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Science & Engineering Profile

“Science is part of being human, and we all participate in science and technology no matter what we do with our lives in the 21st century,” says Ethan Brue, professor of engineering at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. “At Dordt we begin with biblical insight as the foundation of all teaching and learning.” 

Brue and other talented faculty at Dordt College are mentoring and training Christian leaders in the sciences who can make important decisions, help shape the way our society lives, and teach the next generation. 

Senior biology major Deborah Tyokighir chose Dordt College to begin her pursuit of a medical degree. “Since coming to Dordt, I’ve grown in my ability to identify why it is I believe and to be able to articulate that,” she says. “My professors have helped me integrate my faith in everything I do.” 

Deborah knows that her education at Dordt is providing a solid foundation for her future career in medicine. “I’m confident that I’m being well prepared for success in medical school, and I hope to go back to Nigeria, my home country, to set up clinics in rural areas.”

What makes our science programs unique?
Dordt College has a reputation for academic excellence in the sciences, and for good reason: exceptional professors, undergraduate research opportunities, and outstanding outcomes all contribute to the growing number of students in the sciences at Dordt.

Students find that professors care about them and give personal attention to their needs. This kind of relationship helps students looking for internships, graduate school admission, and job opportunities. 

The College is consistently named to best college lists by U.S.News & World Report,, The Princeton Review, and Washington Monthly. Money magazine recently named Dordt to its list of “Best Colleges for Your Money,” placing Dordt in the top 7% of the nation’s 4,400 colleges and universities.

But what really distinguishes Dordt’s academic program is that it challenges students to examine every subject within the illuminating light of God’s Word. This organic integration of faith and learning provides students with insights that equip them to think critically and judge wisely for the rest of their lives. No matter which program you’re interested in, you can be assured that you’ll receive a high-quality, Christ-centered education. 

Because the number of Dordt College
science and technology majors is on pace to double between 2000–2020, a new state-of-the-art Science and Technology Center is under construction. The first phase was completed in the fall of 2014, creating more space and additional laboratories and facilitating additional research opportunities. 

Dordt’s 20-acre tall-grass prairie serves as a living laboratory where students study plants and wildlife and are instrumental in its maintenance.

Come and see for yourself!
The best way to find out if Dordt College is right for you is to visit campus. When you visit, you can meet faculty, take a tour, mix with students, and get a feel for Dordt. You can also visit or talk to an admissions counselor by calling 800-343-6738 (option 1). 




MAJORS: More than 90 programs of study, including actuarial science, agriculture, biology, chemistry, computer science, construction management, engineering, environmental studies, health and human performance, mathematics, natural resources, nursing, physics/astronomy, and statistics; and nine pre-professional health programs, including pre-chiropractic, pre-dental, pre-medical, pre-nursing, pre-occupational therapy, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, and pre-veterinary

DEGREES: B.A. degrees in many majors, including an excellent program for teaching science, B.S.N. (nursing), B.S.W. (social work), M.A. (education), and A.A. (Associate of Arts)

SIZE: Enrollment of approximately 1,450, representing 37 states and 22 additional countries, including Canadians from eight different provinces

FACULTY: 83 full-time faculty members and a student-faculty ratio of 14:1

LOCATION: Sioux Center, Iowa, a safe and friendly community of 7,000 located about an hour’s drive from Sioux City, Iowa, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, both of which offer major airline connections

FINANCIAL AID: About 98% of Dordt students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study opportunities. Dordt students receive more than $33 million in financial aid annually.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Dordt College requires a minimum high school GPA of 2.25 for regular admission status. ACT or SAT results are also considered. Recommended preparation includes four years of English, two years of foreign language, two years of social science, two years of natural science, and three years of math (including algebra and geometry).