College of Science, Math, and Nursing

ROCKFORD, Ill. — Two Rockford University assistant professors of chemistry—Gidget Tay, Ph.D, and Matthew Bork, Ph.D.—have been honored with 2018 awards from the American Chemical Society.

Gidget Tay

Dr. Tay received the Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year Award for the Rock River Section of the ACS, nominated both for her chemistry demonstrations at after-school centers and public libraries as well as her series of “educational videos that combine dance and chemistry to explain concepts that students find difficult,” according to the ACS.

Dr. Tay, who was a dance minor as an undergraduate, collaborated with Rockford University Performing Arts faculty and students to produce the latest video on her DanceChemistry YouTube channel. Her videos have tackled topics including stereochemistry, reaction rates, distillation and solubility, with the hope that this free content will “inspire a younger generation of future scientists” and “be used to improve scientific understanding from a creative viewpoint.”

Matthew Bork

Dr. Bork earned a Salute to Excellence Award from the Affiliated Chemical Society for his work revitalizing an annual Chemistry Olympiad for the Rock River Section of the ACS. Dr. Bork has coordinated the event for five years, adding a banquet to the yearly meeting and working to build relationships with local high schools.

The Chemical & Biological Sciences department offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in both biology and chemistry, minors in both biology and chemistry, and a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. The B.S. degree in chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Bachelor of Arts in chemistry (28 hours) provides a solid background in chemistry while allowing students to fully explore other disciplines provided in a liberal arts setting. Note that, should students major in biochemistry, they may not also major or minor in chemistry or biology.

Prospective majors usually begin their study of biology or chemistry and mathematics in their first year. However, students who have completed their first or second years should have no difficulty obtaining a degree, assuming they have been following a science-track major. Emphasis on laboratory work allows students to put into practice the theory that both text and lecture contain, while teaching basic laboratory skills and introducing students to modern instrumentation and scientific computer software. Two credits of undergraduate research are required of all majors, during which students might work with a faculty member on a project or might take advantage of summer opportunities at major research universities or in industry.

‌The College of Science, Math and Nursing at Rockford University combines a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate education with abundant opportunities to participate in independent and productive research. The four departments housed in the College are Chemical and Biological Sciences; Math, Computer Science, and Physics; Nursing; and Psychology. We offer at least 10 broad areas of study necessary to achieve students’ educational goals. Our chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS), and our nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Our strong and diverse faculty provides an excellent education for student success and will prepare students for the career of their choice.

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College of Science, Math, and Nursing

includes the departments of Chemical and Biological Sciences; Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics; Nursing, and Psychology.

 

 

College of Science, Math and Nursing

includes the departments of Chemical and Biological Sciences; Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics; Nursing, and Psychology.

 

 

College of Science, Math and Nursing

includes the departments of Chemical and Biological Sciences; Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics; Nursing, and Psychology.

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College Dean

Deborah Breiter, Ph.D.
Bergmann Professor of Chemistry

DBreiter@rockford.edu
815-226-4076

 

 

 

College Support Staff:

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Science, Math and Nursing

Dana Hyatte
Administrative Assistant
DHyatte@rockford.edu
815-226-4152

College of Science, Math and Nursing

The College of Science, Math and Nursing at Rockford University combines a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate education with abundant opportunities to participate in independent and productive research. The four departments housed in the College are Chemical and Biological Sciences; Math, Computer Science, and Physics; Nursing; and Psychology. We offer at least 10 broad areas of study necessary to achieve students’ educational goals. Our chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS), and our nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Our strong and diverse faculty provides excellent instruction for student success and will prepare students for the career of their choice.

College Departments

Chemical and Biological Sciences

The Chemical and Biological Sciences department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in biochemistry, biology, and chemistry, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in biology and chemistry.

Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics

The Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics department blends the best in mathematical and scientific training with a strong liberal arts education.

Psychology

The Psychology department develops students with an understanding of human thought and behavior through active learning.

Nursing

The mission of the Nursing department is to prepare registered professional nurses to provide quality nursing care to individuals, families, groups, and communities with diverse health needs.