Biology can be intimidating to some students, depending on your high school experience with lab sciences. The Biology Department at NGU excels at taking students from any level of science knowledge and moving them quickly towards mastery of general concepts, preparing them for more specialized science courses as they progress through the curriculum. We also offer courses with broad, everyday relevance that are written for non-science majors.
The biology curriculum will prepare you for a career in cell biology, biochemistry, plant or animal biology, genetics, physiology, or ecology. Many of our students are preparing for medical, dental, veterinary, or other professional programs, as well as graduate research. Others choose careers that are more interdisciplinary, like natural resource management, nutritional sciences, and technical writing. Being strong in biology opens job opportunities in industry, medicine, government agencies, consulting firms, and education.
Individual research and teaching assistantships - Students can engage in mentored research with professors or gain experience as a lab teaching assistant.
Environmental or medical internships - Internships are an exciting way to explore career paths. Our environmental science track students have interned with organizations including Greenville Zoo; Roper Mountain Science Center; and local, state, or federal agencies, private or public, that manage environmental quality. Meanwhile, our clinical students have the option to earn course credit for certain shadowing experiences that make them strong applicants for professional programs like medical school.
Research poster sessions and presentations - The science faculty host a research symposium for students each semester. Students learn to present research through posters and presentations, and they may even get the chance to accompany faculty to regional or national meetings in their field of study.
The Biology Department faculty members at NGU offer a wide range of perspectives on how students trained in a Christian environment can serve the community through traditionally secular jobs, like medicine, natural resource management, animal care, or tech-based industries. Investigating the natural world through a biblical perspective gives our students insight into the rich variety of Godís creation. Our professors reveal the Architect of Lifeís masterful design and prepare students for their careers with a solid understanding of biological principles. Our faculty members are committed to revealing Godís creation through a biblical perspective.
- Gain a knowledge of fundamental biological concepts, relationships, and processes in order to be prepared for graduate studies in the life sciences.
- Acquire a basic foundation of knowledge in cellular, molecular, and "total organism" biology in order to eventually study medicine, dentistry, or allied health.
- Learn to use the scientific method in solving problems.
- Develop skills in using laboratory equipment for research and in writing about scientific research into biological topics.
- Build a solid Christian foundation so you can offer your spiritual value to the science community.
Interdisciplinary studies (B.S.) is an exciting and dynamic degree that is unlike any other program at NGU. It offers an integrative learning experience that allows students to combine components of different disciplines to prepare them for answering and critically analyzing complex, real-world problems.
The types of students who flourish in the program are those who are self-driven, creative, flexible, and interested in more than one discipline. Students work closely with advisors connected to their multiple disciplines to design and complete an individualized curriculum; the program offers great flexibility and freedom.
Interview prep - During your senior seminar, you will have a chance to introduce your project and get feedback from other students. Explaining your personalized degree and the relationship between your disciplinary choices will get easier as you share ideas with other students, practice interview answers, and evaluate each other on improvement.
Etiquette dinner - Just in case you get the big job interview that includes a formal meal, you will get some etiquette practice at a formal dinner that includes instructions on how to get through the meal smoothly and how to dress for interviews.
Poster symposium - At this event, students, faculty, and administrators walk through the event, read posters, ask questions, and discuss your project. It is a great time to tell others about your reasons for selecting the interdisciplinary studies degree, the project you have completed, the learning you have experienced, and your plans for the future.
Service learning - Part of the senior seminar project is to find a business or organization that interests you and could be a fit for you in the future; request their permission to allow you to spend 15 hours either observing or helping out at their place of business; and report on the experience. This is a good way to find out about career options and your own preparation for future work.
Faculty members within the Interdisciplinary Studies Department and your chosen disciplines will work together with you to find an option that helps you meet your academic goals and prepare you for future success.
- Complete a comprehensive project in the Senior Seminar course that helps you make the most of this unique degree, which you yourself have created according to your own needs, interests, and plans for the future.
- Create multimedia projects that include selecting a topic/problem; preparing a cohesive review of literature from both of your disciplines; participating in service learning for practical experience; integrating an element of faith, religious values, or morality; and showing evidence of achievement by combining primary and secondary disciplinary concentrations through poster, paper, and PowerPoint presentation.
