School of Science

The School of Science provides advantages and facilities you would expect from a larger school, combined with the freedom to utilize these opportunities without waiting your turn with hundreds of other students. All labs are used for teaching and student work.

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Examine the effect of antibiotics on the location and function of mitochondria in human cells. Start a medical practice in your hometown or become a mechanical or computer engineer. In Buena Vista University’s School of Science, you will learn how to compete with the best and adapt and grow in a changing scientific landscape.

As a student, you will also have regular access to the Estelle Siebens Science Center, and will carry out experiments using state-of-the-art equipment owned by BVU. Because all of the labs are located in the Science Center, they are easily accessible and professors are always on hand to show you how to use them.

“Imagine having the opportunity to get paid to spend the summer of your junior year engineering viruses to kill cancer cells or developing gene therapy approaches to regenerate heart tissue after a heart attack. For a science student, it doesn’t get much better than that.”

Dr. Brian Lenzmeier

Science Faculty

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Dr. Nathan Backman
Associate Professor of Computer Science
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Dr. Thomas Bonagura
Associate Professor of Biology
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Dr. Bob Brodman
Associate Professor of Biology
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Nasser Dastrange
Dr. Nasser Dastrange
Professor of Mathematics
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Dr. Brittney Dinkel
Assistant Professor of Biology
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Dr. Geoffrey Ecker
Dr. Geoffrey Ecker
Assistant Professor of Agronomy
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Gail Hartsock
Dr. Gail Hartsock
Associate Professor of Mathematics
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Dr. Melanie Hauser
Associate Professor of Chemistry
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Andrew Hill
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
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Jeremy Lawson
Jeremy Lawson
Instructor of Developmental Mathematics
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Ben Maas
Dr. Benjamin Maas
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Geology
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Tim McDaniel
Mr. Timothy McDaniel
Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Quantitative Business
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Dr. Lisa Mellmann
Associate Professor of Chemistry
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Dr. Michelle Metzger
Assistant Professor of Education-STEM & Mathematics
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Mrs. Laurie Rasmussen
Instructor of Mathematics
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Dr. Jason Shepherd
Professor of Computer Science
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Dr. Shawn Stone
Professor of Physics and Computer Science
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