What alumni say

EMU biochemistry graduate David Showalter

I am glad I came from a diverse background. There’s always time to specialize and that’s what graduate education does for you. Had I come from a specific undergraduate discipline, I would have missed out on a lot of other interesting things, whether music or literature or digital media. Read more…

David Showalter, an EMU biochemistry graduate and fourth-year PhD student at The Ohio State University, is studying the physiological and biochemical defense mechanisms associated with resistance in ash species to the emerald ash borer, an invasive species that has destroyed millions of trees 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.

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, Maryland, and in Ghana, Africa.

Read more about faculty research projects on campus and how students are involved in chemistry research at EMU.

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