A Central College chemistry major opens doors to diverse careers in research, medicine, pharmacology, public health, biochemistry, teaching, industrial lab work, environmental testing and forensic science. Individualized attention, research opportunities and hands-on instruction in facilities certified by the American Chemical Society mean that chemistry graduates are ensured to have the strong scientific background needed for graduate school or careers in the field.
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Research experience at Central makes senior Nolan Blythe a target for elite graduate school chemistry programs.
Chemistry majors are eligible for admission to the chemical engineering programs at Washington University in St. Louis and Iowa State University following completion of their junior year.
Students with internship experience have a proven track record in a professional environment, which often leads to employment following graduation.
The chemistry department offers a strong foundation in concepts, coursework and laboratory skills in organic, analytical, inorganic, physical and biochemistry. The curriculum, certified by the prestigious American Chemical Society, means graduates are ensured the strong scientific background and the research opportunities needed for graduate school or careers in chemistry or the health professions.
The department also offers students flexible course options in order to incorporate study abroad, research and other liberal arts interests during their four years on campus.
Learn more about chemistry in the course catalog.
In addition to internship opportunities, students are encouraged to take responsibility for a research project. Faculty are involved in many ongoing projects and are always willing to help nurture new ideas for research.
Students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central’s international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with partner programs in Chicago, Washington, D.C. or New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.
Students have direct access to classrooms and laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and presentation technology, including:
Central is one of only seven Iowa private colleges and universities with a chemistry program endorsed by the American Chemical Society.
After making a promise to a dying friend, former baseball star Adam Duerfeldt ’06 turned his sights toward cancer research. He recently received an American Cancer Society fellowship.
Arthur J. Bosch, professor emeritus of chemistry, passed away Nov. 6 in Pella.
Tim White ’02 has not only seen the light, he’s developing technical solutions with it and receiving professional recognition for his work. White is a civilian Department of Defense research scientist in the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.