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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry lab

Chemistry lab

Majors:  

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry

Minor:

  • Chemistry

Pre-Professional: Preparation for the professional study of Dentistry, Engineering, Forensic Science, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, and Ph.D. programs

Teacher Education Chemistry (Grades 6–12); General Science (Grades 6–12)

Major requirements and course descriptions are outlined in the Huntingdon College Catalog.

The programs of study in chemistry are part of the Department of Chemistry in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Huntingdon in Australia photo

Huntingdon in Australia, 2012; Dexter Dean ’13 is a student in a Ph.D. chemistry program

We take you places

Huntingdon’s Chemistry and Biochemistry programs take you places. As just a few examples, students and faculty regularly visit top-notch Ph.D. programs or pharmacy/medical schools, travel and study in interesting places, and present research at national American Chemical Society meetings. At Huntingdon, Chemistry and Biochemistry students are actively engaged with faculty in research and learning outside the classroom. A Huntingdon degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry will also take you places professionally. We offer:

  • “Hands-on” laboratory training at every level
  • Excellent pre-health professions advising, test preparation assistance, and placement rates
  • Advanced instrumentation for student use
  • Directed research with Huntingdon faculty
  • Independent research opportunities
  • Competitive internships at Alabama State Department of Forensics Lab, FBI, Los Alamos and Brookhaven National Labs, Mayo Clinic, Institute for Ecosystems Studies, Carnegie Institute for Geophysical Sciences, UAB Forensic Chemistry, pharmacies, hospitals, and laboratories
  • Graduate school and professional school (pharmacy and medical) “road trips” with faculty
  • Unique “Live-with-a-Physician” January program
  • Summer fellowship opportunities with Merck and the Department of Energy Nuclear Summer School Program, among other programs
  • Travel and study with faculty—groups have developed Lib Guides in Australia, studied water quality in China’s rivers, and studied astronomy and volcanoes in Hawaii
  • Computational chemistry training
  • Student teaching in local schools
  • Active and award-winning Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) focusing on K–12 outreach activities
  • Bioinformatics Training
  • The ability to earn special recognition through the Hobbs Honors Program
Dr. Doba Jackson

Dr. Doba Jackson, chemistry lab

Why Huntingdon?

Every Huntingdon Chemistry or Biochemistry student conducts at least one original research project during the junior and/or senior year, working alongside a chemistry or biochemistry professor. Starting in 2012, the University of Alabama-Birmingham (Alabama’s research medical school) will give highest interview priority for those students who have conducted one or more research projects, according to the Alabama Health Professions Advisers meeting, UNA, February 2012.  Chemistry and biochemistry professors engage students in learning inside and outside the classroom and laboratory, helping students achieve maximum success. You will have the opportunity to publish the results of your research or to present at a regional or national professional meeting.  In 2012, 11 different research presentations were made by students and faculty at national meetings in Anaheim and San Diego, California; Denver, Colorado; and at Alabama State University.  These professional presentations provide students with excellent experience for future employment and graduate or health professional school placement.  The advantages of studying Chemistry and Biochemistry at Huntingdon include:

  • Stellar placement rates into graduate, Ph.D., and health professional schools
  • Innovative curriculum including courses such as Javametrics 101 and Metals in Biological Systems
  • Strong liberal arts core curriculum emphasizes critical thinking skills
  • National teaching award-winning faculty
  • Individualized pre-professional/pre-Ph.D. advising
  • Placement into forensic science internships and jobs in state and national laboratories
  • Undergraduate research for all Chemistry and Biochemistry majors
  • Opportunities to present at national, regional, and state American Chemical Society meetings
  • Track record of placements into National Science Foundation summer research REU programs
  • Boot Camps and SMART Program (Student Mastery and Review for Tests, see below)—a free program for Huntingdon students to prepare for the MCAT, PCAT, and DAT
  • Chemistry Wizard mentor program for all students in General Chemistry
  • Opportunities to publish research with faculty in peer-reviewed research journals on topics such as:
    • DNA research
    • Protein Structure Research
    • Why native Americans vomited after drinking yaupon
    • Water analysis and purification
    • Ant Pheromones
    • Computer-based laboratory research
    • Fluorous Peptides and Fluorous Antibiotics

Facilities

Chemistry Lab

Chemistry Lab

Huntingdon’s science laboratories and classrooms are housed in historic Bellingrath Hall, which was renovated and expanded in 2008 and features spacious, light-filled laboratories and advanced instrumentation. The Chemistry and Biochemistry programs at Huntingdon have been awarded four National Science Foundation (NSF) matching equipment grants. Huntingdon students enrolled in chemistry and biochemistry laboratories receive hands-on instruction in the use of each instrument. State-of-the-art instrumentation is also used in research projects with undergraduates each semester.