- Move successfully from the undergraduate level to graduate school or to the workplace.
The Health Science Departmentís curriculum at NGU boasts a strong background in anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, psychology, and biomechanics as they apply to the human body, exercise, and the health of the population as a whole. This curriculum, along with 375 hours of hands-on practicum and internship experience, lays a strong foundation for future professionals in the health science fields.
Practicum/Internship - The health science program offers a combined 375 hours of hands-on practicum/internship experience. These experiences are geared towards each respective student's area of interest.
Health fair - Each spring, the health science department organizes a health fair on campus. This health fair brings NGU and the local community together by inviting local vendors come in and provide health screens and discuss how they are involved in impacting the health of the Upstate South Carolina region.
Feel the Hill 5k - Each fall, the NGU program students organize the annual health science 5k. This 5k helps encourage physical activity in the Tigerville community.
Each Health Science Department faculty member brings a unique set of health science experiences to the classroom. All hold advanced degrees in their respective teaching areas and have extensive in-field experience, which they bring to the classroom.
- Assess both individuals and the community in regards to their current and future health and fitness.
- Analyze assessment data and prescribe effective programs to both individuals and the community to impact their health and fitness goals and needs.
- Evaluate quality and effectiveness in your own work and the work of other health science professionals.
The curriculum within the Mathematics Department at NGU begins with foundational courses in calculus and mathematical logic and then progresses to allow you to apply mathematical tools and skills in real-world situations. As you continue through the program, you will explore the mathematical worlds of physics, computer programming, and computational math. You will finish your degree with a research paper in an area of mathematics that you choose.
Calculus-based physics - The physics lab at NGU will allow you to see mathematical principles of our physical world in action. You will have a hands-on learning experience that will connect mathematics with reality.
Computer labs - NGU's computer labs will be used throughout your mathematical development, as you learn programming and how to apply those skills to mathematical problems in Numerical
Mathematical research - Your degree will culminate with a research project in an area of mathematics that you choose. Recent projects have looked at the mathematics of warfare, voting systems, and the ratings systems of college football.
The Mathematics Department faculty members are specialized in their field by way of a doctoral degree, masterís degree, or specialized certification. Each faculty member also participates in undergraduate research that ranges from computer programming to mathematical coding theory, engages students in the classroom through dynamic lectures, and encourages students to develop their mathematical skills and use their abilities to honor God.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of selected topics from calculus, linear algebra, and a distribution of other branches of mathematics.
- Demonstrate the ability to determine the validity of a given argument and to construct mathematical proofs independently.
- Demonstrate understanding of the mathematical basis of common algorithms and the ability to calculate accurately and efficiently.
- Demonstrate the ability to solve problems, including applications outside of mathematics, by means of intuition, creativity, and the experience gained through the study of particular examples and mathematical models.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate mathematical ideas clearly, using correct mathematical terminology and proper mathematical notation.
The outdoor leadership curriculum at NGU includes four field-based courses designed to give students valuable experience in leadership and skill development. Students who graduate from our program will have a minimum of 12 weeks of field experience.
Immersion semester - All outdoor leadership students participate in an intense, field-based semester designed to develop leadership skills in the field. Students spend the cohort-based semester backpacking, canoeing, sea kayaking, and rock climbing. Additionally, they receive a Wilderness First Responder certification.
Wilderness journey practicum - First-year students in the outdoor leadership program are required to participate in a 15-day backpacking trip designed to provide a common experience before furthering in the program.
Outdoor leadership internship - All students are required to participate in a professional internship during their studies at NGU. Students are encouraged to choose an organization that will promote vocational development and to complete their internship over the summer between their junior and senior year.
Crusader Outdoor Adventure and Recreation (COAR) - COAR is a campus-wide student organization led by outdoor leadership students. Students plan, market, and lead outdoor adventures for the NGU student body. This organization is a great opportunity to develop as an outdoor leader with guidance from outdoor leadership faculty and Student Life staff.
Work-study opportunities - The Department of Outdoor Leadership offers several work-study positions that allow students to better understand the inner workings of the department. Work-study students open a 30-foot climbing wall to students, assist with trip preparation, and help manage equipment.
