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.
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.
James Dunne, B.S., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Chemistry, interest areas include: organometallic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, catalysis, kinetics and reaction mechanisms
Ashley Garr, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chemistry, interest areas include: physical chemistry and computational chemistry
Cathy Haustein, B.A., M.F.A., Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry, interest areas include: analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry instrumental analysis, the extraction of alkaloids from natural products, fluorescence spectroscopy and fiction writing
Neluni Perera, Lecturer of Chemistry
Jim Shriver, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry, interest areas include: organic chemistry, molecular engineering and design, supramolecular chemistry and anion binding
Jay Wackerly, B.S., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chemistry, interest areas include: organic chemistry: synthesis and supramolecular chemistry
Nearly all students pursuing chemistry or biochemistry take responsibility for an independent research project. These students benefit from close one-on-one interaction with faculty in many ongoing research endeavors or brand new research ideas.
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.
Doing research in Costa Rica is a revelation, say the first members of Central’s newest research program.
Associate professor of biochemistry Glenn Barnett says he wasn’t sure what to expect when he moved to Iowa. Central College impressed him.
Taylor Sanders, student body president, writes resolutions for her final semester at Central.
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