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Chemistry


“I LOVE what I do every day, and I wake up every day looking forward to it. I love to learn, and I can honestly say that I learn something new every day. I get to learn with young people and share my love of learning with them, I get to mostly decide what I do and when. For now, life doesn't get better than this. ” -Regina Stevens-Truss, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Program Information

Professors: Bartz (Chair), Frantz, Furchak, Furge, Slough, T. Smith, Stevens-Truss, Williams

The chemistry program stresses the art of scientific thought and the role of chemistry in society. Chemistry students benefit from a close working relationship with faculty members in an atmosphere that encourages research. Majors can gain preparation suitable for graduate study in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical and materials engineering, environmental sciences, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, clinical chemistry, or molecular biology. Other professional schools open to chemistry graduates include the following: human, dental, or veterinary medicine; business administration; or patent or environmental law. Majors will also have a background appropriate for becoming a professional research or process chemist in industrial, pharmaceutical, or government laboratories; teaching high school or community college chemistry; doing environmental monitoring or remediation; working in sales, product development, or in laboratory safety; becoming a writer on science topics, working in science libraries or other information services, doing conservation work in art museums; or performing forensic analyses for law enforcement agencies.

Chemistry Department News

K Students’ Research Relevant to Prescription Drug Discovery

Student Research Relevant to Prescription Drug Discovery Four Kalamazoo College chemistry students from Professor Laura Furge’s lab attended the Great [...]

K Receives $255,000 Grant From The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation

Spectrometer at Dow Science Center Kalamazoo College students and researchers soon will have more effective opportunities for [...]

7 K Students Attend Experimental Biology, 2 Honored

Sarah Glass at Experimental Biology Posters Competition Seven Kalamazoo College students attended the annual Experimental Biology meeting in Chicago [...]

Science Forum Honors K Chemistry Major’s Research

Science Forum Eric Thornburg and Jeff Bartz A Kalamazoo College chemistry major was one of just four students – and the only undergraduate [...]

Undergraduates Present Research

Fifteen Kalamazoo College students joined three of their teachers (professors Dwight Williams, [...]