Welcome to the Grace College Health Science program. The focus of the Health Science major at Grace College is to prepare motivated students for health-related graduate education; those students who aspire to provide health care for people through a variety of future careers. Eleven different concentrations are available that will equip the student to apply to their targeted health science profession. At the heart of each concentration is the scientific study of life and life processes, in the context of God being the Creator and Sustainer of all life and the entire physical universe beyond. Students will study the molecular composition, micro and macro anatomy, and metabolic processes of a wide variety of organisms, from bacteria to people. These studies emphasize laboratory “hands-on” activities to explore technical details of these processes firsthand.
The concentrations available include ones for medical doctors (allopathic and osteopathic), chiropractors, dentists, veterinarians, physician’s assistants, pharmacists, physical or occupational therapists, optometrists, and podiatrists. The course list for these concentrations have been developed based on the core courses required by the majority of health science graduate programs in the specified area. The requirements of the standardized admissions tests (MCAT, OAT, PCAT or GRE) have also been taken into account. Further, it is strongly recommended that the student pursue a minor in a diverse area that will broaden their perspective and potentially provide skills useful in their chosen career: minors in foreign language, behavioral science, business, or intercultural studies are suggested possibilities. The number of required courses for the major and concentration have been streamlined to facilitate completing a non-science minor.
The faculty of the Department of Biology at Grace College considers the diversity of organisms, their anatomy, physiology, and life processes to have their origins with God the Creator. Our past and current observations of all facets of the biological world are demonstrations of God’s grand design. It is our desire that those studying health science as a major will gain a much deeper appreciation of the details of the incredible complexity of God’s living handiwork.
Examples of courses in this major:
A study of the basic composition and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, and nucleic acids. Some consideration is given to biological oxidations, energy transfers, protein biosynthesis, and gene function. The course includes hands-on laboratory experiments involving current procedures in biochemistry.
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 of 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. The course includes hands-on laboratory experiments involving current procedures in cell and molecular biology.
The study of the basic gross and microscopic anatomy with an introduction to body organization, cytology and histology. This course includes an in-depth study of all major organ systems.
A study of both in-depth classical genetics and underlying molecular mechanisms; also genetic mechanisms and processes, recombination, genetic interaction, and gene regulation. The course includes hands-on laboratory experiments involving current procedures in molecular genetics.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
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.
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.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.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 Kosciusko Lakes and 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.
Some of the positions you can obtain: