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New Major at Univ. of St. Thomas (Houston) ‘Synthesizes Faith and Science’

A new joint major in biology and theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Tex., will “prepare Catholic scientists,” according to the University’s website.

The new program of study will be offered beginning in the fall of 2014, and is a “great option for Catholic undergraduates who are looking to synthesize faith and science in the classroom.”  The University reports:

“The joint program can be tailored to meet all of the prerequisites of Texas medical schools,” said [Theology chair Christopher Evans], “and to allow students to develop and demonstrate other desirable qualities such as moral reasoning, intellectual capacity, broad educational experiences, writing skills, and so on—in other words, all the ingredients needed to prepare the next generation of Catholic scientists and professionals.”

Rosemarie Rosell, chair of the Biology Department, stated that the joint biology/theology major will be an interesting choice for students who want to enrich their knowledge of the Catholic faith but who are also very curious about the science of life.

Evans said the new combined program allows students to access the “best of both worlds” within 126 credit hours, the minimum number of credit hours to graduate. Each student of this program will be advised by both a theology and a biology professor versed in requirements for the professional programs, such as medical or dental school, graduate programs and the biomedical industry. 

The University of St. Thomas is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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