Department Information


Professors Persichini (Chair), Ams, Betush, Chapp, Deckert, Garcia, Guldan, Murphree, Serra, Sheffield, Statman, Van Horn

Science is an integral part of a liberal arts education, and chemistry is a central science. The Chemistry Department offers its students not merely a collection of facts concerning the nature of chemical interactions, but endeavors to develop in them an appreciation for the experimental vision and rigor necessary to assemble such knowledge, and it expects of them a critical understanding of the logic and theory that integrates these bits of information into a unified whole. In doing so, we attempt to provide the opportunity for intellectual and personal growth. We encourage our students to appreciate science as a human endeavor and invite them to participate in the work of science as they accumulate the necessary insights and laboratory skills. We seek to stimulate and develop within each individual those qualities that foster an enthusiasm for knowledge, an attitude of critical reasoning, and the attainment of lucid self-expression, all of which transcend the limited context of chemical science.

Chemistry Courses Learning Outcomes

All students who successfully complete a course in the Chemistry Department are expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the fundamental concepts of stoichiometry, atomic theory, structure and reactivity of elements and compounds, physical properties of matter, kinetics, equilibrium, and thermodynamics relevant to specific contexts and applications;
  • Effectively communicate this knowledge in both oral and written forms;
  • Critically analyze chemical data, hypotheses, results, theories, or explanations by this chemical knowledge.

Cooperative Engineering Program

Students who participate in a cooperative engineering program (3-2 engineering) with a major in Chemistry are required to take the Foundation courses, the Core courses, and the Junior Seminar, plus additional chemistry courses to bring the total to 33 semester hours in Chemistry.