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.

State-of-the-art equipment

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

Research opportunities

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.

Program news

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    USDA Aids Valley-Grown Blueberries

    November 16th, 2011

    A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will help feed an organic blueberry revolution in the Shenandoah Valley. “Sustaining Organic Blueberry Production: Analysis of Practices and Assessing Outcomes,” a research projected directed by Roman Miller, PhD, professor of biology at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), will look at the merits of organic horticulture as …More

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    Harvard Hosts EMU Funding Strategy Meetings for New Science Facility

    April 12th, 2011

    BOSTON — Harvard Medical School provided the backdrop for a historic gathering intended to generate lead funding strategies for Eastern Mennonite University’s $30 million capital campaign to create new science labs and to renovate the existing Suter Science Center. Some 35 science commissioners, campaign steering committee members, trustees, faculty and staff were hosted by EMU …More

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