Beyond the Classroom
Our students have developed an extremely strong regional and growing national reputation for the quality of their preparation for either graduate school or industry.
As part of our new General Education program, and reflecting the simultaneous change from quarters to semesters, we have fundamentally revised our undergraduate and MS course sequences. For example, our BA and ACS approved BS students now complete all of their required courses in their first three years. This leaves our Seniors free to focus on research like laboratory courses, undergraduate research projects, and internship experiences. This significantly enhances the integration of their teaching and research experiences and the extent of their evolvement in research. We have decreased the formal course load which our MS students are required to take and rearranged our offerings so that the students are able to complete them in their first year (rather than the 5 quarters typical earlier). We have also instituted more formal training in chemical safety, research, writing, and presentations. This combination significantly increases their research productivity and their preparation for either graduate school or industry.