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New Biophysical Science Program Approved by SACS

By Amanda Morad | February 5, 2014

Regent University's College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) announced on Wednesday, Feb. 5, that its new Biophysical Sciences major and concentration in Secondary Mathematics recently received full approval from the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS).

"The major is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary in its approach, exploring the theoretical and applied knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics," said SACS Commission on Colleges president, Dr. Belle Wheelan, in the approval letter.

"Regent University is committed to offering baccalaureate programs of the highest quality for all students in the College of Arts & Sciences whether on campus or online," said CAS dean, Dr. Gerson Moreno-RiaƱo. "The SACS approval of the Bachelor of Science in Biophysical Sciences program attests to the university's commitment to design and offer excellent and innovative academic programs faithful to its Christian mission and relevant for today's moral and market needs."

The degree requirements will include 51 semester hour credits for natural science, mathematics and a capstone thesis, as well as 18 hour semester hour credits for six integrative seminars for a grand total of 69 required semester credit hours.

"The goal is to produce very broadly educated scientists who are not only proficient in their fields but also have thought deeply about enduring questions that have classically stimulated discussions and ideas for centuries," said Dr. Robert Stewart, CAS professor and chair of the new program. "It's a very rigorous program."

The program will be conducted exclusively on campus, and for good reason. A new, fully-equipped scientific laboratory is currently under construction in the Classroom Building. The University Library will also obtain a dedicated science database for the 2014-2015 academic year.

"The curriculum is designed so that it meets the most stringent specifications for students applying for medical schools, dental schools and medical technology programs," Stewart explained. "Eventually we'll add in more courses that enable students to be fully qualified to also apply to physician's assistant, pharmacy, occupational therapy and physical therapy schools."

Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2014 enrollment.

Learn more about the College of Arts & Sciences.


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