Chair's Message

As you begin to browse our website, let me tell you about the Department of Physical Sciences. We, the faculty of the Department of Physical Sciences, have two primary missions. The first and most important mission is to provide excellent teaching through courses that are designed to support the various programs offered within the Department. The second mission is to provide a variety of quality undergraduate research experiences that enhance the development of students as scientists and prepare them for post-graduate careers.

To support these missions, each faculty member is provided with a teaching and a research laboratory in a modern facility that is designed to support an array of technologies. Each classroom is equipped with multi-media capabilities and connections to the Internet. The University supports our missions by providing funds that have been used to purchase modern equipment. The faculty members within the Department remain committed to raising new funds necessary to maintain this equipment and to support the research of its undergraduate students. Our graduates are very competitive within the job market and in professional and graduate schools.

Our Department offers students an opportunity to earn Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and environmental science. Honors and minor programs are available in chemistry and environmental science. In addition to these degrees, we offer a dual degree program with Clemson University in chemical engineering.

Non-Degree programs in Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, and Pre-Pharmacy are available for students interested in professional occupations. Students would major in either chemistry or environmental science and then take the required courses for admission into a professional school. Offerings in physics are supportive courses for professional and pre-professional areas of study.

We hope our Department website will provide you with the answers to most of your questions about the programs offered by the Department of Physical Sciences at Lander University. If you need further information, do not hesitate to contact me or any faculty member of the Department by email or phone. Each of us is designated as an advisor for a specific academic program. We will be very happy to answer any of your questions or to arrange a visit. Thank you for your interest in our Department and Lander University and we hope to see you soon.


Ralph C Layland Ralph C. Layland (Chair)
Chair, Dept. of Physical Sciences, Professor of Chemistry

Office: SC 321
Phone: (864) 388-8407