The study of Chemistry at Newberry College offers opportunities for students to learn by asking questions and finding the answers. The department is focused on an active learning environment.
The curriculum provides students with an opportunity to receive training in the central physical science while pursuing a liberal arts education. The program is designed based on American Chemical Society (ACS) standards which gives students the training needed for graduate school in chemistry related fields (forensic, physical, inorganic, organic, analytical, or environmental chemistry; biochemistry, molecular biology) or for those entering the work force immediately after graduation. Additionally, the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry will prepare a student for professional schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine as well as physical and occupational therapy.
Students are introduced to the principles and applications of modern chemistry and provided extensive practical experience with research-quality instruments. Currently our department possesses a GC, HPLC, FT-IR, UV-VIS, AA, NMR, and GC-MS and all of these are used by students throughout their 4 year curriculum and in independent research projects. In addition, contemporary equipment and experimental methods routinely used in biochemistry, molecular biology and forensics are introduced in the classroom and laboratory. Chemistry, Chemistry with Forensic Chemistry concentration, Chemistry with Secondary Education concentration, and Chemistry with Biochemistry concentration majors gain a basic knowledge of analytical, inorganic, organic, biochemistry and physical chemistry. Additional courses are offered in environmental chemistry with minors available in Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science.
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