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.A or B.S. in Life Science Education is divided into two areas, biology and chemistry-mathematics. The first includes traditional courses such as general biology, cell and molecular 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 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, and cell division as well as the study of specialized cells like gametes, lymphocytes, neurons, muscle cells and cancer cells.
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.
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 such as 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 science at 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
Laurinda Owen joined the Grace faculty in 2001 after 17 years of 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. 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. Owen lives in Winona Lake with her husband, Randy. They have four children—two of whom 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
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 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 the Center for Lakes & Streams, a research center at Grace College. Before moving to Winona Lake and joining Grace College, 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 at home, playing 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
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, 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.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 doctoral studies, Richard Roberts spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, studying bacterial development. From 1996 to 2010, Roberts changed career directions to serve as a children's pastor at churches in Sunnyvale, California, and Kenosha, Wisconsin. 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.
A.S., Owensboro Community College, Kentucky; B.S. Chemistry, Kentucky Wesleyan College; M.S. Analytical Chemistry, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green; Ph.D., Organometallic Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington.
Chad Snyder joined the Grace science faculty in fall 2015. He brings expertise to Grace in undergraduate and faculty research in organic chemistry. Chad also has a special interest in biblical apologetics.
B.S. in Agriculture, University of Missouri; D.V.M., University of Missouri
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.
Some of the positions you can obtain: