Chair: Brent Hamstra
Faculty: Loren Barnhurst, Jan Cathey, Brent Hamstra, Mitch Menzmer, Herman H. Odens, Bruce Schilling, Rhonda Scott
Program Coordinator: All majors, Brent Hamstra
A major in chemistry can prepare you for a rewarding and challenging career in traditional areas such as chemical engineering, environmental chemistry, quality assurance, basic or applied chemical research, and teaching at the high school or post secondary level. A major in chemistry is also excellent preparation for a career in biomedical research, medicine or dentistry, pharmacology, patent law, and forensic science. In a recent article published in the Journal of Forensic Science, crime lab directors stated they would preferentially hire individuals with a B.S. in chemistry. The B.S. degree in Chemistry is recommended in preparation for graduate study leading to research oriented careers in chemistry, professional applications of chemistry, or post-secondary education. The B.S. degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry emphasis, is recommended for students preparing for careers in medicine or dentistry as well as graduate study, research or teaching in biochemistry, molecular biology, or biotechnology. The B.A. degree is the preferred degree for high-school teaching, pre-paramedical fields, and some business applications.
Within a Christian environment of learning, the Chemistry Department seeks to provide undergraduate students with the knowledge and skills necessary for distinguished professional performance in chemistry or other fields that require a strong background in chemistry.
To aid the chemistry department in evaluating teaching effectiveness, nationally standardized tests prepared by the American Chemical Society are administered at the end of each course for which an appropriate test is available. Students majoring in chemistry are expected to achieve a minimum score of 40th percentile on these exams and achieve a grade of C- or above in their chemistry courses.