Academics


Biology (B.A.)

The bachelor of arts degree with a major in biology provides general course background in the biological sciences.

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Biology (B.S.)

The bachelor of science degree with a major in biology prepares students for graduate study in the biological sciences by including the course requirements prescribed by many of the leading graduate-level biology degree programs in the nation. This major enhances the student's depth of knowledge in biology and increases the breadth of exposure to chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

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Chemistry (B.A.)

Sample Four Year PlanThe bachelor of arts degree with a major in chemistry prepares students for careers in the health professions, technical business professions, and other science related vocations.

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Chemistry (B.S.)

Sample Four Year PlanThe bachelor of science degree with a major in chemistry prepares students for graduate study in chemistry and for careers in industry or research. The degree requirements provide training in each of the primary areas of chemistry with the necessary support in mathematics, physics, and biology.

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Chemistry Education (B.A.)

Sample Four Year PlanThe chemistry education major prepares young people to engage the culture as chemistry teachers in the middle school and high school setting, both public and private institutions. Preparing future educators with a heart for Christ and a high view of God's Word.

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Environmental Science (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in environmental science prepares students with a foundation for entering vocations in ecology, conservation biology, environmental education, environmental consulting companies, etc., and graduate study which is often needed for these careers.

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Forensic Science (B.S.)

Sample Four Year PlanThe bachelor of science degree with a major in forensic science is an interdisciplinary degree that includes substantial laboratory work and an emphasis on advanced coursework in the sciences. It will involve a collaborative endeavor between Cedarville University and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation consisting of a forensic laboratory experience on an internship basis with the bureau.

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Geology (B.S.)

The geology major prepares students for graduate studies or employment in a wide variety of geological fields. Skills needed by modern geologists such as observation, interpretation, model analysis, critical thinking and field work are emphasized throughout the program. Opportunities for undergraduate research and publication are available and will be encouraged. The coursework is rigorous and very similar to coursework at other secular, Christian and private schools.The bachelor of science degree with a major in geology prepares students for professional employment as geoscientists and/or for graduate study in the earth sciences.

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Geoscience (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in geoscience prepares students for employment in the areas of geology and environmental science. The major is a hybrid of the geology and environmental science majors.

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Integrated Life Science Education (B.A.)

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Integrated Mathematics Education (B.A.)

Sample Four Year PlanOur integrated mathematics education program prepares you to teach math in grades 7-12. All of our adolescent and young adult (AYA) programs combine in-class instruction with extensive teaching experience in local schools, preparing you to become a world-class teacher. Because of the outstanding reputation of our science program, when you graduate you will be certified by the Association of Christian Schools International and licensed by the state of Ohio, which enables you to teach in both public and Christian schools nearly anywhere in the world.

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Integrated Physical Science Education (B.A.)

Sample Four Year PlanOur integrated physical science education program prepares you to teach the physical sciences, such as chemistry and physics, in grades 7-12. All of our adolescent and young adult (AYA) programs combine in-class instruction with extensive teaching experience in local schools, preparing you to become a world-class teacher. When you graduate you will be certified by the Association of Christian Schools International and licensed by the state of Ohio, which enables you to teach in both public and Christian schools nearly anywhere in the world.

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Integrated Physics Education (B.A.)

Sample Four Year PlanOur integrated physics education program prepares you to teach physics in grades 7-12. All of our adolescent and young adult (AYA) programs combine in-class instruction with extensive teaching experience in local schools, preparing you to become a world-class teacher. When you graduate you will be certified by the Association of Christian Schools International and licensed by the state of Ohio, which enables you to teach in both public and Christian schools nearly anywhere in the world.

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Integrated Science Education (B.A.)

Sample Four Year PlanOur integrated science education program exposes you to the various areas of science including biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics, and provides basic preparation for teaching these disciplines so that you can teach a variety of science courses in grades 7-12. All of our adolescent and young adult (AYA) programs combine in-class instruction with extensive teaching experience in local schools, preparing you to become a world-class teacher. When you graduate, you will be certified by the Association of Christian Schools International and licensed by the state of Ohio, which enables you to teach in both public and Christian schools nearly anywhere in the world.

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Mathematics (B.A.)

Sample Four Year PlanThe bachelor of arts degree with a major in mathematics provides coursework and training in advanced mathematics. Because of the general nature of this curriculum and opportunity to complement the major with electives from other fields of study, this curriculum provides excellent preparation for graduate study in areas that require good quantitative and/or analytical skills such as philosophy, business, and theology. This liberal arts major also prepares students for a wide variety of career opportunities that require a general bachelor of arts degree. The flexibility of this major enables students to select their mathematics and other electives to meet educational or career goals. Students should include courses in astronomy, chemistry, and physics as general electives.

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Mathematics (B.S.)

Sample Four Year PlanThe bachelor of science degree with a major in mathematics prepares students for graduate study in mathematics. The curriculum includes the course requirements prescribed by many of the leading graduate-level mathematics programs in the nation. Students should include courses in astronomy, chemistry, and physics as general electives.

