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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 University.

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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Moral Identity and Faith as a Counselor (3 Credits)

This course explores the formation of the student therapist’s identity as a counselor within the framework of Christianity and how this plays out in a secular world of counseling. This course presents philosophical and ethical perspectives integral to the understanding of the contemporary psychologies. Students learn how to analyze the ethical bias of psychotherapeutic psychologies, identify their underlying philosophical assumptions, and develop an appreciation for the moral components in individual, marital, and family identity formation. Also included will be a workshop to enhance spiritual development.

Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy: Basic Theories and Skills (3 Credits)

This course develops an understanding of the major theoretical orientations used by current practitioners, focusing on systemic approaches. Theories provide a coherent framework for understanding how people change. This course will highlight the Biblical understanding of how change takes place. This course covers the concepts and techniques associated with the primary theories of counseling psychology: psychodynamic, existential-humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and post-modern; in contrast with wholistic counseling techniques. Also included are the evidence-based treatments, limitations, and outcome research associated with each concept. The course also highlights cultural and spiritual diversity as it applies to the therapeutic process and awareness of the self, interpersonal issues, and spiritual values as they impact the use of theoretical frameworks. This course also introduces the student to basic skill in attending behavior, clinical interviewing and clinical intervention. Finally, this foundational course clarifies key issues in human nature and prepares the student for developing a worldview that is consistent with their theological and spiritual orientation.

Advanced Counseling Theory (3 Credits)

This course will examine several individuals, and family approaches for counseling. The development of specific behavioral, cognitive, humanistic/experiential, psychodynamic and systemic frameworks will be deconstructed. Student will distinguish Christian approach of addressing individual and family concerns. Students will be involved in experiential activities designed to relate the observation, demonstration and practice to research-based explanations. In this course, we will consider how each approach is used in clinical, school, and marriage and family counseling applications. Training in the use of the therapeutic relationship will be a focus for understanding and intervening with clients.

Group Processes in Counseling (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of group counseling with children, adults, families, and couples. The course focuses on basic group counseling theory including therapeutic group factors, stages of group development, and principles of commonly accepted and research-based group interventions. The course will cover different types of groups, such as support, psycho-educational, and process groups; the tasks, skills, and qualities of effective group leaders; roles of group members; and legal and ethical issues pertaining to groups, group leaders; roles of group members; and legal and ethical issues pertaining to groups. Importance is placed on responsibilities and skills and cultural considerations. Emphasis on small and large group processes and involvement in experiential activities is designed to relate the clinical process to theoretical explanations. Throughout, there is an emphasis on group work within community mental health settings.

Child and Adolescent Counseling (3 Credits)

This course provides an understanding of the broad range of childhood and adolescent problems and maladjustment behaviors. A variety of psychotherapeutic modalities are presented, providing the student with an opportunity to develop knowledge of basic child and adolescent therapy skills, assessments, and treatment strategies. The impact of the development aspects, family dynamics, social environments, and multicultural issues are addressed. In addition, legal and ethical issues and the role of hospitalization are considered.

Addictions Counseling and Treatment (3 Credits)

This course covers the prevention, assessment, and treatment of substance abuse/dependence, behavioral addictions, and co-occurring conditions. Theories of etiology, populations at risk, and the role of persons and systems in supporting or compounding abuse/addiction are discussed. The course reviews the cognitive, affective, behavioral, and neurological effects of psychoactive drug use and the impact of addiction on the family system. Best practices for the screening, assessment, and treatment of addictions and co-occurring behaviors are covered as well as community resources for individuals and family members. Additional focus will be placed on developing understanding of Recovery Oriented Care, social and psychological implications of socioeconomic position, and cultural awareness and competencies.

Counseling Diverse Populations (3 Credits)

This course focuses on the intersection and convergence of culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, socioeconomic status, religion, acculturation, and chronological age and how these inform effective mental health care. The goal is to increase awareness of multiple dimensions of diversity in order to prepare students to work sensitively and effectively with California’s multi-cultural population. Attention also is given to issues of privilege, marginality, and oppression, including sexism, racism, classism, ableism, ageism, and heterosexism. Theoretical perspectives on multicultural counseling will be examined as well as strategies for intervention and advocacy. This course will focus on eliminating biases, prejudices, and processes of intentional and unintentional oppression and discrimination. Throughout, effective strategies for communicating about emotionally charged material is emphasized.

Couples and Family Counseling: Post-Modern (3 Credits)

This course continues the study of the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals, couples, and families using interactional and brief models. This course provides advanced training in the theories and techniques of modern and post-modern schools of family therapy including Cognitive Behavioral, Behavioral, Solution-Focused, and Narrative Therapy. Also included are the evidence-based treatments, outcome research, and limitations associated with each theory. Specific family issues addressed include: transition to parenthood, parenting young and school-age children, household division of labor, and blended families. Throughout, careful attention is paid to the historical and cultural context in which the theories were developed and the implications for working with diverse populations in recovery-oriented community mental health settings.

Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy: Advanced Techniques (3 Credits)

This course is designed to further develop the psychotherapeutic skills of students prior to their entry into a clinical placement. Students focus on developing proficiency in the core interviewing qualities, deriving goals for a clinical session, and in making contracts with clients for change. Additionally, students are encouraged to begin developing a theoretical and conceptual understanding of cases and trained to work with diverse populations. Students are also encouraged to address issues regarding the integration of their faith with the practice of psychotherapy.

