The clothes we wear; the food we eat; the fossil fuels we consume; everything we see and touch is an example of a chemical substance. Much of what makes our life comfortable results from the work accomplished through chemistry.
The fragrance of a rose, the taste of an apple, the sting of a bee, the tarnishing of silver, the color of a carrot and the misery of an allergy can all be unraveled given knowledge of chemistry and molecular structure.
Our chemistry program is designed to develop a student's understanding of the fundamental concepts in each of the major disciplines of chemistry (Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Biochemistry). Our faculty members are well trained and enthusiastic about teaching science. We attempt to instill an in-depth appreciation of nature and we provide the tools the student needs to integrate the concepts learned in chemistry with the content of other science and non-science majors.
The successful student must begin with a curiosity about nature so that we can help her acquire the knowledge and to develop the logical thinking, imagination, and patience needed to become a successful scientist.
Employment opportunities for new chemistry graduates are expected to be favorable in the 2000's because additional scientists will be needed for research and development as demand for more and better products by a growing population increases. A graduate with a bachelor's degree in chemistry has many career options where science is the foundation of that discipline. She can find interesting jobs in virtually any technical field.
Our Chemistry program offers the student an opportunity to develop a thorough appreciation of chemistry as a science. Fundamental theories and practical applications of these theories are taught by our faculty. Our department seeks to integrate these principles with the perspectives of other disciplines to give the student an understanding of the role of chemistry in our society.
Marie Curie Scholars Program
· Completion of at least one year of high-school chemistry and at least 2 years of college preparatory mathematics with grades of C (2.0) or better.
· Exemption from, or successful completion of, both the Mathematics and English requirements.
· Two of the following three criteria must also be met:
o High School GPA of at least B (3.0)
o ACT of at least 22, or combined verbal and math SAT of at least 920.
o High school rank in the upper one-third of the graduating class.