Distinctives of Chemistry and Physics

What is special about chemistry at LeTourneau?

At LeTourneau chemistry is more than the study of of the interaction of matter and energy for we believe that God is the ultimate creator and sustainer of the Universe.

Thus, all truth is regarded as God given and is considered sacred. It should be pursued with diligence and received with humility.

- Statement of Educational Philosophy, LeTourneau University, Faculty-Staff Handbook

The small university setting at LeTourneau allows chemistry students to have large interactions with their faculty.   Students will gain hands on experiences with chemical instruments and equipment including but not limited to:.

  • Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AA)
  • Electrochemical potentiometer
  • Fiber optic fluorescence CCD spectrophotometer
  • Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometer (FT-IR)
  • Fourier transform nuclear magnetic resonance (FT-NMR)
  • Gas chromatography (GC).
  • Gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GC-MS)
  • Scanning electron microscope (SEM) is available through the materials joining-engineering department.
  • Ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer (UV-vis)
  • PC's with chemical modeling program such as Gaussian 09 and Spartan 14.
  • 16 processor Linux server running GAMESS.

Students will be involved in a research project with faculty during their junior and senior years. This may involve practical research with the Navy to study the detection of corrosion on military aircraft or working with NASA to elucidate the chemical processes involved in the formation of carbon nanotubes. The Welch Foundation has also funded student and faculty research as well as contributing funds towards the procurement of new instruments.

LeTourneau has a long tradition of excellence, not only in the sciences, but also in engineering and technology. These programs have provided excellent support to chemistry and physics with strong mathematics and computer science departments as well as constructive interaction and dialogue between science and technology.

Some opportunities for LeTourneau graduates include teaching at the secondary level, employment in the chemical industry or crime lab, graduate school in a chemistry, physics, or engineering, and medical school. LeTourneau graduates have been accepted and done well as graduate students at schools such as Rice, University of North Texas, Texas A&M, Iowa State, The University of Washington, UC Irvine, The University of Oregon, and many others. Our chemistry graduates have recently been accepted to medical schools in Texas and Wisconsin, as well as many other states in previous years.