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Chemistry and Physics

Professors: Susan Ensel, Allen Flora

Associate Professor: Kevin Bennett, Dana Lawrence, Christopher Stromberg (chair)

Department Assistants: Karen Borgsmiller, Kathryn Henry

The department offers two undergraduate majors: chemistry and biochemistry. The major in chemistry consists of a core of chemistry courses with some work in physics and mathematics. The major in biochemistry consists of a combination of chemistry and biology courses, also with some work in physics and mathematics.

Chemistry majors may earn secondary teaching certification. Minors in chemistry and physics are offered, as well as an environmental chemistry concentration in the environmental science and policy major.

The chemistry and physics faculty are active professionals and scholars.

Facilities: Chemistry and physics teaching laboratories are equipped with computer- controlled data acquisition and analysis systems. Chemistry students use instruments such as a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer; a GC-Mass spectrometer; a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer; a visible and ultraviolet spectrophotometer; a SPEX fluorimeter; a Raman spectrometer; high performance liquid chromatographs; a capillary electrophoresis system; a graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometer; and calorimeters. Research laboratories contain additional specialized equipment. Our historic Williams Observatory houses an Alvan Clark telescope as well as spectroscopes, telescopes and other equipment used regularly by students in astronomy courses.

Programs Offered:

  • Biochemistry Major (B.A.)
  • Chemistry Major (B.A.)
  • Environmental Chemistry concentration in Environmental Science and Policy Major
  • Chemistry Minor
  • Physics Minor