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Rachel Whitlock '14

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Rachel Whitlock '14

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Chemistry

The Monmouth College Chemistry Department offers a hands-on curriculum, rich in research opportunities and one-on-one student/faculty interactions.  Students will obtain a solid foundation in chemistry and the other physical sciences as well as mathematics that will prepare them for employment, professional school or graduate school upon graduation. They will also learn to use the scientific literature and to communicate scientific information effectively.

The Chemistry Department is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and offers a program that leads to ACS certification upon graduation. This program of study is recommended for students planning to enter government or industrial laboratories as a chemist or for those students planning to enter chemistry graduate programs.

Objectives

  • Sharpen students’ quantitative skills
  • Encourage critical thinking
  • Demonstrate the cumulative aspect of chemistry principles
  • Utilize “inquiry based learning” in lecture
  • Strengthen students’ scientific writing and presentation skills

Labs & Equipment

The department is located with other departments in our new Center for Science and Business. Students begin using state-of-the-art instrumentation in their first year and continue to develop their skills throughout their four years at Monmouth and in their research projects.

The Department holds the following major pieces of instrumentation:

  • Griffin 450 GC-MS with X-Sorber
  • Thermo/Nicolet Nexus FTIR
  • Waters HPLC with dual wavelength detector
  • Spectrometry
  • Visocotek GPC with RI detector
  • Thermo NanoDrop Spectrometry
  • Anasazi EFT-60 NMR Spectrometry
  • Varian Atomic Absorption
  • Agilent UV-Vis Spectrometer with temperature controller
  • Perkin Elmer Fluorescence
  • BioRad Gel Doc200 Digital Imaging System

Summer Research & Special Projects

An endowment allows the department to support 6-8 students on campus for summer research each year and take up to 10 students per year to the National American Chemical Society Meeting where they present their work. Another endowment to the department is a library fund which provides internet access to current research journals, the latest book and periodical publications, and the latest in chemistry and scientific software.

Undergraduate Research

  1. Instills a level of “scientific” confidence and independence in students.
  2. Enables students to apply and broaden their knowledge learned in the classroom.
  3. Is an invaluable way for students to strengthen their scientific communication skills.
  4. Exposes students to open-ended questions.

Students are encouraged to become involved in undergraduate research as early as the Fall semester of their sophomore year. Students are required before their senior year to register for 3 credits of research. They are also encouraged to spend at least one summer during their college career in an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program at a research university or at Monmouth College. The best way to demonstrate the value of undergraduate research to students at Monmouth College is to hear from Monmouth College students themselves.

Graduate School Opportunities

A degree in chemistry from Monmouth College opens many doors. With a solid background in chemistry and the oral and written communication skills acquired from a liberal arts education, our graduates are prepared for a variety of fields. Chemistry majors have found success in medical, graduate, and professional schools. Recent graduates are employed by such companies as Proctor and Gamble, Sigma Aldrich, 3M, and Nanocor.

Career Opportunities

  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Pharmacist
  • Analytical Scientist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Research Scientists
  • Lab Technician
  • Beverage and Applications Technologist

Recent Monmouth Chemistry Graduates

Nella (Magnelli) Mazur ’08
Managing Editor of Analytical Chemistry (an ACS journal)
American Chemical Society

Ted Tomlin ’10
Chemist
Sigma-Aldrich

Rex Jackson ’11
Flavor Lab Technician
Bell Flavor and Fragrances

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