Our small Christian liberal arts college educates students to serve and lead in a global context, emphasizing sustainability, peacebuilding and community. 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.
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.
- Faculty/Student collaboration on research focused on creation care and chemistry for the common good
- Financial support for student-driven research projects - see the Kauffman & Miller Research Awards
- State-of-the-art facilities
- Professors active in their scholarly work
- Reflective integration of your values with your disciplinary activities
- Opportunity to engage with leaders in the field through Suter Science Seminars
- All EMU students participate in cross-cultural study. Biochemistry and Pre-law students have benefited from the internship available at our Washington Community Scholars’ Center in D.C.
- Students have travelled to Guam or Hawaii with EMU faculty and studied the use and development of attractants to control insect pests.
- In addition to research done on our own campus, EMU students have participated in summer research programs at James Madison University, Penn State University, University of Minnesota, University of North Dakota, Budapest, North Carolinas Research Triangle Park, National Institutes of Health in Beltsville, Maryland, and in Ghana, Africa.
- Students have opportunity to present research each semester, at the STEM Student Research Symposium in the fall, or the Academic & Creative Excellence Festival in the spring.
- Some undergraduate students have seen longer-term projects though to completion and published findings in scientific journals, at a level typical of graduate study.
- Students may compete for Kauffman & Miller Research Awards, up to for $2500 for summer research supervised by EMU faculty.
- Our chemistry students are often active participants in these Clubs: Earthkeepers, Sustainable Food Initiative, Coalition for Climate Justice, Pre-Professional Health Sciences
- Students can work as peer tutors in the Academic Success Center which develops their own scientific understanding as well as other skills
EMU chemistry and biochemistry graduates are now involved in a variety of jobs:
- Neurochemistry research
- Teaching college science
- Opening a medical practice
- Opening a medical practice
- Community health worker in Central America
- Pharmaceutical manufacturing
- Environmental quality control
- Malaria research in Tanzania
Graduate programs our students have attended:
- Carnegie Mellon
- George Mason
- George Washington
- Ohio State University
- Penn State
- Simon Fraser University
- University of Illinois in Chicago
- University of Minnesota
- University of Oregon
- University of Virginia
Students interested in chemistry and a career in healthcare can major in either chemistry or biochemistry and enroll in the pre-professional health sciences program. Our pre-med students have been accepted at top-level medical schools.
- Prospective students may be eligible for the EMU STEM Scholars Engaging in Local Problems (SSELP) grant, up to $10,000. Learn more about departmental scholarships.
- EMU has offered close to $1 million in academic merit scholarships collectively to students with outstanding academic achievement.
- Academic scholarships range from $12,000 to $20,000 per year and are renewable for four years depending on academic performance.
- EMU students are eligible for Pell Grants and Federal Need-Based Grants as well as student loans.
- Virginia students may be eligible for a Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG).
- Learn more by contacting EMU's Financial Assistance Office or checking out our cost of attendance calculator.