Chemistry

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Chemists have solutions.

Chemistry brings people and problems together. As chemists, our studies range from the measurement of physical properties to the biological effects of small molecules.

Study in chemistry forms a firm foundation for progress in many other disciplines. Students who have studied chemistry at Alma College are currently solving environmental problems, working to provide energy solutions, developing pharmaceuticals and treating patients, among many other applications and careers. Learn more about what you can do with a chemistry degree.

Get to Know Us

The Alma College Chemistry Department consists of 6 faculty members, 3 support staff, and 150—200 undergraduate students (on average), many of whom are involved in research projects. Read More ➞

Want to Know How to Navigate a Chemistry Major?

Our program’s quality and completeness is certified by the American Chemical Society for the training of professional chemists.  You can view our course requirements or you can view some of our suggested pathways to a Chemistry major, including specific advice to those interested in pursuing pre-medicine. Read More ➞

ACS Salaries and Employment Survey 2014

Things are looking up for chemists!  Published annually, the survey conducted by the American Chemical Society shows a 91.9% employment rate for full-time chemists, 2.8% for part-time chemists and 2.3% for those conducting post-doctoral studies.  The current unemployment rate for chemists, according to the survey, is about 3%, which is slightly less than the national average of 6.2%! 

Upcoming Events

April 4, 2017

  • 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Dow Science Center, Dow 240 P.E.O. Meeting (Melissa Strait)
    Melissa Strait is hosting a P.E.O. meeting on Tuesday, April 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Dow 240 (Environmental Lab).

April 16, 2017

  • 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Dow Science Center, Dow 137 CHM 115 (Dr. Strait) Review Session
    Dr. Strait has scheduled a CHM 115 review session on Sunday, April 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Dow 137 (small Physics classroom).

April 17, 2017

  • 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Dow Science Center, Dow 137 CHM 115 (Dr. Strait) Review Session
    Dr. Strait has scheduled a CHM 115 review session on Monday, April 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Dow 137 (small Physics classroom).

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