Chemistry Major

Majoring in chemistry at Houghton College is a great way to prepare for a career in chemistry or one of the health professions.

At Houghton College, experienced Christian faculty members in the chemistry department – all active scholars with doctorates – prepare and equip students interested in biochemistry, molecular biology, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry to define and answer significant questions about our world. Students pursuing a degree in chemistry learn to think critically and apply their knowledge to real-world problems.

One of the benefits of a Christian liberal arts education in chemistry is that students are not simply exposed to learning about science. They are encouraged to deepen their faith as they increase their knowledge of science in general and chemistry in particular.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry is designed for students preparing for medical school as well as for those seeking to teach chemistry at the secondary level or those choosing chemistry as a second major. The Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry is designed for students planning to pursue graduate study and professional research in chemistry or one of its subfields, such as biomedical science, forensics, environmental science, pharmacology or materials science.

Why Major in Chemistry?

  • Receive hands-on training and direct access to instrumentation.
  • Conduct, publish and present real research with one or more of Houghton’s faculty members.
  • Be mentored, supported and cared for by invested faculty members who care about your academic success as well as your spiritual, emotional, and professional growth.
  • Enjoy specialized instruction tailored to your interests within a friendly, collaborative environment.
  • Experience excellent preparation for medical or graduate school (100 percent acceptance rate).

Major Requirements

Research Projects

  • Development of Green Oxidation Catalysts
  • Unraveling the early events in Alzheimer’s disease—focuses on characterizing the early stages of beta-amyloid formation and inhibition
  • Gas-phase carbene labeling of proteins for topographical studies
  • Convenient Synthesis of Biodegradable Glycopolymers

Personal Attention from Invested Faculty

With a departmental emphasis on personalized teaching and close relationships among faculty and students, chemistry majors have many opportunities to get to know their professors on a personal level. Small upper-level class sizes allow majors to have individualized instruction and direct mentoring from faculty members. The department partners with each student in the program to help him or her work towards understanding his or her vocation and calling.

Undergraduate Research

Chemistry majors are strongly encouraged to complete research while at Houghton. Students can follow their interests through independent study, do collaborative research with faculty members, or participate in the Summer Research Institute. Some students publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals or present talks and posters at regional and national conferences.

High success rates

Houghton chemistry majors have 100 percent acceptance into medical school with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and a solid MCAT score. Nearly 100 percent of graduates enter graduate or health programs or get jobs in their field within three to six months of graduation.

Josh Wallace

Featured Testimonial

The rigor and quality of the preparation provided by the department of chemistry allowed me to test into the top of my PhD cohort. As a result of that rigor, I never perceived the massive increase in academic demand that many students face entering graduate school.

Joshua Wallace ’11 JD candidate at the University at Buffalo School of Law and postdoctoral research associate, Department of Chemistry, University at Buffalo


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