Chemistry

The Chemistry program at Castleton University is committed to providing a hands-on, experiential learning environment.

Chemistry is the study of the properties of matter and the ways in which matter interacts, combines and changes. It is inherently interdisciplinary in nature, with connections to the Biology, Geology, Physics, and Mathematics.

From compound identification to synthesis and purification skills to analyzing the composition of complex environmental samples, students acquire and practice fundamental skills required in the field of chemistry.

The interdisciplinary nature of our department enables students to explore the connections of chemistry to other areas of Natural Science.

Highlights of the Chemistry Program

  • Sharpen your skills through access to our state-of-the-art instrumentation in both our teaching and research labs
  • Gain training in areas that are directly relevant to jobs available in the field
  • Participate in Pathways to Science and Science Colloquium, which introduce you to guest scientists in academia and industry to expose you to the numerous opportunities available beyond Castleton

Chemistry Research

Chemistry majors are encouraged to participate in either internships or independent research in their field of study during their time at Castleton.

Our faculty have diverse research interests.  Some of this research is funded externally through grants awarded to our faculty where students have the opportunity to work intensively with faculty over the summer months and get paid a stipend.

Students wishing to pursue graduate school are strongly encouraged to work with faculty on independent projects. Some of the recent student research related to Chemistry include:

  • Monitoring nutrient export in the Castleton River
  • Characterizing dissolved organic matter via fluorescence
  • Determination of the indirect photochemical decay of BPA and biochemical characterization of enzymes used in biofuel production

Nearly all of our Chemistry students that participate in research present their work at the Annual Castleton Scholars Celebration and at various regional and national conferences.

Careers in Chemistry

With a B.S. in Chemistry, you will have the ability to pursue both laboratory and field careers in government, industry, and the non-profit sector.

This program also prepares you for careers and professional or graduate degree programs in biology, chemistry, pharmacology and medicine, as well as analytical chemistry, environmental remediation and engineering, laboratory positions, and other environmentally relevant fields.

Recent graduates have gone on to attend graduate school to earn a Master’s and/or Doctoral degree, entered medical school, or obtained jobs with government agencies, such as the Federal Drug Administration.

Agreement with Norwich University

All graduates in the Chemistry program that earn a GPA of 2.75 or higher (and meet all minimum requirements of the agreement) are guaranteed admission and discounted tuition to the Norwich University Master of Civil Engineering program (including Environmental/Water Resources Engineering).