Chemistry Faculty & Staff
Dan Burgard, Jeff Grinstead, Bob Peaslee, Steven Neshyba,
Stacia Rink, Amy Odegard, Holly Jones, Eric Scharrer,
Jeff Root, Jo Crane, Luc Boisvert, John Hanson, Amanda Mifflin,
Mike Hottott, Tim Hoyt (Wiz)
About the Department
The Chemistry Department offers a broad-based curriculum designed to meet the needs of a variety of students, from those taking only one or two chemistry courses in order to broaden their liberal arts background to those majoring in chemistry in preparation for a career in the chemical sciences. The department is approved by the American Chemical Society and offers degrees that are appropriate for students interested in careers in chemistry, medicine, dentistry, engineering, science teaching, or any other area where a scientific background would be valuable. Students are encouraged to consult with members of the department as they plan their undergraduate programs and to discuss career options in the sciences.
The expertise of the chemistry faculty covers all five major chemical sub-disciplines: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. In addition to core courses in these major areas, faculty members teach upper-level courses on a variety of special topics including atmospheric chemistry, computational chemistry, materials chemistry, and natural products chemistry. Faculty members are also engaged in a wide range of research projects and all students seeking the BS degree participate in this research and produce a thesis based on their work.
In addition to being introduced to modern chemical knowledge and the role of chemistry in society, students in chemistry courses learn to think analytically and logically. As students move through upper-level courses, they develop the ability to critically assess work in the field and the attitude necessary to cope with the demands of independent inquiry. Students enrolled in chemistry courses also learn how to
- rationalize and predict chemical behavior based on chemical principles;
- apply laboratory methods to investigate chemical phenomena and synthesize compounds in a safe and environmentally responsible manner;
- operate modern analytical instruments and interpret the data obtained from these instruments;
- use computers for collection and analysis of chemical data and the modeling and visualization of chemical structures and properties;
- communicate effectively in both written and oral forms typical of the chemical literature and professional conferences;
- search and use the chemical literature.