Faculty | B.S. in Physical Science
John A. Bloom
- Chair, Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering
- Academic Director, MA in Science and Religion
- Professor of Physics
- Ph.D., Annenberg Research Institute, Philadelphia
- Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
- M.Div., Biblical Theological Seminary, Hatfield, PA
- B.A., Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
I am very interested in the integration of Christianity with the sciences. I am able to share this with both undergraduate and graduate students as the Chair of the Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Department, and as the Academic Director for Biola's M.A. in Science and Religion program. I live in La Mirada with my family, but some of my students think I live in my office.
- Physics I and II
- Physics of Sound
- Christianity and the Natural Sciences
- Scientific Apologetics
- Advanced Seminar on Intelligent Design
- Modern Physics, Cosmology and Design
- Science and religion
- Assistant Professor of Physical Science
- M.A., California State University, Northridge
- M.A., Talbot School of Theology
- B.S., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
I teach a number of introductory courses for science majors and general education courses for non-science majors. I used to be a high school science teacher in Los Angeles and one of my passions is to strengthen and equip prospective science teachers. Accordingly, I am especially interested in using demonstrations in formal and informal science education, safety in the chemical laboratory, and integrating the teaching of science with our Christian faith.
- Introductory Chemistry
- General Chemistry Labs
- Chemistry of Everyday Life
- Physical Science Survey
- Single Subject Pedagogy in Science.
- Associate Professor of Engineering
- Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
- M.S., Stanford University
- B.S., Stanford University
I like to build stuff! Engineering can be an incredibly powerful tool to meet peoples' needs and to wisely steward this incredible world that God has created. My goal is to inspire Biola students to become world class engineers that make a positive impact for the glory of God. I'd also like to break the 65 mph speed limit under my own power on a bike (everyone needs a dream, right?).
- Physics I
- Introduction to Physics
- Introduction to Engineering
- Mechanics of Materials
- Appropriate Technology
- Human Powered Vehicles
- Professor of Physics
- Ph.D., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- M.S., Solid State Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
- B.S., Theoretical Physics, Shandong University
My love for physics was kindled by a high school physics teacher in China, where I was born and raised. I came to the United States to further my graduate studies in solid state physics. It was during my second semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that I became a Christian. As a professor, I desire to inspire students to love the beauty of physics and to challenge them to understand and think about the underlying order and structure in God's world. As a researcher, I use high resolution microscopy techniques and numerical methods to look at order in various materials, which in turn makes me more effective in my teaching.
- PHSC 233 General Physics II Electricity and Magentism
- PHSC 237 General Physics II Laboratory
- PHSC 234 General Physics II Waves, Optics and Modern Physics
- PHSC 318 Classical Mechanics
- PHSC 331 Thermodynamics
- PHSC 336 Mathematical Methods in Physics
- PHSC 340 Electrodynamics
- PHSC 412 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
- PHSC 480 Advanced Physics Laboratory
- Theoretical understanding of surface dynamics.
- Atomic force microscopy studies of cell structures.
- Monte Carlo simulation studies of surfaces and interfaces.
- Fluctuation electron microscopy studies of medium-range ordering in amorphous materials.
- Professor of Chemistry
Dana E. Johnson
- Assistant Professor of Chemistry
- Ph.D., Colorado State University
- M.A., Biola University
- B.S., California State University, Long Beach
I was among the first graduates of the Master’s in Science and Religion program here at Biola, coming back to teach organic chemistry after earning a doctorate in the field. I love teaching, especially informally in small groups in my office.
- Organic Chemistry I and II
- Advanced Organic Chemistry
- Basic Organic and Biochemistry
Valerie A. Baggett
- Instructor of Chemistry
- M.A., University of California, Irvine
- B.S., California State University, Fullerton
In addition to a number of years teaching chemistry, I have experience as a freelance technical writer and had a career developing and marketing spectrophotometers. I love my students and the energy that they bring, an energy that I try to match through kayaking, sailing, swimming, wind-surfing, and skiing. Valerie is married and has three adult children.
- Introductory Chemistry
- Principles of Organic and Biochemistry
- Assistant Professor
- Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Irvine, CA
- Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of California Los Angeles
- B.S., Science, Chemistry Major Program, The University of British Columbia
Jonah Chang was born and raised in Canada, but eventually immigrated to Southern California to pursue his doctorate in synthetic organic chemistry at UCLA, continuing as a post-doctoral scholar at UCI. After teaching stints at both UCLA and Santa Monica College, he joined the Christ-centered community at Biola University where he teaches upper and lower division chemistry classes. He maintains...
- CHEM 105 and CHEM 106 General Chemistry I and II and Laboratory
- CHEM 311 Lab in Organic Chemistry
- CHEM 332 Environmental Chemistry and Laboratory
- CHEM 360 Inorganic Chemistry
- CHEM 413 Laboratory in Biochemistry
- CHEM 430 Advanced Organic Chemistry and Laboratory