Instrumentation:

  • Nicolet FT-Infrared Spectrophotometer
  • Laser Optics Laboratory
  • Spartan ’06 Computational Chemistry Laboratory
  • Hewlett-Packard Diode Array UV-Visible Spectrophotometer
  • Avantis High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC)
  • Palm-Based Laboratories with Probes (PBLs), PDAs
  • Parr Solution Calorimeter
  • Marathon 21,000R Refrigerated High-Speed Centrifuge
  • Horizontal and Vertical Electrophoresis Equipment
  • Kodak Trans-Illuminator and Digital Imaging System

The SMART Program

Students who are interested in practicing for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), or Dental Admission Test (DAT) may participate in the Student Mastery and Review for Tests (SMART) program. SMART provides access to American Association of Medical Colleges online MCAT practice tests, PCAT Professor online tests and tutorials, or sample online DAT examinations and tutorials.  The result: preparation for the best possible scores on these tests.

The Chemistry Wizard Program

Students who are new chemistry and biochemistry majors are assigned upper-level “Chemistry Wizards” who serve as their mentors by answering questions and offering advice to maximize new student success.

Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society

ACS National Meeting

ACS National Meeting

In October 2010, the American Chemical Society issued the charter for the first Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society (SA-ACS Chapter) at Huntingdon College. The Huntingdon chapter is one of more than 300 college student ACS chapters in the U.S. Membership in this chapter is open to anyone interested in chemistry. Since 2010, SA-ACS Chapter members at Huntingdon have sponsored National Chemistry Week activities and speakers on campus, as well as other activities and events to promote chemistry and the profession.  In addition, chapter members participate in many outreach activities promoting “hands-on” science activities in K-12 classrooms locally as well as at science museum events held at national ACS meetings.  Huntingdon SA-ACS members have led hundreds of K-12 students in “hands-on” science events at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco,  CA and in 2011, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Colorado, celebrating the 2011 International Year of Chemistry.  Students also helped with Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Day at Huntingdon each September since 2010.  In 2012, the Chapter initiated “Green Chemistry”events and education, including sponsorship of a “Huntingdon Green Chemistry” Web site at: http://www.huntingdongreenchemistry.com.  Chapter members participate in the annual Coastal Clean-Up on the Mobile coast each September. Chapter members are eligible for ACS travel grants to national and regional ACS meetings, career opportunities and training, as well as other benefits of affiliation with a professional society.  In 2011, Huntingdon’s SA-ACS Chapter received a grant from the 2011 International Year of Chemistry Committee to publish a book of poetry about chemistry entitled “Celebrating Chemistry,” which included poems from students, faculty and alumni. Five hundred copies of this book have been distributed to K-12 classrooms and at public science events in the community. In 2010 and 2011, the Huntingdon SA-ACS Chapter has received national awards for service from the ACS.

Faculty

 Placement Rates

2009–2014 Placement Rates of Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors:

Program Type Applied Accepted Percentage
Medical School 14 12 86%
Pharmacy School 19 19 100%
Dental School 4 3 75%
Ph.D./Graduate Programs 13 13 100%

1997–2014 Placement Rates of Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors:

Program Type Applied Accepted Percentage
Pharmacy 32 32 100%
Ph.D./Graduate Programs 35 35 100%
Medical School 23 20 87%
Dental School 6 5 83%
Law School 4 4 100%
Divinity School 2 2 100%

(98 majors accepted to professional schools during the years 1997–2014, as of July 1, 2014.)

Alumni

graduates

L–R, Ginger Tyson ’12, chemistry, is a student in a Ph.D. chemistry program; Erin Ofe ’12, English, is a graduate student in speech language pathology; and Mary Elizabeth Terrell ’12, chemistry, is a student in a doctor of pharmacy program

Huntingdon Chemistry and Biochemistry graduates are accepted to top-rated health professions schools and Ph.D. programs with great success.  Likewise, Huntingdon student-chemists have been accepted to some of the best summer internship/fellowship programs in the country.  Last year alone, two Huntingdon Chemistry majors were accepted as Department of Energy Summer Fellows at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York and at nuclear chemistry laboratories in San Jose, California, in the very competitive DOE Nuclear Chemistry Summer School.

Recent Huntingdon Chemistry and Biochemistry graduates have been accepted to the Early Decision Program (EDP) at the University of South Alabama School of Medicine and Auburn’s School of Pharmacy, as well as the following programs:

  • Schools of Medicine:  University of Alabama-Birmingham, Indiana University, University of South Alabama, Armed Forces, Universidad Iberoamericana (D.Rep.), University of Oklahoma
  • Schools of Osteopathic Medicine:  Edward Via Virginia, West Virginia, Philadelphia, Michigan State, Pikeville College, Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Schools of Pharmacy:  Auburn University, Samford University, University of Louisiana, Mercer University, South University (S.C.), South College (Tenn.), University of Southern Nevada, Florida A&M University, Belmont University
  • Schools of Dentistry:  University of Alabama-Birmingham, Temple University, University of Florida
  • Ph.D./M.S. programs: Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, Emory University, University of Colorado, University of Nevada, University of Mississippi, Vanderbilt University, University of Washington, Washington University, Georgia Tech, Florida State University, University of Florida, University of Iowa, University of New Haven, University of Memphis, University of Georgia, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, George Mason University, Auburn University, Michigan State University, University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Huntsville), University of Cincinnati, Lewis & Clark University, Indiana University
  • Our alumni serve as high school chemistry teachers and as chemistry professors at colleges and universities across the U.S., and as researchers and in a myriad of other professions.