The Department of Chemistry offers courses of study leading to either a Bachelor of Science degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree or a minor in Chemistry. Students satisfying the requirements of the Bachelor of Science degree will be certified by the American Chemical Society.
Students who major in chemistry are qualified for many pursuits. They may choose to work in chemical industry; continue advanced studies in chemistry; take professional training in medicine, dentistry or other health-related fields; prepare to teach at the secondary level; or pursue opportunities in related fields such as environmental science, forensics, business and industry.
Elon's chemistry program provides the opportunity for students to engage with faculty in undergraduate research and to gain direct experience with new instrumentation using today's state-of-the-art technology. The results of this research are presented at local, regional and national scientific meetings.
Another key feature of the program is the introduction and use of instrumentation in the first-year general chemistry sequence and its continued emphasis throughout the chemistry curriculum. Student participation in assisting in laboratory instruction is strongly advised and supported.
The day-long professional development workshop for area teachers was supported by a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.
Assistant Professor Jen Dabrowski has published a research article on selective conversion of carbohydrates to fine chemicals.
Assistant professor Jen Dabrowski presented her research on conversion of biorenewable resources to fine chemicals at the 67th annual Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS) in Memphis, TN.
A pilot project led by faculty members Martin Kamela and Dave Gammon brought Alamance County elementary and middle school students to campus for four days of science and math activities while Elon University students traveled away for spring break.