Chemistry is by its nature interdisciplinary, drawing on both mathematics and physics to understand basic principles and helping to inform the understanding of structure and reactivity in biological systems. As such, in addition to chemistry, students demonstrate competency in calculus, physics, and biochemistry. Students major in chemistry have the option to have an ACS certified degree as well as attain a secondary education certification. Following the ACS certified degree track, students can earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in chemistry, while completion of the typical Chemistry degree or the Chemistry - Secondary Education track results in a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Students should decide which pathway is most appropriate in consultation with their advisor.
Forensic science seeks to use science to answer legal questions. Drawing on the strengths of the college's chemistry, computer science, and criminal justice programs, the forensic science major is based around core classes in science and criminal justice as well as courses in computer forensics, statistics, image processing, and other electives.
Health Science (new major for 2022!) draws upon the strengths of the mathematics, psychology, chemistry, and biology to prepare students for a post-graduate career in healthcare. Tracks within the major prepare students to continue their education in the areas of pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner.
The department engages students in a variety of learning experiences that integrate the teaching and research laboratories with the classroom.
Laboratories are integral to our curriculum, in both a class and research context. Hands-on learning is emphasized in most courses and students use modern instrumentation in laboratory classes beginning freshman year. Our classes and labs sections are small, enabling closer contact between the faculty member and our students. Students are strongly encouraged to carry out research under the supervision of a faculty member or internships supervised by an external supervisor.