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General Education Courses

Students can complete the entire General Education "Studies in Nature" requirement in the Black Hills with three courses in eight weeks of study. The mountain geology of the Black Hills give students an extraordinary opportunity to study dynamic earth processes, rocks, minerals and fossils. Clear, dark night skies reveal near and deep space objects, as seen through high-power telescopes. The national forests and parks of the Black Hills, as well as municipal Rapid City, provide venues for the study of environmental issues and man’s role and responsibility in the stewardship of natural resources. All courses include many day trips off-campus and some overnight camping trips to remote locations. We operate under special use permit on the Black Hills National Forest.

Students may also take four hours of science credit and four hours of art and social science/diversity credit. Offered are ART 101, Art Survey (Native American focus) and  BITH/ANTH 319: Colonialism and Redemption: Native American Culture and Theology from 1492 to Wounded Knee. This course is an interdisciplinary course designed to explore the Native American experience through the lens of historical anthropology and theology. The course involves off-campus trips to nearby Native American sites.  ART 101 and BITH/ANTH 319 are offered every other year, and will be next offered Summer 2017.

Christ at the Core and Legacy Gen Ed Natural Science courses include:

  • GEOL 201: Exploring the Dynamic Earth (4 cr. hours/SP)
  • BIOL 242: Diversity of Life: An Introduction to Zoology and Botany (4 cr. hours/SP)
  • PHYS 305: Dakota Skies: Astronomy and Atmospheric Science (4 cr. hours/SP)
  • ENVR 315: Nature, Environment, and Society (4 cr. hours/SIP, AIS pending approval)

Native American Studies courses for Christ at the Core and Legacy Gen Ed Art, Social Science and Diversity in the US requirements include:

  • ART 101: Art Survey: Native American focus (2 cr. hours/VPAV)
  • CORE 312B: Colonialism and Redemption (2 cr. hours/AIS, DUS, SI) Must be taken with CORE 312 [2 cr. hours, Spring semester on campus]

See the schedule for Gen Ed courses being offered next summer.

Biology Major Courses

Required courses in the Biology major are offered each summer in the Black Hills. Up to eight credit hours of study can be completed in one summer. Fauna and flora from west and mid-west fill the many different ecological settings of the Black Hills. Students choose among courses offered in animal and plant biology and general ecology. All courses include many day trips and some overnight camping trips to study the diversity of life in the region. The BIOL 243 course includes a week-long excursion across Wyoming and Montana to the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Biology courses include:

  • BIOL 242: Diversity of Life: An Introduction to Zoology and Botany (4 cr. hours)
  • BIOL 243: Processes of Life: Ecology and Evolution (4 cr. hours)  

See the schedule for Biology Major courses being offered next summer. 

Geology Major Courses

Geology majors can complete the required six-credit (six weeks) Field Geology course in the Black Hills. An additional two-credit (two weeks), elective course includes travel to geological sites of interest in the Black Hills and in Wyoming and Montana, including the Big Horn and Beartooth Mtns. and Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks. Offered alternate years. Geology courses include:

  • GEOL 412: Field Geology (6 cr. hours)
  • GEOL 413: Rocky Mountain Field Geology (2 cr. hours)

Courses run concurrently. See the schedule for Geology Major courses being offered next summer.

Environmental Science Majors

Environmental Science majors can complete required field courses in the Black Hills. 

  • BIOL 242: Diversity of Life: An Introduction to Zoology and Botany (4 cr. hours)
  • BIOL 243: Processes of Life: Ecology and Evolution (4 cr. hours)

See the schedule for next summer.

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