Natural Sciences

Faculty in the Department of Natural Sciences will develop your appreciation for scientific thought, methods, and reasoning through classroom teaching, mentoring relationships, and investigatory research. By the means of faith and science, you will be challenged and supported to master the skills necessary for a variety of professions. Our programs will provide you a climate in which to excel and to prepare for acceptance into competitive graduate and professional programs, or for immediate entry into the workforce, as demonstrated by the high success rates of our graduates.

Our faculty are an exceptional group, supremely student-oriented, with a deep commitment to undergraduate research and sound preparation for life after college, whether it be graduate school, professional school, or teaching. The key aspect in the sciences is the high standard applied to this preparation, including rigorous study and application in classes, labs, and applied research. Graduates routinely come back and tell us how wonderfully prepared they were for the next step. This kind of preparation requires a lot of personal attention, working with students one-on-one to help them achieve their goals.
Benjamin Christmann

Benjamin Christmann, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology and Health Science
Specialty: Health Science, Biochemistry, Immunology
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 106D
Phone: (423) 614-8449
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Jonathan Cornett

Jonathan Cornett, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology
Specialty: Genetics and Biological Research
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 203B
Phone: (423) 614-8285
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Joseph Daft

Joseph Daft, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology
Specialty: Health Science, Microbiology, Anatomy
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 106C
Phone: (423) 303-5141
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Paul DeLaLuz

Paul DeLaLuz, PhD

Chairperson,
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
Specialty: Biochemistry and Chemical Education
Department of Natural Sciences | Location: SMC360B
Phone: (423) 614-8286
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Michael Dorset

Michael Dorset

Lecturer in Biology and Health Science Instructor
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 203A
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Brent Ferrell

Brent Ferrell, PhD

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Specialty: Biochemistry and Chemical Education
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 303B
Phone: (423) 473-3780
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Michael Freake

Michael Freake, PhD

Professor of Biology
Specialty: Field Research
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 203D
Phone: (423) 614-8282
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David Harkins

David Harkins, PhD

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Specialty: Analytical and Core Chemistry
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 303G
Phone: (423) 614-8278
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John Hearn

John Hearn, PhD

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Specialty: Physical Chemistry and Funded Research
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 303C
Phone: (423) 614-8279
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John Hisey

John Hisey, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology
Specialty: Environmental Biology, Field Research
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 203E
Phone: (423) 614-8337
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Pamela Hobbs

Pamela Hobbs, DPT

Assistant Professor in Health Science
Specialty: Physical Therapy, Anatomy
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 106A
Phone: (423) 614-8334
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Sherry Kasper

Sherry Kasper, PhD

Professor of Biology
Specialty: Pharmacology, Core Biology, Anatomy
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 203G
Phone: (423) 614-8659
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Matthew Krepps

Matthew Krepps, PhD

Professor of Chemistry
Specialty: Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 303D
Phone: (423) 614-8293
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Thaddeus McRae

Thaddeus McRae, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology
Specialty: Environmental Biology, Ecology, Field Research
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 203F
Phone: (423) 614-8298
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Anthony Minutolo

Anthony Minutolo, MS

Assistant Professor in Engineering/Physics
Specialty: Physics, Engineering
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 350B
Phone: (423) 473-3783
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Dana Perry

Dana Perry, MS

Lecturer in Health Sciences
Specialty: Microbiology and Anatomy
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 106E
Phone: (423) 614-8277
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Sarah Schlosser

Sarah Schlosser, PhD

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Specialty: Chemical Education
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 303E
Phone: (423) 614-8294
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Allison Sneed

Allison Sneed, MS

Associate Lecturer in Chemistry
Specialty: Physical Chemistry and Core Chemistry
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 303A
Phone: (423) 303-5067
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Lori West

Lori West, PhD

Professor of Biology
Specialty: Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Biological Research
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 203C
Phone: (423) 614-8335
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Robert West

Robert West, PhD

Assistant Chairperson,
Professor of Biology
Specialty: Core Biology
Department of Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 350B
Phone: (423) 614-8284
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Natural Sciences

Jasmine Ngo

Jasmine Ngo, a sophomore biology major with minors in chemistry and mathematics, is from Cleveland, Tennessee. She is a peer leader, Tri-Beta Member, Alpha Phi Delta Member, student worker, and ENSCO undergraduate researcher. “My favorite part about Lee is the relationships I've had the opportunity to from,” said Jasmine. “I'm incredibly grateful for professors and friends who encourage me to think critically about the world around me, while providing a constant safe space to develop holistically.” After graduation, she hopes to go to medical school and practice as a physician.