Chemistry at St. Olaf
St. Olaf has a long and distinguished history as a source of top-flight chemists. The American Chemical Society consistently identifies St. Olaf as one of the most prolific sources of chemistry majors in the country.
Chemistry students interact closely with professors in small classes, during laboratory work and through hands-on research projects. St. Olaf offers bountiful opportunities for students to engage in cutting-edge research throughout the year.
FACT: We are 5th among 217 baccalaureate liberal arts colleges nationwide in the number of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s in chemistry.
"Prior to joining the faculty at St. Olaf, I was on the faculty at a large research-oriented university," explains Doug Beussman, a 1992 St. Olaf graduate who teaches analytical chemistry, instrumental analysis, bioanalytical chemistry and forensic science. "While there were more instruments at the university, undergraduates never got a chance to actually use the state-of-the-art equipment in their labs. This is definitely not the case at St. Olaf. Our equipment is here to be used by the students. This gives them an edge in securing future positions."
Visit the chemistry department website.