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Natural Science

Faculty

  • Andy Laughlin, Ph.D., Chair
  • Iona Baldridge, Ed.D.
  • Rod Blackwood, Ph.D.
  • Bart Durham, Ph.D.
  • Caren Fullerton, Ph.D.
  • Donna Harman, M.Ed.
  • Kirt Martin, Ph.D.
  • Lucy Porter, M.S.

Introduction

The Department of Natural Sciences includes biological, ecological, and agricultural sciences.  The scientific study of the diversity of organisms, including microbes, plants, animals, and humans and the interrelationships among these provide abundant opportunities for scientific careers in research, human health, animal health and production, environmental health and management, and science education. The department bases its approach to the study of science on the biblical view that God is the creator and sustainer of the universe. Students taking courses in the department are introduced to major concepts of biology, ecology, and agriculture such that they can discover and interpret the characteristics of nature as part of the creation of God. Students learn that science is not merely a collection of facts to be memorized, but a process by which to understand the world. Students are equipped to be successful with the skills of careful observation, critical thinking, careful investigation, and effective communication. Major emphases include: 

Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Medicine

The pre-veterinary science degree equips students for a career in veterinary medicine with specialized training in animal physiology and reproduction, as well as research procedures and techniques.

Health Professions

The department offers information-intensive, research-supplemented, and service-oriented programs to prepare students for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant, nursing, veterinary medicine, and the allied health sciences such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, optometry, and chiropractic science. Students majoring in pre-medicine and pre-dentistry will seek the Bachelor of Science in Biology, while students majoring in pre-pharmacy, pre-PA, or any of the allied health sciences will pursue the Bachelor of Arts in Biology.

Natural Resource Ecology and Conservation

The degree in Natural Resources Ecology and Conservation provides students with a broad background in natural resources management and conservation with specific emphasis in ecology, wildlife and fisheries management, conservation biology, and environmental science. Students completing this program will be prepared for graduate education or for employment with governmental and private agencies that are directly involved in managing our natural resources.  Examples of employment include Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and private environmental consulting.

Science Education

Science content courses are taken by students preparing to teach biological sciences at the primary and secondary levels. Students seeking a degree in science education through the school of education must complete a designated block of science courses and demonstrate competency in science pedagogy.

Undergraduate Research

Field research projects and research in the biotechnology and microbiology labs prepare graduates of the department to enter graduate research programs. Research projects within the department and the biochemistry research lab provide opportunities for student involvement in research and to gain experience in multiple laboratory techniques and procedures.

Bachelor of Science in Animal Science

A.  University Core (46 hours)

  • BIB1310  Introduction to the Old Testament
  • BIB1320  Introduction to the New Testament
  • BIB3305  Christian Heritage
  • BIB3310  Christian Life
  • COM2340  Communication for the Professional
  • ENG1301  Composition Studies
  • ENG1302  Composition and Literature
  • 3 hours from
    • PSY1300  General Psychology
    • SOC1300  General Sociology
  • 3 hours from HIS
  • 3 hours from ECO, FIN, GOV, or HIS
  • ESS1200  Personal Fitness and Wellness
  • UNI1170  University Seminar
  • MAT1311  College Algebra
  • BIO1405  Majors Biology I
  • 6 hours from AFA, Arts History, ENG, GOV, HIS, PHI, REL, FOL, or BIL
  • UNI2000  University Skills

B.  Major (37 hours)

  • ANS1303  Principles of Animal Science
  • ANS3403  Advanced Feeds and Nutrition
  • ANS3314  Physiology of Farm Animals
  • ANS3323  Physiology of Reproduction
  • ANS4313  Concepts in Animal Health and Disease
  • BIO1406  Majors Biology II
  • BIO4318  Biometrics
  • NRC2301  Natural Resources and Agriculture
  • NRC3323  General Ecology
  • NRC4200  Senior Seminar
  • NRC4314  Conservation Biology
  • 3 hours from
    • AEC3315  Agricultural Policy
    • NRC3322  Natural Resources Policy, Regulation, and Compliance

