THE DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY
The Chemistry Department provides you with the opportunity to learn about what the science community refers to as "the central science." As Christian scholars, we encourage you to gain an understanding of the field of chemistry and its relationship to society and societal issues in the context of a Christian worldview. Our department is an initial signatory to the Green Chemistry Commitment.
COURSE OF STUDY
The program covers the major branches of chemistry—organic, analytical, physical, and inorganic—and gives you the opportunity to concentrate on preparing for a professional career in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, or high-school teaching through a number of concentrations within the major. In addition, you may pursue a minor or second major in another field, such as:
To learn more about the program, our concentrations (Biochemistry, Health Professions, or Professional), and courses, click on the Chemistry Major link.
We are dedicated to providing you with high-caliber instruction in the experimental and theoretical aspects of chemistry and that we will equip you for graduate study or employment in the field.
FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT
You will have access to a range of chemical instrumentation, including light spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, chromatography, calorimetry, and computers. As part of its commitment to the sciences, Gordon continues to acquire new instruments and tools that enhance the hands-on experience in the laboratory and classroom. We are enjoing the new Ken Olsen Science Center.
Research is central to the scientific endeavor. You will be encouraged to work with us on research projects and to pursue research at the many excellent summer research programs available in New England and across the country. Many of our students travel to local and national technical meetings to present the results of their research. In the past six years, dozens of students have undertaken research projects that have resulted in presentations at regional and national science meetings. Students regularly present their research at venues around the country.
In 2011, two chemistry students were awarded the top two prizes in the physical sciences for their research efforts at Gordon College's Undergraduate Research Symposium. The top award was for "Structural Determination of a Synthetic Polymer by Gaussian Computational Modeling Software and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy" and the runner-up was for "Conversion of Secondary Aliphatic Amine Moiety to Ketone by FeIII—TAML System. This was a repeat of the previous two years. In 2010, a chemistry student won a best poster award for "Phenolic Polymerization using FeIII TAML." In 2009, a chemistry student won a best poster award for "The Investigation of Atomic-Level interactions in the Cancer-causing BCR-ABL Tyrosine Kinase Imatinib Complex Through the Application of both Classical and Quantum Mechanical Approaches."
The size of the department allows you to develop friendships with us and your fellow majors, as we work together to study and enjoy chemistry as members of the Christian academic community at Gordon. Departmental activities include:
THE GLOBAL EXPERIENCE
Time to pack your bags and books…You can choose among many semester, year, short-term, or summer abroad programs around the globe through the Global Education Office (GEO). Tuition for the programs is the same as a regular semester or year on campus. Check out some of the many opportunities:
Notes along the way - Science
Gordon's Blog. Read about some things related to science and other topics.
American Scientific Affiliation
Science in Christian Perspective. The American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) is a fellowship of men and women in science and disciplines that relate to science who share a common fidelity to the Word of God and a commitment to integrity in the practice of science
ChemSpider links together compound information across the web, providing free text and structure search access of millions of chemical structures.
ACS Green Chemistry Institute
Home page for the ACS Green Chemistry Institute
American Chemical Society
Main page for the American Chemical Society (ACS)
Royal Society of Chemistry
Professional organization of chemists based in the UK.