evangelism and service 
  • High ethical standards
  • Respected among peers and supervisors
  • Compassion for people 
  • Dedication to a healthy lifestyle, including NEWSTART® principles 
  • Academic Eligibility (3.5 GPA or higher, with no grade lower than B in core courses. Up to two (2) core courses may be repeated to meet or maintain eligibility. Students not qualifying may still complete the BS in Natural Science degree, but may find their opportunities for postgraduate studies limited.) 

Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 125 credits are required for the BS in Natural Science. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Natural Science need to fulfill all General Education requirements as well as the graduation requirements for the degree. Major degree requirements include Core Courses, Core Cognate, Required Experiences, Required Competencies, and a minor. To graduate, students must continue to meet the initial Program Admission Requirements (above). Students who intend to use the degree for Pre-Med, Pre-PA, Pre-Dent, or Pre-PT are required to include the Health & Wellness minor in their degree plan.

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