Lake Superior State University
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Alum Success

Chuck last attended Lake Superior State College in 1985 earning an Associate Degree in Natural Resources. After working in the land surveying industry for fourteen years he started his own cartography and GIS consulting business in 2004. In the fall of 2008 Chuck returned to LSSU to pursue a BS degree in the newly created Applied Geographic Information program. Chuck’s senior research project was a geospatial distribution analysis of applicants to LSSU. This study will help the university better understand its potential student market and lays the foundation for further research into how place influences the conversion of university applicants into students. Chuck plans to continue to grow his consulting business, No Boundaries Maps and Graphics, and resides in Sault Ste. Marie with his wife Bev and daughter Theresa.

Chuck McCready
2010 Oustanding Graduate
Applied Geographic Information Science

College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

 

Graduate Survey

Have you completed our survey? All graduates from programs under the School of Physical Sciences are asked to complete the survey: once at graduation and again anytime you have a change in education or employment.

 

Derek Wright

Dr. Derek D. Wright
Chair
Associate Professor
Office: CRW 315
Phone: (906) 635-2628
Fax: (906) 635-2266

Faculty & Staff

 

Mission & Vision

Unlike larger universities, we offer a small, active, hands-on learning experience for our students where they work directly with the faculty members in the department.  Depending upon your interests, several program options are available to students who are contemplating a career in the environmental sciences.

Earn your ACS certified degree!

ACS LogoThe American Chemical Society (ACS) has approved LSSU's Chemistry Program. You can now earn an ACS certified degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forensic Chemistry, or Environmental Science (Chemistry Concentration).  Contact the School Chair, Dr. Wright, for more details.

News:

School Newsletter, Oct 2013

Chemistry Department acquires new Spectrophotometer

Chemistry & Environmental Science Students Present Research at Symposia

State House education appropriator eyes LSSU tech research facilities

New tool beefs up environmental research lab

LSSU faculty and students fill special issue of Great Lakes Research journal

Department of Chemistry

The chemistry department at Lake Superior State University provides a great environment in which to work and learn with others.  Our faculty are ready to work with you to achieve your academic and professional goals.  Our state-of-the-art chemical instrumentation is here for you to use, preparing the hands-on experiences needed to help you be a valuable and valued member of our profession after graduation. 

Department of Environmental Sciences

Lake Superior State Univeristy's enviornmental science and envrionmental health programs provide excellent interdisciplinary preparatrion for careers or graduate studies in a wide variety of related fields. Our geographic location is ideal, and our faculty have real world experience in research, consulting, regulatory agencies, and resource management. Our Environmental Analysis Lab (EAL) provides hands on experience and paid internships to students interested in water quality, pollution control, and environmental chemistry. Our chemical instrumentation enables us to make trace level measurments of heavy metals and organic pollutants, while our GIS lab features professional grade GPS equipment, and Arc GIS 10.1, the standard software used by government agencies in the US and Canada.

Department of Geology

Lake Superior State University provides an excellent opportunity to study geology. Located on the edge of the Canadian Shield and Michigan Basin, we offer a highly innovative, project-centered curriculum that was developed with the financial support of the National Science Foundation. Our classes and field courses emphasize learning through active participation and hands-on experience. The small size of our department fosters a close, personal relationship among students and between students and faculty. Our very active Geology Club organizes regular social activities and local field trips. Students also have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research in geomagnetics and micropaleontology.

Environmental Analysis Lab

The department of chemistry operates a full compliment of analytical chemical instrumentation.  Our undergraduate students use these instruments in both in their laboratory experiences and to support their senior research projects. Learn more... For information about contact based services, click here. For information on student internships or general inquiries, contact lab manager Ben Southwell.

Benjamin H. Long Planetarium

Our planetarium has public shows several times a year, and is open to school and community groups by appointment. We not only have the capabilities for traditional star shows, but recent upgrades have added capabilities for digital full dome film projection as well.

For information on upcoming shows or scheduling a show for your group, visit the planetarium page or contact Mary St. Antoine.

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C. Ernest Kemp Mineral Resources Museum

The Kemp Museum is located adjacent to the northeast entrence to Crawford Hall, and is open to visitors during regular business hours (stop by the office in CRW 236). School and community groups who would like a guided tour should contact Mary St. Antoine or Dr. Paul Kelso to schedule a visit!

 

Academic Programs (Degrees/Certificates and Majors)

Baccalaureate

Minors

Associate

Associate of Applied Science

 

Failing Infiltrator Chamber Septic Systems in Chippewa County

Jordan Lechowicz

The Chippewa County Health Department has been having an issue with chamber system septic drainage systems failing prematurely. These chambers serve the same purpose as the traditional pipe and stone drainage system but take up less space and don’t require the installation of stone, making them attractive to homeowners. To help find out why these chambers have been failing prematurely, homeowners were asked to take a survey outlining their basic water quality and usages. Homeowners were also asked to submit a tap water sample to be analyzed for ion concentration using ion chromatography. The survey results showed no negligence on the homeowner’s septic care, but the sample size may be too small for the survey to reveal any useful patterns. Ion analysis found that of the ions tested, all were found to be within the limits set by the health department for satisfactory water quality. More ions and a larger sample size are needed to better understand the problem faced by the Chippewa County Health Department.

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