Thank you for the kind and encouraging responses everyone.
HappyToBeRestored - I can definitely see how you would be ostracized for your Christian faith in the field of nuclear biology. There are, I perceive, a number of ethical boundaries you would have to cross. I started off pursuing a physics degree so I am familiar with the mindset. Also, my wife started off in paleontology where, rather than give her educated, scientific answers, her professor publicly repudiated her for questioning some of the logic flaws. The whole class turned and scowled at her. Needless to say, she changed "religions." So I think you made the right choice, too!
LifeSpeaker - There is an abundant supply of good literature out there on this subject. In my opinion, Dr. Brown's material is among the best. I also highly recommend Dr. Philip Johnson's book, "Darwinism on Trial." I will give them both a more thorough introduction in a future post, perhaps the next one, so stay tuned.
Papillionkiller - I'm old enough where evolution was first presented to me as a theory back in grade school. But beyond that point it was assumed to be fact. And for that reason, I felt too awkward to question it in class. I wonder how many others felt the same way.
Thanks again and God bless,