The School of Science, Technology & Engineering Management is firmly committed to undergraduate research opportunities. We provide every student the opportunity to engage in independent research either during the academic year, or during the summer. The American Chemical Society (ACS) provides access to experience opportunities online and our University offers assistance with placement in internships during your educational career.
Our undergraduate laboratories offer a hands-on approach to scientific learning. Chemistry courses offer small classes, with fewer than 20 students. This allows faculty to personally work with students in both the laboratory and the classroom. Small class and laboratory size ensures that our students are trained in techniques needed in chemistry. The school received NASA funds for modern chemical instrumentation, including gas chromatography (GC), Fourier-transform Infrared (FT-IR) Spectroscopy, and gas chromatographic mass spectrometry (GC/MS). The Carnival Cruise lines Science and Technology Building is a brand-new, state-of-the-art research and educational facility.
A Perkin-Elmer TurboMass Gold gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS) can separate components of complex mixtures, like gasoline, and identify individual components, such as isooctane by their parent ion and fragmentation pattern. This could be crucial in identifying the accelerant in an arson investigation, while gas chromatography could be used to quickly screen accelerants.
Advanced molecular biology techniques, such as gene cloning, can be performed in our upper level biochemistry laboratory.