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ChemistryIn 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.


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Department Contacts

Loranelle Lockyear, Ph.D.

Milfred Riddle McKeown Distinguished Professor of Science Professor of Chemistry
Office Nelson Science Center 213 Department of Biology & Chemistry Phone: 785.227.3380, x8152
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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.