C.  Supporting Courses (37 hours)

  • CHE1307  General Chemistry I
  • CHE1107  General Chemistry I Lab
  • BIO3300  Genetics
  • BIO3305  Advanced Zoology
  • NRC1300  Introduction to Wildlife Management
  • 3 hours from MAT
  • 3 hours from
    • AEC3304  Farm and Ranch Management
    • AEC3312  Natural Resources Economics
  • 18 hours from
    • AGR1304  Principles of Soil Science
    • ANS4330  Animal Science Practicum
    • ANS4352  Special Topics in Animal Science
    • ANS4399  Research and Writings
    • BIO3303  Cell and Molecular Biology
    • BIO3304  Advanced Botany
    • BIO3310  Microbiology
    • BIO3111  Microbiology Lab
    • BIO3320  Analytical Biology
    • BIO3325  Entomology
    • BIO4112  Animal Physiology Lab
    • BIO4303  Evolution
    • CHE2402  Integrated Organic and Biochemistry
    • ENG3308  Technical Writing
    • IST3323  Geographic Information Systems
    • NRC2300  Environmental Systems
    • NRC3325  Aquatic Ecology and Conservation
    • NRC3333  Geographic Information Systems

D.  Electives (6 hours)

E.  Total (126 hours)

Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with Pre-Veterinary Emphasis

A.  University Core (47 hours)

  • BIB1310  Introduction to the Old Testament
  • BIB1320  Introduction to the New Testament
  • BIB3305  Christian Heritage
  • BIB3310  Christian Life
  • COM2340  Communication for the Professional
  • ENG1301  Composition Studies
  • ENG1302  Composition and Literature
  • 3 hours from
    • PSY1300  General Psychology
    • SOC1300  General Sociology
  • 3 hours from HIS
  • 3 hours from ECO, FIN, GOV, or HIS
  • ESS1200  Personal Fitness and Wellness
  • UNI1170  University Seminar
  • MAT1402  Calculus
  • BIO1405  Majors Biology I
  • ENG3308  Technical Writing
  • 3 hours from AFA, Arts History, ENG, GOV, HIS, PHI, REL, FOL, or BIL
  • UNI2000  University Skills

B.  Major (38 hours)

  • ANS1303  Principles of Animal Science
  • ANS3314  Physiology of Farm Animals
  • ANS3323  Physiology of Reproduction
  • ANS3403  Advanced Feeds and Nutrition
  • ANS4352  Special Topics
  • BIO3310  Microbiology
  • BIO3111  Microbiology Lab
  • BIO3300  Genetics
  • BIO3303  Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIO3305  Advanced Zoology
  • BIO3320  Analytical Biotechnology
  • BIO3406  Vertebrate Anatomy
  • NRC4200  Senior Seminar

C.  Supporting Courses (33 hours)

  • CHE1307  General Chemistry I
  • CHE1107  General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHE1308  General Chemistry II
  • CHE1108  General Chemistry II Lab
  • CHE3301  Organic Chemistry I
  • CHE3101  Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHE3302  Organic Chemistry II
  • CHE3102  Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • CHE4311  Biochemistry I
  • CHE4312  Biochemistry II
  • MAT3303  Probability and Statistics
  • PHY1303  Physics I
  • PHY1103  Physics I Lab
  • PHY1304  Physics II
  • PHY1104  Physics II Lab

D.  Electives (8 hours)

E.  Total (126 hours)

Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Ecology and Conservation

A.  University Core (46 hours)

  • BIB1310  Introduction to the Old Testament
  • BIB1320  Introduction to the New Testament
  • BIB3305  Christian Heritage
  • BIB3310  Christian Life
  • COM2340  Communication for the Professional
  • ENG1301  Composition Studies
  • ENG1302  Composition and Literature
  • 3 hours from
    • PSY1300  General Psychology
    • SOC1300  General Sociology
  • 3 hours from HIS
  • 3 hours from ECO, FIN, GOV, or HIS
  • ESS1200  Personal Fitness and Wellness
  • UNI1170  University Seminar
  • MAT1311  College Algebra
  • BIO1405  Majors Biology I
  • 6 hours from AFA, Arts History, ENG, GOV, HIS, PHI, REL, FOL, or BIL
  • UNI2000  University Skills

