Physical Sciences

Interdisciplinary Exploration

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physical Sciences is for those who wish to take a closer look at the complexity of our world’s non-living systems, explore the dynamics of the physical world, and learn about the interrelationships of science and the environment. 

Students grow in knowledge about how God created our world and become specialists in the physical sciences.

Majoring in physical sciences gives the opportunity to benefit from an interdisciplinary science program. Working with faculty, students can design a course of study that meets the needs of the career. Ideal for students considering a general science career, Physical Sciences will help narrow the field of choices, with a degree designed this to fulfill career goals. Some of our graduates have majored in astronomy, geophysics, geochemistry and biogeology.

Olivet Physical Sciences Students:

Study chemistry, physics, biology, calculus, computer science, statistics, geology, astronomy; Learn lab skills that will help you in graduate school or your future career; Work as a lab assistant. Help other students with assignments and projects; Include astronomy as part of your degree program and use Strickler Planetarium and the Observatory in Reed Hall of Science for your research projects; Design and conduct a research project. Then present your results at a professional meeting.

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.

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.

Meet the Faculty

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.

Meet the Faculty

Careers in Chemistry and Geosciences:

Attorney, Chemical engineer, Geophysicist, Hydrologist, Medical technician, Environmental science, Oil Companies, Pharmacist, Professor, Sales, Secondary education teacher

Chemistry and Geosciences with a Christian Purpose

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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