Why Study Chemistry at New College?
The Chemistry program at New College encourages and develops independence, scientific judgment and a high level of performance. From the beginning, you will work closely with faculty learning the research, communications and analytical skills and techniques necessary to succeed in the field. Tutorials, Independent Study Projects and the senior thesis provide opportunities for intensive study on specific topics and original laboratory research.
Our laboratories are well equipped for organic, inorganic and physical chemistry projects, as well as for biochemistry and molecular biology. You will also have access to research-grade instruments in laboratory courses and research projects. Research facilities include a 60 MHz and a 250 MHz NMR spectrometer, several FTIR and UV-visible spectrophotometers, a fluorimeter, high-pressure liquid chromatographs, an inert atmosphere glove box, electrochemical equipment, a GC-MS, a room-temperature microwave spectrometer and a real-time PCR machine.
All faculty members in Chemistry have active research programs with interesting projects that can engage undergraduate students. Students can synthesize structurally and functionally interesting new molecules and study their properties, isolate proteins and study their activities, or study the rotational and vibrational modes of molecules using a state-of-the-art microwave spectrometer to learn about the chemistry of the universe.
Because of the laboratory work students are expected to do for their senior theses, faculty members mentor students extensively, often working side by side with them in the laboratory. And when it comes time to do your thesis, our faculty work with you to help develop and refine your ideas for the project and to help you plan it out step by step. Since our faculty in Chemistry graduated from top institutions in the field, they are also there to help with career counseling and writing letters of recommendation for students and alumni in the discipline.