Assistant Professor of Physical Science
Mark Pichaj has taught courses in physical science to non-science majors, introductory chemistry and chem labs to science majors, and science education to prospective science teachers here at Biola since 2000. Previously, he worked in industry doing analytical chemistry on water and soils, and was a high school science teacher in the city of Los Angeles. He holds master's degrees in philosophy and secondary science education, and is a member of the American Chemical Society.
Mark's interests include science pedagogy, especially using demonstrations in formal and informal science education, and safety in the chemical laboratory. He is also interested in the history and philosophy of science, integrating the study of science with our Christian faith, and learning how to teach the natural sciences without teaching naturalism, as well. His home is in Burbank, where he lives with his wife and two daughters, one dog, three egg-laying hens, and a beta fish. Mark's family attends Calvary Bible Church, where he teaches adult Sunday School classes and plays trombone in the orchestra.
Encyclopedia entry: “Ernest Marsden” and “Charles Martin Hall” in Lagowski, J. J., ed. Chemistry Foundations and Applications, 4 vols. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004.
Senior Project published: “Spectrophotometric Determination of Arsenic in Groundwater” in Mikrochimica Acta (1986 I, 429-34).
Demonstration: "God's LEGOS: Playing With Atoms & Molecules" Legacy Group meeting, Calvary Bible Church, Burbank, CA, August, 2011
Workshops presented: "Teaching the Periodic Table" & "Yes, This IS Rocket Science" ACSI Annual Convention, Anaheim, CA, November 2010
Demonstration: "Electrons Are Everywhere" "Reverse Science Fair," St. Philip the Apostle School, Pasadena, CA, Spring 2010
Workshop presented: “Teaching the Periodic Table: A Guide for the Perplexed” CSTA California Science Education Conference, Palm Springs, October 2009.