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)
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
Kathryn Ginsberg wins award at the Murdock Conference.
She received the Murdock Poster Prize for Environmental Science/Geology issued by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.
The research poster "Method Development for Wastewater Epidemiology" was selected as the top poster for Environmental Science/Geology at the 2013 Murdock College Science Research Program (MCSRP) Conference in Vancouver, WA on November 9, 2013. The poster was selected on the basis of presenter communication, presenter knowledge and carefully analysis of the material, creativity of the undergraduate research project, organization and clarity, and poise in fielding audience questions.
Amanda Mifflin's Research in the News
Want to know what Professor Mifflin did during her sabbatical research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories? Read the story here.
Steven Neshyba Awarded NSF Grant
The Environmental Chemical Sciences Program of the National Science Foundation has recommended funding for a research proposal submitted by Professor Steven Neshyba. The award of $197,000 will support research at the University of Puget Sound for three years, starting in 2013, into the nature of ice roughness. Read the abstract.