Student Comments

Shown below are comments from Southwestern students who have made the wise decision to major in chemistry or biochemistry at Southwestern.

Alicia Ong, Class of 2011 Biochemistry Major

The one-on-one interaction that I had with my chemistry professors at Southwestern College allowed for greater depth of learning and appreciation for the chemical basis of life. The professors are dedicated to seeing you succeed in whatever field you are pursuing; they are always willing to spend time in and out of the classroom to clarify questions and provide advice.

Kyle Luttgeharm, Class of 2011 Biochemistry Major
The biochemistry program at SC thoroughly prepares you for success. The professors at SC spend as much time as you need to understand the topics presented and more importantly to learn how to think like a scientist. If you are willing to put in the effort, you will graduate with a very competitive resume that will put you in the top tier biochemistry graduates in the state.

Dani McCaulley, Class of 2007 Biochemistry Major
(Dani will be starting medical school in the fall of 2007)

If I had the chance to do it over I would definitely major in Biochemistry again. The program and professors helped me achieve my goals.

Eric Lind, Class of 2005 Biochemistry Major
(Eric is working as a chemist for Hospira Labs)

Receiving a Biochemistry degree from Southwestern automatically gives you a jump start because of SC's high reputation. Also, there are many opportunities that present themselves while in the program, whether it be for summer internships or local jobs while still in school.

Pat Arveson, Class of 2004 Biochemistry Major
(Pat is working as a chemist in the Kansas City area)

There are tons and tons of opportunities out there for someone with a chemistry degree. The focus on every individual student and the high quality of the teachers makes the SC chemistry program one of the best in Kansas. 

Justin Dillner, Class of 2003 Biochemistry Major

(Justin has completed dental school at UMKC)

Dr. Tessmer and Dr. Barnett want to see you succeed. If you are having any difficulty, they will take as much time as necessary to thoroughly explain the matter to make sure you grasp a full understanding. Southwestern College also offers a state of the art science facility with very modern equipment, such as NMR, IR, and HPLC to name a few.  


Eric and Pat are both chemistry department employees during the school year and obtained summer internships at KU and Texas A&M in 2003. They are shown below blowing up a balloon for a Kid's Science Day event. (Eric is on the left.)