Nov 24, 2020  
2019-2020 College of Liberal Arts (Admitted Fall 2019/Spring 2020) 
2019-2020 College of Liberal Arts (Admitted Fall 2019/Spring 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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About the Program

Chemistry has been defined as the science that studies matter and its transformation. Impinging on nearly every aspect of our material world, it is, by nature, the “central science,” standing between physics and biology. Chemistry is so pervasive in our world that it has become fashionable to ask, “What isn’t chemistry?” The study of chemistry is central to an understanding of the natural world and is the key to success in a variety of careers, not only those in the chemical sciences. Advances in biotechnology, materials science, and engineering have expanded the borders of chemistry. It has never been more important than now that chemistry be studied by all undergraduates to complete a liberal education or to begin a lifelong study.

The chemistry program is intended to satisfy a wide variety of student interests and to provide excellent preparation for graduate study as well as employment at the bachelor’s level. Two courses of study certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) are among the various options or tracks available. Students interested in biochemistry may choose the ACS option chemistry/biochemistry major as described in the biochemistry program listings.


  • Chair: Ryan Hinrichs, Professor
  • Professors: Juliette Lantz, Mary-Ann Pearsall, Alan Rosan
  • Associate Professors: Adam Cassano
  • Assistant Professors: Kimberly Choquette, Molly Crowther, Sandra Keyser
  • Visiting Assistant Professors: Jonathan Porras
  • Professor Emeritus: Baldwin King
  • RISE Fellows: Ronald Doll, Vince Gullo

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

A student receiving a score of 4 or 5 on the chemistry examination should consult with the department about the possibility of course exemption. Such determinations are made on an individual basis because of the varying content of AP chemistry courses. Approval of the department is required for credit and exemption related to any course included in the Chemistry major.

Students with scores of 4 or 5 on the AP chemistry examination can receive four credits toward the general education requirements of the College. If credit is not granted for CHEM 150  or CHEM 160 , AP credits are considered the equivalent of CHEM 101 - Chemistry and the Environment . See pages 15-16 for further information about AP credits.



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