At A Glance

Carthage’s chemistry program follows a rigorous, broad-based curriculum approved by the American Chemical Society that prepares students to be successful in competitive graduate, medical, and pharmacy schools and to obtain good jobs in the chemical industry.

Majors

  • Chemistry
  • ACS-Approved Chemistry

Minor 

  • Chemistry

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Students who choose to study chemistry at Carthage conduct significant research guided by faculty, have access to modern equipment and instrumentation, have the option to obtain a degree certified by the American Chemical Society, and join an active community of fellow chemists on campus.

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Undergraduate Research

Research is built into the Carthage experience through the required senior thesis and options such as the paid Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), leading to regional and national conference presentations. Ongoing research projects include quantifying chloride from road salting in nearby water sources, using NMR spectroscopy to study the mechanisms of oxidation reactions, and using NMR spectroscopy to explore model membranes and chiral polymers.

Chemistry students also have performed summer research off campus at Cornell University, the University of Minnesota, Virginia Tech, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and other research universities.


Active Community

As a Carthage chemistry student, you belong to an active community of chemists. Because classes are small — averaging 17 students — students build relationships with professors and fellow chemistry majors. Get involved in student organizations such as Chemistry Club, Pre-Health Club, and honorary chemistry fraternity Theta Chi Delta.


Special Academic Programs

PRE-HEALTH

Aspiring health care professionals consult frequently with a pre-health coordinator to select courses that match their abilities and goals. Many of these students participate in a medical mission trip to Nicaragua, one of the College’s most popular J-Term study tours.

Learn more about Pre-Health at Carthage

ENGINEERING

In this dual-degree program, you will spend three years at Carthage and the final four to five semesters at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Learn more about the 3+2 engineering program

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ACS-approved Curriculum

The Carthage chemistry curriculum is approved by the American Chemical Society, which recognizes baccalaureate chemistry programs that are rigorous and broad-based. Earn a degree certified by the ACS.