Olivet Nazarene University announces new earth and space science major

Enrollment is now open to students who want to enter this newly structured discipline at Olivet

February 15, 2019 Academics

Earth and space science is now a major offered by the Department of Chemistry and Geosciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Olivet Nazarene University. Enrollment is now open for fall 2019 to students who want to enter this newly structured discipline.


“As science becomes more integrated into our daily lives, we need science professionals both inside and outside of the laboratory and classrooms,” said Dr. Stephen Case, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Geosciences. “We need professionals who can communicate science, who can understand the interaction between science and society, who can help legislate science-informed policy, and who can speak with wisdom about the interactions between science and faith.” 

Students who choose Olivet’s earth and space science major will gain an interdisciplinary foundation in the sciences. They will also receive unique training for employment in the planetarium community. Olivet is one of only a handful of Christian universities across the country with a planetarium on campus. Built in 1967 and renovated in 2008, Strickler Planetarium has a projector system that ranks as one of the top in Illinois in digital capabilities. The 50-seat auditorium is regularly used for astronomy classes, sky shows, school programs, and private tours.

As one of the top universities in Christian higher education, Olivet continues to provide Education with a Christian Purpose to all students in every area of study. The introduction of the earth and space science major continues to position Olivet graduates for greater success in any industry that they pursue. The degree is built so that students can gain expertise in science while pursuing a double-major in disciplines such as communications, business administration, political science, and theology. 

To learn more about Olivet’s Department of Chemistry and Geosciences, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.


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