Chemistry Department Overview
The Chemistry Department is accredited by the American Chemical Society and offers majors in Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as a Chemistry Minor. Our curriculum is designed to teach foundational and advanced courses in all disciplines of chemistry, all within the framework of a liberal arts education. In addition to coursework, students have the opportunity to conduct independent research with faculty. Graduates from our department have found employment at government labs and in industry, some have continued on to graduate school for Ph.D.’s in chemistry and biochemistry, and others entered medical school and dental school for further studies.
We are proud of the fact that our faculty (not teaching assistants) personally teaches laboratory classes, which are typically small and interactive. The Department is well-equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation, including GC-MS, FT-IR, NMR, fluorimetry, HPLC, FPLC, AA, electrochemistry, and UV/vis. Our students get hands-on time with our instrumentation in all lab courses, regardless of level. Our lecture classes also are small. Upper division courses in chemistry generally have no more than 10 – 15 students per class.
As faculty, we take pride in the fact that we know our students’ names and have an open-door policy. We encourage interaction and discussion in the classroom, and feel that the one-on-one interaction with most students allows us to provide the highest quality scientific degree possible. Students graduate from our rigorous program with a well-rounded sense of the field of chemistry, and the majority of our graduates pursue post-graduate work in chemistry or medicine.
Chair: Professor Stacy Chamberlin, email
Administrative Assistant: Laura Bendiksen, email