Paul DeLaLuz, Chairperson
Professors Milton Riley and Robert West
Associate Professor Michael Freake
Assistant Professors Jonathan Cornett, Sherry Kasper and Lori West
Instructor John Hisey
Professors Edward Brown, Paul DeLaLuz and Johnny Evans
Associate Professor Matthew Krepps
Assistant Professors David Zoetewey and Sarah Schlosser
Professor Jeri Veenstra
Lecturer Jo Beth Boyer
Professor Steven Lay
Associate Professors Blayne Carroll, Robert Griffith and Mary Walkins
Assistant Professors Jerry Adams, Caroline Boulis, Laura Singletary and Debra Mimbs
Lecturer Randell Ferguson
Associate Professor Ronald Harris
In harmony with the mission statements of Lee University and its College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics strives to equip students for success in mathematics and science through its commitment to excellence in teaching, interdisciplinary studies and innovative research. Majors are provided with a foundation in the sciences and mathematics to enable them to think critically, communicate clearly and perform successfully in their vocational calling. Through the integration of faith and its academic disciplines, the department promotes the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior. Students are challenged to discover and use their God-given gifts and talents to make a positive impact in their world.
The department offers majors in Biochemistry, Biological Science, Biological Science Education, Chemistry, Chemistry Education, Health Science, Mathematics and Mathematics Education. Foundation courses in botany, zoology, chemistry, computer science, health sciences, mathematics and physics present opportunities for both majors and non-majors to become acquainted with basic principles and concepts of the biological and physical sciences.
The Biological Science program (BIOLS.BS) is intended for the student who desires a good foundation in the biological sciences but not necessarily an emphasis in teaching, or the pre-professional track. Although these individuals could design their program to meet the requirements for professional school, they are more likely to progress to graduate studies or the technical job market. The philosophy of this program is to provide a broad exposure to the various sub-disciplines of biology so as to provide a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding on which to build with additional graduate training or work experience. There is an emphasis on understanding, problem solving, exploration of the scientific literature and research.
Chemistry and Biochemistry
The chemistry and biochemistry curriculum (CHEMS.BS and BIOCH.BS) is designed to prepare students for graduate studies, professional school or a career in industry. The program emphasizes development of analytical thinking skills, cooperative problem solving and independent investigation of chemical principles.
The mathematics program (MATHS.BS) prepares students for graduate study and careers in research, statistics and actuarial science.
Pre-Professional and Health Science
The pre-professional tracks and health science major (BIOCP.BS, BIOLP.BS, CHEMP.BS, HLSCI.BS), prepare students for entrance into health professions schools, graduate studies or entry level positions in health care systems managed-care organizations, long-term care settings, public health sectors, business and industry. Students enrolled in a pre-professional program (BIOCP.BS, BIOLP.BS, CHEMP.BS)must earn a grade of B- or better in all classes listed under their Specialty Area and Collateral Requirements to fulfill the requirements of these majors.
Science and Mathematics Education
The science and mathematics education programs (BIOLS.BST, CHEMS.BST, and MATHS.BST) prepare graduates for initial employment as science and mathematics teachers in middle and secondary schools and entrance to graduate schools. The program emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, and development of curriculum and pedagogical skills.
Programs of Study
The Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics offers the following programs of study:
Biochemistry (Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Vet, or Pre-Pharmacy Emphasis)**
Biological Science* (Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12)
Biological Science (Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Vet, or Pre-Pharmacy Emphasis)**
Chemistry* (Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12)
Chemistry (Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Vet or Pre-Pharmacy Emphasis)**
Mathematics Education* (Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12)
* Students in these majors must earn a grade of C- or better in all classes listed under their Specialty Area and Collateral Areas to fulfill the requirements of these majors.
**Students in these majors must earn a B- or better in all classes listed under their Specialty Area and Collateral Area to fulfill the requirements of these majors.
The Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics offers minors in Biological Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Health Science and Mathematics.