Scott BurFaculty

Professor in Chemistry

I grew up in Gaylord, Michigan, a small town in the northern part of Michigan's lower peninsula.  In high school, I was on the debate and forensics teams, wrestled (109 lbs), and played football (right guard...I bulked up to 125 for football). I received my B.S. from the University of Michigan in 1994 and worked as an extern (like an intern, but I already had my degree) with Parke-Davis pharmaceuticals (now a part of Pfizer) in Ann Arbor, Michigan for one year.

After college, my wife and I moved to Austin, Texas.  I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000 under the supervision of Professor Stephen F. Martin. I worked on new ways to make molecules, specifically molecules containing nitrogen atoms.  I also worked on the application of these methods to the synthesis of complex, biologically active molecules.

Upon completion of my PhD, we moved to Atlanta, Georgia. I worked under an NIH postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratories of Professor Albert Padwa at Emory University.  My work there also involved new ways to make molecules.  It was during this experience that I decided to pursue an academic career.

I joined the faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College in 2003.  I primarily teach organic chemistry, but have occasionally taught a medicinal chemistry course and a course based on fermentation.

Aside from chemistry, I enjoy being outdoors during the summer (camping, hiking, fishing). 


B.S. University of Michigan; Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Expertise

Organic synthesis and Chemical biology

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
CHE-141 Organic Chemistry I 26 2023/SP, 2022/SP, 2021/SP, 2020/SP, 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, and 2004/SP
CHE-251 Organic Chemistry II Lab 20 2021/FA, 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, and 2003/FA
CHE-251 Organic Chemistry II 15 2021/FA, 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, and 2003/FA
CHE-141 Organic Chemistry I Lab 13 2023/SP, 2022/SP, 2021/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2005/SP, and 2004/SP
CHE-215 Chem Rsrch-Org Syn 7 2021/JN, 2020/JN, 2019/JN, 2018/JN, 2017/JN, 2016/JN, and 2015/JN
FTS-100 FTS: Our Changing Climate 5 2023/SP, 2020/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, and 2007/FA
CHE-399 Chemistry Seminar 4 2019/FA, 2014/FA, 2005/SP, and 2004/FA
CHE-375 Organic Chemistry III 4 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2007/FA, and 2004/FA
CHE-268 Career Exploration 4 2007/JN, 2006/JN, 2005/JN, and 2004/JN
CHE-242 Organic Chem II Lab 3 2022/FA and 2021/FA
CHE-241 Organic Chemistry II 3 2022/FA and 2021/FA
CHE-108 Thermodynamics Lab 3 2022/JN
CHE-344 ST:Fermentation 2 2011/SP and 2006/SP
CHE-261 Mind Altering Drugs 2 2007/JN and 2005/JN
CHE-108 Chem Thermodynamics 1 2022/JN
CHE-257 Medicinal Chemistry 1 2009/JN