Student Affiliates chapter of the American Chemical Society

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Darrell Axtell
Greg Milligan
Arwyn Smalley
David Tempel

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Darrell Axtell, chair

Chemistry Program (M., m.)

Department overviewBiology (M., m.)Chemistry (M., m.) Physics (OD)

Saint Martin’s University offers both a bachelor of arts degree and a bachelor of science degree in chemistry through its College of Arts and Sciences.

Society is influenced by the field of chemistry in essentially all phases of life. An understanding of chemistry is necessary for those who wish to study such subjects as biology, physiology, psychology, geology, environmental science, engineering, law, medicine and dentistry. It is of value in fields as diverse as psychology, law and business.

A knowledge of chemistry and its effects - as related to the foods we eat, the air we breathe and medications we use, for example, enhances the lives of students from all disciplines.

All chemistry courses at Saint Martin’s contain a strong emphasis on classroom instruction and development of competent laboratory techniques. In advanced courses, students receive hands-on training in the operation and use of all departmental instruments. The departmental teaching and research facilities and instrumentation are being improved and updated regularly.

The curriculum leading to the bachelor of science degree in chemistry is designed to prepare students for positions in industry and government or graduate education in the field. Degree requirements are based on American Chemical Society standards.

Students working toward a bachelor of science degree are expected to complete a two- to eight-semester hour program of undergraduate research and to present a senior thesis to the chemistry department. Seniors also are encouraged to present their work at a regional or national meeting of the American Chemical Society.

An internship program is available to all chemistry majors, although internships are not a requirement. All chemistry majors are advised to take these electives: ENG 306, Professional and Academic Writing Skills; and CSC 160, Introduction to Computing Technology.

The department sponsors a Student Affiliates chapter of the American Chemical Society. This chapter is recognized and supported by the University’s student government. Membership is open to all chemistry majors and other students interested in chemical issues. The club sponsors guest speakers and field trips, and provides service to the University in a variety of ways.


College of Arts and Sciences