Chemistry Program at EMU
EMU’s chemistry and biochemistry programs provide a solid foundation in four major areas of chemistry: organic, analytical, physical and biological chemistry.
Examples of research projects of chemistry students and faculty at EMU are varied but have two things in common creation care and chemistry for the common good. Students who work on a project for more than one summer typically see it through to completion and *share their findings in scientific journals.*
Over the past 10 years, more than 90% of EMU students who completed EMU’s pre-medical program were accepted into medical school, compared to the national average of 49%.
Globally aware scientists
Our small Christian liberal arts college educates students to serve and lead in a global context, emphasizing sustainability, peacebuilding and community. All EMU students participate in cross-cultural study, whether it be a semester abroad, a three-week summer experience, or a internship through our Washington Community Scholars Center in D.C. Global awareness is critical to success in business, medical practice, and industry.
EMU’s mission includes training scientists for work in missions, public or community health, medical care, and education in developing countries and underserved areas in North America.
The chemistry department offers a wide selection of current instrumentation, including:
- Atomic Absorption Spectrocopy
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR)
- High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
- Gas-Liquid Chromatography
- Infrared Spectroscopy (Fourier Transform) (FTIR)
- Ultraviolet-Visible Spectroscopy
- Fluorescence Spectroscopy
- Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy
Chemistry and Biology majors at EMU must participate in mentored research projects. In addition to research done on our own campus, in the past three years EMU students have participated in summer research programs at James Madison University, North Carolinas Research Triangle Park, National Institutes of Health in Beltsville, Md., and in Ghana, Africa.
Read more about faculty research projects on campus and how students are involved in chemistry research at EMU.
Retired, long-time science and math professors recall teaching wide range of topics in original Suter buildingOctober 17th, 2014
A hammer banged away on the $7 million renovation project of Suter Science Center as six retired professors talked about their careers in the 46-year-old Eastern Mennonite University building. They gathered in the iconic 256-seat tiered SC-106 classroom on Oct. 11 as part of the 2014-15 Suter Science Seminar series. “A classroom this size is …More
- October 15th, 2014
Charlie Good synthesizes organic chemicals, websites, and contemporary band music – fusing the realms of creation and analysis. “There’s definitely art in science,” says the third-year chemistry major at Eastern Mennonite University. Advanced lab work depends more on technique than step-by-step instruction. When recrystallizing a substance, “you just have to have the right touch.” Good …More