Chemistry – the central science – is a discipline in which students learn the scientific principles that govern how atoms/molecules interact. In chemistry students will use math and physics to learn how chemists apply them to discover the principles that govern how interactions occur, what reaction products to expect, the molecular nature of life processes, and how to perform chemical analyses of the world around us. Since it is integral to science, emphasis on problem-solving and techniques will be included at every level.
We teach students how to use modern scientific instrumentation and how to interpret the resulting data. We encourage supervised independence in the laboratory because we want our students to think like researchers. Our program will teach students to solve problems, critically evaluate data, organize and present material, write scientifically, develop careful laboratory skills and to become independent and creative thinkers. Our chemistry program has been very successful and our graduates have succeeded in a diverse array of careers.
Current Chemistry majors have summer internships/research appointments at the following places:
Myunghoon (Hoonie) Kim (pictured above) is a chemistry major and will be a junior in the fall. He has been conducting research at Carroll College with Dr. Caroline Pharr this summer to synthesize organic molecules that should emit light in the blue region and have various technological applications. Hoonie and Dr. Pharr are hoping to present their work at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans this Spring (2013). Hoonie is interested in attending medical school and/or conducting medical research after graduating from Carroll.