Eric Johnson, Ph.D., Chairperson

The Chemistry and Physical Sciences Department offers majors in chemistry (Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) or Science (B.S.) degrees), biochemistry (B.S. degree), and natural science (B.S.), as well as a dual major in chemistry and mathematics (B.S. degree). The department also offers courses in physical science, geology, and physics.  The main goal of each of these degrees, beyond expanding knowledge of basic science, is to develop critical thinking skills and laboratory techniques, including being able to interpret observations and to express ideas clearly and concisely.

Chemistry and biochemistry courses are offered to satisfy the needs and interests of three types of students:

  1. those who need a background in chemistry to enter medical school, work as professional chemists, or enter graduate school;
  2. those who need a knowledge of chemistry as a basis for a related field, such as athletic training, education, nursing, or physical therapy; and 
  3. those who desire an understanding of chemistry in order to live more intelligently in this age of technology.

The Bachelor of Science chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society (A.C.S.). It is designed to provide the student with professional competency in chemistry, with supporting courses in mathematics, physics, and biology, and additional complementary courses tailored to the career goals of the student.

The Chemistry and Physical Sciences Department graduates have a wide variety of careers available to them, including:

  • athletic training
  • chiropractic medicine
  • dentistry
  • education (elementary through college levels)
  • industrial chemist
  • laboratory researcher or assistant
  • medicine
  • nursing
  • occupational therapy
  • optometry
  • pharmacy
  • physical therapy
  • physician assistant
  • podiatry
  • public health
  • sales representative
  • veterinary science

In order to remain in one of the departmental programs, a student must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all major and cognate courses. Students earning a D, F, or W in any major or cognate course will be subject to the following action(s):

  • Student will receive a warning letter from the department chairperson after the first D, F, or W.
  • Student will be placed on probation after the second D, F, or W.
  • Student will be dismissed from the major after the third D, F, or W.

A student may appeal in writing the dismissal from the major to the chairperson. In extenuating circumstances, the chairperson may reinstate the student to the major.

A student in good standing may elect to pursue cooperative education in chemistry.

Minor in Sustainability Studies

The Chemistry and Physical Sciences Department offers a minor in Sustainability Studies to students from any major. Students will gain interdisciplinary knowledge in fields of ecology, economics and environmental ethics. They will also learn from local organizations that are addressing issues related to environmental sustainability through service learning.

Minor in Forensic Science

The Biology Department offers a minor in Forensic Science particularly designed for students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Criminology, Psychology, and Sociology. Typically, students in these majors will only need to complete an additional 14-18 credit hours to fulfill the minor, however, students from any major may pursue the Forensic Science Minor.

The minor consists of 30 total credit hours, many of which satisfy major or liberal arts and science requirements.