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Physical Sciences

You’re intrigued by the physical and chemical reactions that occur when mixing substances in a lab. You’re curious about how molecules and atoms interact. You’re interested in the development of alternative energy sources to protect the environment. You want to know more about the role of forensics in modern science.

As a chemistry or environmental science major at Lander University, you’ll examine these issues and more in a program that gives you the freedom to explore your own interests while preparing for a successful career.

 

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Ralph Layland
Department Chair

864-388-8407  |  rlayland@lander.edu  |  Science Building SC321

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Department Awards

Awards are granted annually to outstanding students within the department during a ceremony each spring.

The following are awards presented by the Department of Physical Sciences:

  • Chemistry Discipline Award
    Given annually by the chemistry faculty to the senior majoring in chemistry with the highest cumulative GPA above 3.0. Juniors are considered if there are no qualifying seniors.
  • Chemistry Education, Secondary Certification Discipline Award
    Given annually by the chemistry faculty to the senior majoring in chemistry education, secondary education, with the highest cumulative grade point average above 2.8. Juniors are considered if there are no qualifying seniors.
  • Chemistry and Engineering Dual Degree Award
    Given annually by the chemistry faculty to the senior majoring in chemistry and engineering with the highest cumulative GPA above 2.8. Juniors are considered if there are no qualifying seniors.
  • Chemistry, Forensic Science Discipline Award
    Given annually by the chemistry faculty to the senior majoring in chemistry, with an emphasis in forensic science, with the highest cumulative grade point average above 2.8. Juniors are considered if there are no qualifying seniors.
  • Environmental Science Discipline Award
    Given annually by the environmental science faculty to an outstanding graduating senior majoring in environmental science. Criteria for selection are excellent academic accomplishments, as indicated by the GPA, and promise of an exemplary future career, reflected by service to the discipline or community.
  • Lander Science Scholar Awards
    Given annually by the faculty of the Department of Physical Sciences to up to one lower and one upper-classmen among the most promising science majors, who have a GPA of at least 3.5 in science and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5.
  • Physics Discipline Award
    Given annually by the physics faculty to the introductory physics student with the most outstanding achievements.

Latest News


Ashton Davis
Davis Wins Young Faculty Teaching Award

Lander University Lecturer of Chemistry Dr. Ashton Davis, the winner of this year’s Young Faculty Teaching Award, specializes in making general education chemistry courses more accessible for students.

05 July 2022