Michael Border ’11 D.D.S.

Major: Biochemistry
Job Title: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Without question, Mount’s greatest strength is its ability to provide students with incredible faculty mentors. Between Mount’s smaller class sizes and the greater flexibility students enjoy in choosing courses within their major that most closely align with their interests, Mount Union facilitates the pairing of students with faculty who can truly relate to their students on a personal level.

Biochemistry Major Experiential Learning

Laboratory Experience
Beginning in the first year and continuing throughout their four years, students gain valuable laboratory experience in wet chemical analysis, characterization of the properties of various molecules, instrumentation, synthesis of molecules and development of techniques and skills. Students are exposed to increasingly demanding techniques as they progress through the curriculum and are exposed to correspondingly more sophisticated instrumentation. Much of the instruction is carried out in a discovery-based format in which students are asked to practice a technique, improve a skill and then apply that to an unknown system.

Experience Outside the Classroom
Students who choose to major in biochemistry at Mount Union have ample opportunities to get “real-world” experience outside of the classroom. By getting involved in extracurricular opportunities and student organizations, you can strengthen your skills and knowledge in biochemistry, which is critical to career success.

Student Clubs
American Chemical Society is a student-led organization on Mount Union’s campus.

Alembroic Society is a chemistry honor society at Mount Union.

Hands-On Research
In the past few years, students majoring in chemistry and biochemistry have conducted research with faculty members in the following areas:

  • Development of synthetic schemes to produce chemical compounds which mimic enzymes
  • Study of diet and exercise as it relates to oxidative stress and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Synthesis of novel inorganic compounds related to the scorpionate ligand family
  • Computational studies of high-energy compounds
  • Green chemistry synthetic schemes for the development of carbon-carbon bond formation reactions
  • Development of sampling and analytical methods for the detection of pharmaceuticals in treated municipal waste water
  • Laser spectroscopic detection of radical intermediate compounds present in photochemical smog and acid rain
  • Investigation of the effectiveness of videos in classroom instruction
  • Investigation of the usefulness of online homework for classroom instruction

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