Biochemistry and Chemistry Programs
Message from the Program Coordinator
A Letter from the Biochemistryand Chemistry Coordinator
The Biochemistry, Chemistry & Physics programs consists of full time instructors in chemistry covering all the major branches of chemistry and in addition, there are full time structors in physics covering all aspects of physics. One of the major strengths of the programs is the involvement of the instructors with the student; this goes from the classroom interaction where student learning and retention of the student is paramount, to the involvement of individual faculty in directing student research projects. The results of these research projects are presented at American Chemical Society meetings or other professional venues and in certain cases will result in publication in one of the scientific journals: a nice addition to anyone's resume.
It's possible that you may also be interested in a pre-professional program that is offered. In chemistry, pre-professional means a lot of things depending pn whether the student is interested in going to medical, dental or veterinary school, a program in pharmacy, forensic science, or even to law school if patent or environmental law is of interest. So, whether your career ambition or goal is to be a dentist, doctor, lawyer, pharmacist forensic scientist, veterinarian, professional chemist, biochemist, medical researcher, or to work in one of the government laboratories such as ATF, CIA, DEA, DOE, EPA, FBI, NIH, NSF, or USDA, we have a program that will suit your career goals. Of course, both Chemistry and Physics offer teacher education programs (Chemistry, BS in Science Education and in Physics BS in Science Education) accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Science Teachers Association, and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Since the demand for teachers of chemistry and physics far exceeds the number of students graduating in these fields, graduates commonly have a choice of positions.
Another one of the advantages of studying in these programs is the opportunity for students to gain hands on experience with sophisticated instruments, assuring future employers a well trained and experienced student with a high level of confidence. The programs have a large variety of instruments such as those used for UV-Visible, FT-IR, and FT-NMR spectroscopy; a number of chromatography instruments such as those for GC, GC/MS, and HPLC, and an assortment of others for calorimetry, fluorometry, and electrochemical analysis. Both Chemistry and Physicst strive to maintain modern instrumentation; for example the FT-IR, Fluorescence, and UV-Visible spectrophotometers in addition to the HPLC chromatography system were all purchased new for chemistry during the 2004-05 academic year. Physics, likewise, purchased two new instruments during the same time span.
Finally, it is always important to find a close-knit group of students pursuing similar career goals. There are plenty of opportunities to work within the department as a grader, a lab assistant, a stockroom assistant or a tutor. These paid positions can be supplemented by scholarships or loans that are available to students in both chemistry and physics. Becoming a member of the ACS student affiliates or the Society of Physics Students (SPS) is attractive to many of our majors and minors thus contributing more to the camaraderie among those in the department. The fact that you will be graduating from a department accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) assures you of the quality of the education you will receive at UCM.