Experiential Learning

Experiential learning experiences lets students take responsibility for their education outside of the classroom and develop initiative and independence by enhancing their confidence in their own abilities.

Research in Chemistry

Our students are encouraged to work with faculty members on original research.  Faculty members mentor our students embarking on meaningful research projects.

Opportunities for original research include research for academic credit during a semester, participation in the Summer Fellows Research Program, and as a senior honors thesis project.  Honors thesis topics completed by some of our Chemistry majors have included:

Summer Fellows Research Program

The Summer Fellows program at Ursinus allows you, as a sophomore or junior, to pursue an independent scholarly project under the close tutelage of a Chemistry faculty mentor, when both you and the professor have more time to devote exclusively to research.

Internships Beyond the Campus

Many Chemistry majors undertake an off-campus internship during either semester of the academic year or the summer months. Our students normally complete internships in their junior or senior year, as two years of chemistry are required before approval is granted. Three credit hours can be obtained for an internship if the student enrolls in CHEM-381 or CHEM-382 Internship. In recent years, our students have obtained internships with the following companies:

Centocor Pfizer
Dekka Battery RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Dow Chemical Rockland Immunochemicals, Inc.
DuPont Rohm and Haas
Fox Chase Chemical Diversity Center, Inc. Teva Pharmaceuticals
GlaxoSmithKline USDA
Great Lakes Analytical ViroPharma
Merck West Pharmaceutical Services

Study Abroad

Ursinus College supports study abroad opportunities where you can be immersed in another culture and foster holistic learning in locations throughout the world.  Some of our chemistry majors have recently studied abroad at the University of Sydney in Australia, the University of Glasgow in Ireland, and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile.  Students interested in study abroad as their Experiential Learning Experience should meet with their academic adviser and a study abroad adviser in the Center for International Programs to discuss your options.