Learning beyond the classroom

student in chemistry labAn education at Lander gives you the opportunity to move beyond the traditional academic confines of classrooms and labs and out into professional settings – where you can put your knowledge to work. Our majors can:

  • Collaborate with chemistry, biology, physics or environmental science faculty on independent research projects.
  • Combine classroom instruction with work experience in area industries, consulting companies or government agencies, receive academic credit and a possible paycheck.
  • Conduct research aboard one of Lander’s “floating labs” – including our 30-foot pontoon boat.

 

Get Involved

You’ll also have the opportunity to join one of Lander’s physical science-related student organizations, such as ESSO (Environmental Science Student Organization) or the national award-winning student chapter of the American Chemical Society. These groups sponsor social, professional and philanthropic activities, giving you a chance to grow in your chosen profession and have fun at the same time.

These student organizations are primarily set up for science majors, but all students are welcome to participate in the organizations’ activities. Members develop an understanding of what chemistry or environmental science is all about and the opportunities present in the real world. Also, the organizations discuss and help the students identify some of the career opportunities that are available to science majors, including academics, industrial and governmental careers.

The organizations are involved in many areas in and around the Lander campus, and both have three major areas of concentration during the academic year: service to Lander University and the surrounding Greenwood community by advancing knowledge and awareness; professional development of the students; and social and recreational activities.

 

student with mirror for nasaLife after Lander

A large number of our majors go on to graduate and professional schools across the nation. They find employment in federal, state and private research institutions or agencies that support chemical, pharmaceutical, medical, environmental and agricultural research. Some majors go on to become high school teachers.

Lander graduates have accepted positions with area companies, such as Davis & Floyd, DHEC, Fuji, Capsugel and Solutia. They are working research associates, production supervisors, quality control technicians and environmental specialists.

 

Department Awards

Awards are granted annually to outstanding students within the department during a ceremony each spring.

The following are awards presented by the Department of Physical Sciences:

  • Chemistry Discipline Award
    Given annually by the chemistry faculty to the senior majoring in chemistry with the highest cumulative GPA above 3.0. Juniors are considered if there are no qualifying seniors.
  • Chemistry Education, Secondary Certification Discipline Award
    Given annually by the chemistry faculty to the senior majoring in chemistry education, secondary education, with the highest cumulative grade point average above 2.8. Juniors are considered if there are no qualifying seniors.
  • Chemistry and Engineering Dual Degree Award
    Given annually by the chemistry faculty to the senior majoring in chemistry and engineering with the highest cumulative GPA above 2.8. Juniors are considered if there are no qualifying seniors.
  • Chemistry, Forensic Science Discipline Award
    Given annually by the chemistry faculty to the senior majoring in chemistry, with an emphasis in forensic science, with the highest cumulative grade point average above 2.8. Juniors are considered if there are no qualifying seniors.
  • Environmental Science Discipline Award
    Given annually by the environmental science faculty to an outstanding graduating senior majoring in environmental science. Criteria for selection are excellent academic accomplishments, as indicated by the GPA, and promise of an exemplary future career, reflected by service to the discipline or community.
  • Lander Science Scholar Awards
    Given annually by the faculty of the Department of Physical Sciences to up to one lower and one upper-classmen among the most promising science majors, who have a GPA of at least 3.5 in science and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5.
  • Physics Discipline Award
    Given annually by the physics faculty to the introductory physics student with the most outstanding achievements.