B.  Major (37 hours)

  • BIO1406  Majors Biology II
  • BIO4318  Biometrics
  • NRC1300  Introduction to Wildlife Management
  • NRC2300  Environmental Systems
  • NRC2301  Natural Resources and Agriculture
  • NRC3322  Natural Resources Policy, Regulation, and Compliance
  • NRC3323  General Ecology
  • NRC3325  Aquatic Ecology and Conservation
  • NRC4200  Senior Seminar
  • NRC4314  Conservation Biology
  • NRC4405  Wildlife and Fisheries Science
  • 3 hours from
    • NRC4352  Special Topics
    • BIO3304  Advanced Botany
    • BIO3325  Entomology

B.  Supporting Courses (37 hours)

  • AEC3312  Natural Resources Economics
  • AGR1304  Principles of Soil Science
  • BIO3300  Genetics
  • BIO3305  Advanced Zoology
  • CHE1307  General Chemistry I
  • CHE1107  General Chemistry I Lab
  • 3 hours from MAT
  • 18 hours from
    • ANS1303  Principles of Animal Science
    • ANS3323  Physiology of Reproduction
    • ANS4313  Concepts in Animal Health and Disease
    • BIO3304  Advanced Botany
    • BIO3310  General Microbiology
    • BIO3111  General Microbiology Lab
    • BIO3320  Analytical Biotechnology
    • BIO3325  Entomology
    • BIO4303  Evolution
    • BIO4312  Animal Physiology
    • CHE2402  Integrated Organic and Biochemistry
    • CRJ2301  Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • ENG3308  Technical Writing
    • ENG3310  Writing Grant Proposals
    • IST3323  Geographic Information Systems
    • NRC3333  Geographic Information Systems
    • NRC4330  Internship in Natural Resources

D.  Electives (6 hours)

E.  Total (126 hours)

Bachelor of Arts in Biology

A.  University Core (45 hours)

  • BIB1310  Introduction to the Old Testament
  • BIB1320  Introduction to the New Testament
  • BIB3305  Christian Heritage
  • BIB3310  Christian Life
  • COM2340  Communication for the Professional
  • ENG1301  Composition Studies
  • ENG1302  Composition and Literature
  • PSY1300  General Psychology
  • HIS2301  History of the United States I
  • HIS2302  History of the United States II
  • 3 hours from ECO, FIN, GOV, or HIS
  • ESS1200  Personal Fitness and Wellness
  • UNI1170  University Seminar
  • MAT1311  College Algebra
  • CHE1307  General Chemistry I
  • 3 hours from SOC or PSY
  • UNI2000  University Skills

B.  Major (32 hours)

  • BIO     1405  Majors Biology I
  • BIO     1406  Majors Biology II
  • BIO     2401  Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO     2402  Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO     4102  Biological Literature and Seminar
  • 15 hours upper level BIO

C.  Supporting Courses (46 hours)

  • 3 hours from MAT
  • CHE     1107  General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHE     1308  General Chemistry II
  • CHE     1108  General Chemistry II Lab
  • 12 hours from CHE or PHY (4 upper level)
  • 9 hours upper level from PSY, SOC, or ECO
  • GOV     2301  National Government
  • GOV     2302  Texas State and Local Government
  • 8 hours from FOL
  • 3 hours upper level ENG

