Science & Mathematics

Img: O'Pake Science Center

Science and Mathematics courses are taught by faculty who believe that science is a human endeavor and that scientific advances are the results of individual and cooperative efforts.

Courses are taught in the O’Pake Science Center, a $9.3 million state-of-the-art teaching and research facility, which opened in 2006. The O’Pake Science Center added 31,582 square feet of classroom, laboratory, and faculty office space to Alvernia’s campus. Two floors of laboratory/classroom space, all of which have the latest in educational technology, allow students to employ a variety of laboratory materials and equipment for use in performing chemical synthesis, exploring physical and chemical properties of chemical compounds, examining chemical structure and reactivity.

The application of modern analytical tools to chemical, biochemical and forensic investigations is facilitated by instrumentation including UV/Vis, Infrared and Fluorescence spectrometers, HPLC, GC, GC/MS, a Raman spectrometer, flame/graphite-furnace atomic absorption spectrometer, as well as capabilities for using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS).

Contact Information

Rosemarie C. Chinni, Ph.D.
Science & Mathematics Department Chair
and Director of the Forensic Science Program

     Bernardine Hall 234

Student Perspective

"In chemistry, it's all about your lab technique. At Alvernia I learned how to do chemistry, correctly and efficiently. I learned to work at a quick pace and think ahead." -Jason Betz '08, Adpen Laboratories, Jacksonville, FL

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