Various states across the country are home to Christian colleges and universities that offer bachelor's degree programs in geology. These institutions differ in size and provide students with distinct learning experiences. Explore a handful of these schools that offer a geology major.
The 4-year, Christian schools that offer geology majors range in denomination, location and other factors. Find out about some of these schools' tuition rates here.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Wheaton College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Undenominational||Wheaton, IL||$35,190|
|Wayland Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Plainview, TX||$18,510|
|Centenary College of Louisiana||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Shreveport, LA||$35,900|
|Hope College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Reformed Church in America||Holland, MI||$32,780|
|Cedarville University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Cedarville, OH||$29,156|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of These Christian Colleges with Geology Majors
Christian colleges typically offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) in Geology that includes some kinds of hands-on learning. Students considering these schools may also want to think about the size of the schools, available spiritual growth opportunities or other unique characteristics. Here we discuss some of these characteristics to help students make their decision.
Wheaton College in Illinois had close to 2,460 undergraduate students in 2016, according to the NCES. Students at the college can pursue a BA or BS in Geology, as well as a BA with Teacher Certification to teach 6-12 Physical Science with an emphasis in geology. The school has the unique Wheaton College Science Station in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where students in the program can get hands-on experience. The program also includes a variety of other special, hands-on learning trips around the country and abroad. Spiritual life on campus includes a variety of chapel services with more than 50 guest speakers a year, Gold Star Chapel for personal prayer and meditation and discipleship ministries, including Discipleship Small Groups and Family Groups (Asian and Asian-American small group ministry).
Wayland Baptist University
Wayland Baptist University in Texas has a BS in Geology program that includes travel and extended field-learning trips. Students in the program can also present their original research at conferences and/or join one of the geology-related organizations on campus: Wayland Baptist University Geological Society (WBUGS) or Texas Academy of Science (TAS). There are a variety of other organizations on campus as well, including Bowling Club, International Choir, President's Ambassadors and spiritual organizations aimed at helping students grow in their faith, like Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Baptist Student Ministries (BSM). The NCES reported that the university had about 3,780 undergraduates in 2016.
Centenary College of Louisiana
According to the NCES, Centenary College of Louisiana had 490 undergraduate students in 2016. Students wishing to grow in their faith can attend chapel and/or participate in mission trips, student ministries like Bible studies and the United Methodist Student Union, or opportunities through the Christian Leadership Center on campus. The college offers both BA and BS in Geology programs that each prepare students for their future careers or graduate study. The college's location in Shreveport, which is an important hub of a historic oil and gas region, provides geology students with unique learning opportunities in computer mapping, environmental geology and public policy.
Hope College is an undergraduate institution in Michigan that offers a BA and BS in Geology, as well as composite majors in geology chemistry, geology-physics and geology education. Students in these programs take trips to a variety of geologic sites around the country, and BS students are required to complete an independent research project with a faculty member. Hope College had a little over 3,230 students in 2016, per the NCES. Campus Ministry focuses on worship with various chapel services, integral mission with trips and service opportunities, and discipleship with Bible studies. There are also men's and women's groups and a wide range of spiritual student organizations, like Gospel Choir, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Sacred Dance.
Cedarville University in Ohio had 3,380 undergraduate students in 2016, according to the NCES. The university has a BS in Geology program that equips students with field and laboratory skills needed in the subject. Students in the program participate in field trips and a capstone experience and have access to state-of-the-art equipment, such as drones, 3-D printers, GIS software and groundwater monitoring equipment. For their spiritual lives, students can attend chapel, participate in local, domestic and/or global outreach programs, join one of several music ministries (Jubilate, chapel bands and more) or attend Discipleship Groups.