The Orion

Chemistry department aims to improve student success

Lucas Moran

November 14, 2016

Nobody comes to university to fail classes, though any number of factors can cause students to fall behind. A student typically looks to their own shortcomings to explain a bad grade, but less often do instructors hold themselves accountable. The Chico State Chemistry and Biochemistry Department...

Interactive learning environment aims to improve student success

Dr. Erik Wasinger, chemistry and biochemistry professor, has his students watch his lectures at home and interact in groups during class time. Photo credit: Sabrina Salvatore

Sabrina Salvatore

October 4, 2015

A majority of college students agree that chemistry courses are among some of the most difficult classes they have to take. However, Dr. Erik Wasinger, chemistry and biochemistry professor, is introducing a new, interactive learning technique for students. In an attempt to create a hands-on chemistry cou...

Senior Spotlight: Scientist pursues passion for cancer research, animal care

Natalie Holmberg-Douglas,  a senior biochemistry and animal science major, is working with multiple colleges at Chico State to work with animals and research cures for cancer. Photo courtesy of Natalie Holmberg-Douglas.

Nicole Santos

March 24, 2015

While most kids prefer to play with dolls, Natalie Holmberg-Douglas preferred her microscope. Holmberg-Douglas, a senior biochemistry and animal science major, is part of a research group in the chemistry department that is conducting cancer research. “I work with Dr. Arpin and am working on a proje...

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