In the biology and chemistry programs, you will acquire the skills necessary to investigate natural phenomena in the field and laboratory and learn how to communicate these findings to others.
Students interested in pre-health programs, including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, pre-physical therapy, pre-pharmacy and pre-dentistry, often major in biology and/or chemistry. Bethany students have a high placement rate into professional health programs. Our students’ success in medical school is due to our rigorous course work, intensive faculty mentoring and strong faculty/med school relationships.
Through Bethany’s unique internship program, Experienced-Based Education (EBE), Bethany science students have studied pharmacology and chemistry in research laboratories, ground squirrels in New York, and rhinos in their native African habitat. Each year dozens of students observe physicians, physical therapists, pharmacists and other professionals through our EBE program.
Loranelle Lockyear is a professor of chemistry at Bethany College. She has been a member of the Bethany College faculty since 2002.
At Bethany College, Lockyear teaches general chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and scientific research & writing. She is an advisor of the Bethany College Bio-Chem Club.
Lockyear’s research has been published in many scientific journals. In 2005, she contributed two chapters to the book Microfluidic Techniques: Reviews and Protocols. She co-holds an international patent for an “Apparatus and Method for Trapping Bead Based Reagents within Microfluidic Analysis Systems.”
Lockyear has given presentations of her work at Kansas State University, the American Chemical Society National Meeting, micro-TAS, Pittcon, and numerous other venues.
Previously, Lockyear has done post-doctoral research with Jed Harrison at the University of Alberta and taught at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.
Lockyear earned her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Lucas McCormick is an assistant professor of chemistry and has been a member of the faculty since 2013.
At Bethany College, McCormick teaches general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and participates in the Bethany Quest and Interdisciplinary programs. In addition he has an interest in sustainability, and is active in campus green projects.
Previously, McCormick was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Kansas where he obtained his doctorate in synthetic organic chemistry. His graduate research has been published in the Journal of Organic Chemistry. A native of Emporia Kan., he earned his bachelor’s in chemistry from Emporia State University.
Mark McDonald has been a faculty member at Bethany College since 1996. A graduate of Bethany College in 1991, McDonald earned his doctorate in systematics and ecology at Kansas State University in 1996. McDonald has taught general biology, microbiology, genetics, immunology, and numerous other courses and serves as the pre-medical programs advisor.
McDonald has been active in various campus initiatives including curriculum reform projects and sustainability initiatives. He has served on several campus and faculty committees and has served as President of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Representative to the Board of Directors. He also coordinates the Bethany Quest program, which is a two-year orientation program which engages students in Bethany’s core values and Directions of Excellence. McDonald is a past recipient of the Mordvedt Teaching and Campus Leadership Award, the Greg and Beth Pierce Service to Students Award, and the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award for Teaching.
Professor Morris taught as an adjunct professor in spring 2013 after working in the health care industry in Salina for 8 years. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in pre-professional biology at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa and a bachelor of science degree in human biology at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. She is a doctor of chiropractic. She is married and has two children and enjoys traveling and participating in church activities.