The Chemistry program at Siena Heights University provides a solid grounding in all the areas of modern chemistry. Our graduates have either successfully entered the work force, or have gone on to attend graduate and professional schools.
Chemistry is often referred to as the "Central Science" because chemical behavior plays a vital role in every aspect of daily life. Students majoring in chemistry at Siena Heights University receive training in all areas of chemistry and in their senior year they perform an independent research project.
Our emphasis is on producing chemistry graduates that have a firm grasp of the basic principles of chemical science and who are ready for a wide variety of possible career paths.
Recent senior projects have included:
• A theoretical study of compound stabilities
• Design and testing of solvent resistant polymers
• Isolation and assay of an enzyme from beef liver
• The study of the relationship between molecular structure and reactivity
• Catalysis of the hydroxamate hydrolysis reaction
• Computational study of protein-ligand binding
• Synthesis of the plant metabolite camalexin
These activities emphasize not only the abilities necessary to carry out meaningful research, but also stress the importance of having good communications skills.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry517-264-7639 Professor of Chemistry517-264-7657 Assistant Professor of Chemistry517-264-7644
#1. Diverse faculty. Dr. Steven Wathen specializes in Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Cheminformatics and has more than 24 years experience teaching chemistry. Dr. Julius Nagy teaches General Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry as well as a class in Culinary Chemistry (before coming to Siena Heights University worked in the corporate Research and Development for 20 years). Our newest faculty member, Dr. Krishanthi Weerasinghe teaches Physical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry and Physics.
#2. Local connections. The chemistry program at Siena Heights University has connections with local chemical firms such as Anderson Development and Wacker Silicones. Many of our chemistry majors have been able to get work experience in the polymer industry through internships at these companies.
#3. Early acceptance. Chemistry majors who meet eligibility requirements, can receive early acceptance into Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s medical, dental or pharmacy schools.
Learn about internship opportunities in the Business Administration program.
An internship is a valuable opportunity that allows a student to get work experience in a practical, professional setting. Students not only get to see what it means to be a working chemist, but they also have the chance to become involved in meaningful, on-going research.
Our chemistry majors have had internships at:
- Anderson Development Company
- Great Lakes Chemical
- Wacker Silicones
Learn about the career opportunities you can have with a degree in Chemistry.
Chemistry is known as the “Central Science” because of its important role in so many fields. Some of the careers where knowledge of chemistry is used include:
- Art preservation and restoration
- Information systems
- Sales and marketing
- Customer products
- Environmental services
- Food and flavor development
- Forensic science
- Waste management
- Materials science
- Oil and petroleum
- Paper and pulp
- Science writing