Tackle Real-world problems

Increase your knowledge of chemistry, define and answer significant questions about our world, and deepen your faith.

Why Chemistry at Houghton?

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.

Courses of Study

Minor available in Chemistry

Experienced faculty

At Houghton, 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.

Research Opportunities

Chemistry majors perform real-world research with Houghton faculty in our Summer Research Institute.

Careers in Chemistry

A degree in chemistry from Houghton University provides opportunities for a variety of fulfilling careers.

What They’re Doing

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Business leader
  • College and university professor
  • Forensic chemist
  • High school science teacher
  • Linguist
  • Medical doctor
  • Medicinal chemist
  • Nutritional chemist
  • Missionary
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmaceutical chemist
  • Podiatrist
  • Polymer chemist
  • Process chemist
  • Quality-control chemist
  • Science-company sales representative
  • Youth counselor

Grad Schools Attended

Since the year 2000, about three-quarters of our chemistry majors have chosen to continue their education in graduate school or medical school.

M.D. or Equivalent Health-related Programs
  • Columbia – Ben Gurion Program
  • College of Podiatric Medicine, Temple University
  • Des Moines University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Midwestern University, Chicago
  • New York College of Optometry
  • Northeastern Ohio Universities’ College of Medicine
  • Syracuse University School of Medicine
  • Temple University School of Medicine
  • University at Buffalo School of Medicine
  • Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Ph.D. Programs
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth
  • Northwestern University
  • Penn State
  • Princeton University
  • University of Buffalo
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wake Forest University

Faculty & Staff

Miriam Case

Academic Departments Coordinator for Paine Science Center
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Jill Jordan

Dean of Natural Sciences & Mathematics; Associate Professor of Mathematics
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Paul Martino

Professor of Biochemistry
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John Rowley

Professor of Chemistry
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Karen Torraca

Professor of Chemistry, Alan & Florence Johnson Distinguished Chair in Health Sciences
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