School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Professor Breton; Dana Professor Earnest; Associate Professors Bressette, Martin, and Suroviec; Assistant Professors Davis, Hoke, Qualley, Lecturers Aslam and Bryson
McAllister Hall, Room 326 Telephone: (706) 236-5496 FAX: (706) 238-7855
Chemistry is a molecular science. Modern chemistry is a broadly diverse science that is positioned at the interface of physics, biology and mathematics. The curriculum, which is one of only 16 chemistry programs in Georgia accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS), combines a solid background in fundamental principles of chemistry with firsthand experiences using state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. Because of chemistry’s centrality in the sciences, the chemistry and biochemistry majors are an excellent choice for those interested in a diverse range of careers, including medicine, dentistry, engineering, pharmacy, teaching or as a research scientist for government and industry. Students are highly encouraged to engage in research opportunities in a variety of chemical fields within the department through CHM 498. Students involved in research regularly travel to regional and national conferences with faculty members to present their research results, and many have had their research published in scholarly journals. Summer research opportunities both on and off campus are also available. The department sponsors activities on and off campus through the student-affiliate club, which has received honors and commendations from the American Chemical Society in recent years.
Objectives for Major
The Chemistry and Biochemistry Bachelor of Science degrees prepare students for a wide variety of science-related careers. A sampling of these careers are provided on the Chemistry Department webpage under “Careers” http://www.berry.edu/academics/science/chemistry/page.aspx?id=3692.
Any course in chemistry with a laboratory component for which the student is prepared may be taken toward fulfillment of the general-education requirement in science. Chemistry 102 , which is the chemistry general-education course taken by most non-science majors, may not be used to fulfill the requirements for a major or minor in any science area. Chemistry 250 may not be used to fulfill the requirements for a major or minor in any science area other than the environmental sciences.
American Chemical Society Certified Majors
Chemistry and Biochemistry majors have the option of obtaining a B.S. degree certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The ACS-approved program contains greater depth and is ideally suited for those wishing to pursue graduate or professional studies upon graduation; however, all majors would benefit from the more rigorous curriculum. Because the program requires a specific number of course and laboratory hours, students should consult with their advisors to ensure they will meet these requirements. The department will track each student’s progress toward the degree and will award a certificate from the American Chemical Society to the ACS-approved student upon graduation. Therefore, students who complete the ACS-approved program must notify the chemistry department chair.