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“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

Undergraduates Present Research

UndergradResearchTHUMB Fifteen Kalamazoo College students joined three of their teachers (professors Dwight Williams, Santiago Salinas and Ellen Robertson)  to present research at the 2016 West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference (WMRUGS) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The annual conference provides undergraduate … Continue reading

K Alumna Elected to ACS Director Post

ChristinaBodurow Christina C. Bodurow ’79, senior director of external sourcing in the medicines development unit at Eli Lilly & Co. (Indianapolis), has been elected the District II Director for the American Chemical Society for 2017-2019. District II includes counties in Michigan, … Continue reading

Summer Science Shared

ummerScienceThumb Scientific inquiry takes no summer break at Kalamazoo College, and a culmination of the summer’s work occurred at the Dow Science Center Mini Poster Session (August 26). In the chemistry department alone some 17 students worked in the laboratories of … Continue reading

K Joins WMed to help local students dream big and enter pipeline to health science careers

SC07430 Kalamazoo College welcomes 24 local high school students to campus this week for Early Introductions to Health Careers Level II (EIH-II), a cooperative program between K and Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed). The program intends … Continue reading

PUI Paragon

urge Laura Furge, the Roger F. and Harriet G. Varney Professor of Chemistry, is a feature profile in a recent ASBMB Today, the professional development magazine of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The article, titled “Working at a … Continue reading