Undergraduate Catalog - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Science & Math Goals & Objectives | Judson University Christian College

Department of Science and Mathematics


Jeffrey O. Henderson Chair -Department of Science and Mathematics

David Hoferer, Rani Mathai, Jennifer Sandberg, Peter Sandberg,  Michael Camerer, Keith Drew,

Emeritus: Elizabeth Juergensmeyer, John McLane, Rolf Myhrman

Subject Areas

The Department of Science and Mathematics offers courses in biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, physics, astronomy and earth science.

Majors and Minors

Students may major in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, or natural sciences.

 Minors are offered in biology, chemistry, and mathematics.

Judson’s Department of Teacher Education offers several options for students interested in science or mathematics education. Secondary education majors may choose programs in biology, chemistry, environmental science, or mathematics.

 Pre-professional Programs

The Department offers four-year programs for students who plan to apply to professional schools of medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician's assistant

Students in these programs select one of the majors listed under Majors and Minors, and then customize it to meet the admissions requirements of professional schools in their field(s) of interest. 

The Department also offers two-year programs for students interested in careers in nursing or pharmacy.  After completing two years of basic science and liberal arts requirements at Judson, and securing acceptance to the appropriate professional school, pre-nursing students complete an additional two years for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, while pre-pharmacy students complete an additional four years for the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.

Departmental Objectives

The coursework of the department is designed so that all Judson students are expected to:

  • Express ways in which science and mathematics are exciting, God-ordained, hands-on explorations of the created universe.
  • Become familiar with the scientific method and experience firsthand the process of doing experiments and drawing inferences from the resulting data.
  • Be able to articulate how science and mathematics are essential to comprehending our world and making good decisions in all areas of life.
  • Demonstrate ways the Christian worldview can inform ethical decision making in regards to science and technology that will impact the world around us.

Major Objectives

In addition to fulfilling the Science-Mathematics Departmental objectives:

  • students majoring in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry and Natural Science are expected to:
    • Formulate questions about nature that are amendable to scientific investigations.
    • Utilize current information retrieval technology to effectively search the scientific literature and to be conversant with current developments.
    • Apply modern approaches, techniques and instrumentation in designing and conducting experiments.
    • Use appropriate software packages for instrumental control and data manipulation. 
  • students majoring in Environmental Studies are expected to:
    • Understand the Earth as a physical system, and the interaction of living organisms within their communities.
    • Comprehend the complexity of environmental issues and possess the skills/expertise to address those issues, locally as well as globally.
    • Apply appropriate scientific methodology to evaluate environmental problems and assess the impact of intervention. 
  • students majoring in Mathematics are expected to:
    • Apply mathematical principles and procedures to solve real-world problems.
    • Effectively communicate mathematical ideas, both verbally and in written form.
    • Become involved in the exploration and development of mathematics not found in the regular undergraduate curriculum.
    • Construct logical and accurate mathematical proofs using a variety of techniques.
    • Become thoroughly prepared for successful work at the graduate school of their choice.

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