Students take Action in the Gulf
This past Labor Day weekend, five chemistry students accompanied Professor Larsen on a tour of the coastlines of Mississippi and Louisiana to learn more about the effects of the BP oil spill. They brought back samples of the beach sand and water to study back at St. Mary's and to further their understanding of the many environmental issues facing the gulf.
Chem majors in San Francisco
From left to right: Brian, JP, Dr. Leah Eller, Rob, Nick, Danielle, Mike, Bertrand, Anita, Janice, Dr. Andy Koch, Tabitha (Now Dr. Clem), and Taylor. Emilie and Kristina couldn't make the photo.
Last Spring, 12 St. Mary's students attended the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Fransico. Eight presented their work and we all met after Tabitha Clem's ('05) talk. Tabitha was just finishing up her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley.
The Chemistry Major: Program Objectives
The general educational objective of the chemistry major is the development of a fundamental understanding of the basic principles, concepts, models, and practices employed by chemists in characterizing the structure and behavior of matter.
The chemistry major is structured to insure that this fundamental knowledge is based on experiences that include the five major divisions of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, biochemistry). The chemistry program is designed to foster development of an understanding of (1) the nature of the underlying scientific processes employed in the acquisition of chemical knowledge, (2) the application of current principles and modern practices used in solving chemical problems, (3) the current state of chemical knowledge, and (4) the applications of the concepts of chemistry in responsibly addressing societal needs. The program is particularly well suited to prepare students for careers in chemistry or related areas and for admission to graduate, medical or other professional schools.