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Physical Sciences

Offered: On Campus Apply

The Physical Sciences department seeks to provide training in a Christian environment needed to prepare students for teaching careers, research, and graduate studies in physical sciences and engineering.

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

This major develops students’ understanding and application of topics at the interface of chemistry and biology with a focus on problems where chemistry has made a particularly strong contribution to the understanding of biological system mechanisms.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

This major develops students’ understanding and application of fundamental concepts including chemical reactions, stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, changes in state and the periodic table.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics

This major trains students to strategically tackle complex 21st-century technology problems in the multidisciplinary areas of science, engineering and physics. This program provides students with a firm foundation in physics, mathematics and engineering design – plus develops exceptional problem-solving skills. The attraction of the major is flexibility: take classes in engineering, math and science based on individual research goals. Ultimately becoming competitive for admission into top graduate programs in physics, mathematics, chemistry or engineering.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences

This interdisciplinary major integrates biological, chemical and physical sciences with economics and public policy. Environmental Sciences graduates will be equipped to use critical analysis and problem solving to address environmental challenges that that make God’s creation vulnerable. Vanguard University was awarded a $300,000 grant for the construction of an outdoor learning laboratory for hands-on learning.

Chemistry Minor

In addition to general and organic chemistry, chemistry minors are exposed to one more sub-discipline of chemistry.

A Sampling of Chemistry Courses

Fundamentals of Earth Science

Instrumental Analysis

Undergraduate Research

Meet our Faculty & Staff

Edward Lorance Ph.D

Titles: Chair, Professor of Chemistry

Xiaoyan Lu

Titles: Instructor of Chemistry

Montana Mellody

Titles: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Laboratory Specialist

Brittnel Miller

Titles: Adjunct

Tara Sirvent Ph.D

Titles: Associate Dean of Natural, Physical and Health Sciences; Director of Research and Sponsored Programs

John Terhorst Ph.D

Titles: Adjunct Assistant Professor of General and Organic Chemistry

Joshua Thompson

Titles: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Chih-Hao Tsang Ph.D

Titles: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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