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Verne Biddle

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Department of Chemistry
Division of Natural Science
College of Arts and Science

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Education

  • PhD, Chemistry, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • BS, Chemistry, Bob Jones University

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About Verne

Since the fall of 1972 when he graduated with a B.S. degree in chemistry from Bob Jones University, Dr. Verne Biddle has been actively involved in some form of chemistry instruction. During most of his six graduate school years while earning his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, he was a teaching assistant for courses ranging from chemistry for nurses to honors general chemistry to analytical chemistry. He has also had a role in writing and revising several laboratory manuals on both the high school and college level. Since 1978 he has taught a variety of undergraduate lab and lecture chemistry courses but has been most heavily involved with the ministry of teaching general, organic, and biological (GOB) chemistry and organic chemistry to healthcare professional majors. A member of the BJU faculty since 1989, he has also taught high school chemistry during 10 consecutive summers. As a result, he is able to be passionate about strengthening and clarifying the topics that are the weakest and most confusing for the typical college freshman nursing major. Thus, he can better prepare them to fulfill God’s calling for their lives while, at the same time, understanding that no question is a “dumb question.”

His employment by the U.S. Air Force to do research during the summers of 1991 and 1995 has enabled him to acquire some background that has aided in his teaching of organic chemistry. To prepare students for further study in the sciences or in medicine, he has made the lecture portion of this course strongly principle-based; the laboratory portion emphasizes scientific journal-style written lab reports and quality oral reports of their findings regarding two unknown chemicals and an 8-week synthesis research project.

Dr. Biddle serves as a deacon, choir member, nursery worker, and helper in a weekly addictions ministry at his church. He enjoys woodworking, having made items such as tables, jelly and china cupboards, hope chests for his 3 daughters, and bookcases for his son. When time permits, he enjoys excursions with his wife, a nurse, to see God’s beautiful creation in the nearby Smoky Mountains.