The Chemistry Program at Castleton offers an understanding of the properties of matter and the ways in which matter interacts, combines, and changes. As a chemistry major, you will delve into the preparation and properties of plastics, pharmaceuticals, petroleum products, and other synthetics.
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 the fundamental skills required in the field of chemistry.
You will interact closely with faculty in the classroom and laboratory, at conferences, and on research projects. Experiential learning is a valued aspect of the major, with most courses including a laboratory component.
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 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.
Outcomes for Chemistry Majors
Chemistry graduates pursue their lives and careers with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.
Our graduates navigate from Castleton to a wide range of careers, including:
- Analytical and environmental chemistry
- Biotechnology and medicinal chemistry
- Teaching and research in universities, colleges, and secondary schools
The Chemistry program also provides excellent preparation for further study in a variety of fields including organic chemistry, materials science, pharmacology, medicine, and numerous other possibilities. Recent graduates have gone on to attend graduate school to earn a Master’s and/or Doctoral degree, entered medical school.
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).