The Departments of Chemistry & Environmental Science maintain a full compliment of modern chemical instruments. Our undergraduate students and faculty use these instruments both in their laboratory experiences and to support their research.
See for yourself!
We would enjoy the opportunity to discuss careers in the chemical sciences with you. During a campus visit, be sure to ask to speak with the Chemistry Department. We would like to show you our excellent facilities and take the time to discuss some of the exciting research projects now underway.
Biochemistry student Halley Borseth holds bacteria colonies that have been engineered to produce a protein normally found in jellyfish that glows a fluorescent green under black light. This feature provides researchers with a powerful tool that reveals whether certain genes are activated, in this case in a bacteria culture. This project is part of an introductory biochemistry laboratory class that all chemistry majors and many biology majors take while at LSSU. Students learn modern biochemical and molecular biology techniques that can be applied in research and medical careers. Borseth is a junior pre-med student from Ontonagon, Mich., studying biology with a minor in chemistry.
"I graduated from LSSU in 2003 with a B.S. in Chemistry. I had a wonderful experience as an undergraduate student in the chemistry department. The faculty were always very approachable and eager to help me and their other students understand their course material. The small class size of the upper level classes provided a more intimate learning environment which encouraged me to engage more in class discussions and aided in my desire to learn and do well in my classes. It is obvious the faculty are passionate about providing the best learning environment possible and stimulating students to get excited about chemistry. I had exposure to an impressive variety of instrumentation which I though would only be possible at large university. It allowed me to apply the knowledge I gained through my classes and give me a better understanding of how chemistry could be used in a real world situation.
I am currently attending Johns Hopkins University where I received my masters in chemistry in 2005 and am working towards a Ph.D. degree. Initially graduate school was not even a consideration for me until some of the faculty members in the chemistry department at LSSU encouraged me to apply. I am appreciative for all the people in the department who helped me attain a great education while I was there and I thank them for the huge part they played in my academic success."
--Leslie (Machado) Bransfield
Johns Hopkins University