Sandra Boatman, chair
P.O. Box 9501
Roanoke, VA 24020
Chemistry is an experimental science. A thorough understanding of its concepts and techniques comes only through their application in the laboratory. At Hollins, the laboratory is a natural extension of the classroom, where theory is reinforced by observation and analysis. Directed by the same professors who teach you in the classroom, laboratories are more than drill; they are the places where students begin to think like scientists.
Like classes, the laboratories have a low student/teacher ratio. For upper-level labs, the ratio is typically 3 or 4 to 1; in other classes, the ratio is approximately 15 to 1, although enrollment in general chemistry has been as high as 30.
Laboratories are equipped with some of the latest equipment, including gas chromatographs, Fourier Transform infrared spectrophotometers, and an atomic absorption spectrometer. Organic chemistry labs use microscale techniques, which use small reaction vessels in order to minimize the quantity of reagents, reducing reaction times and waste.
Depending on the program you complete, you will be qualified for graduate study in the following areas: chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, chemical engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy. In addition, any of the three programs will prepare students for careers in teaching at the high school level or for work in the chemical industry.
Students have interned at the following places:
The Hollins chemistry department encourages its students to intern at institutions of higher learning or other scientific labs. Here are some examples:
Each year, the Hollins Science Seminar highlights the many research projects Hollins students have carried out during the academic year. Students in psychology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and environmental studies present posters that summarize their independent research initiatives, from field projects in the Caribbean to modeling interesting mathematical phenomena.