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Chemistry dept. earns coveted ACS accreditation

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Clint Jones

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Mercyhurst University has earned degree accreditation from the American Chemical Society (ACS), a sought-after designation acknowledging high caliber academic programs across the nation, Mercyhurst University President Michael Victor announced today.

“We are pleased to be recognized for the extra rigor and requirements of our chemistry program, which will serve our students well, not only in what they learn at Mercyhurst but in their search for graduate school and employment after graduation,” Victor said.

According to its website, ACS promotes excellence in chemistry education for undergraduate students through approval of baccalaureate chemistry programs. ACS-approved programs offer a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that gives students intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals.

Victor credited department chair Dr. Clint Jones with spearheading the effort to achieve accreditation, an initiative begun by Jones when he became department chair in 2012.

“This is a big day for chemistry at Mercyhurst because an ACS-accredited program must meet significant criteria, including faculty accomplished in all five sub-areas of chemistry, a demanding curriculum, modern facilities and safety procedures,” Jones said. “This designation means a great deal to our university, our department, our faculty and students, not to mention prospective students and their families.”

The department offers majors and minors in chemistry and biochemistry; also minors in computational science and physics. Besides Jones, faculty members include Dr. Ronald Brown, Dr. Amy Danowitz, Dr. Amy Parente, Dr. Christopher Taylor,  Dr. Jack Williams and lab manager Carl Voltz.