Students studying chemistry at Carthage can take advantage of multiple academic programs, from a summer research project with a faculty mentor to a pre-engineering dual-degree program to associations with chemistry schools across the country.

The ACS-approved degree

At Carthage, students can earn a chemistry degree certified by the American Chemical Society. ACS approves baccalaureate chemistry programs that offer a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education, and provide students with the intellectual, experimental, and communication skills necessary for an effective professional career as a scientist. Baccalaureate programs must undergo a review process administered by the ACS to receive certification.

Learn more about the ACS Approval Program


Student organizations

Carthage chemistry students can get involved in a number of student organizations dedicated to putting what’s learned in the classroom into practice. Join Theta Chi Delta, Pre-Health Club, and more.

See chemistry student organizations


Ongoing research

The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, or SURE, offers Carthage students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a professor during the summer doing real research work. Students receive a stipend, room and board on campus, and a small research budget.

Learn more about chemistry research


Special Academic Programs

Engineering at Carthage

Students interested in engineering can work toward a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a major in engineering at Carthage or toward one of two dual-degree opportunities at either Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland or Washington University in St. Louis.

With the dual-degree options, you’ll spend three years at Carthage and the final two years at either Case Western Reserve University or Washington University; upon graduation from the engineering school, you’ll receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carthage and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from the engineering school.


Carthage offers many ways for students to prepare for medical school or graduate programs for the health professions, specifically in dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinary, and public health. Pre-health students are assigned a faculty advisor who will assist them in determining which courses they should take and which career best suits their interests and ultimate goals.



J-Term is a month-long period of study in January in which students take a single course on campus or participate in a study tour in another state or country. Many chemistry students take a required chemistry course during J-Term, such as Inorganic Chemistry, because they can focus solely on that course. The Chemistry Department also offers the course Research in Chemistry, in which students work on a research topic under the direction of a faculty member.

Learn more about J-Term at Carthage


Midstates Math and Science Consortium

Carthage is a member of the 11-state Midstates Science and Math Consortium, giving Carthage students access to facilities at other schools including the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis. Carthage students have presented at the Consortium’s undergraduate research symposia.

Learn more about Midstates Math and Science Consortium


Community Outreach

The Carthage Chemistry Department is actively involved in chemical outreach to the surrounding school communities. The Chemistry Department regularly invites area middle and high school age students to campus for chemistry demonstrations and to perform experiments. Professor Christine Blaine and chemistry students also go to schools and child care centers to do science experiments with children of all ages.