The mission of the chemistry department at Blackburn is to prepare tomorrow’s scientists, teachers and doctors by providing a solid knowledge of the field and in the techniques used to advance our knowledge. At the same time we believe it is crucial that our students know how to think critically (“like a scientist”) and to read and think about the highly technical material that comprises the field of chemistry today.
Our new science building opened for classes in the Fall of 2008. It is stocked with a number of new instruments, all of which will be available for students to learn and use. These include a 200-MHz superconducting Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer to measure both proton and C-13 spectra, and a new state-of-the-art gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC-MS), as well as a variety of infrared (IR) and ultraviolet/visible (UV-vis) spectrometers and gas and liquid chromatographs. (GC and LC). Furthermore, the new building provides modern spaces and technologies for teaching and laboratory experiences as well as student research.
What Sets Blackburn Apart
The small number of chemistry majors at Blackburn is a distinct and important advantage to the student. The chemistry faculty members know you individually and provide mentoring and instruction tailored to your needs. The instructors, assistants and students in each class get to know, support and instruct one another and quickly become a learning community.
Qualified students majoring in chemistry and biochemistry have the opportunity to become teaching assistants through Blackburn’s Work Program. Assistants work closely with science faculty as tutors and lab assistants. As an assistant, you would also take full responsibility for maintenance of the labs, stockrooms, and instrumentation. These experiences are highly valued by employers and graduate/professional schools.
The small number of majors also makes it possible for students to conduct research with faculty members and take full advantage of the expertise provided by the mentoring relationship, as well as the instrumentation available at Blackburn.