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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.


Biology Teaching 6-12
Chemistry Teaching 6-12


Biology & Chemistry Brochure

Department Contacts

Mark McDonald, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
Office Nelson Science Center 216 Department of Biology & Chemistry Phone: 785.227.3380, x8199
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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.