Department of Chemistry & Geosciences

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Below the Surface

When students study chemistry or the geosciences, they nurture the scientific mind. They also discover opportunities for improving life for the residents of planet Earth. They learn to respect and care for God’s creation.


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Areas of Study Within the Department

Current and future success are top priorities. Students enjoy learning in their areas of interest from seasoned science professionals. They benefit from their professors’ experience, knowledge and firm Christian faith.

Beyond the Classroom

Field Experiences

Students enjoy field study opportunities in locations significant to their major areas of study. Previous locations include the Southern Appalachian Mountains, Shawnee National Forest, Badlands National Park, Montana and Wyoming.

Research Opportunities

Olivet students and their faculty mentors who receive the University’s Pence-Boyce Research Grants spend the summer on intensive research projects. An alumni group that fosters mentoring of individual students by Olivet faculty in mathematics, science or engineering research funds these grants.

Pre-Professional Programs

Professional Associations

Students work with faculty members to publish and present the results of their research. Some have presented their work at the annual meeting of The Geological Society of America and the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Areas (ACCA) Student Symposium.

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Technology Toolbox

Olivet students benefit from excellent laboratory and research experiences with access to a variety of equipment and collections in the Chemistry and Geosciences Department.

Equipment Includes

Petrographic microscopes; GPS/GIS equipment; microscopic processing software; a rock processing lab; hydrologic equipment; significant collections of rocks, minerals, fossils and maps; gas chromatography/mass spectrometer; microwave plasma atomic emission spectrometer; nuclear magnetic resonance; digital fluorometer; electroanalytical analyzer; high pressure liquid chromatography system; calorimetry equipment; electrophoresis apparati; the Strickler Planetarium; and more!

By The Numbers


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chemistry and geosciences majors go on to receive full financial graduate school aid

Chair, Chemistry & Geosciences Department

Bruce Heyen

With more than 25 years of experience as a professor, Bruce Heyen teaches general chemistry, biochemistry, analytical chemistry and introductory chemistry. One of his favorite professional accomplishments is his work in collaboration with a group of biochemistry professors to improve biochemical pedagogy. He has completed three sabbaticals focused on biochemistry, organic synthesis and chemical education.

Chemistry and Geosciences Faculty


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I had the opportunity to work independently, doing more than 300 titrations to test different titrants.

Making Stars Physical: The Astronomy of Sir John Herschel

Dr. Stephen Case, a professor in Olivet Nazarene University’s Department of Chemistry and Geosciences, releases his first nonfiction book on astronomy and history of science.

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