Inspired by chemistry, engaging in research.
In high school, you excelled in the areas of math and science, and sought out challenging opportunities to use math, theory and experimentation to study matter. With a major in chemistry at Marian, you will be inspired to take on the scientific method and make valuable contributions to the sciences.
The chemistry program features Marian’s core liberal arts courses and a
challenging curriculum built on the areas of math, physics and
chemistry. Using the scientific method, you will undertake activities
ranging from creating chemical reactions in the lab and identifying
unknown compounds to writing lab reports. At Marian, you will find
personalized support and instruction from faculty who are committed to
your individual success and guide you toward the best path to meet your
As part of the chemistry program, you will gain valuable knowledge which places emphasis on research and analysis, both through lectures and laboratory experiences. You will have opportunities for internships and cooperative education experiences, as well as a senior research project that provides an opportunity to conduct hands-on research in your area of interest.
The chemistry program prepares you for a variety of post-baccalaureate options, including professional employment and graduate studies. Our graduates have the foundation needed to pursue careers in a variety of areas, ranging from analytical laboratories, biotechnology, chiropractic medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, to education, research and development and technology.
The Marian Difference
With a solid background in the sciences and an emphasis on critical thinking skills, you will find that the aim of Marian’s chemistry program is to help you become a leader in the sciences and in society. Experiential learning opportunities will allow you to set yourself apart from the competition, whether you will be entering the workforce or enrolling in graduate or professional school.
Testing the waters: EPA internship provides hands-on experience
As far as internships go, working for a government agency is near the top of what looks good on a resume. Marian alumni Dennis Mudd ’13, a chemistry/biology double major, now has first-hand experience in how our water supply is protected at the highest level, thanks to an internship with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“This research is unique because it is regulated and maintained by the EPA of the United States government,” Mudd said. “Due to this, the research not only affects the area in which it was done, but its findings will also be applied nationwide as a standard for recreational and other areas of water regulation.”
Overseen directly by the EPA, the research Mudd conducted aimed to help the regulation of water quality, especially at sources of recreational use. It also dealt with various methods of analysis to expedite the research findings in order to be quickly implemented to maintain public health and safety.
While working with the EPA, Mudd assisted in research that included analyzing levels of bacteria in recreational and other water sources, attempting to determine the source of the bacteria and determining the method of analysis that would be the most accurate and fastest to aid public safety. He not only learned about water quality in theory but also gained hands-on experience in carrying out a research project, including use of the different instruments and machines necessary in such research. Mudd was a participant in the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which has prepared Mudd for graduate studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.
“Even though I have never had an experience in a lab outside of the University, I took on parts of this research alone and really was able to quickly pick up on all of the methodology,” Mudd said. “It also makes me very proud that I was a part of a research project that will help ensure the health and safety of the populous in the coming years.”
Mudd plans to earn his M.D./Ph.D., and feels that this study has given him great insight into the research process.