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 offers majors leading to either a BA or BS degree to satisfy a wide variety of student interests and provide excellent preparation for both graduate study as well as employment at the Bachelor’s level. For the BS degree, two courses of study are available, both approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). These programs include one consistent with a traditional Chemistry curriculum, and one with a greater focus on Biochemistry.
- Chair: Adam Cassano, Associate Professor
- Professors: Ryan Hinrichs, Juliette Lantz, Mary-Ann Pearsall
- Assistant Professor: Christopher Fazen
- Assistant Teaching Professors: Kimberly Choquette, Andrea Woodka
- Professor Emeritus: James Miller, Baldwin King
- RISE Fellows: Vince Gullo, Jonathan Crowther
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 a lower level Chemistry Elective, CHEM 189. See pages 15-16 for further information about AP credits.