The Chemistry Department offers a major in chemistry (with optional American Chemical Society [ACS] certification), a minor in chemistry, and it co-administers the biochemistry major with the biological sciences department. The department also serves as a home department for students enrolled in dual-degree programs (with Johns Hopkins University) in chemical and biomolecular engineering, environmental engineering, and materials science engineering.
A major in chemistry prepares students for careers in chemistry, graduate work, or for entrance into professional schools. Students with an ACS-certified degree in chemistry have a sound basis for industrial, educational, governmental, and hospital careers in chemistry. They are prepared for graduate work in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, and related fields. They may also move into law, medical, dental, pharmacy, and other professional schools
Preparation for veterinary, medical, or dental school may be obtained through a chemistry major. Students planning to apply for admission to veterinary, medical, or dental school should notify the director of premedical studies by the end of the sophomore year.
The Department of Chemistry is on the approved list of the American Chemical Society. Course offerings, faculty, library, equipment, and budget of the department meet the national standards of the society.
Prospective majors should select CHE 111 and CHE 112 (or CHE 112H ), and CHE 151 and CHE 152 (or CHE 152H ) in the first year.
Esther J. Gibbs (inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry), Judith R. Levin (biochemistry/molecular biology), Scott P. Sibley (physical/inorganic chemistry)
George E. Greco, chair (organic/organometallic/inorganic/medicinal chemistry)
Visiting Associate Professor
Ruquia B. Ahmed-Schofield (organic chemistry)
Kevin P. Schultz (organic chemistry), Pamela Douglass (physical chemistry)
Dual-Degree Programs in Biomedical, Chemical and Biomolecular, Environmental, and Materials Science Engineering
Goucher College has established a dual-degree program through which students earn both a bachelor of arts degree from Goucher and a bachelor of science degree from the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering of The Johns Hopkins University. The purpose of the dual-degree program is to enable students to explore the liberal arts and sciences, while developing professional knowledge and experience in chemical, biomolecular, environmental, or materials science engineering. A more comprehensive description of the science and engineering dual-degree programs can be found in the Science and Engineering Section of this catalogue. Consult the program director for additional information.
Premedical, Preveterinary, and Predental Studies
The course work needed to apply to medical, dental, and veterinary schools includes one year of biology, one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, one year of physics, and one or two semesters of calculus (varies). Competitive medical school applicants usually have taken additional science courses. Thus, most students interested in applying to medical school will major in either biology or chemistry, as the overlap between the premed requirements and the science major requirements is substantial. A more comprehensive explanation can be found under the Premedical Studies section of this catalogue.
Majors planning to apply to medical, dental, or veterinary schools should consult George Delahunty, director of premedical studies, for assistance in program planning.