Biology & Chemistry

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.


Biology Teaching 6-12
Chemistry Teaching 6-12
Forensic Science Major


Forensic Science Minor


Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant
Veterinary Medicine


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Department Chairs

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Loranelle Lockyear, Ph.D.

Milfred Riddle McKeown Distinguished Professor of Science Chair of Chemistry DepartmentProfessor of Chemistry
Office Department of Biology & Chemistry Nelson Science Center 213 Phone: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8152 Read Biography
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Mark McDonald, Ph.D.

Chair of Biology Department Professor of Biology
Office Department of Biology & Chemistry Nelson Science Center 216 Phone: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8199 Read Biography
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