Scott Bur


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 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 and hiking).  I am interested in marine aquaria and maintain a 75 gallon reef tank on the 3rd floor of Nobel Hall.  I also brew beer and make cheese when I have the time.


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

Areas of Expertise

Organic synthesis

Courses Taught


CHE-215 (Chem Research Methods)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
CHE-141Organic Chemistry I172016/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-251Organic Chemistry II Lab142012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, and 2003/FA
CHE-141Organic Chemistry I Lab102013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2005/SP, and 2004/SP
CHE-251Organic Chemistry II82015/FA, 2014/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, and 2003/FA
CHE-375Organic Chemistry III42011/FA, 2010/FA, 2007/FA, and 2004/FA
CHE-268Career Exploration42007/JN, 2006/JN, 2005/JN, and 2004/JN
CHE-399Chemistry Seminar32014/FA, 2005/SP, and 2004/FA
FTS-100FTS:Science & Religion32013/FA, 2012/FA, and 2007/FA
CHE-215Chem Research Methods22016/JN and 2015/JN
CHE-344ST:Fermentation22011/SP and 2006/SP
CHE-261Mind Altering Drugs22007/JN and 2005/JN
CHE-257Medicinal Chemistry12009/JN