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Who on Earth would employ someone as a geologist with this type of degree ? From Ken Ham's blog today:
|Cedarville University also offers, as far as we are aware, the only specialist undergraduate creationist geology program at a Christian college in the USA (most probably the world). They began this course in 2009, and state the following on their website:|
GEOLOGY DEGREE ADDED TO COURSE OFFERINGS
by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio
February 9, 2009
Cedarville University’s Board of Trustees recently approved the formation of the Bachelor of Science in geology degree, set to begin in fall 2009.
Faculty will equip students for lifelong scientific leadership in career fields such as hydrogeology, environmental geology, petroleum geology and numerous other areas of expertise.
The degree will offer a whole host of new opportunities for graduates,” shares Dr. John Whitmore, associate professor of geology. “Geologists help us find clean drinking water, petroleum, natural gas, coal and valuable minerals.
The program will be unique in that no other Christian school, that holds to a literal six-day account of Genesis offers geology as a major for undergraduates. The course of study will be taught from both naturalistic and young-earth paradigms of earth history.
It is extremely important to develop critical thinking skills within the minds of young scientists,” describes Whitmore. “We believe that using a two-model approach of earth history will be advantageous to our students, since others are only taught a one-model, naturalistic approach. Geologists are important when it comes to thinking about earth history, especially within a biblical context.
Coursework will be rigorous and emphasize hands-on experience along with required field work. The geology major will include a wide range of liberal arts classes along with calculus, physics, chemistry, biology, physical geology, historical geology, mineralogy, petrology, structural geology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, geomorphology, invertebrate paleontology, and environmental geology among other upper-level areas of study. The major will prepare students for both graduate school and industry.
and from Cedarville's website:
|B.S. in Geology|
Cedarville's Bachelor of Science degree in geology provides a core of classes that prepares students for graduate studies or employment in a wide variety of geological fields. The program is unique in that no other Christian university that holds to a literal six-day account of Genesis offers geology as a major for undergraduates. Skills needed by modern geologists such as observation, interpretation, model analysis, critical thinking, and field work are emphasized throughout the program. Opportunities for undergraduate research and publication are encouraged. The coursework is rigorous and very similar to coursework at other secular, Christian, and private schools. It prepares students for a successful career in graduate school or professional employment in the geosciences.
Opportunities abound for students who successfully complete undergraduate geology curriculums. Employment opportunities include:
•Economic geology: all types of mining and mineral extraction from the earth including gold, copper, silver, coal, and iron
•Engineering geology: consultant on planning and construction of buildings, roads, bridges, landfills, and tunnels and planning against the effect of earthquakes and other geological disasters
•Environmental geology: water and soil testing and remediation, toxic chemical cleanup, environmental impact consultant, study and impact of climate change
•Environmental law: litigation of various aspects dealing with the environment and human impact
•Field geology: making of maps, monitoring geological hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis) and studying their potential human impact, field study and interpretation
•Geological education: opportunities abound from middle childhood through Ph.D. levels
•Historical geology: studying the past history and life of earth, paleontology and paleoclimatology
•Hydrogeology and hydrology: specializing in all aspects of groundwater and stream geology
•Petroleum geology: search and extraction of oil, natural gas, and coal
•Scientific writing and editing: write and edit scientific articles and books