Division I Chair: M. Saderholm
Program Chair: A. Kovacevic
Faculty: J. Baltisberger, M. Garrett, A. Kovacevic, C. Mullins, M. Saderholm, P. Smithson, and E. Thomas
Courses: CHM Courses
Major/Minor Requirements: Chemistry B.A. with a General Concentration; Chemistry B.A. with a Professional Concentration; Chemistry B.A. with a Biochemistry Concentration; Chemistry Minor
Chemistry is central to many of the major issues that will face society for years to come from energy and waste management to medicine and biotechnology. The Chemistry Program offers a full set of courses designed to prepare a student for graduate study, medical school, or work in the chemical industry. This course work includes a foundational two-year program with associated labs in general, organic, and analytical chemistry, followed by intensive junior/senior laboratory courses in conjunction with advanced courses in biochemistry, and physical, inorganic, and organic chemistry. All majors assemble a Chemistry Portfolio over their junior and senior years that insures each student has conducted experiments in all areas of chemistry, has achieved proficiency in all major areas of instrumentation, and has attended and given seminars both inside and outside of Berea College.
The Chemistry program offers three different concentrations or tracks to provide individualized experiences to meet the needs of students. The General Concentration is recommended for students interested in teaching, pursuing other academic interests that require significant additional coursework (like a minor, double major, or pre-professional coursework), or those students imply interested in immediately seeking employment after graduation. The Biochemistry Concentration is recommended for students with a clear interest in biochemistry as a field, and those that see it as the best major from which to seek further training like graduate school or medical school. The Professional Concentration is recommended for students with a clear interest in graduate school in chemistry. The Professional Concentration is the only Chemistry concentration that is approved by the American Chemical Society. As stated on the ACS website, "ACS-approved programs offer a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that gives students intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals."
Chemistry courses are grounded in problem solving using both practical and quantitative-reasoning skills. The Program faculty is committed to the idea that students should conduct research as part of their undergraduate curriculum. All Chemistry faculty direct undergraduate research with students, as well as send some students to undergraduate-research programs at other institutions. The Program aims to prepare its students to address chemical problems that have come to dominate the headlines of today’s news, from nuclear to biomedical issues and everything in between.
Berea’s Chemistry students have gone on to work in many fields, including chemical-industrial research, medicine (including doctors, physician assistants, and pharmacists), and college teaching. The Program’s courses also serve as collateral requirements in Biology, Nursing, Psychology, and Sustainability and Environmental Studies, as well as provide general chemistry and environmental chemistry courses to serve the student body at large.
For students inclined toward Chemical Engineering, the College offers a 3-2 Engineering Dual Degree Program under the Applied Science and Mathematics major. In that program, a student attends Berea College for three years, then completes the Engineering degree requirements at the University of Kentucky (Lexington).
In addition to supporting students' achievement of the Aims of General Education, the Chemistry Program seeks to assist students in meeting the following learning goals and associated learning outcomes:
Chemistry Student Learning Goals & Outcomes
Learning Goal 1: Knowledge & Skills
Learning Outcome 1.1: Demonstrate Knowledge
Demonstrate knowledge in the field of chemistry grounded in (a) general chemistry, (b) organic, (c) inorganic, (d) physical, (e) analytical, and (f) biochemistry.
Learning Outcome 1.2: Demonstrate Laboratory Skills
Demonstrate laboratory skills in the field of chemistry including (a) instrumentation, (b) synthesis, and (c) wet lab analysis.
Learning Goal 2: Bolstering Problem Solving Methods & Skills
Outcome 2.1: Math and Problem Solving Skills
Employ math and problem solving skills used in the field of chemistry, including: (a) algebra, (b) statistics, (c) calculus, and (d) other modes of reasoning.
Learning Goal 3: Research Skills
Outcome 3.1: Conduct Research
Conduct chemical research and present on such research experiences.
Learning Goal 4: Future Preparation
Outcome 4.1: Creative Thinking
Demonstrate creative, independent thinking in both learning and work environments.
Outcome 4.2: Team Work
Work productively as part of a team in both learning and work environments.
Outcome 4.2: Long-term goals
Achieve long-term success outside Berea College in fields ranging from chemical technician, to chemical researcher, or even as a pharmacy/medical professional
Chemistry Course Sequencing Tables:
Please be aware that the table below represents current planning and is subject to change based on faculty availability and student interest. It is not meant to represent any guarantee to the student that the courses will be offered in the term in which they are currently planned.