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Department of Natural and Physical Sciences

Study in an advanced facility with top-notch faculty.

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Active Learning

Whether experiencing a flipped classroom, Journal club, identification of unknown species, or the virtual dissection of a cadaver, Graceland students receive direct instruction from faculty and student mentors in small groups. Graceland biology and chemistry students have experience with relevant laboratory techniques. Students also have hands-on operation of technical laboratory equipment.

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Pre-Professional Programs

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Chemistry and Biology students in the Honors Program have the additional opportunity to present their research at regional scientific conferences.

students examine molecular model during science classHere are some examples of student presentations:
  • “Sulforaphane Induces Cell Death in Jurkat T Lymphocytes”  Karli Smith and Becca Hoerres – Presented at Iowa Academy of Science 131th Annual Conference, Cedar Falls, Iowa, April 27, 2019
  • “Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Chicken Microbiota” Savea Hull and Sydney Dorrance – Presented at Iowa Academy of Science 131thAnnual Conference, Cedar Falls, Iowa, April 27, 2019
  • “Analysis of Environmental Effects on Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizers”  Anna Cleland-Leighton – Presented at Iowa Academy of Science 127th  Annual Conference, Iowa Academy of Science, Dodge City, Iowa, April 2014
  • “Genetic Regulation of Microbial Communities by a Biofilm Destroyer” Chris Chambers – Presented at University of Iowa, FUTURE in Biomedicine Research Symposium.  Iowa City, Iowa, August 2, 2013
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