Skip to main content


Students who choose to study chemistry at Carthage conduct significant research guided by faculty, have access to modern equipment and instrumentation, have the option to obtain a degree certified by American Chemical Society, and join an active community of fellow chemists on campus.

The Chemistry Department prepares students for careers in chemistry; research; medical school; dentistry, veterinary and pharmacy graduate programs; and teaching.

Carthage offers …

Chemistry Major
ACS-Approved Chemistry Major
Chemistry Minor

Special Programs:


Compete for more than $350,000 in the Carthage Math/Science Scholarship Competition.

The Future is Bright for Chemists

The Chemistry Department at Carthage provides experiences that lead to regional and national conference presentations, which prepare students to be successful in competitive graduate, medical, and pharmacy schools, and obtain fantastic jobs in chemical industry.

Undergraduate Research

All Chemistry Department faculty at Carthage involve undergraduate students in their research. Ongoing research projects include quantifying chloride from road salting in nearby water sources, using NMR spectroscopy to study the mechanisms of oxidation reactions, and using NMR spectroscopy to explore model membranes and chiral polymers. Students also conduct independent research during the semester and through such programs as the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. Research students have presented their research at national meetings in San Francisco, Washington, San Diego, Orlando, and New Orleans. Chemistry students also have performed summer research off campus at Cornell University, the University of Minnesota, Virginia Tech, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and other research universities.

Modern Facilities and Equipment

Carthage students, even in their first and second years, use modern equipment and instrumentation in their laboratory courses and independent research. The Carthage science center is new in 2015. Our science labs contain the following instruments: a 400 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer, gas chromatography mass spectrometer (GC-MS), gas and high pressure liquid chromatographs, ultraviolet-visible and infrared spectrophotometers, an atomic absorption spectrometer, and a computation and visualizing laboratory dedicated to scientific computing and chemical drawing. Learn more about Carthage chemistry facilities.

ACS-approved Curriculum

The Carthage chemistry curriculum is approved by the American Chemical Society, which recognizes baccalaureate chemistry programs that are rigorous and broad-based. Carthage chemistry majors can earn a degree certified by the ACS.

Active Community

Carthage chemistry students belong to an active community of chemists. Because classes are small — averaging 17 students — students build relationships with professors and fellow chemistry majors. Students can join the Chemistry Club, and Carthage also has an active chemistry honorary fraternity. The Carthage Chemistry Department is also active in science outreach to area schools.

Pre-Health Program

For students interested in health-related careers, Carthage provides a thorough and integrated curriculum that encourages them to explore their abilities and interests while pursuing their bachelor’s degrees in chemistry. Many of these students participate in a medical mission trip to Nicaragua, one of the College’s most popular J-Term study tours. Carthage offers accelerated, three-year paths to graduate school in pharmacy and occupational therapy. Learn more about Pre-Health at Carthage

 (Click for enlarged photos)

 (Click for enlarged photos)

  • Quick Facts