Welcome to the Life Science Education Program at Grace College. Capable science teachers are greatly needed and sought after today. If you enjoy science and interacting with students, consider joining us.The life science major serves students interested in teaching life sciences at the secondary level.
The science curriculum supporting the B.S. in Biology is divided into two areas, biology and chemistry-mathematics. The first includes traditional courses such as General Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Animal Biology, and Microbiology. Also included are General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, and Math. The Life Science major requires one semester each of physics and organic chemistry. Specialized courses include Environmental Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Genetics.
Examples of courses in this major:
Integrated study of plants as organisms. Deals with plant structure, physiology, development, genetics, ecology, and classification of major plant groups.
Integrated study of animals as organisms. Deals with animal structure, physiology, development, genetics, ecology, and classification of major animal groups.
A study of the basic principles that guide cellular composition, organization and function. Particular attention will be paid to understanding the molecular mechanism that underlies cell function. Topics studied in the course include, but are not limited to, processes like energy extraction, membrane transport, flow of genetic information, cell surface communication, cell cycle and regulation, cell division, along with the study of specialized cells like gametes, lymphocytes, neurons, muscle cells, and cancer cells.
An introduction to the profession of teaching. Learning experiences are structured both in and out of the classroom with the purpose of assisting the college student in making career decisions relative to this profession, e.g., to teach or not, at which level, and in which subject area. Students observe in local schools.
A study of the curriculum and methods of teaching sciences on the secondary level.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.S. in Elementary Education, Eastern Illinois University; M.A. in Education, Ball State University; Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education, Walden University
Dr. Owen joined the Grace faculty in 2001 after 17 years teaching elementary education in the public school system. In 2010 she was appointed Dean of the School of Education, but continues to teach all levels of education students. She was recognized for her hands-on, practical, applied, and innovative teaching with Grace College's Alva J. McClain Excellence in Teaching award in 2004. Dr. Owen is actively involved in local scholarship committees. Her family attends Warsaw Community Church, where she is a storyteller for the 4-year old room, serves on the Thread Team, and volunteers as a barista in the coffee shop. Dr. Owen lives in Winona Lake with her husband, Randy. They have four children -- two who have already graduated from Grace.
B.A. in Biology and Chemistry, Trinity Christian College; Ph.D. in Resource Ecology and Management-Aquatics, University of Michigan
Dr. Nathan Bosch joined the Grace College faculty in 2008. He is passionate about teaching and mentoring all ages of students to value and care for our valuable water resources. To better understand how to take care of aquatic ecosystems, he has studied lakes and rivers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. At Grace College, he fulfills the role of Associate Professor in Environmental Science as well as the Director of Center for Lakes & Streams, a research center at Grace College. Before moving to Winona Lake and joining Grace College, Dr. Bosch earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan while also working as a researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is married and has four children. When he is not on a lake or in a stream, he can be found playing at home with his kids.
A.S. in Engineering, Grand Rapids Junior College; B.S. in Applied Science, Michigan Technological University; M.S. in Solid State Physics, Michigan Technological University; M.Div., Grace Theological University; Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics, Iowa State University
Dr. Don DeYoung joined the Grace College faculty in 1972. He is known internationally for his work in creation science studies. The author of 17 books on Bible-science topics, Dr. DeYoung speaks frequently on Bible-science topics. He is currently president of the Creation Research Society, which has 1,700 members worldwide. This group funds research, publishes a technical quarterly journal, and operates a laboratory in Arizona. He and his wife Sally have three married daughters.
B.A. in pre-med, West Virginia University; M.S. in bio-chemistry, West Virginia University; Ph.D. in bio-chemistry, West Virginia University Dr. Jeffrey's also has post-doctoral experience in cancer research at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.
Dr. Jeffreys joined the Grace College faculty in 1975. The former chair of the Grace College Biological Science Department, he designed the pre-professional program, which flourishes today, and taught full-time for 35 years before assuming adjunct status. He and his wife, Kathy, have two grown children, both graduates of Grace College. Dr. Jeffreys and his wife are active in the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, where she teaches first grade Sunday School and he participates in choir.
B.S. in Agriculture, University of Missouri; D.V.M., University of Missouri
Dr. Marcia Lee moved to the Winona Lake area in 1977 when she began teaching part-time for the college. She practiced veterinary medicine for approximately 35 years, seven in Missouri, and the balance in Indiana. For a time, she owned and operated a veterinary clinic in Warsaw while also teaching at Grace.
B.S. in Microbiology, Colorado State University; M.S. in Microbiology, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, University of California, San Diego Post-Doctorate, Molecular Biology, Stanford University
Following his Ph.D., Dr. Richard Roberts spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University studying bacterial development. From 1996 to 2010, Dr. Roberts changed career directions to serve as a Children's Pastor at churches in Sunnyvale, CA, and Kenosha, WI. He was excited to join the Grace faculty in 2010 and change his ministry focus from children to college students. He and his wife, Lori, have three children.
Some of the positions you can obtain: