Strength in Sciences

As we continue the construction and remodeling of the Science and Technology Center, our already strong science programs continue to grow. Here are some highlights in the sciences:

Agriculture, animal science, and pre-veterinary medicine: Sioux Center is the perfect location to study in these academic fields because of the county’s largely agricultural community.

Biology: Students conduct cancer research with Dr. Robbin Eppinga, who came to Dordt from a research position at Mayo Clinic.

Chemistry: Majors in this field who have applied to medical school or other profession programs have had a nearly 100 percent acceptance rate over the past 25 years.

Construction management: Dordt is one of the few Christian colleges to offer a multi-disciplinary, integrated construction management program.

Engineering: Students have earned stellar pass rates on their professional licensing exams, exceeding national averages and surpassing results from the nation’s most prestigious engineering schools.

Environmental studies: Our 20-acre tall grass prairie serves as a living laboratory where biology and environmental studies majors study plants and wildlife.

Nursing: Graduates have enjoyed a 100 placement rate.

Physics: Professor Dr. John Zwart serves on the governing Council of the American Association of Physics Teachers, helping promote excellence in teaching.

Pre-medical: Eight out of nine pre-med Dordt graduates get into medical school on their first application. Nationally, only one in three are accepted.

Pre-physical therapy: Over the past five years, 100 percent of Dordt’s pre-physical therapy grads have been accepted to graduate school.


Recent Faculty Grants

$55,685 National Science Foundation Award to Dr. Channon Visscher. Project titled “Collaborative Research: Characterizing Cloudy Exoplanet Atmospheres.”

$392,000 National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health Award to Dr. Nathan Tintle. Working with students to research how to efficiently sort and organize vast amounts of genetic information scientists are generating.

$60,000 Iowa Office of Energy Independence Award to the Engineering Department. Funding for equipment to support bio-renewable and sustainable energy research.

$63,481 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Grant to Dr. Duane Bajema. Developing a program of beekeeper education and support in the tristate region.


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