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Chemistry

Chemistry - a reaction, a synthesis, a journey into science

The rigorous chemistry program deals with the study of matter, its properties, its transformations and the factors underlying changes of these substances.

Students learn to perform and design chemical experiments by using modern instrumentation (including NMR, FT-IR, GC-MS, and HPLC) and computers in a well-equipped laboratory where they can experience chemical phenomena for themselves. Some examples of the scope of Chemistry include: synthesis of polymers and drugs; analyses of foods; study of environmental hazards; and calculations of energy values of molecular orbitals

Degree Programs

It is important that students consult closely with their department advisers about their programs, particularly in the selection of proper electives to satisfy the entrance requirements of the various professional schools.

  • The Bachelor of Arts degree program is recommended for those students interested in secondary education science teaching,  a career in health care (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, etc.) or a career in the paramedical laboratory specialties. The prospective secondary school teacher will also consult with the education department.
  • The Bachelor of Science degree is recommended for those majors who seek employment as a chemist/biochemist or for those who intend to study chemistry in graduate school. Research is required for the B.S. degree.

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Learning to See

I was shocked by the beauty I saw when I stepped inside the door, and I wondered how I could have missed this before. The church wasn't large, but it didn't need to be because a dome soared upwards above our heads, giving an impression of grandeur. Bea pointed out that the dome was topped by a "lantern," one of our key terms; as we looked around at the marble and gold, naming the different architectural decorations, we realized how much skill it had taken to craft every detail.

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