D.  Electives (3 hours)

E.  Total (126 hours)

Bachelor of Science in Biology

A.  University Core (45 hours)

  • BIB1310  Introduction to the Old Testament
  • BIB1320  Introduction to the New Testament
  • BIB3305  Christian Heritage
  • BIB3310  Christian Life
  • COM2340  Communication for the Professional
  • ENG1301  Composition Studies
  • ENG1302  Composition and Literature
  • 3 hours from
    • PSY1300  General Psychology
    • SOC1300  General Sociology
  • 3 hours from HIS
  • 3 hours from ECO, FIN, GOV, or HIS
  • ESS1200  Personal Fitness and Wellness
  • UNI1170  University Seminar
  • MAT1311  College Algebra
  • CHE1307  General Chemistry I
  • 6 hours from AFA, Arts History, ENG, GOV, HIS, PHI, REL, FOL, or BIB
  • UNI2000  University Skills

B.  Major (36 hours)

  • BIO1405  Majors Biology I
  • BIO1406  Majors Biology II
  • BIO3300  Genetics
  • BIO3303  Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIO3304  Advanced Botany
  • BIO3305  Advanced Zoology
  • BIO4102  Biological Literature and Seminar
  • NRC3323  General Ecology
  • 12 hours upper level BIO

C.  Supporting Courses (39 hours)

  • CHE1107  General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHE1308  General Chemistry II
  • CHE1108  General Chemistry II Lab
  • CHE3301  Organic Chemistry I
  • CHE3101  Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHE3302  Organic Chemistry II
  • CHE3102  Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • CHE4311  Biochemistry I
  • CHE4312  Biochemistry II
  • PHY1303  General Physics
  • PHY1103  General Physics I Lab
  • PHY1304  General Physics II
  • PHY1104  General Physics II Lab
  • FOL1401  Beginning Spanish I
  • FOL1402  Beginning Spanish I
  • 3 hours from
    • MAT1402  Calculus
    • MAT3303  Probability and Statistics

D.  Electives (6 hours)

E.  Total (126 hours)

Pre-Dental

Enroll in Bachelor of Science in Biology curriculum.

Pre-Health Professions

Enroll in Bachelor of Arts in Biology curriculum.

Pre-Medical

Enroll in Bachelor of Science in Biology curriculum.

Pre-Nursing

Students planning to enter nursing school must complete the prerequisites for admission to the nursing school. The following is the pre-nursing program at Lubbock Christian University, which is designed to complete the curricular requirements for entry to Covenant School of Nursing. Consult the pre-nursing advisor for more specific information about requirements to enter other schools of nursing.

A. First Semester (13 hours)

  • ENG1301  Composition Studies
  • BIB1310  Introduction to the Old Testament
  • BIO2401  Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIO2001  Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab
  • PSY1300  General Psychology           

B. Second Semester (13 hours)

  • ENG1302  Composition and Literature
  • BIB1320  Introduction to New Testament
  • BIO2402  Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO2002  Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
  • GOV2301  National Government                 

C. Third Semester (13 hours)

  • BIO3322  Nutrition
  • HIS2301  History of the United States I
  • PSY2310  Lifespan Human Development
  • 4 hours from
    • CHE    1305  Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHE    1105  Inorganic Chemistry Lab
    • CHE    1307  General Chemistry I
    • CHE    1107  General Chemistry I Lab

D. Fourth Semester (10-13 hours)

  • BIO3301  Introductory Genetics
  • BIO3310  General Microbiology
  • BIO3111  Microbiology Lab
  • PSY3310  Psychological Statistics
  • 3 hours from MAT if low score on nurse entrance exam

Minor in Agriculture Business

(18 hours)

  • AEC3312  Natural Resources Economics
  • 3 hours from
    • ECO2301  Macroeconomics
    • ECO2302  Microeconomics
  • 6 hours from
    • AGR1304  Principles of Soil Science
    • ANS1303  Principles of Animal Science
    • NRC1300  Introduction to Wildlife Management
  • 6 hours from
    • AEC3315  Agricultural Policy
    • AEC3304  Farm and Ranch Management
    • AEC4314  Agricultural Finance and Credit
    • FIN4311  International Trade and Finance

Minor in Biology

(19-20 hours)

  • BIO     1405  Majors Biology I
  • BIO     1406  Majors Biology II
  • 4 upper level courses from BIO or NRC

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2014