The pre-medical arts program aims to prepare students for the advanced coursework necessary to pursue medical occupations.

The pre-medical arts committee consists of faculty from the departments of biology, chemistry, and psychology whose goal is to help guide students in their preparation for professional school. The committee writes all letters of recommendation for health schools.

Robert Clark, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Neils Science Center, Room 111

Thomas E. Goyne, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Neils Science Center, Room 239

Kevin S. Jantzi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Neils Science Center, Room 240

Jim Nelson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
Dickmeyer Hall, Room 209


Laura Rowe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Neils Science Center, Room 144

Beth Scaglione-Sewell

Beth Scaglione-Sewell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Neils Science Center, Room 302

David W. Scupham

David W. Scupham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology and Department Chair
Neils Science Center, Room 301


Academic Advisors

Academic advising in the premedical arts is handled by a premedical advisor in collaboration with faculty mentors, all of whom are members of the Committee on the Pre-Medical Arts.


Jennifer Easthope

Academic Advisor, Premedical Arts
Neils Science Center, Room 243


Patricia Jarosz

Academic Advisor, Pre-Allied Health
Heidbrink Hall, Room 104

Students use the following major pieces of equipment in the laboratory portions of the courses. What sets Valparaiso University apart from other colleges and universities is not that this equipment is on campus, but that beginning undergraduate students actually have the opportunity to use it.



Neils Science Center
Center for the Sciences: Chemistry & Biochemistry (opening fall 2017!)



General Biology

Scanning electron microscope
Wide-field stereo fluorescence microscope

General Chemistry

Diode array UV/visible spectrometer
Lab computer cluster for data analysis

Organic Chemistry

FT-IR (Fourier transform infra-red spectrometer)
400 MHz FT-NMR (Fourier transform nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer)
GC/MS (gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer)
Silicon Graphics workstation for molecular modeling


Automated Protein Purification System
Microtiter Plate Reader
Real Time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)

General Physics

Lab computer cluster for data acquisition and analysis

Charles W. Wolf Award

The Charles W. Wolf Award is presented annually to the most outstanding pre-medical arts junior who is majoring in either chemistry or biochemistry.

Alpha Epsilon Delta

Alpha Epsilon Delta is a national pre-health professional honor society. Outstanding juniors are eligible to apply. Only Alpha Epsilon Delta members can be elected to the Pre-Med Club.