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Molecular and Cellular Biology (B.S.)

The bachelor of science degree with a major in molecular and cellular biology will prepare students for graduate-level training in the context of a broad biological background based in a biblical worldview. This degree will allow our students to become holistically thinking molecular biologists, and will enhance the student's depth of knowledge in this competitive and growing field.

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Physics (B.A.)

The physics major prepares students for graduate study in physics or for employment opportunities in industry. The curriculum includes courses prescribed by leading graduate-level physics programs in the nation. Students should include courses in mathematics and chemistry as general electives.

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Physics (B.S.)

Sample Four Year PlanThe bachelor of arts degree with a major in physics prepares students for graduate study in physics or for employment opportunities in industry. The curriculum includes courses prescribed by leading graduate-level physics programs in the nation. Students should include courses in mathematics and chemistry as general electives.

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Teacher Education Licensure Programs Adolescent and Young Adult

The Department of Science and Mathematics joins with the School of Education to offer adolescent/young adult licensure programs in the following areas:

  • Chemistry
  • Life Science
  • Mathematics - Integrated
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Science - Integrated
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Actuarial Science

Actuarial science applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in the insurance and finance industries. This minor is designed to prepare students to pass the first two exams that are required for the Actuarial Science profession.

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Bioethics

The bioethics minor is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for public discourse and input on issues of bioethical importance, with an emphasis on the sanctity of human life. The minor provides interested students with a foundation for theoretical and applied bioethics from both Christian and secular viewpoints.

Students in the following majors should consider the bioethics minor:

  • Pre-Health Professions students (medicine, nursing, allied health)
  • Psychology and Social Work
  • Philosophy and Bible Majors
  • Any other interested students

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Biology

The minors in the Department of Science and Mathematics are designed to provide non-majors with additional background in the biological sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences.

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Chemistry

The minors in the Department of Science and Mathematics are designed to provide non-majors with additional background in the biological sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences.

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Earth Science

The minors in the Department of Science and Mathematics are designed to provide non-majors with additional background in the biological sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences.

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Mathematics

The minors in the Department of Science and Mathematics are designed to provide non-majors with additional background in the biological sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences.

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Physics

The minors in the Department of Science and Mathematics are designed to provide non-majors with additional background in the biological sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences.

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Agricultural Business

The agricultural business emphasis prepares students for careers in the industry and business phases of agriculture.

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Agricultural Science

The agricultural science emphasis prepares students for careers including agronomy, animal science, food science, and horticulture.

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Environmental Biology

The environmental biology curriculum within the biology major provides undergraduate preparation for students who are pursuing careers in such fields as conservation biology, wildlife biology, environmental toxicology, and environmental health. In addition to formal courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics, employment criteria for these professions include prior experience (e.g., as a summer employee or intern), field biology skills (i.e., plant/animal taxonomy, habitat assessment and improvement), interpersonal skills, mathematical and communication skills, and the ability to reason critically and integrate across disciplines.

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Medical Technology

A medical technology option is available within the biology major. The student must spend one year in a hospital internship program to become a certified medical technologist. Prerequisites to the hospital internship include: 16 hours of biology, 16 hours of chemistry, one mathematics course, and completion of all General Education Requirements. Students may do an internship during their senior year with 32 hours of transfer credit applied to the biology major upon successful completion of the internship. Many students complete the requirements for a biology major first and then take the internship after graduation from Cedarville University.

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Preagriculture

The preagriculture curriculum is designed to satisfy the technical and nontechnical requirements of the first two years of a typical agriculture program. Students should research agricultural schools to which they wish to transfer at the junior level so that application materials can be completed in advance of deadlines.The preagriculture students should confer with their advisor to select electives based upon the following criteria:

  • The requirements of the school to which they will transfer after leaving Cedarville University.
  • The specific agricultural program they wish to enter.

Course requirements include core requirements and an emphasis in either agriculture business or agriculture science.

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Premedical Program

Cedarville University students have been very successful in gaining admission to medical and osteopathic schools. Over the past five years, 81% of CU students who applied to medical schools were accepted (the national acceptance rate is 50-55%). While these schools usually do not require a specific major, students interested in medicine typically choose to major in biology or chemistry.

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Preparation for Other Health Professions

Dentistry
Optometry
Physician Assistant
Podiatry
Cedarville University students have been successful in gaining admission to various health-related professional schools. For many of these schools, no specific major is required; however, students typically choose majors in biology or chemistry.

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Prepharmacy

The prepharmacy curriculum enables a student to obtain the first three or four years of the six- or seven-year Pharm.D. program at Cedarville University. To ensure that specific course requirements may be met through Cedarville courses, the student should select the pharmacy college he or she plans to attend as early as possible and obtain a catalog describing the specifc course requirements.

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Prephysical Therapy

Most Cedarville students who successfully apply to graduate programs in physical therapy have completed the B.A. in biology. Students should contact the specific schools they wish to attend to determine the exact prerequisites. Physical therapy schools usually require 40 to 100 hours of experience assisting a licensed physical therapist prior to application.

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