Carroll College, Helena Montana
Carroll Chemistry Students


Chemistry Program

Chemistry is the discipline that connects all of the natural sciences. In chemistry courses at Carroll, students integrate an atomic/molecular view of matter with principles from math and physics to learn the properties and structure of matter, how matter interacts with itself, and how it is transformed in chemical reactions.  Because chemistry is central to all of the natural sciences, courses at Carroll explore the interdisciplinary links that exist between chemistry, physics, earth science and biology.  Carroll’s chemistry program also integrates all of the artificial divisions between the various branches of chemistry, connecting these disciplines in a unique and intentional way throughout the curriculum.

To meet the goals of chemistry students, the chemistry program is designed to provide them with knowledge and skills needed to enter graduate or professional school or to gain employment in a chemically-related field. Students completing the major program in chemistry are expected to have

  • an understanding of the basic principles and concepts of chemistry;
  • the critical thinking skills needed for solving chemical problems;
  • an understanding of the relationships between sub disciplines within chemistry along with the central role of chemistry in the natural sciences;
  • the abilities to evaluate and interpret data and to analyze and synthesize information from different sources;
  • a working knowledge of fundamental laboratory techniques and the ability to use them to perform chemical experiments;
  • a knowledge of how to work safely with chemicals;
  • a commitment to professionalism and ethical decision-making in their post-academic careers; and
  • the writing and speaking skills needed for effective scientific communication.

Carroll College Chemistry Department Summer Researchers

Three Carroll College students conducted research in the chemistry department this summer under the supervision of Dr. Caroline Pharr and Dr. John Rowley


Victoria Kong (left, sophomore biology major) and Erin Hanson (center, junior chemistry major) worked with professor Rowley to investigate the fundamental chemical mechanisms behind the harvesting of renewable solar energy. Meghan Benda (right, senior chemistry major) worked with professor Pharr on the synthesis of a novel compound that should emit blue light and has potential applications in new technologies including Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs). Click through the slideshow to see more pictures. 

What did our majors do last summer?

Last summer current chemistry majors participated in research/internships at the following places:

Carroll College, Helena, MT

USDA ARC Poisonous Plant Research Laboratory, Logan, UT

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA


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10 reasons

to choose carroll college for chemistry

  1. Professors that know you personally
  2. Labs and lectures are taught by the same professors
  3. Hands-on use of modern instrumentation
  4. Professors have open door policies
  5. Class sizes are small and personal
  6. 100% Placement rate into graduate school
  7. Faculty stay in touch and follow your career after graduation
  8. Many research opportunities available
  9. Challenging curriculum
  10. New state of the art labs and science center


  • Scientific Researchers
  • Professors
  • Environmental Professionals
  • Pharmacists
  • Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Forensic Scientists
  • Optometrists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Lawyers
  • Physician Assistants

Our recent chemistry graduates have gone on to:

  • Medical School at the University of Washington
  • A research position at the National Institute of Health (NIH)
  • Pursue a Ph.D. in chemical and environmental engineering at the University of Arizona
  • Pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Notre Dame
  • Pursue a Masters degree in Education at Seattle Pacific University
  • Work at Energy Laboratories Inc. in Helena, MT