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Learn about the integration of science and Christian faith.

The Darrell R. Strait Center for the Integration of Science and Christian Faith is an academic center housed within the SBU College of Science and Mathematics and named in memory of Dr. Darrell R. Strait, a long-time employee of the University, senior professor of chemistry and former Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.

The Center is home to an interdisciplinary program (major and minor programs) focusing on the integration of science and Christian faith. In this Center, students study the history and philosophy of science, Biblical hermeneutics and the integration of science and Christian faith.

Students participating in these programs of study will be equipped for personal evangelism and ministry in their chosen profession by facilitating the student's understanding the different belief systems of the people they encounter.

A second major in any degree program at SBU is required with this major.

About Dr. Darrell R. Strait

Dr. Strait

Dr. Strait was a long-time employee of the University, senior professor of chemistry and former Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. He was also a two-time winner of the SBU Life Beautiful Award (in recognition of his Christ-like character), winner of the Missouri Governor's Excellence in Teaching Award and a true model to his peers of what it means to be a Christian working in academics in the science arena.

In addition to his stellar service to the University, Dr. Strait was active in the life of the Bolivar community and in the life of First Baptist Church of Bolivar, endearing himself to all who knew him.

Mission Statement

The Darrell R. Strait Center for the Integration of Science and Christian Faith (CISCF) pursues excellence and seeks to honor God by offering an interdisciplinary program of study in the integration of science and Christian faith that incorporates appropriate scientific and Biblical principles, grounded in the Old and New Testaments, and consistent with the Christian faith, Christian worldview, Biblical values and Baptist heritage of the University.

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Pre-Physical Therapy Student Organization: Members include those undergraduate students from any discipline who are interested in the physical therapy profession. Monthly meetings are held for information and fellowship purposes. The organization has also been involved in several service opportunities.

Biology Club: Members are involved in service projects and planning social events.

Pre-Health Society: Pre-Health Society is an open club for students who are interested in pursuing a career in a health-related field. The club meets once a month for group meetings, planning service events, and hearing guest speakers from various health fields. The club is a mix of all classes and gives younger students the chance to meet the older students who can encourage them in chosen fields and help them through the challenging parts of pursuing a career in a health field.

Degree Requirements

CHE 1115 General Chemistry I
A study of the fundamental laws and theories involved in chemical changes. Topics will include atomic theory, thermochemistry and nuclear chemistry. Stress will be on the solving of mathematical problems which illustrate the principles of chemistry. The course is designed principally for students planning on careers related to the natural sciences. Four lectures, one laboratory each week.
CHE 1125 General Chemistry II
A continuation of CHE 1115 covering chemical equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, acid-base theory, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, the basics of coordination chemistry, and an introduction to organic chemistry. Four lectures, one laboratory each week.
BIO 1004 Principles of Biology
An introductory, multifaceted survey of biology including: cell theory, genetics, evolutionary theory, survey of living organisms, ecology, and human biology. Three lectures and one laboratory each week.
BIB 2093 Methods of Biblical Interpretation
Introduction to the task of interpreting the Bible in its literary and historical context and applying its teaching to modern life. Particular attention is given to principles concerning the qualifications and presuppositions of the interpreter, the nature of prose and poetic literature, and the character of the various genres found in both testaments.
PHI 2013 Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview
Introduction to historical and/or contemporary philosophical questions, problems, issues, and figures, with special emphasis on topics relevant to constructing and defending a coherent, philosophically adequate, Christian worldview.
PHS 3303 History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
A study of the historical and philosophical foundations of science and technology, accompanied by an examination of the logical and ethical ramifications of various past and present science and technology phenomena.
SCF 3402 Biology Through the Eyes of Faith
Study from the biblical perspective of the unique nature of biology and its interaction with Christian thought. Working from the authority of the Scriptures and the conviction that Christianity is true, this course examines the history of biology, emphasizing the interactions of the life sciences with society in medicine, genetics and the environment.
SCF 3412 Chemistry Through the Eyes of Faith
Study from the biblical perspective of the unique nature of chemistry and its interaction with Christian thought. Working from the authority of the Scriptures and the conviction that Christianity is true, this course examines the history of chemistry, emphasizing the interactions of chemistry with society in religion, medicine and the environment.
SCF 3422 Mathematics Through the Eyes of Faith
Study from the biblical perspective of the unique nature of mathematics and its interaction with Christian thought. Working from the authority of the Scriptures and the conviction that Christianity is true, this course examines the history of mathematics, emphasizing the interactions of mathematics with society and Christian thought.
SCF 3432 Physics Through the Eyes of Faith
Study from the biblical perspective of the unique nature of physics and its interaction with Christian thought. Working from the authority of the Scriptures and the conviction that Christianity is true, this course examines the history of physics, emphasizing the interactions of the physics and astronomy with society and religious thought.

Four additional hours of upper level biology course.

Choose one of the following:
PHY 1115 General Physics I
A non-calculus physics course emphasizing the fundamental concepts of mechanics, heat and wave motion. Designed for pre-physical therapy, science education, biology, pre-medical, pre-veterinary, pre-optometry and pre-pharmacy majors. Four lectures, one laboratory period each week.
PHY 2215 University Physics I
A rigorous calculus-based physics course emphasizing mechanics, heat and wave motion. Designed for pre-engineers, computer science and physical science majors. Four lectures, one laboratory period each week.
Choose one of the following:
MAT 1195 Analytics and Calculus I
This course studies graphs, functions, plane analytical geometry, limits, continuity, derivatives, velocity-acceleration, rates of change, maxima and minima, differentials, the Mean Value Theorems for integrals and derivatives, antiderivatives, definite integrals, area, and methods of finding volumes.
PHY 1125 General Physics II
A non-calculus physics course emphasizing the fundamental concepts of mechanics, heat and wave motion. Designed for pre-physical therapy, science education, biology, pre-medical, pre-veterinary, pre-optometry and pre-pharmacy majors. Four lectures, one laboratory period each week.
PHY 2225 University Physics II
A continuation of PHY 2215, emphasizing electricity, magnetism and optics; introduction to atomic physics. Four lectures, one laboratory period each week.