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
A Toolbox for Success
For Ian Henry ’01, Ph.D., undergraduate campus projects and involvements honed skills he now uses in his career as Senior Scientist in Research and Development with consumer-products giant Procter and Gamble.More
Ready to Work
Kerry Flannagan ’12 was hired as a laboratory technician at Michigan Medical Genetics in August 2012, and has her sights set on graduate school. She shares how Earlham has been instrumental in her career path.More
The renovations of Stanley Hall were completed in August 2013 at a cost of $17.6 million, making the science facilities at Earlham College more collaborative, efficient and visible. The projects modernized and reconfigured labs for optimal collaboration between chemistry, biology and biochemistry, better reflecting the way science is conducted today and giving students more opportunities to participate in research across the disciplines. This is the first of a three-phase science building initiative repesenting an investment of more than $30 million.