At Lakeland College, learning chemistry means living chemistry. Once you dive into our interactive program, you'll quickly realize that here, you are one of a kind — not one of many. "I know every one of my students personally," says Brian Frink, Lakeland College's award-winning Lakeland College Professor Chemistry and Physics. "If you want that kind of attention so you can become the best chemist you want to be, then I would say you need to come to Lakeland."
Small Classes, Big Rewards
Yes, when it comes to student-professor interaction, you might say our chemistry is strong. At Lakeland College, you won't sit in a large auditorium with a couple hundred of your peers, robotically taking notes while a professor lectures through a microphone.
Here, with the encouragement of Frink, you'll be involved, engaged and invested. The goal is to help you understand chemistry rather than just memorize chemistry or survive chemistry.
And that's the really great thing about Lakeland's chemistry program. Students are encouraged — no, expected — to apply what they learn in a very real-world way. All of our graduates successfully carry out research projects they design in the first semester of their senior year.
"By the time they're done, they've all had a mini-research project," Frink says proudly. "They can talk to prospective employers about that, or bring it up while interviewing for graduate programs or pre-professional programs. They can discuss the troubles they had and how they solved them. It's everything an employer or graduate school would want in a student."
Chemistry at Lakeland
Through Lakeland's interactive approach, chemistry students are taught all of the fundamentals and core principles so vital to this discipline. Our students:
- Understand and work with the central concepts of chemical reactions, including the thermodynamics, kinetics, syntheses and mechanisms that produce those reactions
- Formulate and solve problems by applying the scientific method, particularly within a laboratory setting
- Effectively communicate scientific knowledge to varied audiences through multiple methods (e.g. writing as if for scientific journals, formal and informal presentations)
- Perform lab practices safely and professionally, employing up-to-date computer and instrumentation technology
- Work effectively as part of a team or on independent projects