"I can really get to know students and work with them one-on-one."
A degree in chemistry or chemistry education from Trevecca is based upon a rigorous academic program designed to provide graduates with a variety of options upon graduation, like graduate school, industrial research laboratories, analytical laboratories, secondary science education, etc.
An important component of an education at Trevecca is extensive hands-on experience with instruments such as an infrared (IR) spectrometer, atomic absorption (AA) spectrometer, ultraviolet-visible spectrometer, high-performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC), and gas ghromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS).
Use of these instruments is extensively incorporated into laboratory classes throughout the program to ensure that students are prepared for the modern technical aspects of a career in chemistry. Scientific research is also a key component of the program. Therefore, all chemistry students have an opportunity to work one-on-one with a chemistry professor on an original research project. Some students choose to enhance their research skills even further by applying for research experience for undergraduates (REU) programs at major universities during the summer.
What our students and faculty say
"Trevecca effectively prepared me for the work that I'm doing this summer by providing me a solid foundation upon which the researchers at Northwestern are already building. Familiarity with basic science concepts has made my life easy here. My chemistry and physics courses have exposed me to the technology of liquid chromotography, ultraviolet spectroscopy, and even X-ray defraction. Cancer research led by Dr. Russell made me feel comfortable with cell cultures, aseptic techniques and instruments, such as the vortex and cell tissue culture hood- all of which are involved in the X-ray chrystallography, which is the focus of my summer at Northwestern."
"One of the things I enjoy most about teaching is the hours spent in lab when I can really get to know students and work with them one-on-one."
- BS, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 1984
- PhD, Oklahoma State University, 1989