Student-faculty research is at the heart of Earlham’s chemistry experience, whether during the academic year, full-time during the summer or during a semester at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
For students interested in careers in medicine, research, teaching, chemical or biochemical fields or environmental science, we offer access to equipment and opportunities that are unusual in undergraduate programs. Our students learn science by doing science, and they do so in a liberal arts environment that encourages them to pursue additional interests and complete a well-rounded education.
More than 80 percent of our chemistry graduates go on to advanced study, often in doctoral programs at such top universities as Harvard, Chicago, Duke, Notre Dame and Johns Hopkins. Others go directly into industry, working for such companies as Roche, Chemstation and the Schepens Eye Research Institute.
| Departmental Learning Goals:
- Students will express a working knowledge of foundational chemical principles across the subfields of chemistry.
- Students will apply their understanding of core chemical concepts to solve problems using both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
- Students will demonstrate an ability to independently design and conduct experiments. This includes recording, analyzing, and interpreting data, proper selection and utilization of modern instrumentation/ methods and communicating the results effectively.
Earlhamites in Chemistry
An NSF Fellowship to Study Undersea Life
With a Graduate Research Fewllowship from the National Science Foundation, Shane Hogle '10 is studying plankton, a classification of undersea life that encompasses jellyfish, phytoplankton, amoebas, and microscopic protists.More
Justin Vadas gained a rare combination of scientific skills and experience at Earlham. A double major in chemistry and physics, he earned the Outstanding Student Award for his work during a summer research experience at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.More