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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.

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

Bridget O'Callaghan-Hay Ph.D

Titles: Assistant Professor of Physics

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

Adrienne Williams Ph.D

Titles: Assistant Professor of Chemistry

A Sampling of Chemistry Courses


Fundamentals of Earth Science

Fundamentals of Earth Science

Co-requisite: PSCI215CL. Earth Science including physical and historical geology, oceanography, and descriptive astronomy; economic, social, and philosophical aspects of the subject matter.A three-day field trip is required.This course is recommended for Liberal Studies majors.Lecture three hours each week.This course fulfills the core curriculum lecture requirement in the natural sciences.Fee for the field trip for those not concurrently enrolled in PSCI215CL.

CHEM 440

Instrumental Analysis

Instrumental Analysis

Co-requisite: CHEM440L. An introduction to modern instrumental chemical analysis.The course will span theory of operation, instrument design and methodology, and applications of instrumental techniques.Electrochemical methods including potentiometry, voltammetry, and coulometry; spectroscopic methods including infrared, UV-Vis, and NMR; chromatographic methods including gas, liquid and thin layer; and thermal methods of analysis and kinetic methods of analysis will be covered.

CHEM 485

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

Problems in advanced laboratory research with emphasis on research techniques. Research is carried out under the supervision of the instructor with weekly conferences to discuss results and direction. Emphasis will be placed on project management, safety, instrumentation, solution preparation, and research documentation skills. A written proposal and report emphasizing the literature background of the problem and the experimental results are required. The results of the research project will also be presented in an oral format in CHEM499C. This course is a variable credit course.At least two units are required for all chemistry and biochemistry majors. A minimum of 50 of laboratory work hours is required per unit. May be repeated. Lab fee.

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