Assessment of Individuals, Couples, and Families (3 Credits)

This course examines the application of psychological instruments to the assessment of individuals, couples, and families. Fundamentals of psychological assessment are reviewed including standardized and non-standardized testing approaches, basic statistical concepts, and moral, ethical and cultural considerations in assessment. The course will also provide an overview of issues related to cognitive assessment, achievement, aptitude, and neuropsychological assessment. Emphasis will also be on clinical, behavioral, and personality assessment.

Knowing God Better Through Career Development: Theories and Techniques (3 Credits)

This course prepares students to address the intersections of career, values, and life roles in the context of career counseling and responding to career and work-related issues

for majority and marginalized groups. Students will gain core knowledge of major career development theories; examine the implications of sociocultural factors on career development, work transitions, and the career counseling process; gain experience with career counseling assessments and resources; and become familiar with current career development literature.

Crisis and Trauma Counseling (3 Credits)

Students will develop a foundation for assessing and treating post-trauma reactions in adults along with an overview of trauma responses in children. We will begin by reviewing the variety of trauma populations followed by in-depth instruction on the mechanism of development major trauma concerns. The assessment and intervention of post-trauma conditions will be identified. Next, we will address clinical interventions including disaster mental health and exposure-based treatment. Finally, we will review issues affecting therapists working with trauma populations and self-care strategies to prevent compassion fatigue.

Research and Evaluation in Counseling (3 Credits)

The goal of this course is to enable students to become informed consumers of psychological research and to use current research knowledge and tools to improve treatment outcomes. Students will explore methods and issues associated with the conduct and use of research concerning phenomena relevant to counseling psychology. The course provides an overview of hypothesis generation, research design, data collection and interpretation, and utilization of research findings in clinical practice, while considering systemic and sociocultural influences. Students will review seminal research findings including research on specific treatments and common factors across treatments that improve therapy outcome. The course also provides students with assessment tools for evaluating mental health programs and the effectiveness of one’s own clinical practice. Emphasis is given to helping students become knowledgeable consumers of research, including the use of research to inform evidence-based practice.

Clinical Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology (3 Credits)

Fulfills the California Board of Behavioral Sciences requirement for surveying the use of pharmacological agents in patient care. This course provides a basic overview of neurobiology in order to understand the biological bases of behavior and the psychopharmacological treatment of mental disorders. The course includes information about commonly prescribed psychiatric medications for children and adults – indications, contraindications, mechanisms of action, side effects, drug-drug interactions, iatrogenics, and variability related to age, gender, ethnicity, and medical condition. Students will learn how to work cooperatively and effectively with clients, family members, and prescribing clinicians. Additionally, controversies related to the medical model and to specific prescribing practices will be explored.

Psychopathology & Diagnostic Processes (3 Credits)

This course examines the major types of psychopathology. It explores techniques of intake interviewing and determining mental status to formulate a differential diagnosis based upon the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Students will also recognize and understand the controversial history of the development of the DSM. The

course also includes a critical examination of the clinical and experimental literature in psychopathy. Etiologies of cognitive/affective functions and dysfunctions and implications for therapeutic intervention are also addressed.

Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy (3 Credits)

This course will provide students with an understanding of human sexual development with a particular focus upon sexuality counseling from a systems perspective. The goal of this course is to learn about the many facets of human sexuality and the treatment of sexual dysfunctions in a safe and respectful environment. Topics include the physiology, psychology, and sociology of sexuality, including the effects of sexual attitudes and functioning on individuals and families. Gender Identity and LGBTQ and sexual perspectives will be reviewed. Clinical applications, including the treatment of sexual difficulty and dysfunction will also be explored. Students will develop familiarity with the language and terms of sexology and demonstrate an ability to apply this knowledge to clinical situations. Finally, students will explore the above with a framework of Christian compassion and love, exploring how God created sex to be beneficial. A review of AIDS, HIV, and STDs will be given.

Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Counseling (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to the legal, ethical, and moral issues related to the practice of LPCC and MFT in the state of California. This course focuses on contemporary professional law and ethics and moral dilemmas related to counseling practice. Students review statutory, regulatory, and decisional laws related to the scope of therapy practice, including confidentiality, privilege, reporting requirements, family law, and the treatment of minors. Professional codes of ethics (ACA, AAMFT/ CAMFT, and APA) will be reviewed. California law that is relevant to the practice of counseling will be examined including goals and objectives of professional organizations, standards of training, licensure, and the rights and responsibilities of professional counselors. Case examples will be discussed. Consideration is also given to the student practitioner’s values and behaviors, especially in relation to becoming a Christian therapist.

Practicum in Counseling (6, 3 per term)

The purpose of this course is to develop counseling competencies when working with a variety of clients with unique presenting concerns. Specifically, the focus will be on your ability to engage your clients in treatment, establish a working alliance, identify dysfunctional patterns, and use either general strategies or ECBIS strategies to facilitate change. You will work toward the development of a personally acceptable and professionally effective style of establishing and working in helping relationships. We will work toward helping you to examine your behaviors and rationales and to modify for greater effectiveness.

Course Prerequisites:
This is the terminal course for the program and will run concurrently with a weekly seminar that will address issues in counseling practice.