Each Outdoor Leadership Department faculty member brings a deep and varied experience level to the classroom. Professional experiences include working for Outward Bound, wilderness therapy organizations, backcountry guide services, camp ministries, and challenge courses.
Faculty members strive to build a classroom environment that encourages academic, spiritual, and personal growth through experiential learning and community development.
- Serve as a knowledgeable leader within the broad fields of experiential and adventure education.
- Synthesize the results and gains of your disciplined inquiry through written and oral expression.
- Approach your responsibilities from a safety and risk management perspective.
- Demonstrate good judgment and decision-making in outdoor settings, in regards to risk management, group leadership, and skill development.
- Be equipped to work with diverse groups in a variety of settings.
The curriculum within the Psychology Department at NGU begins with foundational courses on theory, research methods, and integration with Christian belief and then progresses to deeper study in areas that prepare students for careers or graduate work in the field.
Professional postgraduate work in psychology generally requires a graduate degree. Our psychology students at NGU learn the basic information needed for graduate school and develop competencies in scientific thinking, writing, research, and communication.
Elective coursework can be tailored to further prepare you for a variety of psychology sub-disciplines, such as counseling, school psychology, and experimental psychology, as well as related fields such as social work.
Students interested in careers that require only a bachelor's degree are prepared with skills in communication and writing, information gathering, computer and technical skills, critical thinking, and knowledge about human behavior and cognition.
Research experience - Psychology majors are introduced to research methods and given the opportunity to design and conduct their own research study. Students learn to communicate their research results by presenting scientific posters at our student research symposium. Students also learn to use SPSS statistical software to manage and analyze data. These experiences prepare you for critical thinking and provide you with career-related skills that are generally expected for graduate school.
Career preparation - Several courses are required that help prepare students for careers and applying to graduate school. You will prepare resumes, attend mock interviews, search the job market, research graduate programs, give presentations, and submit mock applications. Other experiences encourage students to explore their own personalities, strengths, and interests to best choose their path after graduation. In addition, students can take an Applied Behavioral Analysis class that leads to certification to work with children with autism while an undergraduate.
Rat learning lab - Our Psychology of Learning course at NGU includes a rat lab experience that introduces students to animal training. The students have an opportunity to practice operant and classical conditioning techniques with animals. Rats are trained to run mazes. We end the class experience by teaching the rats to play basketball and compete against each other.
Work study and clubs - The Psychology Department offers work-study opportunities, which include opportunities to work individually with a faculty member, gain leadership experience, learn administrative skills, and earn part-time money on campus. The Psychology Club and the Psi Chi International Honor Society provide you with extracurricular activities, outside speakers, service and leadership opportunities, and a community of other students to join for fellowship and support.
Internship and research presentations - Opportunities to intern in the community are available through our internship class. Students interested in learning more about specific careers in psychology-related fields can earn academic credit for work at local agencies or at the placement of their choice. Students who are interested in further research and presenting their work at regional and national conferences can earn academic credit by completing an independent research project and presenting the results at our College of Science and Mathematics student research symposium or at the psychology conference of their choice.
There are six full-time faculty members in the Psychology Department at NGU. Each is a committed Christian whose goal is to help you discover your future in the field. Each faculty member has a unique educational and training background in psychology. Areas that are represented include counseling psychology, educational and school psychology, clinical psychology, experimental psychology, sociology, and clinical social work. This variety provides students with access to professors with a wide variety of experience and the ability to mentor students in the area of their interest. Our faculty members are approachable, and they enjoy spending time with students inside and outside the classroom. They are also highly qualified to prepare you for your future.
- Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of the major concepts in the field of psychology, along with research and applied applications of problems in the discipline.
- Utilize scientific reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to frame questions about human behavior and demonstrate effective research methods skills.
- Develop ethical behavior in the practice of working in applied settings and in the application and practice of research with human subjects while being sensitive to diversity and social responsibility.
- Express ideas clearly in oral, visual, and written formats and exhibit proper APA writing style and formatting in all written communication.
- Engage in personal development, self-reflection, and career preparation activities to increase competitiveness in the job market and graduate programs.