Do you enjoy conducting your own research? Are you hoping to prepare for a career in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatry or veterinary medicine? The McPherson College department of Natural Sciences may be a fit for you.
This issue of the McPherson College magazine focuses on our natural science students and alumni in the healthcare field.
From the Natural Science faculty:
“I believe that the best way to learn something is by doing it yourself. We ensure, therefore, that every student learns science by experiencing it firsthand in their laboratory and field-based coursework, and as they design and conduct their own undergraduate student research project.”
“I am passionate about science and I am passionate about education. I have a lot of energy in the classroom where I try to engage students with science. My goal is to produce scientifically literate students that are able to apply these skills in their careers and in their everyday lives as valuable members of society.”
“One of the most enjoyable aspects of teaching chemistry and science at McPherson College is that I get to work with students during all four years of their college careers. Starting with Chemistry I and progressing to ever more sophisticated and complex upper level courses and senior research projects, I get to witness and participate in the growth of each student. Often this results in relationships that continue well beyond graduation.”
“I believe the courses I instruct cannot be effectively delivered just through lectures and reading. They need an in-depth understanding. After explaining the basic concepts I make my students solve lots of problems. Piece by piece, with the collaboration of the students in the class/group, we derive the answers and make conclusions together. Solving puzzles is a difficult task but fun when we work together in a group. The final result: improved analytical thinking and an ability to apply the course material effectively.”
“There is no greater feeling of fulfillment than that of seeing my McPherson College students gradually gain interest and curiosity in a subject area they had no prior knowledge. Teaching allows me to get involved in kindling the wisdom, goodness, and truth inherently present in my students. I keep open office hours so that my students can freely come in any time. I get to share in their life’s “little things” as they share in mine. I have observed that a good proportion of student learning actually takes place in these small office visits.”
Senior research is the capstone experience for all of our science-related majors and published in the ‘Cantaurus’ – the scientific journal of McPherson College.
Melhorn Science Hall
Our science hall contains digitally equipped classrooms and laboratories and is designed to enhance our student research program and to encourage interdisciplinary interaction.
Beta Beta Beta
Tri Beta is group of biology students and professors and who get together throughout the year to learn more about the biological sciences outside of the classroom and have fun!