Undergraduate Catalog - Science & Math Goals & Objectives | Judson University Christian College

Department of Science and Mathematics


Jeffrey O. Henderson Department Chair

Daniel Burkett, Michael Camerer, Keith Drew, Sharon Hall, Tyrone Jones, Rani Mathai, Peter Sandberg, Julie Stauner

Emeritus: Elizabeth Juergensmeyer, John McLane, Rolf Myhrman

Subject Areas

The Department of

Science and Mathematics offers courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, astronomy and earth science.

Majors and Minors

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

Minors are offered in biology, chemistry, and mathematics.

Judson’s Division of Education offers several options for students interested in science or mathematics education. Secondary education majors may choose programs in biology, chemistry, 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 a two-year program for students interested in a career in pharmacy. After completing two years of basic science and liberal arts requirements at Judson and securing acceptance to a professional school, 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 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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