Academics

Chemistry Catalog Description

The major in chemistry is designed to develop a broad and thorough understanding of the fundamentals of the discipline including an ability to respond to God's command to "subdue [the earth]" (Gen. 1:28). Scientific understanding is central to any Christian's view of God's creation and the world around us as we are taught by Scripture, "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made..." (Rom 1:20). A study of chemistry is one of peering into our Lord's "invisible attributes" as he has revealed them through creation, molecules, atoms, and chemical reactions. By so doing, the Christian student will gain a greater appreciation of what God has done for His people.

There are two tracks in the chemistry major. Option A is designed for those students wishing to pursue a career in chemical research, as a lab technician, or to further their education in chemistry graduate studies. The requirements of option A correspond to American Chemical Society certification requirements. Option B is designed for pre-medicine, secondary education, and chemistry/business majors. The intent of this option is to give the student a solid background in chemistry that can be applied in a second area of study. Students in either option are encouraged to develop computer programming skills.

The chemistry minor provides a foundation for students majoring in another area to receive the chemistry/science training they will need in today's technological world.