Nov 30, 2022  
2019-2020 Catalogue 
2019-2020 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Chemistry, B.A.

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Charles Liberko (chair), Brian Nowak-Thompson, Jai Shanata, Cynthia Strong, Craig Teague, Catherine Volle

The Department of Chemistry has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for the professional training of chemists at the undergraduate level.

Note: To fulfill the capstone requirement, each student must submit a portfolio of work and have it approved by the department, as described on the department website.

Chemistry: Education Concentration

In addition to the foregoing requirements for the subject major, prospective teachers must also apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program and complete a second major in Secondary Education described under Education. Prospective teachers should request a current list of the specific teaching major course requirements from the Education office.

A minimum of 8 courses in chemistry (7 courses if CHE 161   is taken), to include the following: CHE 121  , CHE 122  , CHE 202  , CHE 225  , CHE 323  , CHE 326  , CHE 327 , and one of the following advanced chemistry courses: CHE 324  , CHE 328  , CHE 333  , CHE 334  , or CHE 335  ; either ENV 202   (Environmental Chemistry) or PHY 263   (Laboratory Physics); mathematics through MAT 122   (Calculus of Several Variables); and either PHY 161   and PHY 162   (General Physics I and II) or PHY 141   and PHY 142   (Introductory Physics I and II).

Note: Students seeking certification should confer with the Department chair to make certain that they will satisfy all the requirements


Students should consult with the Department concerning major programs which lead to graduate work in chemistry, chemical physics, biochemistry, and medicine, or to industrial employment.


The Summer Research Program of the Department of Chemistry provides an opportunity to spend a summer at Cornell College working on a research project with a member of the Chemistry faculty. Interested students should consult a faculty member in the Department.

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