About Us

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

Faculty & Staff

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 robert.clark@valpo.edu 219.464.5757 Neils Science Center, Room 111


Thomas E. Goyne, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chemistry thomas.goyne@valpo.edu 219.464.5378 Neils Science Center, Room 239

Kevin Jantzi

Kevin S. Jantzi, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chemistry kevin.jantzi@valpo.edu 219.464.5201 Neils Science Center, Room 240

Jim Nelson

Jim Nelson, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology jim.nelson@valpo.edu 219.464.5443 Dickmeyer Hall, Room 209

Beth Scaglione-Sewell

Beth Scaglione-Sewell, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology beth.scaglionesewell@valpo.edu 219.464.5390 Neils Science Center, Room 302


Laurie Eberhardt, Ph.D. Professor of Biology laurie.eberhardt@valpo.edu 219.464.5390 Neils Science Center, Room 302

Facilities & Equipment

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.