Students studying chemistry at Carthage can take advantage of multiple academic programs, from a summer research project with a faculty mentor, to a pre-engineering dual-degree program, to associations with chemistry schools across the country.
The ACS-approved degree
At Carthage, students can earn a chemistry degree certified by the American Chemical Society. ACS approves baccalaureate chemistry programs that offer a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education, and provide students with the intellectual, experimental and communication skills necessary for an effective professional career as a scientist. Baccalaureate programs must undergo a review process administered by the ACS to receive certification.
Learn more about the ACS Approval Program
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
SURE offers Carthage students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a professor during the summer doing real research work. Students receive a stipend, room and board on campus, and a small research budget.
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Pharmacy Dual Degree Program
In this dual-degree program with the College of Pharmacy at Rosalind Franklin University, Carthage students spend three years working toward a degree in chemistry followed by four years of graduate work toward the Pharm.D degree. This program provides preferred admissions status into a very competitive clinical doctoral program in pharmacy.
Learn more about the 3+4 Pharmacy Program
Pre-Engineering Dual Degree Program
For students who want to become engineers, Carthage offers a pre-engineering 3-2 dual-degree program. Students spend three years at Carthage and two years at a partnering engineering school. Upon completion of the program, students earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carthage and a Bachelor of Science in engineering degree from the engineering school. Partnering engineering schools are the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering and the University of Minnesota.
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Carthage offers many ways for students to prepare for medical school or graduate programs for the health professions. The College serves students who are interested in dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinary, and public health. Pre-health students are assigned a faculty advisor who will assist them in determining which courses they should take and which career best suits their interests and ultimate goals.
Learn more about pre-health at Carthage
J-Term is a month-long period of study in January in which students take a single course on campus or participate in a study tour in another state or country. The Chemistry Department offers courses every J-Term.
- During J-Term 2015, chemistry professor Sarah Rubinfeld led a study tour to Guatemala for the course The Economics and Science of Rural Development in Guatemala; students studied Guatemala’s biodiversity, monoculture, climate change, and soil and water quality.
- Many chemistry students take a required chemistry course during J-Term, such as Inorganic Chemistry, because they can focus solely on that course.
- The Department also offers the course Research in Chemistry, in which students work on a research topic under the direction of a faculty member.
- Chemistry professor Tim Eckert teaches the popular Forensic Science course during J-Term, for both majors and non-majors.
Midstates Math & Science Consortium
Carthage is a member of the 11-state Midstates Science and Math Consortium, giving Carthage students access to facilities at other schools including the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis. Carthage students have presented at the Consortium’s undergraduate research symposia.
The Carthage Chemistry Department is actively involved in chemical outreach to the surrounding school communities. The Chemistry Department regularly invites area middle and high school age students to campus for chemistry demonstrations and to perform experiments. Professor Christine Blaine and chemistry students also go to schools and child care centers to do science experiments with children of all ages.
ScienceWorks is a unique offering at Carthage. The program focuses on the business of science by integrating important skills such as written and oral communication, graphics and artwork, business accounting, management, and marketing. Students get hands-on experience and coursework that prepares them for the job market and career advancement.
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