Science department preparing for courses in Kenya

June 1, 2011

PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University School of Math and Science will be teaching a suite of courses in Kenya during the summer of 2012. The courses – general ecology, vertebrate taxonomy and environmental science – will be taught in a hybrid format that will include three to four weeks of field work in Kenya.

“Students will take any two of the courses,” said Dr. Herbert Grover, Dean of the School of Math and Sciences. “There will be some course content that will be offered before we leave for Kenya. Then we will share a common experience in Kenya.”

Coursework will begin with the Summer I term in June of 2012 with the trip taking place mid-June to mid-July. Details are stilling being worked out concerning the trip. The courses will be taught by Dr. Grover and Dr. Andrew Kasner. Students must be in good physical condition and qualified for international travel. Cost for the courses will include tuition for 8 credit hours as well as airfare and room and board accommodations.

The trip will include an excursion to the Lakiapia district and Mt. Kenya, where students will observe the operation and management of private conservation efforts focused on the black rhino and zebra. Students will also travel to Kijabe, where they will work with Craig Sorley and his Care of Creation Kenya ministry. And they will work with a guide school in the Maasi Mara area.

Dr. Grover said students will also have the opportunity to work with some of the ongoing mission projects with which Dr. Rick Shaw, Director of the Wayland Mission Center and Kenya Program, has worked in the past.

Students interested in the educational opportunity need to start making plans now to ensure funding for the trip, as well as making sure the courses fit properly into their degree plans.

For more information, contact the School of Math and Sciences at 806-291-1115.