AC's chemistry and biochemistry faculty have led exciting professional lives.
Before coming to Adrian, for example, Professor Maher Mualla was selected to be a Fulbright Scholar at Damascus University in Syria. As a result of these diverse experiences, the faculty is well equipped to help students prepare for dynamic careers. Graduates from the chemistry department can pursue a future in forensic science, pharmaceuticals, information science, biotechnology, environmental engineering and electronic networking. Past students have gone on to graduate programs at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University School of Medicine and Notre Dame University.
Chemistry serves as a stepping stone to many other fields, such as biology, physics, earth science, the health sciences, engineering and environmental studies. The department provides rigorous, in-depth courses in a small, personal setting. You'll work with sophisticated instrumentation in close partnership with the faculty, and as a senior, you complete an original research project. Past projects have included studies in polymer coatings, peroxidase kinetics and chemiluminescence. You'll also have the opportunity to pursue internships and summer jobs at major chemical corporations and laboratories. You may also choose an independent study project. Recent projects include water dynamics, fundamental periodic table research, instrument troubleshooting, and forensic chemistry.
As a student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, you'll play an active role in the planning and presentation of the annual chemistry educational outreach program. The Magic of Science show is a chance to get elementary, middle school and high school students excited about chemistry by showcasing chemical reactions that involve flames, explosions, fireworks and things that glow in the dark. As a senior, you'll may work with a professor as an introductory chemistry lab supervisor, which is excellent preparation for graduate work or industry work. In addition to preparing for what's ahead, you'll learn to see things differently. You'll learn problem-solving skills, and will hone the invaluable ability to think analytically and critically.
Chemistry/biochemistry is an excellent major for students interested in Pre-Med.