The Chemistry major at Tusculum College is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the four principle subdisciplines – organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry and inorganic chemistry.
Upon completion of the B.Sc. degree in Chemistry students will be prepared for a successful career in the chemical sciences. Also, those students wishing to pursue advanced degrees, whether it is graduate studies in chemistry or an allied field, will have gained the necessary foundation to do so.
In addition to the rigorous study of chemistry, students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the fields of Mathematics and Physics. Chemistry students will also be encouraged to elect courses from related sciences, such as Biology and Environmental Science.
The Chemistry Department, located in Tredway Hall, has excellent, up to date, instrumentation utilized for both teaching and research. Major equipment includes an NMR spectrometer, an atomic absorption spectrometer, an IR spectrometer, UV and VIS spectrometers, chromatographs (both gas and HPLC), a polarimeter, and centrifuges.
The curriculum for the Chemistry major is designed to develop and maintain skills in critical thinking, analytical reading and writing, and public speaking. Service learning and community involvement are important components of the curriculum and are encouraged at every opportunity.