Division I Chair: M. Saderholm

Program Chair: A. Kovacevic

Faculty: J. Baltisberger, M. Garrett, A. Kovacevic, M. Saderholm, and P. Smithson


Courses: CHM Courses

Major/Minor Requirements: Chemistry B.A. with a General ConcentrationChemistry B.A. with a Professional ConcentrationChemistry B.A. with a Biochemistry ConcentrationChemistry 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:  

Learning Goal 1: Build Chemistry Knowledge & Laboratory Skills


Learning Outcome 1.1: Students will demonstrate knowledge in all major fields of chemistry including organic, inorganic, physical, analytical, biochemistry, and polymer chemistry.


Learning Outcome 1.2: Students will demonstrate laboratory skills and show understanding in all major laboratory techniques and principles including instrumentation, synthesis, purification, analysis, and green chemistry.


 Learning Goal 2: Build Problem-Solving Methods & Skills


Learning Outcome 2.1: Students will develop and refine quantitative problem solving skills used in the field of chemistry, enabling them to tackle novel problems with confidence.


Learning Outcome 2.2: Students will employ mathematical methods to model experimental data and solve chemistry problems.


 Learning Goal 3. Build Research Skills


Learning Outcome 3.1: Students will show capacity to use appropriate literature research and parse journal articles for useful information.


Learning Outcome 3.2: Students will be able to maintain an organized and well-documented laboratory notebook.


Learning Outcome 3.3: Students will show proficiency at scientific communication including posters, presentations, laboratory reports, and even journal articles.


Learning Outcome 3.4: Students will learn to take ownership of projects, developing in-depth research questions and formulating activities needed to successfully answer them.  


Learning Goal 4. Build Professional Skills and Ethics


Learning Outcome 4.1: Students will demonstrate creative and independent thinking in both learning and work environments.


Learning Outcome 4.2: Students will learn the value of a professional work ethic including working as part of a diverse team.


Learning Outcome 4.3: Students will develop the ability to recognize ethical issues related to the impact of technological advances on society.

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.

Course Fall 15 Spr 16 Fall 16 Spr 17 Fall 17 Spr 18 Fall 18 Spr 19
CHM 101 X X X X X X X X
CHM 113   X   X   X   X
CHM 131 X X X X X X X X
CHM 134   X   X   X   X
CHM 221 X X X X X X X X
CHM 222 X X X X X X X X
CHM 311 X   X   X   X  
CHM 340   X   X   X   X
CHM 361   X   X   X   X
CHM 362 X   X   X   X  
CHM 370 X   X   X   X  
CHM 371   X   X   X   X
CHM 440     X       X  
CHM 451       X       X
CHM 452   X       X    
CHM 470 X   X   X   X  
CHM 471   X   X   X   X