Division of Science and Mathematics

Centre’s major program in chemistry is designed to meet the needs of three types of students: those who are preparing for graduate school in chemistry or a related field, those who are preparing for medical school or another health profession, and those who seek a strong analytical and technical background for employment in a variety of fields including pharmaceutical and other industries. Chemistry graduates pursue careers in engineering, health care, teaching, technical sales, law (environmental or patent), and industry (including food, paper, power).

The Chemistry Program seeks to provide students with an understanding of chemical principles that enable them to solve routine or unusual problems in the areas of biochemistry and analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Students also gain basic laboratory skills and the ability to select and utilize appropriate instrumentation to solve specified investigative problems. Students are expected to demonstrate skill at analyzing and communicating scientific concepts and experimental results as well as designing and conducting original investigations in chemistry.

The Chemistry Program offers three degree options: (1) the basic chemistry major, (2) the major with American Chemical Society certification, and (3) the major with emphasis in biochemistry and the American Chemical Society certification. Possession of an ACS-certified degree means that upon graduation the student is immediately eligible for membership in the American Chemical Society. Those pursuing the ACS-certified degrees are strongly encouraged to carry out independent research under the direction of chemistry faculty (CHE 405).


January Haile (chair), Leonard Demoranville, Jeff Fieberg, Kristen Fulfer, Preston Miles, Jennifer Muzyka, Kerry Paumi, Daniel Scott, Erin Wachter, Joe Workman, Karin Young

Student Representative

Austin Dome, Olivia Kane

Recommended First-Year/Sophomore Preparation

Students contemplating a major in chemistry should typically complete their general chemistry course(s), either CHE 135 or both CHE 131 and 132, during the first year. CHE 241 should be completed in the sophomore year. The calculus sequence, MAT 170 and MAT 171 should also be completed by the end of the sophomore year. PHY 210 and either MAT 230 or PHY 230 should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. CHE 250 should be taken in the CentreTerm of either the sophomore or junior year. Completion of either CHE 242 or BMB 210 is a prerequisite for BMB 310.

Chemistry Courses

Course Descriptions