Department at a Glance

Number of Students

Students in chemistry majors: 85

Number of Faculty

Full-time: 9

What Students Study  

Chemistry is concerned with the composition, structure, properties, and transformations of matter. In many ways chemistry is the central science. It has its foundation in mathematics and physics and, in turn, underlies the life sciences. It is both theoretical as well as practical. Chemists need analytical skills and the creativity to solve problems. A degree in chemistry or biochemistry provides an excellent background for careers or further study in diverse fields such as chemical synthesis and manufacturing, medicine, medical technology, pharmaceuticals, engineering, biomedical research, materials science, forensic science, and toxicology.

Skills Students Gain

  • Critical thinking in the language of chemistry
  • Quantitative and qualitative reasoning
  • Asking and answering scientific questions
  • Formulating and testing hypotheses
  • Designing, executing, and analyzing experiments
  • Communicating complex ideas
  • Presenting results in written and oral format
  • Understanding personal faith while integrating the principles and practice of scientific exploration

Notable Courses

Through requirements and electives, students take dozens of challenging and engaging courses. Here are a few examples:

  • Accelerated General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry I & II
  • 4-semester research seminar
  • History of Science in Europe
  • Chance or Design: Our Place in the Cosmos
  • Forensics: The Science of Crime