Our newly renovated science labs provide students with modern SMART classroom facilities, a lap prep room and a 20-person lecture room adjacent to the labs – preserving our long standing tradition of excellence in students while encouraging new students to enter science programs.
Students can pursue undergraduate degrees in both Chemistry and Biochemistry, with further specializations in Environmental Science and Forensic Science. Based in the Liberal Arts tradition, the program endeavors to instill scientific rigor and the ability to research the truths of nature. Newly remodeled facilities, state-of-the-art lab technology, ongoing faculty research projects and access to internships give students excellent practical experience.
1. New lab facilities, including lab equipment and computing systems
2. Ability to specialize in Forensic Science and Environmental Science
3. Access to internships in local labs including Merck, Novartis and Roche
1. Personal hands-on involvement with faculty research projects
2. State-of-the-art labs, including facilities and analysis technology
3. Involved faculty with both research experience and real-world ties
Students will acquire knowledge and practical experience surrounding experimental work, including planning and execution, record keeping, analysis, and interpretation of data in a research project. Training will include molecular function and laws governing organic, inorganic and biochemical systems; the interaction of matter with radiation; and molecular bonding. Biochemistry majors develop an in-depth knowledge of cell function, genetics, microbiology, and biochemical analysis and isolation techniques.
Graduates of the Chemistry and Biochemistry program are prepared for careers as science teachers; scientists in industrial laboratories; and research chemists in pharmaceutical, medicinal and personal care fields. In addition, over half of our graduates go on to receive a PhD or MD from major graduate or medical schools.
"When I stepped on campus, I knew this was a good place for me. It was peaceful, provided a clean environment and I noticed that it was a small community. I really love that."
Professor Berthel is currently undertaking Chemical Ecology research, in which she is determining the influence of invasive tree species on fungal abundance in the forest floor.