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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 American Chemical Society, and join an active community of fellow chemists on campus.

The Chemistry Department prepares students for careers in chemistry; research; medical school; dentistry, veterinary and pharmacy graduate programs; and teaching.

Carthage offers …

Chemistry Major
ACS-Approved Chemistry Major
Chemistry Minor

Special Programs:


Math/Science Scholarships: 
Compete for one full-tuition and two $20,000 per year math/science scholarships.

Noyce Scholarship Program:
$16,000 in scholarships available for STEM majors.

The Future is Bright for Chemists

The Chemistry Department at Carthage provides experiences that lead to regional and national conference presentations, which prepare students to be successful in competitive graduate, medical, and pharmacy schools, and obtain fantastic jobs in the chemical industry.

Undergraduate Research

All Chemistry Department faculty at Carthage involve undergraduate students in their research. 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. Students also conduct independent research during the semester and through such programs as the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. Research students have presented their research at national meetings in San Francisco, Washington, San Diego, Orlando, and New Orleans. 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.

Modern Facilities and Equipment

Carthage students, even in their first and second years, use modern equipment and instrumentation in their laboratory courses and independent research. The Carthage science center is new in 2015. Our science labs contain the following instruments: a 400 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer, gas chromatography mass spectrometer (GC-MS), gas and high pressure liquid chromatographs, ultraviolet-visible and infrared spectrophotometers, an atomic absorption spectrometer, and a computation and visualizing laboratory dedicated to scientific computing and chemical drawing. Learn more about Carthage chemistry facilities.

ACS-approved Curriculum

                                          The logo for the Approved Chemistry Program.

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

Active Community

Carthage chemistry students belong to an active community of chemists. Because classes are small — averaging 17 students — students build relationships with professors and fellow chemistry majors. Students can join the Chemistry Club, and Carthage also has an active chemistry honorary fraternity. The Carthage Chemistry Department is also active in science outreach to area schools.

Pre-Health Program

For students interested in health-related careers, Carthage provides a thorough and integrated curriculum that encourages them to explore their abilities and interests while pursuing their bachelor’s degrees in chemistry. Many of these students participate in a medical mission trip to Nicaragua, one of the College’s most popular J-Term study tours. Carthage offers accelerated, three-year paths to graduate school in pharmacy and occupational therapy. Learn more about Pre-Health at Carthage

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  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2020), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $20,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 3 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

  • Who We Are

    • “The biggest surprise so far has been that I have met so many amazing people. I have definitely made many lifelong friends here.”

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      Dani Borchart — ’19