Chemistry

Coe's chemistry department provides the advantages that you expect from a small liberal arts college - small classes, outstanding faculty, and personal attention. At the same time, it offers the opportunities you would find at a much larger institution - the chance to do cutting-edge research, and access to state-of-the art instrumentation.

A degree in chemistry from Coe will allow students to pursue a wide variety of opportunities, ranging from careers in local industry to graduate work at top research universities around the world. Many graduates have also found that a chemistry degree is excellent preparation for medical school, Pharm.D. programs, and other health-related areas.

Program Highlights:

  • Coe's program is approved by the American Chemical Society, which allows us to offer an ACS-certified major. This is an excellent credential for those planning on graduate study or for those who plan to seek employment in the chemical industry.
  • Student-faculty research is an integral part of studying chemistry at Coe. During the summer of 2008, 17 students did research with Coe chemistry faculty. These students received a stipend, lived in rent-free housing, and, best of all, had the opportunity to learn chemistry by doing chemistry.
  • Coe is one of the smallest colleges in the nation to host a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) site. This award from NSF allows students for all over the nation to come to Coe and experience research in our chemistry and physics departments.
  • Coe chemistry students have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art instrumentation in both courses and in research. Small class sizes allow students to get hands-on experience with a 300 MHz FTNMR, a Raman microscope, an atomic force microscope, ion chromatographs, dye lasers, Schlenk lines, and more!
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