Several Christian colleges throughout the country offer science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree programs. The schools profiled in this article might be considered some of the best for their diverse undergraduate and graduate STEM programs, research opportunities and other unique learning experiences. Explore a handful of the best Christian colleges for STEM below.
Students can attend some of the best Christian colleges for STEM programs in states like California, Tennessee and Michigan. Compare and contrast a few of these schools' denominations, locations and undergraduate tuition rates.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Andrews University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Seventh Day Adventist||Berrien Springs, MI||$28,436|
|Wheaton College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Undenominational||Wheaton, IL||$35,190|
|California Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Riverside, CA||$32,256|
|Lipscomb University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Churches of Christ||Nashville, TN||$30,932|
|George Fox University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Friends||Newberg, OR||$35,016|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Best Christian Colleges for STEM
Colleges with quality STEM programs typically provide unique hands-on learning opportunities and a range of degree program options. Several of these Christian colleges vary in size and the spiritual growth opportunities they offer. Learn more about a few of these schools and what makes them stand out.
Andrews University in Michigan had a little over 1,700 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. The university offers undergraduate STEM degree programs in fields like biophysics, biotechnology, medical laboratory science, computing, mathematics and engineering. Students in the engineering degree program can participate in internship opportunities and complete a senior design project. The university also offers undergraduate research scholarships, conference reimbursement and access to research software for STEM students. Students can grow spiritually through Grow Groups, volunteer opportunities and campus ministry events, such as Unencumbered Fellowship and Service Day.
Wheaton College in Illinois offers undergraduate degree programs in STEM subjects such as physics, mathematics, environmental science, computer science and engineering. The college also offers a unique summer program at the Wheaton College Science Station in the Black Hills of South Dakota that allows students to explore the various ecosystems nearby and take courses in astronomy, geology, meteorology, biology and other sciences. Spiritual life on campus includes various chapel services that feature guest speakers. Students can also take part in worship and discipleship ministries, like Discipleship Small Groups and Family Groups (Asian and Asian-American small groups). In 2017, the college had about 2,390 undergraduate students, per the NCES.
California Baptist University
Students at California Baptist University can invest in their spiritual lives by participating in chapel services, mission trips, local service ministries and discipleship ministries, which include large missional communities (Tribes) and small discipleship groups. According to the NCES, the university had a little over 7,410 undergraduate students in 2017. The university offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate STEM programs, including those in applied statistical analysis, biomedical and civil engineering, computer science, forensic chemistry, software engineering and applied mathematics. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences can participate in study tours each summer overseas, and those in the College of Engineering have access to new labs and research opportunities in rehabilitation and green technologies.
Lipscomb University in Tennessee had close to 2,990 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. STEM students can choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in areas such as biomedical physics, civil engineering, data science, computational biology, computer science and mathematics, software engineering, information technology and web application development. The university also offers a pre-med program as well as the unique Serving & Learning Together (SALT) service-learning program for undergraduates. For their spiritual lives, students can attend chapel services, prayer sessions, small groups and one-on-one spiritual mentoring through the Joshua Project.
George Fox University
Oregon's George Fox University provides STEM students with undergraduate degree programs in fields including biochemistry, engineering, cognitive science, computer science, information systems, chemistry and mathematics. The university also has several STEM-related pre-professional programs, including pre-dental, pre-med, pre-vet and pre-pharmacy. According to the school's website, more than 50% of students participate in study abroad, and the school has been recognized for its overseas programs. The university also supports students' spiritual lives through small groups, chapel services - including a Spanish and International Chapel - and various service opportunities, such as Servant Engineering (engineering students using their skills to serve others) and SpIL Trips (mission trips). The NCES reported that the university had about 2,700 undergraduates in 2017.