James Shriver (chair), James Dunne, Ashley Garr, Jay Wackerly
Housed in the Natural Sciences department, a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in chemistry prepares students to operate at the interface between the sciences. Referred to as the central science, all physical and natural sciences are touched by chemistry. This major opens the door to such diverse career options as basic research, medicine, pharmacology, public health, teaching, industrial lab work, environmental testing laws and forensic science. Since chemistry is inherently experimental, the department is committed to providing students with ample laboratory experience to develop the tools necessary to become successful experimentalists. The faculty strives to remain abreast of modern chemical techniques while being aware of the benefits and responsibilities of living in a technological society. Our department follows guidelines of the American Chemical Society (ACS), so biochemistry majors receive instruction comparable to that at larger institutions while benefiting from individualized attention that is the hallmark of Central College.
*Students interested in graduate school or an industrial career should consider the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.
Housed in the Natural Sciences department, a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry prepares students for an in-depth study of chemistry with significant study of connected areas. Referred to as the central science, all physical and natural sciences are touched by chemistry. With its in-depth focus, this major opens is targeted for students looking towards in array of career choices including basic research, pharmacology, industrial lab work, and forensic science. Since chemistry is inherently experimental, the department is committed to providing students with ample laboratory experience to develop the tools necessary to become successful experimentalists. Using personalized advising, students will design major elective tracks that allow for additional focus in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science (programming).
The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemistry meets the requirements for ACS-certification which offers excellent preparation for graduate school or a career in industry or government. According to the American Chemical Society, a department that follows and meets the guidelines for certification produces graduates with the background necessary to enter graduate school or employment in which a strong background in chemistry is needed. An ACS approved department will “assure students that they have high quality programs in chemistry. For the student, a certified degree in chemistry is a valuable personal credential that serves as a national-level recognition for successfully completing a rigorous academic chemistry curriculum in an ACS-approved department...The extra rigor and additional requirements of the certified degree are valued by potential employers and graduate schools alike.” (Undergraduate Professional Education in Chemistry Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures, Spring 2003, American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training). In connection with our ACS certification, students in our department have on-line access to all American Chemical Society publications. In connection with our ACS certification, students in our department have on-line access to all American Chemical Society publications.
*Students interested in pre-health careers should consider a Bachelors of Arts degree with a major in chemistry to support additional needed coursework appropriate to their chosen program.
The communications skills for the chemistry major are evaluated as follows: In the spring of the second year (or upon declaration of the major), the department will make a preliminary judgment with respect to reading, writing and speaking skills based on lab reports, other writing assignments, class presentations and performances on skills tests such as the PSAT, ACT, URE and reading labs. Students deemed to be weak in one or more skills will be advised of the weakness and possible remedial activities. Diagnostic and self-help materials for writing skills will be made available. Final assessment will be made at the end of CHEM 363, Chemical Kinetics with Lab.
Note: For other ACS course options and updates to the requirements for ACS certification, please see the department chair.