Chemistry (CH)

Professors: P. R. Challen, D. P. Mascotti, C. D. Bruce; Associate Professors: M. A. Nichols (Chair), M. J. Waner, Y. C. Chai, M. L. Kwan; Assistant Professor: M. P. Setter; Instructor: M. K. Doud

The Department of Chemistry is equipped with modern laboratory facilities available for hands-on experience for students preparing for careers in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, biotechnology, and other fields. Recent graduates have gone on to graduate study in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, dentistry, law, pharmacy, and forensic science. Others have gone directly into the work force in chemistry and allied fields. The department is approved by the Committee on Professional Training (CPT) of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

A bachelor of science in Chemistry is for students who desire a systematic training in chemistry (including biochemistry) as background for a career in chemistry, as well as in other related fields such as: health professions (e.g., medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, and physician assistant), business, education*, environmental science, information science, journalism, forensic chemistry, or law. (*Students wishing to teach chemistry or general science in secondary schools should confer with the Department of Education and School Psychology during their first year.) As an ACS-approved program, students completing the minimum requirements outlined by the CPT will be certified to ACS. There are pathways for all chemistry majors to achieve certification, and interested students should consult with their academic advisor or the department chair.

A Chemistry major is excellent preparation for a career in the chemical sciences. If one’s goal is to be an entrepreneur or to have a career in sales or management, combining a chemistry major with a minor/major in business would be appropriate. This would also allow a student to complete the B.S. in chemistry and M.B.A. at John Carroll in five years of full-time study. Interested students should consult with their advisor early in their first or second year.

Combined with a second major or minor from the Department of Sociology and Criminology, a Chemistry major is excellent preparation for employment or graduate study in Forensic Chemistry.

Students interested in Neuroscience should investigate adding to that concentration a Chemistry major with a concentration in Biochemistry as early as possible in their academic careers.

Undergraduate research is a vital component of the modern chemistry curriculum. The department maintains an active undergraduate research program, and most majors are involved in research projects during their career. These projects occur with chemistry faculty at John Carroll, the Lerner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and other universities and local industries. The department was recognized in 2002 with a Heuer Award for Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Science Education from the Council of Independent Colleges for making undergraduate research a capstone experience in the curriculum.

The Chemistry Department participates in the College of Arts and Sciences Professional Development Program. 

Major and Minor Requirements

No changes in, substitutions for, or exceptions to the following requirements will be permitted without prior, written authorization of the department chair and the approval of the appropriate dean by academic petition.