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STEM head Chris Basel excited as program expands

STEM head Chris Basel excited as program expands

Calvary’s commitment to educating from the biblical worldview means Calvary’s program is rare.

With Calvary’s addition of a chemistry minor, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) head Chris Basel looks forward to further expansions of the program. He said, in long-term goals, Calvary looks to add other STEM minors, such as math and biology. “The goal is for the minors to partner with the Warrior’s Choice degree,” enabling students “to go on to any professional school.” This opens opportunities for Calvary graduates in graduate studies such as medical science, biology, and chemistry.

Basel highlighted the importance of Calvary’s first distinctive, standing firm on the Bible. With the opportunities Calvary offers, students “don’t have to go to a secular college that teaches from a naturalistic perspective… You can come to Calvary and you can get Education, Bible and Theology, and now you can get Science and Math, too.”

Calvary’s commitment to educating from the biblical worldview means Calvary’s program is rare. Basel said, “[Because] we hold the Bible to be true and authoritative from the very first word, we are a creationist college. You can go to Answers in Genesis and search creationist colleges; we’re on there.” This standing makes Calvary one of “a relatively small number.”

Basel pointed out that, while “there is quite a lot of good competition within that small number, this gives people another opportunity” as they pursue biblical higher education. Calvary is one of only seven creationist colleges listed for the central United States, and one of fourteen west of the Missouri River. This small number of options positions Calvary’s Missouri and Colorado campuses to fill a national need for biblical education in STEM fields.

Basel said, “My desire is to meet the needs of students who have a variety of needs,” and he already has students from a wide range of the Midwest enrolled in his science courses. The blended format of Calvary’s courses enables students across the country to take advantage of low cost, high quality education in biblical degree programs.

Students in a Biology lab extract DNA from strawberries.

Calvary Starts a Chemistry Minor!

Calvary Starts a Chemistry Minor!

Calvary University recently approved the initiation of a chemistry minor, the first in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) field.  The first class will be offered fall 2020.  Classes will consist of general chemistry, organic chemistry, and analytical chemistry.  Minors in math and biology will be started later.  These minors provide the foundation for a career in a STEM field, including medicine, veterinary science, and dentistry.

All classes will be offered in the blended format – on campus, live-streamed, and online.  Laboratory experiments will consist of traditional and non-traditional formats.  There are two non-traditional formats.  The first consists of experiments conducted remotely on the student’s schedule using a lab kit.  Experiment results are entered into the Calvary learning management system using cloud-based software.  The second non-traditional format will consist of an approximately one-week module on campus. 

Calvary University Offers Online Chemistry Class and Lab Focusing on Health Applications

Calvary University Offers Online Chemistry Class and Lab Focusing on Health Applications

Are you interested in how chemistry is involved in medicine and health?  Have you wondered what the difference is between drugs and vitamins?  Interested in a chemistry class that requires relatively low amounts of math?  Not interested in having to stand in a lab for hours at a time you’d rather be doing something else?

If that describes you, then Chemistry with Heath Applications (SC251N and SC252N) is the class for you!  Calvary University is starting its first completely online science class with a lab!  That’s right, even the lab is online!  When you register for the course, you obtain a lab kit to use at home on your schedule.  The lectures, textbook, homework, and lab experiments are all accessed online.  Interested?  Sign up for SC251N and SC252N during cycle 2!

Science Faculty at Calvary University Offer Full Experience Through Dual Enrollment

Science Faculty at Calvary University Offer Full Experience Through Dual Enrollment

 

 

The science faculty at Calvary University (CU) and Blue Ridge Christian School (BRCS) are now collaborating in a dual enrollment program so BRCS students can take CU science courses for college credit.  CU science faculty organize the class and lab, prepare, give, and record lectures, and lead the CU on-campus lab sections.   BRCS science faculty monitor and assist the BRCS students as they listen to the recorded lectures and complete the lab experiments on their campus.

This approach is currently being used for the Survey of Biological Science class and is working well.  It is likely this will be expanded to other courses in the future.  In addition, CU hopes to initiate agreements with other Christian high schools in the future.

The dual enrollment program allows high school students to get a head start on college.  It can help them save time and money when they enter college.  CU benefits too as enrollment increases.  It’s a win-win situation for all involved!