The Darrell R. Strait Center for the Integration of Science and Christian Faith (CISCF) pursues excellence and seeks to honor God by offering an interdisciplinary program of study in the integration of science and Christian faith that incorporates appropriate scientific and Biblical principles, grounded in the Old and New Testaments, and consistent with the Christian faith, Christian worldview, Biblical values and Baptist heritage of the University.
Learn about the integration of science and Christian faith.
The Darrell R. Strait Center for the Integration of Science and Christian Faith is an academic center housed within the SBU College of Science and Mathematics and named in memory of Dr. Darrell R. Strait, a long-time employee of the University, senior professor of chemistry and former Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.
The Center is home to an interdisciplinary program (major and minor programs) focusing on the integration of science and Christian faith. In this Center, students study the history and philosophy of science, Biblical hermeneutics and the integration of science and Christian faith.
Students participating in these programs of study will be equipped for personal evangelism and ministry in their chosen profession by facilitating the student's understanding the different belief systems of the people they encounter.
A second major in any degree program at SBU is required with this major.
About Dr. Darrell R. Strait
Dr. Strait was a long-time employee of the University, senior professor of chemistry and former Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. He was also a two-time winner of the SBU Life Beautiful Award (in recognition of his Christ-like character), winner of the Missouri Governor's Excellence in Teaching Award and a true model to his peers of what it means to be a Christian working in academics in the science arena.
In addition to his stellar service to the University, Dr. Strait was active in the life of the Bolivar community and in the life of First Baptist Church of Bolivar, endearing himself to all who knew him.