Geoscience Major Added to Science and Math Department

Geoscience Major at Cedarville University

Cedarville University students spend their 2011 spring break discovering the scientific wonders of Death Valley National Park.

by Public Relations

September 21, 2011

A Geoscience major is being added to Cedarville University’s Science and Math department. The major focuses on governmental policies of resource management, researching the earth’s natural processes and investigating areas of new environmental resources.

A bachelor of arts in geoscience requires completing courses in geology and environmental science. The major includes study in structural geology, environmental geology, geomorphology, mineralogy and paleontology. The Geoscience major prepares students for various fields of work including ground water pollution control and waste disposal abatement.

Dr. John Whitmore leads the Geoscience major along with assistance from adjunct faculty members Dr. Steve Austin and Mr. Tom Rice. Austin received a Ph.D. in Geology from Pennsylvania State University and holds the title of Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). Rice received a Master of Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and is a registered Geologist in Pennsylvania and Virginia.  Before taking the position as adjunct professor, Rice spent the last five years in the natural gas industry.

As with all courses at Cedarville, the Geoscience major has a focus on biblical integration in and out of the classroom. Those in this field of study come in contact with other secular geologists who question their reasoning about topics such as the age of the earth and evolution. These competing answers give students the opportunity to use their critical thinking skills to respond from a biblical perspective.

Students have the opportunity to attend the Geological Society of America Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where approximately 6,000 professionals attend to discuss new research in the field. Students may also visit Anza Borrego Desert in Southern California, Caesar Creek State Park and the Creation Museum.

Geoscience students are encouraged to openly discuss their faith, something unique to a collegiate science education. Some students have created a discussion group called the Cedarville Interventionist Society where members and guests are able to talk about geological issues and the Bible.

“Our students have already made important contributions to scientific literature, and our first majors are on their way to graduation!” Whitmore said. “I’m looking forward to the contributions these special students will have in the future.”

Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.

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